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terry kovalcik’s visual stories in metal clay

I just spent a delightful evening with a group of metal clay artists winding down their biannual conference. Intimate, casual yet serious learning with a healthy dose of humor, friendship, relaxation and bonding in a beautiful country setting. More of a retreat experience than the fast paced conferences I’m used to – artists came from all over the USA, England and Poland (and I might have missed a few countries!) to continue their studies with metal clay.

I left my camera home. What was I thinking? Forgive me. . .

I met New Jersey’s Terry Kovalcik and as he shared his work with me, I found myself holding my breath as I carefully opened each of his story-telling hinged lockets. Such surprises inside. Such beautiful surprises. Breathtaking detail. I had to ask him to tell me. Tell me all.

Terry Kovalcik Zodiac Crab

Terry handed this Zodiac Crab Locket to me. . .and Oh.My.Goodness. The crispness of the tiny crab and other elements aren’t captured in the photo. . .but still, can you see what I mean? Kovalcik uses a combination of metal clays – PMC+, PMC 3, PMC 3 paste, as well as sterling silver findings.

Terry Kovalcik Zodiac Crab Inside

Zodiac Crab Locket, open

Terry Kovalcik Buzz Box

Buzz Box

“Many of my pieces are made of multiple elements that hang, dangle and swing with the movement of the body. This gives the piece life and adds an element of whimsy. After sketching my designs on paper, it’s the process of creating, sculpting and assembling these pieces that are most gratifying.”

Terry Kovalcik

Doodle Locket

” I’ve become passionate about making boxes that allows me to work on both the inside and outside designs—with the mystery of its interior and the secrets that can be hidden inside.”  

I think he nailed it. Oh, yes.The sculptural pieces are alive with movement and whimsy and will spark your curiosity.

Terry Kovalcik A Tear For Icarus

A Tear For Icarus Locket

Terry Kovalcik Icarus Open

A Tear For Icarus Locket, open

The pictures here don’t do the work justice. They simply do not capture the detail. It was important to hold each piece, bring it in close, to appreciate the tiny components. Oh.So.Lovely. The back as detailed as the front. The hinges and clasps expertly crafted. Go find his work. Just do it.

Many thanks to Terry for sharing his work and to Wendy McManus for inviting me to meet her tribe and learn more about the artists moving this young medium forward.

Watch for more posts coming soon, showcasing artists who mesmerized me with their metal clay work and stories.

Terry Kovalcik’s website

sue mcnenly, storytelling through pictures

Two years ago when I wrote about Sue McNenly’s Precious Metal Clay vignettes I was drawn to her use of PMC – excited to see something other than jewelry created with this material.


photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

The vignettes tell a story, capturing moments and memories of her childhood. But look here and you will see that the pictures of her work back then did not do the stories justice. Those are what I call her ‘before’ shots. The pictures I am sharing with you today are her ‘after’ shots.

After what???

Read on. . .


photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

McNenly recently completed Brit Hammer’s online class Photographing Fine Art & Craft and the difference in her images after this four-week class is quite remarkable.


 photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

In addition to teaching the technical side of things in a language we can all understand, Brit asks artists to think about the story they want their images to convey. Questions, gentle coaxing, down-to-earth mentoring and a genuine interest in helping artists promote their work are the hallmarks of this gifted teacher.


McNenly is a cover girl now. More about that soon. . .

I am witness to the dialogue between Brit and her students every day on the class Facebook group and it is exciting to see ALL of her students make swift progress, creating WOW photographs. Over and over and over. Uplifting.


 photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

“Brit’s teaching style and critiques enabled me to grow my photography skills in leaps and bounds. My vignettes have always told a story, but photographing them with that story in mind was new to me.  I was able to capture the whimsy in my work in a 2D form.” Sue McNenly

Sue’s work continues to be as lovely, whimsical and lighthearted as it was two years ago when I last wrote about it, but now, her images speak much louder than words. A picture really IS worth a thousand words.

Sue McNenly’s website


Brit is teaching the online class again in April and May. I wholeheartedly believe this is a class that ALL artists need – really. DAM readers get a discounted rate when they register through my links. Register today and I’ll see you soon in the PFAC Facebook group.


noortje meijerink’s ceramic and metal clay

It isn’t often that you see an artist combine porcelain ceramics and metal clays (silver, gold, copper and bronze clay). Not often at all. But ceramic artist Noortje Meijerink does just that, with lovely results.

Speedies, porcelain, bronze, copper

Panel, porcelain, sgraffito technique, fine silver

Tell Me, thrown porcelain, sgraffito, fine silver

Meijerink has been working with ceramic clays since 1980. Her fascination for all types of clay led her to learn about metal clays, and in 2003 she became certified with Precious Metal Clay, which began her exploration of combining earthen and metal clays.

Haantje, thrown porcelain, sgrafitto technique, PMC fine silver

Varen, thrown porcelain, sgraffito technique, PMC fine silver

Stamp, porcelain, sgraffito technique, PMC fine silver

Birds on the worktable

Meijerink says of the marriage of materials, “From a ceramist view, to combine silver clay and ceramics was of course a big challenge. To my surprise there were hardly any ceramists who tried. Maybe that is the reason people in the US were impressed by my work, which gave me the opportunity to explain these techniques at the PMC Conferences.”

I’m impressed. I hope we see more ceramic artists incorporate metal clay – it adds an interesting quality to the work.

Noortje Meijerink’s website





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