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Dori Daus
Welcome to Face of Contentment Design, the online home for PMC and Art Clay classes, hand-crafted silver jewelry, original polymer clay accesories, lampwork, fused glass, and much more.

Classes Available in My Home Studio or Your Location

Please see our brochure for more details, including class descriptions and costs. Feel free to if you have any additional questions! Scroll down for some testimonials!

NEW!! Pay for these classes online! If you would like to register for any of the classes listed below, please follow this procedure:

  1. to set up or reserve a spot in a class.
  2. We will e-mail you to confirm the date and let you know the final cost.
  3. Use the "donate" link below to pay for the class.
  4. Upon receipt of payment, we will e-mail you to confirm that you are registered. Your registration is only complete once you have received this e-mail.

What can you learn?

  • Level I Certification Art Clay Silver (ACS) Classes
    In order to become a certified instructor, you must successfully complete the Level One Certification course. This course is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of Art Clay. 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.

  • Crossover Certification Classes
    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.
  • Upon successful completion of the Level One or Crossover Certification course, you are entitled to:

    1. 35% discount on Art Clay Silver Series products (when purchased through ACW USA Inc.)
    2. Teach Art Clay Introductory classes
    3. Take the Senior Level Certification Course

  • Level II (Senior) Certification Art Clay Silver (ACS) Classes
    The Senior Certification course is designed to provide advanced techniques as well as a creative challenge for the individuals who have completed Level One or Crossover Certification. 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. Art Clay World, USA, approves and certifies instructors into the Senior Instructor community by reviewing an application and examining a selection of 3 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.

    Upon approval the applicant will be entitled to:

    1. 42% discount on Art Clay Silver Series products (when purchased through ACW USA Inc.)
    2. Purchases over $500.00 may be granted "net 15" payment terms for accounts in good standing
    3. Teach all levels of Art Clay courses, including the Level One, Crossover and Senior Level Certifications

  • Beginner Level Classes
    The basics of working with precious metal clay include:
    • Rolling out clay to an even thickness.
    • Adding texture and cutting shapes.
    • Firing.
    • Finishing including polish and patina and findings.

  • Intro to Lampwork
    In this class, students will use a torch to create a number of glass beads from 104 C.O.E glass rods. The glass will be melted and formed around a steel mandrel, and then slowly cooled in a fiber blanket. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with a torch, using marvers to shape the hot glass, and removing the beads from the mandrels. Please tie back long hair, bring glasses or prepare to wear goggles, and wear clothing that fits closely. $40 Tuition, plus a $15 materials fee due to the instructor on the day of the class.

  • Lampwork With Inclusion
    In this class, students will use a torch to create glass beads with millifiore and then use those beads to create original earring with wire work. Students are encouraged to bring other beads to enhance the glass beads that they will make. Wire, pliers, and ear wires will be provided. Please tie back long hair, bring glasses or prepare to wear goggles, and wear clothing that fits closely. Introduction to Lampwork is a prerequisite. $40 Tuition, plus a $15 materials fee due to the instructor on the day of the class.

  • Metal Clay Ring
    In this class, students will apply what they learn in the introductory class to make a ring that will fit the finger of their choice. They will roll out clay, use a texture, and form the ring on a mandrel. All rings will be fired after the class to allow for a maximum time for creativity. Bring you own texture or use one of the instructor's. Bring your own design or follow the directions outlined in the class. If you would like to bring a stone that can be fired in the ring, please make sure that it will survive the 1200 degree temperature. Stones will be available for purchase during class, as well. A Beginner Class in Metal Clay (either PMC or ACS) is a prerequisite. $40 Tuition, plus a $30 materials fee due to the instructor on the day of the class.

  • Metal Clay Syringe - Earrings Made With the Syringe
    In this class, students will use a syringe to make a pair of earrings or a pendant from a line drawing. Students are encouraged to bring their own line drawings. All firing will be done after class to ensure plenty of time for drying and creativity. A Beginner Class in Metal Clay (either PMC or ACS) is a prerequisite. Registration is required a week in advance of class. $40 Tuition, plus a $40 materials fee due to the instructor on the day of the class.

  • Metal Clay Project - Two-Sided Pendant With Stone or Dichroic Glass Inclusion
    In this class, students will use two textures to roll out a double-sided pendant and then learn how to mount firable stones or glass in metal clay before it enters the kiln. Students may bring their own firable stones (contact manufacturer to make sure that they will withstand the heat of the kiln) or glass cabs or buy them from the instructor at the class. Prices for stones and glass cabs range from $2 to $12. $40 Tuition, plus a $30 materials fee (which includes metal clay use use of tools, only) due to the instructor on the day of the class.

  • Introduction to Glass Fusing in the Microkiln
    In this class, students will learn how to cut and stack glass in a size that is reasonable for making jewelry. Instruction in the use of a microkiln is included. $30 Tuition, plus a $10 materials fee due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Testimonials

Hi Dori,

I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much I enjoyed our class! I'm so excited to continue learning from you and can't wait for our next session.

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Warm Regards,

-Patty

I have got to say that luck has funny ways of showing itself! I was lucky tonight to have met you!... I enjoyed speaking with you about your jewelry design and your website.

I LOVE your designs and think they epitomize the "fun, easy to wear jewelry" that I was just speaking about the other day on my Twitter account! One day I am speaking about this kind of jewelry and then, amazingly, I am speaking to a gifted artist who creates it.

I will get back to looking at your site because I would love to take some of the classes that you offer. I do have some design experience and have taken wax carving at FIT and jewelry design sketching at the Gemological Institute of America.

Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me tonight and I will look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

-Marc Knobloch, VP, Aron Knobloch Inc.

Thank you for the beautifully packed order of supplies. It was waiting for me when I got home, and I can't wait to curl up with the book tonight. We are clearing a safe area in our basement, and I'm really looking forward to reviewing what you showed us in the class. Donna, Catherine (and Catherine's husband) are all eager to start practicing! I have a feeling we may all be back for another class with you -- it was great fun. Thank you again for a really wonderful day. I have had a lot of pleasure from the many different crafts I have tried in my life, but I never thought I could do glassmaking. It's a very exciting adventure you have launched us on! You are right, the book is just gorgeous. Thank you again for your kindness on the phone, and for providing me with the tools to make a good start. PS - my little red donuts are hanging as charms from a bracelet -- everybody loves them!

-Ruth, Verona, NJ

Dori, I want to thank you for the wonderful morning we had at your studio on Saturday! Ruth, Catherine and I are still talking about it. Thank you also for the three great pix you emailed! How serious we all look!... Well, thank you again for your good teaching and your hospitality. We will keep in touch. PS: My beads are still in one piece!

-Donna, Fairlawn, NJ

It was a wonderful time with you... [I] have a strong sense of accomplishment. Thanks for the great experience.

-Lis-El, Connecticut


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