We have had a busy winter. Lots of classes. We also were pleased to be in Art Poems. This was a collaboration where one of my Art pieces (jewelry) was the basis for a new poem and I created a new piece (collage wall hanging) which is a visual representation of the poem I worked with. Take a look in the Art Poems gallery.
Spring is here and we are planning spring break with our kids and grandchildren. Then it's off on a cruise
Summer is going to be here before you know it. Please come join us in the beautiful Smoky Mountains at William Holland. We will be teaching Level 1 Certification in July and October. See the our class schedule for details of our spring and summer classes. If you are already Certified, please come and see our new projects and do Independent Study.
Have fun and spread the joy!
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.