Monday, February 2, 2015

Mary Oliver Heart Pendant Workshop with Cat Kerr

Workshop Saturday, February 7th, 10:00am-4:00pm
$125 Includes Soldering Station and all Supplies
Art More Place, 150 East Dr., Melbourne  32904
About the Class:
In 2006 I read a poem that changed my life…of course I didn’t know it at the time. I read it, admired it and closed the book, never giving it another thought. A year later I found myself reading the very same poem, but this time, something was different,…I was different and I was finally ready and open to understand the meaning behind it. It was no longer whispering the words from the page,it now screamed and pushed and shoved at me…and in a crashing uproar, a voice inside me yelled… “listen to your heart…listen, to what you already know.” That Poem was “The Journey” by Mary Oliver and the first line read “One day you finally knew what you had to do and began”. It was that simple,that clear, that deep inside me I knew, I always knew, that I wanted to create art, that I wanted to put it out into the world, and that I would be willing to listen to whatever the world screamed back at me. I only needed to begin, and so I did. This poem, at the time,started me on my creative journey, what I later realized, was that it not only helped the Creative in me to come out, but that it also helped me to find my own courage,my own path,my own voice.

Throughout these years, Mary Oliver’s poems have inspired me, they have guided me and centered me. Though most believe Mary Oliver to be one of the greatest female poets of American History, I see her only as a friend,one who quietly tells me, there is no time to waste.
These pieces were inspired by my love for the words of Mary Oliver.

In this class you will learn:

• the basics of using a soldering iron
• learn how to create and solder a bezel
• learn how to personalize your pendant
• learn about patina
• assemble and finish your Heart Bezel

Teacher to Provide:

Soldering Stations: Cookie sheet, heat resistant surface, 100 watt iron, stand, eye wear, gel flux with brush, Sal Ammoniac block, strip of solder, tweezers

Patina Station: Gloves, paper plates, Patina, baking soda paste/wash, paper towels.

Available for Everyone to Use: Hammers, metal blocks, pliers,wire cutters, steel wool, emery boards, Black clay, stamp sets, Renaissance wax, polishing cloth, dowels, glue, glitter, resin, seed beads, needles and thread.

Each student will receive a kit and be able to make two pendants:

• 2-Brass hearts
• 2- 1/2” brass pipe
• 2-Jump rings
• Tinned Copper Wire/Jump rings
• Sari Ribbon
• 2-24” 2mm Leather Cord
• Closure
• Images

This is the mask I use Honeywell RWS-54008 Saf-T-Fit Plus P95 Disposable Respirator with Exhalation Valve.iT’S $8 on Amazon

Soldering Supplies:(flux, patina, tinned jump rings)
Rub-ons, Metal shapes and other findings visit my Etsy Supply shop at


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