ABOUT CAMP PMC® CERTIFICATION

I'm excited to be one of the national Camp PMC Principal Instructors offering a learning program for those who love metal clay and looking to expand skills and opportunities!  Both online and in-person learning options are available for all courses.


The Camp PMC Certification Program is a personal learning experience designed with separate development paths for metal clay artisans and metal clay instructors. After taking the core Camp PMC Course 101 class, you can choose to advance your metal clay skills through artisan courses, become a PMC instructor, or both.


Artisan courses are specialty courses designed to focus attention on specific metal clay techniques. After completion of Camp PMC Course 101, you can enroll in any artisan course.


Instructor classes include two levels, PMC Instructor and PMC Principal Instructor. PMC instructors are eligible to teach the Camp PMC Course 101 and PMC principal instructors are eligible to teach PMC Instructor Course 201.

Students completing the Camp PMC Course 101 receive an 8% discount on future purchases of PMC clays through Clay Revolution and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. Students completing PMC Instructor Course 201 receive a 10% discount on future purchases of PMC clays through Clay Revolution and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. Students also receive a Certificate of Completion issued by Sawtooth School for Visual Art, for each course completed.

UPCOMING CAMP PMC® COURSES

In-Person 

· All in-person classes may be requested and scheduled upon demand. Please contact Cathy Flesher for more information.


Online 

· Camp PMC 103 Artisan - Soldering & Fusing on PMC: October 22-23, 2022

· Camp PMC 107 Artisan - Incorporating Glass with PMC: October 29-30, 2022

· Camp PMC 101 Certification: November 19-20, 2022



2-DAY ONLINE CAMP PMC® 101 CERTIFICATION - $ 450.00

Skill Level: All


In this two-session online course, you will learn fundamental skills required to work with metal clays and be successful with all PMC products.


We will meet using Zoom, an online video conference platform, that allows face-to-face interaction just like an in-person classroom. Lecture, live demonstration, process pictures, and more than 50 self-made videos shared via YouTube are used throughout the two-day course to help illustrate and reinforce concepts across all the projects. You will be able to ask questions interactively as I explain concepts, show techniques, and share examples.


In addition to class instruction time, I will also be available outside of class to answer questions and provide advice as you work on your projects. All levels of students are welcome although some general experience with metal clay is helpful. If you're new and ready to dive in but feel you may need some more information on the basics, please let me know and we can schedule a pre-class Zoom session (no charge) to talk through this. Part of the value of this course will be the mentorship I offer you as you learn and grow your skills over time.


You'll learn about fundamental techniques including rolling, texturing, cutting, carving, sculpting, molding, refining, firing and polishing. Extra time will be taken to discuss firing processes and you will practice torch firing along with kiln firing.


You will make five (5) projects including three (3) wrapped beads, a pair of earrings with a fireable stone, a wrapped ring with a fireable stone, a double textured pendant with syringe detail, and a sculpted toggle clasp. The included kit consists of 20 grams of PMC 3, 25 grams of PMC OneFire 950 Sterling, 5 grams of PMC Flex, 9 grams of PMC Syringe, a pair of sterling silver ear wires, fireable stones, embeddables, consumables, and a student course manual. You get more than $ 200 of clay and materials plus free shipping included as part of the online class registration!


You will also be provided secure, private access to an online folder of course reference documents and Zoom session recordings from each day to use for later reference for a minimum of 30 days after the course wraps up.


By passing the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Sawtooth School for Visual Art. You will also be entitled to an 8% discount on all PMC clays through Clay Revolution. and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.

Student Testimonials

"If anyone has any doubt, they can work with metal clay, Cathy dispels those doubts with her gentle, step-by-step teaching and demonstrations of how best to get maximum results from your work. She understands not only your question but your concerns behind the questions. She extends herself to meet your needs. Regardless of age, experience or background in jewelry, Cathy will enrich your learning experience and you will enjoy learning with and from her.”

- Sandy K., online student, Arizona


"While some artists / instructors can be intimidating to work with, Cathy has an easy, laid back teaching style that puts the student at ease and helps you develop an "I can do this" attitude."

- Abby B., online student, New Jersey


"This course taught by Cathy is a must take for anyone interested in learning the correct, entry-level methods of working with precious metal clay. She is informative, knowledgeable, patient, creative and most importantly kind."

- Andrea B., online student, Georgia


"If you are thinking about getting certified in the first level of PMC, I highly recommend that you do so! Taking a course from Cathy is an easy way to get to the training, plus she has multiple videos that you can review as you do your course projects. I learned so much from this class and am now putting out art pieces that are selling!

- Kathleen W., online student, North Carolina


"Cathy was an excellent and knowledgeable instructor. Even though the class was online I never felt confused or unsure about the process or projects. Having her recorded videos

to go through after was so helpful to go back and reference while I worked on the assignments step by step. I loved having the ability to work from my own home and complete the projects at my own pace!"

- Melissa P., online student, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


"Cathy is a gifted instructor who helped me refine my skills and pieces! I have much more confidence in my abilities to take on more complex and exciting projects.”

- Christina M., online student, California

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th, 2022


Start at 12:30 pm EST and end at 4:30 pm EST each day. Cost is $ 450.00 and includes clay and materials for all projects plus free shipping (US and Canada). To reserve your spot, use the Registration | Payment link in the left frame of this website or contact Cathy Flesher via email at cathy@cathyflesher.com for more information.


No refunds are given for cancellations after the clay, manual, and materials have been shipped to you. However, full credit is offered for a future course taken within six months of cancellation. Full refunds (less a $ 20 administrative charge to cover credit card processing fees) may be provided prior to shipment of materials.


What’s the deadline for registration?

Registration deadline is November 11th, 2022 in order to give me enough time to mail the course kit to you.


What should I expect after registration?

· Within 48 hours of registration, I will email you a tool supply list. In short, you will need a basic metal clay kit, a kiln, and a torch. If you don’t have all the tools or a kiln, please contact me. I have many small tools for sale and can provide kiln firing services for a small fee.


· About 3-7 days prior to the start of class you will receive a course kit in the mail that will include all your clay, stones, findings, and course manual. You’ll receive over $ 200 in course materials!


· About 2 days prior to the start of class you will also receive an email that will include course login details. You will be able to contact me to test your connection prior to the class.


· We’ll meet online for consecutive days via Zoom videoconference. There is NO additional cost for this service.


· A secure group website will be setup for reference documents, pictures, videos, and Zoom recordings of each session which will be available for one month after course completion.


· To pass the course and obtain a certificate you will be required to complete and meet requirements for all 5 projects within four weeks after course completion, submit photos of your work to me for review, and take/pass a short, written test that you will need to email back to me.


What other things should I know?

· I cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties beyond my control (e.g. power outage, poor Internet connection, etc.) I will be available to test your connection with you prior to the start of the course.


2-DAY ONLINE CAMP PMC® 103 SOLDERING and FUSING on PMC - $ 435.00

Skill Level: Prerequisite is completion of Camp PMC 101 course.


This two-session online course is designed for students interested in expanding their metal clay skills through the use of soldering and fusing. Learn basic techniques of soldering sterling silver, copper, brass, and metal clays. In addition, learn how to fuse fine silver, Argentium, and metal clays.


We will meet using Zoom, an online video conference platform, that allows face-to-face interaction just like an in-person classroom. Lecture, live demonstration, process pictures, and more than 50 self-made videos shared via YouTube are used throughout the two-day course to help illustrate and reinforce concepts across all the projects. You will be able to ask questions interactively as I explain concepts, show techniques, and share examples.


In addition to class instruction time, I will also be available outside of class to answer questions and provide advice as you work on your projects. Part of the value of this course will be the mentorship I offer you as you learn and grow your skills over time.


You will also be provided secure, private access to an online folder of course reference documents, process pictures and Zoom session recordings from each day to use for later reference for a minimum of 30 days after the course wraps up.


You will make four (4) projects including fine silver post earrings, fine silver and Argentium-fused earrings, a .950 OneFire soldered ring with a stone, and a .950 OneFire copper/brass pendant with a stone. The included kit consists of 15g of PMC3, 25g of PMC OneFire 950, bezel cups, a selection of gemstones, silver solder, Argentium wire, copper blank, silver ring stock, silver earring posts and nuts, and a student course manual. You get more than $ 200 of clay and materials plus free shipping included as part of the online class registration!


You'll need to have some basic metal clay and soldering tools. If you have questions, please contact me and we can discuss details.


By passing the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Sawtooth School for Visual Art.


"For anyone interested in how to fuse Argentium, solder silver and bronze this class is an excellent first step. Each sequence is clearly and succinctly laid out. The use of Cathy's self-made videos along with her explanations before and after each sequence is invaluable. Cathy is supportive and giving with all her metalsmithing knowledge. There is no question left unanswered or any student lef adrift. Just taking a class from her is a gift and treat in itself.”

- Sandy K., online student, Scottsdale, Arizona


"Cathy is a gifted instructor and is extremely helpful in elevating your skills in working with PMC. She is patient, detailed, and organized in a manner that makes learning easy under her guidance. I would not hesitate to take additional classes with her!"

- Debra L., online student, Mesa, Arizona

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd, 2022


Start at 1:00 pm EDT and end at 4:30 pm EDT each day. Cost is $ 435.00 and includes 15g of PMC3, 25g of PMC OneFire 950, bezel cups, a selection of gemstones, silver solder, Argentium wire, copper blank, silver ring stock, silver earring posts and nuts, a student course manual PLUS free shipping (US and Canada).


To reserve your spot, use the Registration | Payment link link in the left frame of this website or contact Cathy Flesher via email at cathy@cathyflesher.com for more information.


What’s the deadline for registration?

Registration deadline is October 14th in order to give me enough time to mail the course kit to you.


What is the cancellation policy?

No refunds are given for cancellations after the clay, manual, and materials have been shipped to you. However, full credit is offered for a future course taken within six months of cancellation. Full refunds (less a $ 20 administrative charge to cover credit card processing fees) may be provided prior to shipment of materials.


What should I expect after registration?

· After registration, I will email you a tool supply list. Please contact me if you have any questions after receiving the tool supply list.


· About 5-10 days prior to the start of class you will receive a course kit in the mail that will include all your clay and course materials.


· About 2 days prior to the start of class you will also receive an email that will include course login details. You will be able to contact me to test your connection prior to the class.


· To pass the course and obtain a certificate you will be required to meet the project requirements, submit photos of your work for review and feedback, and take/pass a short, written test that you will need to email back to me.


What other things should I know?

· I cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties beyond my control (e.g. power outage, poor Internet connection, etc.) 


2-DAY ONLINE CAMP PMC® 107 INCORPORATING GLASS WITH PMC - $ 435.00

Skill Level: Prerequisite is completion of Camp PMC 101 course.


This two-session online course is designed for students interested in learning how to use different types of glasses in combination with PMC silver clays. You will fuse your own cabochons of glass by cutting, stacking, and firing fusible glasses. After creating your cabochons, you will work with fine silver metal clays to create high fire and low fire projects including two pendants and a pair of earrings.


You'll learn about different types of glasses, different designs requiring different types of firing and detailed kiln schedule for the best firing results.


You will make 8 glass cabochons, one simple pendant, one complex pendant and a pair of earrings using PMC and fusible glass.


We will meet using Zoom, an online video conference platform, that allows face-to-face interaction just like an in-person classroom. Lecture, live demonstration, process pictures, and instructional videos are used throughout the course to help illustrate and reinforce concepts across all the projects. You will be able to ask questions interactively as I explain concepts, show techniques, and share examples.


In addition to class instruction time, I will also be available outside of class to answer questions and provide advice as you work on your projects. Part of the value of this course will be the mentorship I offer you as you learn and grow your skills over time.


You will receive 30g of PMC Flex, 9g PMC3 Syringe, sterling silver ear wires, silver embeddables, a selection of sized glass (COE90 and COE96) and Bullseye ThinFire shelf paper. You get more than $ 200 of clay and materials plus free shipping included as part of the online class registration!


Upcoming Dates

Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th, 2022


Start at 1:00 pm EDT and end at 4:30 pm EDT each day. Cost is $ 435.00 and includes 30g of PMC Flex, 9g PMC3 Syringe, sterling silver ear wires, silver embeddables, a selection of sized glass (COE90 and COE96), Bullseye ThinFire shelf paper, and a student course manual PLUS free shipping (US and Canada)


To reserve your spot, use the Registration | Payment link link in the left frame of this website or contact Cathy Flesher via email at cathy@cathyflesher.com for more information.


What’s the deadline for registration?

Registration deadline is October 21st in order to give me enough time to mail the course kit to you.


What is the cancellation policy?

No refunds are given for cancellations after the clay, manual, and materials have been shipped to you. However, full credit is offered for a future course taken within six months of cancellation. Full refunds (less a $ 20 administrative charge to cover credit card processing fees) may be provided prior to shipment of materials.


What should I expect after registration?

· After registration, I will email you a tool supply list. Please contact me if you have any questions after receiving the tool supply list.


· About 5-10 days prior to the start of class you will receive a course kit in the mail that will include all your clay and course materials.


· About 2 days prior to the start of class you will also receive an email that will include course login details. You will be able to contact me to test your connection prior to the class.


· To pass the course and obtain a certificate you will be required to meet the project requirements, submit photos of your work for review and feedback, and take/pass a short, written test that you will need to email back to me.


What other things should I know?

· I cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties beyond my control (e.g. power outage, poor Internet connection, etc.) 


2-DAY ONLINE CAMP PMC® 106 THREE KINDS OF ENAMELING WITH PMC - $ 450.00

Skill Level: Prerequisite is completion of Camp PMC 101 course.


This two-session online course is designed for students interested in learning about enameling on PMC. You will learn to create enamel test strips as well as make three different types of enamel projects including a cloisonne pendant, a champleve pendant, and a pair of plique a jour earrings.


Topics that will be covered in the class include:

  • Basics of enameling
  • Understanding the best enamel colors for working with silver
  • Designing jewelry for enameling

You can use a choice of provided templates or create your own designs. We will meet using Zoom, an online video conference platform, that allows face-to-face interaction just like an in-person classroom. Lecture, live demonstration, process pictures, and instructional videos are used throughout the course to help illustrate and reinforce concepts across all the projects. You will be able to ask questions interactively as I explain concepts, show techniques, and share examples.


In addition to class instruction time, I will also be available outside of class to answer questions and provide advice as you work on your projects. These projects require prior completion of Camp PMC 101. Part of the value of this course will be the mentorship I offer you as you learn and grow your skills over time.


You will also be provided secure, private access to an online folder of course reference documents, process pictures, YouTube videos and Zoom session recordings from each day to use for later reference for a minimum of 30 days after the course wraps up.


The course fee includes materials which will be shipped to you at no charge approximately one week prior to class and will include 50 grams of PMC Flex fine silver clay, fine silver cloisonne wire, bezel wire, ear wires, embeddables, trivet, Klyr-Fire (A-1), a student course manual, and a selection of opaque and transparent enamels including Thompson clear enamel. You get more than $ 200 of clay and materials plus free shipping included as part of the online class registration!


By passing the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Sawtooth School for Visual Art.


"I loved this class! This is the third class I have taken from Cathy. I like how approachable her teaching is. The projects are challenging without being overwhelming or too difficult. I learned a lot and had a great time!"

- Jessica L., online student, Fairbanks, Alaska

Upcoming Dates

Scheduled upon request.

Cost is $ 450.00 and includes clay and materials for all projects plus free shipping (US and Canada). For more information contact Cathy Flesher via email at cathy@cathyflesher.com


2-DAY ONLINE CAMP PMC® 104 ELEMENTAL LINKED BRACELET - $ 435.00

Skill Level: Prerequisite is completion of Camp PMC 101 course.


This two-session online course is designed for students interested in expanding their metal clay skills through fundamental techniques of setting stones with bezel wire and bezel cups.


We will meet using Zoom, an online video conference platform, that allows face-to-face interaction just like an in-person classroom. Lecture, live demonstration, process pictures, and more than 50 self-made videos shared via YouTube are used throughout the two-day course to help illustrate and reinforce concepts across all the projects. You will be able to ask questions interactively as I explain concepts, show techniques, and share examples.


In addition to class instruction time, I will also be available outside of class to answer questions and provide advice as you work on your projects. Part of the value of this course will be the mentorship I offer you as you learn and grow your skills over time.


You will also be provided secure, private access to an online folder of course reference documents, process pictures and Zoom session recordings from each day to use for later reference for a minimum of 30 days after the course wraps up.


You will first design a PMC bracelet using both PMC3 and PMC Flex to create heavy, detailed links which can be fired together. Once the bracelet is complete, you will shift from metal clay work to using basic soldering skills to create fitted bezels and settings. Your final piece will be one linked bracelet with six (6) stone settings using PMC3, PMC Flex, and sterling wires.


The course fee includes materials which will be shipped to you at no charge approximately one week prior to class and will include 30 grams of PMC 3, 30 grams of PMC Flex, matching stones, silver wire, and a student course manual. You get more than $ 200 of clay and materials plus free shipping included as part of the online class registration!

By passing the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Sawtooth School for Visual Art.

Upcoming Dates

Scheduled upon request.


Cost is $ 435.00 and includes clay and materials for all projects plus free shipping (US and Canada). For more information contact Cathy Flesher via email at cathy@cathyflesher.com


2-DAY IN-PERSON CAMP PMC® 101 CERTIFICATION - $ 475.00

Skill Level: All


Join me for this two-day in-person course, where you will learn fundamental skills required to work with metal clays and be successful with all PMC products. You'll practice and utilize various techniques including rolling, texturing, cutting, carving, sculpting, molding, refining, firing, and polishing. Extra time will be taken to discuss firing processes and you will practice torch firing along with kiln firing. 


During the two-day class you will make five (5) projects including three (3) wrapped beads, a pair of earrings with a fireable stone, a wrapped ring with a fireable stone, a double textured pendant with syringe detail, and a sculpted toggle clasp. The included materials kit to be distributed at the beginning of Day 1 consists of 20 grams of PMC3, 25 grams of PMC OneFire 950 Sterling, 5 grams of PMC Flex, 9 grams of PMC Syringe, a pair of sterling silver ear wires, fireable stones, embeddables, consumables, and a student course manual. You get more than  $ 200 of clay and materials as well as lunch on both days as part of the class registration!


This class will be held at my Tucson, Arizona home studio and will be limited to four (4) people. 


You will also be provided secure, private access to an online folder of course reference documents, process pictures, and YouTube videos for later reference for a minimum of 30 days after the course wraps up.


Student Testimonials

"Cathy is so incredibly knowledgeable about precious metal clay, and her awesome home studio has everything you can possibly imagine to make beautiful projects during her class. But the best part is Cathy's warm personality...her enthusiasm and positivity are contagious!  I can't wait to return for another class!"

- Suzanne G., New Orleans, Louisiana


"If you have ever considered learning a new hobby, PMC is exciting and fun. Cathy is a wonderful, professional, and caring instructor, a true credit to the PMC Community. Thank you Cathy for helping me overcome my fear of PMC!"

- Vicki W., Colorado Springs, Colorado


"Cathy is patient, kind, and encouraging.  The studio is well-equipped and well lit...a fun and relaxing place to play...that is create! The atmosphere was conducive to accomplishing our goals."

- Sandie W., Lake Havasu City, Arizona


"Cathy is such a great teacher!  She is so warm and friendly and really makes you feel comfortable.  Her workspace is beautiful and she is so knowledgeable."

- Kalina Z., Salt Lake City, Utah


"Cathy is a terrific instructor and very willing to share her extensive knowledge. Her studio is a great learning environment. I will definitely be taking more classes with her!"

- Tawni B., Roswell, Georgia


By passing the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Sawtooth School for Visual Art. You will also be entitled to an 8% discount on all PMC clays through Clay Revolution. and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.

Upcoming Dates

Scheduled upon request.

Cost is $ 475.00 and includes clay and materials for all projects. For more information contact Cathy Flesher via email at cathy@cathyflesher.com


The Camp PMC® Certification Program is proudly supported by Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Clay Revolution, and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.