Silhouette Event to Benefit 15-40 Connection!

We are really excited about our upcoming Silhouette Event on Tuesday April 22nd (school vacation week) and Tuesday April 29th. We have famed Silhouette Artist Carol Lebeaux here to cut silhouettes from live models. It’s pretty amazing to see what Carol can do with a tiny pair of scissors, piece of black paper and 5 minutes! There are only a handful of silhouettes artists in the country and one of them lives in our midst! Come check it out. It is the perfect Mother’s Day Gift.

This event will benefit the 15-40 Connection through 10% of the sale of Heart and Stone Jewelry and through amazing raffle prizes generously donated by area businesses! A huge thanks these businesses. It’s quite a line up starting with delicious cupcakes courtesy of CocoBeni. You can visit their websites below.

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Another Inspiring Day with Metal Clay

I felt like a proud mama..but this time it was not my kids I was beaming over. It was the watching the new “DIY Design & Learning Studio for Metal Clay” I created in my new space come to life. Not just come to life, it was so much more than that –  it was buzzing with inspiration and creativity and all around good juju. I was grinning from ear to ear all day.

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Senior Certified Art Clay Instructor Lisel Crowley teaches her Metal Clay: Hollow Forms Class in the DIY Design & Learning Studi at Heart and Stone.

Lis-el Crowley, who is a senior certified art clay instructor, one of handful in the area was back to teach an advanced Hollow Forms Class last Saturday. Once you have the basics of working with metal clay you can really begin to explore the amazing possibilities. We had a really talented group! A few had only worked with metal clay one time in our 101 class and others had a few more hours under their belts. The photos speak better than I can so here they are….

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Freshly Fired Pieces ready to be tumbled

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Just some of finished lentils from the days class. Amazing work! What a great class it was!

Though it not super obvious from the angle of the pictures these finished pieces are all large hollow lentil shaped pendants. They are convex on both sides and hollow in the center. Most just still need a bail. Hollow forms are a great way to make a statement piece with not a lot of silver! Hollow forms will be running again in the late Spring. Join our Mailing List  to be notified of all of our upcoming classes and events! To see our current schedule visit this post.

Silver Metal Clay Full-Day Classes

Silver Metal Clay Full-Day Classes & Registration

Heart and Stone offers classes in many forms. Our full-day Saturday classes are taught by myself as well as an amazing line up of Certified Metal Clay instructors from around New England. (and some day beyond!) These are pretty intensive & inspiring classes. You will learn a lot and leave with your finished pieces that day. Class runs from 10am to 5:00pm with a one-hour lunch break.

Click on a date to register for that class. Be sure to purchase your metal clay at registration so we can be sure to have it for you the day of class. We will be announcing our April/May dates very soon! Check back very soon!

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Metal Clay 101 – Introduction to Metal Clay: Texturing, Layers & Coils

Explore the unlimited potential of Precious Metal Clay during this exciting and in depth workshop while you create a unique, one of a kind, pendant and earring set. This program is designed to give you hands on experience in basic techniques for working with metal clay. You will learn what metal clay is, the different forms it comes in and how to best care for, work with and store it. An extensive overview of tools and equipment will be provided. You will be shown best practices for working with the clay, including rolling, texturing, cutting, shaping, coiling, layering, drilling and embellishing. Once you create your unique pieces, you will be shown how to sand, refine and further embellish them. Then they will be fired. Post firing finishing will then be covered, including brushing, polishing, tumbling and adding patina if you so desire. While the pieces are firing, your instructor will demonstrate advanced techniques to inspire you for future projects.

This six hour program is offered on Saturdays, from 10-5 with a one hour lunch break.

Cost is $95 plus a materials fee of approximately $25-50 – Class size is small to allow for individual attention.

Registration now open: Saturday -March 1st – Taught by Lis-el Crowley

Registration now open: Saturday – March 8th – Taught by Lis-el Crowley 

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METAL CLAY 102 – Hollow forms – lentils & beads

Basic understanding of metal clay is required for this program.

During this workshop you will be shown how to create a variety of hollow forms and beads including lentils and tube beads. Basic skills learned during this class will include drying and forming clay over molds, bonding pieces together to create hollow forms, forming clay over other media, and creating seamless forms. While pieces are being fired, advanced techniques will be demonstrated.

This six hour program is offered on Saturdays, from 10-5 with a one hour lunch break.

Cost is $110 plus a materials fee of approximately $65 – Class size is small to allow for individual attention

Registration now open: Saturday – Feb 22nd – Taught by Lis-el Crowley

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METAL CLAY 103 – Rings

Basic understanding of metal clay is required for this program.

Creating rings in metal clay opens the door to all kinds of creative potential. During this class you will be taught how to work on a mandrel and allow for shrinkage to be sure your rings will be the right size. You will be shown several types of ring possibilities from which you can choose to create your own unique design. Pieces will be fired and completed during class. During firing advanced techniques will be demonstrated.

This six hour program is offered on Saturdays, from 10-5 with a one hour lunch break.

Cost is $110 plus a materials fee of approximately $35 -$65 depending on clay amount purchased– Class size is small to allow for individual attention

Registration Now Open: Saturday – March 29 – Taught by Lis-el Crowley

About the Instructors

Alexis Crowley –

Alexis is a certified Art Clay Instructor and has a fresh and unique approach to metal clay. She teaches introductory classes in Metal Clay, Fused Glass, Printmaking and Metal Smithing. Her work is sold in galleries throughout Connecticut. She has served as Manager of Art & Soul Gallery, in Windsor, CT and co-produced the Metal Clay Mojo Conference in Chester Ct in September of 2013.

Lis-el Crowley –

Lis-el Crowley is a Senior Certified Art Clay instructor and has traveled and taught metal clay and other classes throughout the United States. Her work has appeared in magazines and online exhibits and is shown in galleries and shops throughout New England. She is the founder of the Metal Clay Artisan Guild in Connecticut and produced the Metal Clay Mojo Conference in Chester, CT in September of 2013.

Metal Clay Open Studio!!!

Yeah! It’s been quite some time coming but we are finally ready to offer Open Studio Hours in our  ”DIY Design & Learning Studio for Metal Clay”!

What does Open Studio mean exactly? During Open Studio Hours you can come use our Metal Clay work space and all our metal clay tools, textures, stamps etc. There is a $15 fee per day and that includes kiln firing of up to 3 pieces. There is no formal instruction available during these hours but someone from Heart and Stone will be there should you need a little assist. Metal clay and findings will be available for purchase.

If we get busy enough that we need to add registration to reserve spaces we will do so but in the meantime just drop by during any of these hours and stay as long as you like! If you will be coming with a group please let us know in advance as we are limited to 8 people at a time.

Open Studio Hours: Begins Tuesday March 4th

Tuesday – 4 – 9 pm
Thursday 4 – 9 pm
Sunday 12 – 6pm

Requirements: We ask you come to open studio having had some basic training in Metal Clay so you are familiar with all the tools and products and know how to properly use and care for them. We offer several basic classes. Click here for our current schedule.

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Vacation Week Metal Clay Mini-Classes!

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Join us this Vacation week and begin to explore the unlimited potential of Precious Metal Clay during this 3 hour basic introduction to Silver Metal Clay. Create a unique, one of a kind, pendant and/or earring set. This program is designed to give you hands on experience in the most basic techniques for working with metal clay.

You will learn what metal clay is, the different forms it comes in and how to best care for, work with and store it. An basic overview of tools and equipment will be provided. You will be shown best practices for working with the clay, including rolling, texturing & stamping, cutting, layering and drilling. Once you create your unique pieces, you will be shown how to sand and refine them. When class ends you will have a piece ready to fire in our kiln and be picked up in later in the week.

This 3-hour workshop will be offered daily tues through friday from 2 to 5 during school vacation week. Each 3 hour session is $45 plus materials.

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Metal Clay will be available by the gram for purchase the day of class. People generally purchase between $20-$45 in silver clay.

Metal Clay is completely non-toxic and great for all ages however due to the expense of the silver clay we recommend a minimum age of 13. Younger than is sometimes ok too. It really depends on the child. They are all so different!

Space is limited to 8 people each day! Please register to reserve your spot or feel free to drop in space permitting. Registration will be opening in late March for this program. Check back here for the link. Thanks! Feel free to contact us with questions.

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Taught by Julie Booras: 
Julie Booras, the owner of Heart and Stone, has a degree in Fine Arts from the George Washington University where she studied photography and design. Julie has been working in metal clay and jewelry design since 2007. You can see Julie’s buildable charm collection at heartandstonejewelry.com or by visiting the store/studio at 269 West Main Street in Northborough. Julie’s work has been featured in national magazines including, People, Pregnancy & Newborn and Kiwi as well as on New England’s ABC’s Chronicle. 

In the event we need to cancel a class or workshop due to inclement weather, or illness you can choose to receive a refund or you can reserve a seat in a future session.

Register to reserve your space! Drop-ins welcome daily if space is available.

Senior Certified Metal Clay Instructor Lis-el Crowley is in the House Feb 1st!

When I got my start in metal clay in 2007 there were  not a lot of local resources at the time so I turned to the web for my education. There are some great metal clay forums on Yahoo Groups you can sign up for (free!) where you can learn a ton. While I was getting my education I read about many of the “big names” in metal clay: Holly Gage, Gordon Uyehara, Hadar Jacobson and Lis-el Crowley to name a few… Fast forward 7 years and while looking for someone to coordinate and teach metal clay classes in my new studio space I was contacted by one of those names I recognized!!!

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Lis-el Crowley will be teaching this Saturdays Feb 1st class Metal Clay 101 Class in our Northborough location. This is pretty exciting…we’ll have one of a handful of senior certificated Metal Clay Instructors in the house! So if you are interested in joining us now or in the future visit our Metal Class Classes – Schedule & Registration page here.  (there are still a few spaces left!)

Lis-el Crowley is a Senior Certified Art Clay instructor and has traveled and taught metal clay and other classes throughout the United States. Her work has appeared in magazines and online exhibits and is shown in galleries and shops throughout New England. She is the founder of the Metal Clay Artisan Guild in Connecticut and produced the Metal Clay Mojo Conference in Chester, CT in September of 2013.

Metal Clay Class is in Session!

Our DIY Design & Learning Studio for Metal Clay Jewelry is in session!  Six months after we moved in we are finally ready to roll thanks to the help of Lis-el Crowley. Lis-el is a Senior Certified Metal Clay instructor and has traveled throughout the US teaching metal clay classes. Lis-el will be creating the class program and be teaching here a few times a month! We had our 1st class this past saturday. Alexis Crowley, (Lis-el’s daughter) also a certified Art Clay Instructor, came to teach all about basics of metal clay  including texturing, layering and making coils. The pieces were fired and finished so everyone went home with one or more pieces of silver jewelry that they made themselves. How awesome is that?! For more information about upcoming classes please visit here.

IMG_3699We had some great pieces come out of our first class! A huge thanks to Monique for taking these pictures from her very 1st class. They really help illustrate the process. Monique used about 30 grams of clay to make these rather large pieces.

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Leather Hard Silver Metal Clay. The final pieces before going into the kiln.

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Your Pure Silver Pieces after firing!

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The oxidation has been removed from the high spots to give an antiqued finished. (The oxidation stage is optional if you like a more traditional shiny look, that can also be achieved.)

For more information about upcoming classes please visit here.

Metal Clay Parties

One of my favorite parts of the new space is the DIY Design & Learning Studio. It’s a place to host, teach and share Precious Metal Clay. You can book a seat in one of our upcoming classes or book the whole space for a Precious Metal Party.

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Call for Artisans!

Heart & Stone Jewelry has opened a unique store in Northborough MA, dedicated to showcasing artistic talent in a variety of media from both established and emerging artists. The store is: a workshop and retail space for Heart & Stone Jewelry’s personalized build-able charm collection, a gallery space to showcase other artists and a learning center to host precious metal clay parties, classes and open studio nights.

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We are currently accepting submissions from artisans of all kinds. We are considering handcrafted (non-personalized) jewelry*, accessories, artwork & gifts of all kinds for women and men. We can not consider clothing or home furnishings due to other business’ in our plaza.

We will be rotating the artwork on the walls and hosting openings for each new artist or grouping of artists.

*Jewelry submissions. Since our main focus is jewelry we will only be taking a limited amount of jewelry vendors. We are interested in truly handcrafted, very original pieces. We will not be accepting beaded jewelry and prefer that all metal findings be sterling or better (though this a not a hard and fast rule). Fabric, wood, sea glass, paper jewelry or other non-metal unique materials would be of interest to us as would be any other artisan fabricated precious metal & gemstone jewelry.

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The gallery space is still in the stages of imagination and transformation. Help us find the heart and soul of the space through your amazing artwork.

We have beautiful custom built lit and locking cases and lots of floor and wall space ready to fill with your work.

The space is in a great highly trafficked location at 269 West Main Street in Northborough in the Kendall Square Plaza at 20 & West Main.

Please email an artist statement and images of work. If you wish, you can include one sentence about each work, briefly explaining their context. The Heart & Stone Store will be professionally and heavily promoted via the web, social media and in local and national print.

The consignment breakdown is as follows:
artworks priced up to $30 receive 50%*
artworks priced $31 – $250 receive 60%
artworks priced above $251+ receive 65%
Credit card fees and sales tax will be taken care of by Heart & Stone.

*artworks priced up to $30 that have total monthly sales over $250 will be automatically bumped up and receive 60% of their sales for that month.

We understand the headaches and challenges of consigning. One of the features of our new website (due to launch in July 2014) is a system to make it insanely easy to keep track of items and sales for both the consigner and the consignee! As a consigner you’ll be able to log onto our website and fill in a form with items that you will be delivering, quantity, description and pricing. Once the items come in we will print a bar code sticker for each item. When we make a sale we just scan the barcode. Checks will be cut or monthly by Businesscents which is the awesome company that takes care of all our red tape so we don’t have to!

Please send submissions to Gallery@heartandstonejewelry.com We will respond quickly. We are excited! Thank you!