Metal Clay Masters Registry
What was the Metal Clay Masters Registry?
The Metal Clay Masters Registry was a structured program linked to an independent evaluation system that was the most prestigious and professional credential in the field of metal clay. It opened in 2008 and closed in June 2019.
The Registry consisted of a rigorous curriculum of fifty projects, which provided artists with a challenge that propelled them to improved technical skills and into new creative realms.
There were five levels of Mastery with 10 projects at each level. Projects had to be sent to the Registry in the USA to be marked by two independent evaluators. The pass mark was seven out of a possible 10 marks. The marks were allocated in a number of categories specific to the project. On the individual project pages, you can see the marking criteria and the marks Julia attained for projects that passed and those that didn’t.
In the 10+ years Julia worked on the Registry projects, she attained Registry Level V and submitted a master work, the only person in the world to attain this level.
The master work was submitted at the beginning of June 2019 and she received the results after the programme finally closed on 30th June. The master work did not pass and now there is no opportunity for Julia to resubmit something. This means that after 10+ years, she has no chance of getting the full credential. “I’m a bit sad that I won’t be able to gain the full credential but I’m very proud and happy to be the only person in the world to gain Level 5 and complete all 50 projects.” she says.
To see other artists who participated in the Metal Clay Masters Registry programme, visit the website.
In this section of the website you’ll find more information about the Masters Registry projects Julia submitted. The 50 projects in the Masters Registry Program can be completed in any order. On these pages you’ll see the projects that Julia chose to complete at each level and the master work.
In these articles, Julia explains some of the techniques she used, the challenges she faced, some of her inspiration and design process and also how her pieces scored. Included are the pieces that passed but also those that didn’t. You will also find the assessors comments repeated here!
If you are interested in a specific project, you can jump straight to it from the links below.
A1 Precise Cube, Cone & Sphere
A2 Bi-cone Bead with Texture
A3 Syringe Project
A4 Constructed Box
A5 Sleeve Container Pendant
A6 Box with Friction Lid
A7 Necklace with Graduated Beads
A8 Nesting Rings with a Gem
A9 Necklace with a Handmade Chain
A10 Candidate’s Choice
B1 Bezel Set a Single Cab after Firing
B2 Set Multiple Faceted Stones
B3 Torch-fired Enamel
B4 Basse-taille Enamel
B5 Plique-a-jour Enamel
B6 Resin Inlay in a Wearable Piece
B7 Tool with Metal Clay and Plastic
B8 Dry Media
B9 Patina Sampler
B10 Candidate’s Choice
C1 Brooch with Stilt Rivets
C2 Box with Metal Clay Lid
C3 Five Glass Panels
C4 Bracelet of Frames with Images
C5 Forging with Metal Clay
C6 Rigid Plastic
C7 Using a Natural Material
C8 Passive Collaboration
C9 Active Collaboration
C10 Candidate’s Choice
D1 Combine Silver and Gold
D2 Gold Layer as Detail
D3 Gold Layer as Full Cover
D4 Keum-boo on a Spoon Bowl
D5 Metal Clay with Steel
D6 Metal Clay with a Copper Alloy
D7 Metal Clay with a White Metal
D8 Metal Clay with a Found Object
D9 Metal Clay with a Metal Component
D10 Candidate’s Choice