We are sad to announce that Mary Ann Devos, nurse, jewelry artist and teacher, passed away on February 6, 2016. After working full time as an RN and part time as an artist in several media, Mary Ann launched her full time work as a jewelry designer and teacher when she retired from nursing.
Mary Ann worked as a studio jeweler from 1988 through 1999. She participated in the first PMC class presented to jewelers, a class presented in 1996 by Tim McCreight. With experience in both pottery and silversmithing, she immediately recognized the potential of this new material.
Over the next few years she gained a proficiency with PMC. In 1999 she introduced herself to Earl Roberts, then with Paaragon Kilns. This meeting led to her appointment as the first Director of Education for Art Clay. Two years later, with the formation of PMC Connection, Mary Ann joined that company as its first Director of Education. At both companies she was instrumental in establishing their certification classes.
Mary Ann traveled extensively for both companies, presenting classes and attending trade shows across the US as well as in Japan, Australia, South Africa, and several European counties. She also wrote three books on PMC, the first of which sold more than 30,000 copies.
A viewing will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens on Friday, Feb. 19 with the funeral Mass on Saturday, Feb 20 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mary Ann's memory to Hope Hospice.
Devos Studios is the creative space of Mary Ann and Ken Devos. We are always developing exciting jewelry and mixed media classes. We teach in our studio and travel nationally and internationally to share these classes.
Devos Studios has created our own PMC Certification program, recognized by Rio Grande, Metal Clay Supply and PMC123 for their discount program.
PMC, Precious Metal Clay, is one of the most remarkable developments in metal working since lost wax casting was developed thousands of years ago. This product is manufactured by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation and is available in fine silver (99.9% silver) and 22K gold. It is composed of microscopic metal particles, a non-toxic organic binder and water. It looks, feels and is shaped just like potter's clay but after firing all that is left is solid precious metal.
We carry a full line of tools and supplies for working with metal clays that we sell at classes and in the studio. Mary Ann also creates art jewelry to wear and to sell in select galleries.
Our passion is teaching and creating art jewelry. We would love to help you enjoy exploring this amazing medium.
My education continues on a daily basis as I explore along with my students as we push the boundaries. PMC can be combined with many materials such as semi-precious gems, glass, porcelain, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed metals, among others. Every successful artist develops a unique personal style. What is so provocative about this new material is that we are developing and sharing innovative techniques as we draw from our own artistic or technical backgrounds. The fact is we are participating in the groundbreaking creation of a new standard.
My personal work is greatly influenced by nature and ancient art and I have always been attracted to organic, textural and primitive designs. I find it intriguing to echo the nature of PMC's clay-like beginning. Born of clay and fire, it is transformed into a precious metal work.
Our classes will guide you all the way through the basic forming techniques but you will soon learn that you are limited only by your imagination. So have fun, be creative and live the process, become one with the clay and join us as pioneers in this new medium.