Melissa Orsini to Teach “Precious Metal Clay” June 9th-10th at the Arkansas Craft School

Register by May 26th

What is Precious Metal Clay?
Precious Metal Clay, or more simply Metal Clay, can seem like magic. Developed in Japan in the early 1990s, it allows people to create intricate and sophisticated metal jewelry through working with clay. It is pliable and versatile in its raw state, but transforms in a kiln to solid metal.

This workshop will explore various techniques, including setting stones and making bezels, using a clay which yields beautiful silver jewelry. Students MUST register by the deadline for materials to be purchased. All materials for this class will be provided.
Melissa Orsini has been teaching handwork and creativity for more than 20 years, in recent years at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. A graduate of UALR, she had a career in finance and accounting before she began making jewelry. A background in fiber arts meshed perfectly with an interest in semiprecious stone beads that began more than a decade ago, and she continues to feature intricate knotting techniques and tiny, colorful stones in her work. In 2010, she began a love affair with metal clay. This versatile material quickly became a favorite medium, and she continues to experiment with new ways to use it that increase the range and originality of her work. She is currently pursuing Level II metal clay certification.
Arkansas Craft School | 101 N. Peabody Ave, Mountain View, AR 72560. Check out their FB page and web site for registration, etc.

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.