Metalsmith BenchTalk with Holly Gage

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My Guest this Thursday, August 15th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Precious Metal Clay artist and jeweler Holly Gage.
 
About Holly: My love for creating art dates back to when I was a child growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where my parents supported my interests and enrolled me in a number of art and jewelry-making classes whenever there was an opportunity. I took early jobs and apprenticeships with local jewelers and later I attended Kutztown University, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Art & Education. There really was no doubt that what ever I did in life, art was going to be the driving force.
 
In my college classes where my fellow students and I were called upon to demonstrate the fundamentals of what we had learned, it was apparent to me that my interpretation of the assignments would be “different” from the majority of the students — on the outer edge of what had been assigned. At the time, I did not enjoy that distinction, for fitting in was more my goal. However, as an adult, I have become more comfortable in the knowledge that my sense of creativity is different from others.
 
In much of my work, I use a new type of moldable metal. This, amazing material, called Art Clay or Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is made of fine silver or high karat gold. I love being a pioneer with this relatively new medium, experimenting with its capabilities, and working on the cutting edge of new developments. It has enabled me to blend many of my artistic studies to create unique pieces of jewelry which are inspired by my original photographic images, life experiences and natural forms in nature. 
 
For more information on Holly, visit: http://www.hollygage.com/.

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