“Circle of Life” with Marlene Quigley
October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm$110.00
No it isn’t The Lion King!! Its Marlene Quigley and she is going to teach you how to make a Circle of Life leather cuff. In this class, you will learn how to hand forge, solder, stamp your own circle, rivet the circle to a leather strap and make your own closure hook. You will leave the same day with your leather cuff.
Experience with soldering is helpful BUT no experience is required for this class. Ages 18 and older are welcome to participate. All materials for the class are supplied.
No alcohol allowed due to use of the torch. Tea service from the Teafinery and delicious homemade desserts by Renee Napoli will be provided.
**Brain Vessel and/or the instructing artist reserves the right to cancel the class if the minimum student requirement is not met by two days before the class date. Refund or rain check for next class will be given.**
I like to think I was born to be an artist, I think everyone has it in them to be an artist. Some people have the gift of or should I say the artistic ability of “GAB”. I have an identical sister who has the gift of being able to arrange furniture, and items in a pleasing manner, I would give her the title of an interior decorator. I just happen to from a very early age to create things from nature and have loved creating ever since.
My first recollection of wanting to dive into making jewelry came from going to a art fair in my late 20’s I had limited resources to throw around with having two young children, I saw a beautiful piece of jewelry at this fair that was way over my budget to indulge on. On my way home from that art fair I went by a craft store called “Ben Franklins”, my mind started spinning and I thought I could try to reproduce something close to the piece of art that I saw. Thus my love of working with metal and beads was born and I’ve been at creating wearable art for over 25 years or more.
When I was in my late 20s I was also diagnosed with a medical condition that was crippling my joints and connective tissue in my body, my doctors told me to keep active and keep my hands moving. I ventured into basket weaving, wood -working and paper crafts, altered art before I really delved into metal-smithing and beading jewelry. I love the freedom of expression in all these mediums but working with metal calls the loudest.
In recent years I have fallen in love with enameling over medal and seeing all the colors and design opportunities this medium allows me to get in my designs. Experimenting is important to me, I am not afraid of trying something new and failing because I have succeeded in trying.
I strive to continue t the journey and grow in my craft, looking for opportunities to learn and teach my passion is important to my soul. I like to see people experience that “a HA” moment when they have connected with the creative side of their brain. Art to me, is meant to be shared with others to keep it alive.
I am impressed by nature, which is all around us. The earth tones are soothing but at times I love the richness of bright colors, they each have their place in my designs.
I am mainly self -taught but several artist have inspired me richly along the way. Mary Hettmansperger was one of my first big influences in jewelry making. Her style is very organic, as is mine. I like the simplicity and freedom of that. Nancy Powell-Sacco is my soldering mentor, she helped me with the process of feeling secure in working with sterling silver in my designs.. In the enameling realm, my good friend Jean Van Brederode has been a champion mentor for me. She pushes me to experiment more in that field, for someone who didn’t think she would like it, I am deeply in love with the process and variables in enameling metal. The last person I would like to recognize who inspires what I do is Susan Lenart-Kazmar. She is another person who I admire, she is very organic and I love the symbolism in her work. I am very spiritual and often like to use words in my creating .
I have been honored to be published in several jewelry design publications, Artisan Jewelry Times, Step by Step magazine, Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, and Jewelry Affaire. Some of my work has also been published In Beth Katz Stones beading books. I enjoy teaching live workshops.