Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Electroforming in Orange County

The best thing about electroforming classes is the variety of objects the students bring in to process. Just take a look at this collection of finished projects from Sherri’s February class at Brea Bead Works in Brea, California. Students electroformed seashells, glass, polymer clay, leaves, acorns and even lace fabric. With results like this, it’s no wonder Electroforming is becoming Sherri’s most popular class.

In addition to the all-day electroforming class, the next day Sherri taught her popular class on doing image transfers on metal clay. She was grateful for the assistance of Cassy Muronaka, and daughter Michelle, who helped tremendously even with baby Adeline in tow.

Cassy is a jewelry artist herself, and has made some amazing things using Sherri’s E3 Electroforming kit. Check out her blog on her first experiments here (note that the E3 Electroforming kit is now sold separately from the E3 Etch kit). Cassy has also done some exciting work electroforming on polymer clay, which she graciously shares in a multi-part blog. Follow her process and experiments, and see her amazing finished pieces starting here.

Sherri will teach at Brea Bead Works again on May 14th and 15th, so if this looks like fun, please come join us. Brea Bead Works features a variety of classes with local and visiting instructors. They offer a preview event prior to each quarter so customers can view class samples and meet instructors, and then be prepared to register for classes, which sometimes sell out quickly. Check out their impressive list of workshops at

Monday, March 28, 2011

Winter Wedding

Sherri took a hiatus from teaching in January to help plan and celebrate her daughter Rachel’s wedding. Rachel and her husband, Luke, both make their living on their formidable creativity. Needless to say, the combined talents made the event a visual feast.

Rachel designed and sewed her own dress, Sherri oversaw the food and flower arrangements and I made a Victorian-meets-modern carrot cake to the bride and groom’s specifications. The reception was held in an art museum decorated with casual wintery pink rose bouquets put together by a group of friends and relatives.

Sherri and Luke’s mother, Mel (who is also my sister-in-law—don’t even try to figure that one out),

wore beaded champagne gowns that blended nicely with the bridesmaids’ varied pink tones. The food was in keeping with the cold January day—hot pureed squash and tomato soups, but the highlight was Sherri’s innovative hot chocolate bar, where guests could add red hots, pink marshmallows, white chocolate and an assortment of other treats to their steaming cups.

The food was catered by . If you live in Utah County, Sherri and I would both highly recommend them for an event.

To end the evening, everyone jumped in for the Tunak Tunak Tun dance, a tradition for Luke.

Most of us would probably want to spend a week or two in bed after planning and executing such a large event, but with January past, Sherri was ready to take on her upcoming busy travel and teaching schedule. Check her schedule of classes here to see if one is coming near you.