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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Jewlery workshop planned

  • Jewelry clinics scheduled at local msueum
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  • It is often difficult to find skilled craftsman willing to share the knowledge and secrets of their trade. Jewelry designer, Patti Eayre, offers her knowledge and expertise in Beginning Jewelry Clinics at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. The next Beginning 1 Jewelry Clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, with the choice of two sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
     
    Eayre has been designing jewelry and wire art since 1992. She attended Humboldt State University's jewelry and metalsmithing program and is currently a working artist. Eayre’s work is available in Oklahoma at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art gift shop.
     
    “We are very excited to have Patti presenting this workshop,” stated Donna Merkt, MGMoA Curator of Education. “It is such a bargain for jewelry lovers! Not only will participants end up with several pieces of gorgeous jewelry, but they will learn how to make more jewelry at home.”
     
    Eayre explained the clinics “are both for very early beginners who want to get started making jewelry, and also for those who make jewelry now, but who would like to hone basic skills and learn quality techniques.”
     
    In these intimate, four student sessions, clinic participants will gain a thorough knowledge of quality jewelry creation with emphasis on basic wire wrap and cold connections.
     
    This clinic will cover jewelry hand tools, jewelry metals and materials, and techniques using natural stone and glass, and use if findings. Participants in this workshop will create and finish several pieces of jewelry in a variety of mediums.
     
    Eayre enjoys creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry. She focuses on sterling silver and 14k gold fill, but natural stone is her passion and first love. Her jewelry creations often combine natural stone with hammered spirals and organic swirls of silver and other metals.
     
    “Patti’s work is of the highest craftsmanship,” said Merkt. “It moves beyond jewelry and is perhaps better described as wearable art.”
     
    All supplies for the workshop are included with the tuition cost. The tuition for the clinic is $95 and includes a basic jewelry tool kit. Discounts are given for seniors, teachers, students, and museum members. Registration is available online at www.mgmoa.org/workshops or by calling 405-878-5300.
     
    The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located at 1900 W. MacArthur, Shawnee, on the campus of St. Gregory's University. For more information about the museum, please visit www.mgmoa.org.
     
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