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Science Fiction, Silver Clay and Me

Science Fiction, Silver Clay and Me

Most people grow out of the fantastical as they get older, but that never happened to me. From story books for children to Lord of the Rings, Lost in Space, or Asimov, from Thunderbirds to Star Trek and from The Dark Crystal to Star Wars (the original, I’m that old!),...

Don’t We Love Our Comfort Zone!

Don’t We Love Our Comfort Zone!

By Julia Rai We all like to feel safe and secure, especially in these uncertain times; that’s human nature. Spotting hazards, listening to warnings, and keeping our family protected is our prime concern. We generally avoid taking risks and we look out for danger signs...

In Memoriam:  Lis-el Crowley Co-Founder, AMCAW

In Memoriam: Lis-el Crowley Co-Founder, AMCAW

We are deeply saddened at the passing of Lis-el Crowley, the visionary artist whose belief in the importance of learning in a community of artists fueled the founding of AMCAW. Many of us came to know Lis-el initially from her popular metal clay videos. While she...

Creating from the Heart

Creating from the Heart

I took my first metalsmithing classes around 2006 at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Those classes were a wonderful opportunity to meet so many inspiring and talented artists among my classmates and teachers. One of those teachers, who became a very...