Artist honored with reception today
by Karen Kissiah Staff Writer
North Carolina metal and clay artisan Carrie Story will be honored with a reception at the Mary G. Burr Art Gallery Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4 until 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Cheraw Arts Commission, and located in the Cheraw Community Center at 200 Powe Street, the event is open to the public.
The exhibit, titled Divine Ornaments, will remain on display throughout the month of September.
The artist will return to Cheraw the following week to conduct an Adult Art Night program. Story will provide instruction from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Oyster Bar Restaurant, 155 Second Street, Thursday, Sept. 12. For a $25 fee, participants will create pure silver earrings. Supplies are included in the fee.
“Registration is suggested,” said Lindsay Bennett, executive director for the Cheraw Arts Commission, “in order to prepare with adequate supplies.”
Story will offer more workshops Friday, Sept.13. A beginner’s class in metal clays is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $95. An Intermediate class, from 1 until 4 p.m., will create a Picturesque Silver Tree Pendant. The cost for that workshop is $120.
“Fine metal clays are versatile and easy to use, allowing participants to make jewelry in just a few hours,” said Bennett. Registration is required for both workshops, as all supplies will be provided.
Bennett explained that metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove. The binder burns away, leaving the pure sintered metal.
To register for any of the workshops, or for more information, call Bennett at 843-537-8420, extension 12.
The Cheraw Arts Commission is sponsored in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Chesterfield County United Way and the National Endowment for the Arts.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, extension 224, or by email at email@example.com.
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