Escape to Tucson!

We’re all social creatures. Learning is no exception and while online classes offer an excellent substitute, the need to engage in person is still very strong. As we slowly emerge from isolation the desire to travel and reconnect also becomes strong.

That’s why I’ve started a new all-inclusive program called Stay and Play with Clay that combines personalized one-on-one instruction, lodging at my “zen” home studio in the Tucson Catalina Foothills, meals, and more. One location. One price. Unlimited fun. 


Create your personalized 3-day, 2-night experience by selecting two workshops from the options below. A broad range of unique experiences are provided and you may also suggest other workshop topics based on your interests.  Each day you’ll receive up to 8 hours of personalized instruction on the topic while learning new techniques and making your own jewelry. A third day will be open studio time for work and instruction on whatever project you choose…even that challenging one that you can never seem to wrap up!

An alternate option for stay and play would be to choose to complete either a Camp PMC 101 or 201 Certification program instead of individual workshops.

Workshop Options

Workshop 1: Metal Clay Pendant: Desert Landscape

Learn how to conceptualize, sketch, prepare, and finish a multi-layer one-of-a-kind metal clay desert landscape pendant.  Design front and back using multiple layers of metal clay, molds, textures, syringe, CZs or other stones, and hand-sculpting to create depth. Learn multiple bail  options for your reversible pendant, kiln firing, and final finishing including patina.  Workshop includes 15g of PMC3 clay, PMC3 syringe, a stone, and CZs.

Workshop 2: Mixed Media Earrings: Sugar Skull / Dias de la Muerte

These fun earrings are made with metal clay and glass flower and leaf beads. Scratch foam and molds will be used to create your sugar skull design.  Use sterling silver wire to construct your own earwires.  You will learn various metal clay techniques to design, carve, refine, and fire your earrings. Embellish your design using glass beads and assemble all your components. Then, celebrate with some wine!  Workshop includes 10g of PMC3, glass beads and sterling silver wire.

Workshop 3: Molding, Sculpting, and Pasting Organics: An Interactive Experience 

Gain a comprehensive "concept to creation" understanding of making your own organic molds and how they can be used to enhance your jewelry designs.  Roadtrip to the interesting Miniature Museum to get inspired. Afterward, explore and collect some "textures of Tucson" during a short desert hike. Upon return to the studio we'll review the process of making your own molds including sculpting, working with metal clay paste, and kiln burnoff. Walk away with numerous molds and components to use in your future jewelry designs.  Workshop includes two-part molding compound, 15g of either PMC3 or PMC OneFire 950 Sterling, and admission to the Miniature Museum.  

Workshop 4: Sketch and Create Custom Metal Clay Mounts for Irregular Shaped Objects

Learn how to use metal clay to create customized prong settings to enhance your favorite irregular-shaped pieces including cabochons, fossils, shells, or something else. Draw, measure, cut, and refine your designs before kiln-firing. An often overlooked but critical component to great designs is the process of sketching. Just spending a little time researching and brainstorming will help jump-start your creative process and bring focus to your project.  Learn techniques on how to get started on your sketches, how to then translate a sketch into a real actionable plan, and ultimately execute a custom metal clay mount from your raw sketch.  Workshop includes 15g of PMC3, stone, and fine silver wire for prongs. Let's get creative!

Workshop 5: Fun with Soft Soldering: Making Creative Charms

Learn fundamental (and a few more advanced) soldering skills and create inspired keepsake ornaments and jewelry using old china, illustrations, photos, and vintage ephemera. Over the course of a full day we'll cover:

- How to safely use a soldering iron with proper technique.

- How to select proper tools and supplies to enhance your work.

- How to correctly wrap and burnish copper tape around two pieces of glass and china.

- How to attach jump rings and add "bling".

- How to solder dimensional objects under glass.

- How to add textures and details to your designs.

Workshop includes all tools and materials including solder, copper tape, glass, images, and china. Feel free to also bring your own family photos and/or china.


You’ll have complete use of my studio including access to my kiln, torches, tools, and textures. PMC clay and materials needed to complete each workshop is also included as described above. (Extra clay and material can also be purchased separately.)  Once the day has wrapped up you can wind down with a swim and enjoy a cocktail while watching an amazing Arizona sunset or even playing with my two friendly Maine Coon cats.  Available during gem show weeks is an optional guided adventure where I can take you to all the best shows aligned with your interests.

You’ll stay in your own private room (queen-sized bed and private bathroom) at my home studio and enjoy multiple home-cooked meals, Wi-Fi, pool, local hiking trails and birdwatching in my neighborhood and Sabino Canyon (five minutes away) and majestic sunset and star viewing from 2,700 foot elevation in the Catalina Foothills.

Now accepting reservations for any dates after January 4, 2021.

All-inclusive packages are $750 for 3 days of workshops and open studio time along with 2 nights of lodging and 5 meals.* Additional nights, workshops, and guided gem show tours can be added for $ 200 per day.  A $ 250 deposit is required at the time of reservation to hold your dates with the remainder of payment due no later than 10 days prior to arrival. A $ 100 fee is charged for cancellations less than 21 days prior to arrival.

Email today for more information and date availability!