Art Clay Certification and Diploma Training and Classes

These teachers and schools offer Art Clay Certification and Diploma classes and courses. Some of these teachers are willing to travel outside of their home area to run classes. See the listings for details. All external links open in a new window.

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Art Clay Certification classes in the UK

Art Clay Certification classes in the USA

Art Clay Certification classes International


Art Clay Shop - Rochester, Kent

Art Clay introduction classes, project based classes, bronze and copper clay classes and Art Clay Certification.

Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery - Cornwall

Art, craft and jewellery making courses and classes including beginners, intermediate and advanced level silver metal clay, glass fusing, enameling, adding colour to metal, silver work, unique texture making and private classes. They also sell kilns and Dockyard carving tools.

Craftworx - East Yorkshire

Introduction to metal clay classes, PMC and Art Clay, baby fingerprint classes, ring making classes, stone setting classes, advanced stone setting classes, ceramics and silver clay classes, glass and silver classes. Art Clay Level 1 and 2 Certification and a programme of masterclasses. Kiln firing services and open workshops.

Creative Glass - Rochester, Kent

Art Clay beginners classes and Level 1 and 2 Art Clay Certification classes.

Debbie France Jewellery Designs - Sittingbourne, Kent

Debbie says, "s well as both Art Clay Diplomas, Introduction to metal clay, glass fusing I offer mixed level/mixed media class and individually tailored courses. I have a lovely studio, which is used for teaching and is also where I create my own jewellery. You will be taught in a friendly safe environment and supported all the way on your journey of discovery."

Ginko Designs - Watlington

Art Clay Certification Level 1 and 2

Joy Funnell - Hastings, East Sussex

Introductory Art Clay classes, Art Clay certification. Advanced Art Clay, bezel setting and construction classes. Private lessons arranged by appointment.

Julia Rai - Cornwall, London

Introduction to metal clay, PMC and Art Clay classes, Art Clay Certification classes level 1 and 2, making your own textures class, private classes, one-to-one classes. Will travel to teach.

London Jewellery School - Hatton Garden, London

One day classes and other short courses in a range of precious metal clay techniques from beginners to adding colour, stone setting, clay and Art Clay certification as well as copper clay, silversmithing, fused glass, Perspex, wire and beading courses and much more. Private tuition available for all levels or metal clay and other techniques. Plus the school offers three diploma programmes for those wanting to develop jewellery careers and businesses.

Lynne Glazzard - Hunmanby, Filey, Yorkshire

Beginners, intermediate and advanced Art Clay silver classes including ring making, hollow forms and stone setting.  Art Clay Silver level 1 and 2 Certification with Lynne Glazzard. Bronze clay and copper clay classes. A wide range of metal clay and jewellery making courses, traditional silver work classes, enamelling classes at introductory and advanced levels including cloisonné and Plique a jour enamelling, advanced stone setting, adding colour to metal clay, torch fired enamel classes, glass fusing classes and combining silver clay with lampwork beads.  Private classes run by appointment.  Open workshops and a series of Masterclasses with invited tutors.

The School of Jewellery and Craft - Mortimer, Berkshire

Art Clay Certification classes, metal clay classes and jewellery making classes.

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The Silver Artist - Kings Norton, Birmingham

Art Clay beginners classes and Level 1 and 2 Art Clay Certification classes.

Silverclay Jewellery Workshops - Breamore, Hampshire

Introductory Art Clay workshops, intermediate and advanced classes, project based classes. Art Clay Level 1 and 2 Certification.

Silver with Lesley - Chichester, West Sussex

Introductory and improvers silver metal clay classes, Art Clay and PMC, Art Clay Certification Level 1 and 2 and Bronze clay classes. Lesley also offers project based metal clay classes. Kiln firing services and open workshops.

Snowdrop Design Studio - Corsham, Wiltshire

Beginners copper clay and Art Clay classes, Art Clay Certification.



Art Clay World

The education section of this website has lots of useful information to help you find an instructor.

Art on the Veranda - McKinney, TX

Offering classes in Metal Clay from beginner to Certifications with Art Clay, Introduction to Basic Jewelry.

Chicago Jewelry School - Wheeling, IL

Jewelry making classes including metal smithing, beading, wire wrapping, bead weaving, chain maille, enamelling and metal clay classes. Lapidary and gemology classes.

Cindy Pankopf's Creative Place - Fullerton, California

Wide range of classes including beginners to advanced metal clay, Art Clay Certification and copper clay classes.

Colibri Designs - Nashua, NH  

Art Clay Certifications, metal clay beginners and intermediate classes.

Elentari Handverk - Clackamas, OR

Debra Carus runs Art Clay Level 1 and 2 Certification.

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Hodge Podge Studio - Indianapolis, IN

Beginners Art Clay classes, project based Art Clay classes and certification.

Lorrene Davis - Placerville, CA

Art Clay Certification Level 1 and 2. Also runs beginner and intermediate metal clay classes. Lorrene will travel just about anywhere to teach. Contact here for details. Also see Lorrene's blog here.

Lyle Rayfield - Tucson, AZ

Art Clay Certification Level 1 and 2, PMC crossover classes, beginners classes, bronze and copper clay classes, speciality classes for intermediate and advanced students. Also teaches enamelling and texture making.

Mendocino Art Center - Mendocino, CA

Programme of metal clay and jewelry making classes including bronze and copper clay, Art Clay Certification and metal clay specialist classes.

Michela Verani - Londonderry, NH

Private lessons, Art Clay Level I, Crossover or Senior Certification from Michela Verani.

Pam East - Johns Creek, GA

Art Clay Certification Level 1 and 2



Academy of Jewelry and Art -Trinidad & Tobago

One day and short courses in a range of metal clay and traditional goldsmithing techniques for beginners, intermediate and advanced, also for visitors to the islands.
Art Clay Certification all Levels, Instructor Certification, New Mokume Gane Certification. Working in Art Clay Silver, bronze clay and copper clay. Stone setting and stone drilling techniques. Adding colour to silver with glass fusing, glass beading and enamelling classes. CAD/ CAM prototypes in 3D Printing jewellery in wax, for lost wax investment casting. Private tuition by appointment. Open Workshops and courses advertised on facebook: ArtClayTrinidadTobago. Classes in English and German.

Alexandra Daini - Kitchener, Ontario

Art Clay Level 1 and 2, plus introductory and advanced classes.

Art Clay World - Mumbai, India

Introductory Art Clay classes and Certification classes running in Mumbai, India.

Creative Glass - Switzerland

Art Clay Level 1 and 2 Certification

Gardym Creative - Belgium

Art Clay beginners, advanced and Level 1 and 2 Certification classes.

Jocelyne Robertson - Montréal, Joliette and Terrebonne, Canada

Jocelyne runs private Art Clay classes on request from her home studio in Terrebonne, five minutes from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She also teaches in French in some boutiques. She offers Introductory Classes for Beginners , Advanced courses and workshops, Level One Certification and Senior Level Certification and Crossover Certification, bronze clay workshop and copper clay.

Metal Clay Alchemist - Canada

Art Clay Level 1 and 2 certification.

Metal Clay Supply House - Canada

Level 1 and Senior Level Art Clay Certification, beginners to advanced classes. Also offer Bronze Clay classes.

Non! Soesa Creatief - Netherlands

Art Clay training provider also offering Hadar Jacobson's clay classes by accredited tutor Otteline Tuitel.

PMC Studio France - France

PMC Studio France specialise in learning holidays offering a variety of courses ranging from three days to two weeks. For example the three days may involve learning how to make fingerprint jewellery and personalised jewellery with time left to enjoy the pool as well as a glass of French wine or two! Those coming on a weeks holiday may wish to complete an introductory course and one of the certification modules of their choice. Other choices include working with bronze and copper. These are fully catered holidays with plenty of French cuisine and indulgence if you so wish. Partners are also welcome for a moderate supplement and are free to see the sites whilst you learn. These holidays are suitable for all levels from those looking at learning a new skill to those serious about metal clay becoming their business. They also offer Art Clay Level 1 and 2 Certification classes.

Sydney Art School - Australia

Art Clay Certification training.

Tulipes En Janvier - Switzerland

Beginners and Art Clay Certification classes. Classes are taught in English and French.

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Art Clay Certification

Art Clay Certification is slightly different in each country and the qualification is no longer internationally recognised. This means that if you qualify in the USA, you will not be authorised to teach in the UK/EU and vice versa. Qualifications across the EU will be recognised though.

In order to become a certified instructor, you must successfully complete the courses as laid out in your own country. This course is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of Art Clay.

At Level One in the UK, the curriculum changed on 1st November 2012 to bring it in line with the European curriculum. The Level One course - now called the Level 1 Diploma - is 2-3 days and has six projects. The focus is on technique, precision and finishing pieces to a consistently high standard. In the new curriculum, there is some design freedom in the projects. Once the Level One Diploma is passed, holders can teach introductory/beginners Art Clay classes and project based classes. They will get a 15% discount on buying Art Clay from the official distributors.

In the USA, the curriculum consists of nine different projects taught over 24 hours of instruction (typically three eight hour days), and covers a variety of techniques. Some of the techniques include use of organic forms, creating flat and round-shank rings, addition and firing of gemstones and glass, creating a mirror finish, and much more. This course provides general and technical information, as well as some helpful teaching guidelines.

In the UK, the Level Two Senior Certification course curriculum also changed in November 2012.

The Senior Certification course is designed to provide advanced techniques as well as a creative challenge for the individuals who have completed Level One Certification. In the US, there are a total of seven projects taught over 32 hours (typically four eight hour days). This course teaches students to incorporate gold foil, brass, and fine silver bezel wire. It also introduces the use of three-dimensional design, with emphasis on detail and fine finishing. Successful completion of this course entitles you to apply for Senior Instructor Status in the USA.

Art Clay World, USA, approves and certifies instructors into the Senior Instructor community by reviewing an application and examining a selection of three pieces of original work. The pieces submitted must reflect the techniques and skills the individual learned during their Art Clay education, as well as the ability to creatively design original pieces while following guidelines. A non-refundable $200 application fee is also required from anyone submitting for Senior Instructor status.

In the UK and EU, Level Two Certification - now called Level 2 Diploma - covers more advanced techniques and runs over 2.5 - 4 days. Four pieces have to be completed during the course. There is now some design freedom on the pieces. There is a criteria list of all the skills and competencies the instructor is looking for and this has to be completed successfully for the certification to be awarded. The new curriculum states that Level One and Level Two can now be done back to back or with a break, this is up to the tutor.

Once the Level 2 Diploma is passed, holders can teach introductory/beginners Art Clay classes and project based classes. They will get a 20% discount on buying Art Clay from the official distributors.

The new EU curriculum has introduced a concept called the Higher Diploma. This equates to the previous model which required those who had passed the Level 2 class projects to submit three pieces for evaluation. This step requires that six months have elapsed after passing the Level 2 course. In the new curriculum, these three pieces must be independently designed by the student to specific criteria. They are submitted to a local distributor and evaluated by a panel.

A discount of 30% on buying Art Clay from the official distributors of Art Clay is an advantage of the Higher Diploma.

Crossover Certification

In the USA, a Crossover Certification is available. The Crossover Certification course is a three-project class that covers some of the specialty Art Clay products. This class is available to certified PMC Instructors. In order to qualify, an individual must have become Level One PMC certified before December 1, 2007 or Level Two PMC certified any time thereafter. All students that take a Crossover Certification will be required to submit a copy of their PMC certificates.

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