I learned the art of lost wax casting in my senior year of high school.  Continuing the pursuit of learning the art of jewelry making, I took many jewelry classes at a local community college with Barbara Bouchard.  Working with Barbara, I became proficient at lost wax casting as well as basic metalsmithing.  During this time I began assisting Barbara with teaching basic jewelry classes. After community college I continued metalsmithing classes at Humboldt State University, working with David La Plantz and Holly Sparkman.

 

After college my love of Jewelry making took a back seat to various careers through out the years. During this time I would occasionally make jewelry for friends and teach private students.

 

In the early 2000’s a friend introduced me to Hadar Jacobson. I began taking classes with Hadar and fell in love with Metal Clay.  Recently I discovered Camp PMC and completed both PMC 101 and 201 becoming certified to teach through Camp PMC. 

 

My metal clay jewelry is inspired by my love of nature.  Often using elements I find in nature, like wasp’s nests, pods, leaves and bones.

 

I have exhibited my work in various Northern California galleries and participated in Open Studios in Sedona and Prescott Arizona.

Camp PMC Instructor

Location: Sonoma, CA

Email: spiritedpaws@gmail.com

Website: https://www.deborahellenjewelry.com/

Deborah Ellen

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