Saddleback Mountain to Host Precious Metal Workshops August 20-23

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RANGELEY, ME – As part of its Summer Artist’s Workshop Series, Saddeback Mountain in Rangeley will host two 2-day Precious Metal Workshops August 20-23 using the medium of silver precious metal clays. 

There will be two workshops: Earrings — Easy to Elegant will be held August 20 & 21 and Bracelets — Bangles, Linked & Charmed Bracelets August 22 & 23. Participants may sign up for either one or both. The workshop is open to artists already accomplished with precious metal clay as well as people with no experience at all. Participants will be encouraged to find their own voice and style and have a whole lot of fun doing it. 

Silver precious metal clay {PMC) is a clay-like material that is 99% silver which can be molded like clay but once it is fired in a kiln, it solidifies into a piece of silver jewelry or whatever else the artist may have created.

The instructor for both PMC classes is Michela Verani, an award-winning metal clay artist and educator who has authored articles on metal clay for numerous metal clay publications. She is the 4th person in the world to have achieved Metal Clay Master’s Registry III, is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and is Art Clay and Rio Rewards Certified in metal clay.

The cost of each 2-day class is $275. Each workshop is limited in size to 10 participants. Students are required to bring their own silver clay. Additional information is available on the Saddleback website. Verani will have tools and texture plates available for those students who need them. In addition each workshop has small additional fees for the hardware brought by the instructor for each project: Earrings workshop: $20 for the silver findings, the silver wires and hardware; Bracelet Workshop: $5.

The classes will be held in Saddleback’s post and beam base lodge with views of Maine’s Western Mountains and the Rangeley Lakes, an inspirational setting to enhance the experiential education of participants. The entire lodge will be reserved for those attending the workshops. The lodge will remain open in the evening for students to be able to continue on their projects and to socialize with other participants.

Saddleback has two lodging options for guests traveling to the area for these workshops. Condominium rental prices include a 2-night, 3rd night free and a 5-night, 6th and 7th night free. For anyone who wants to share a condo with another workshop participant, each with their own bedroom, 2-night stay is $255 and 5-night stay is only $300. For more information or to make your reservation call 1-877-864-5441 or visit

Prior workshops held in July included The Marriage of Surface and Form using Polymer Clays and Rock Cuff Class with Melanie Muir

This article was written by Rangeley News Hound