6-Day Simmons’ Master Cane Workshop (formerly Kaleidoscope Pendant Intensive)

Have fun developing your personal color palette and style while learning my unique approach to kaleidoscope design and pendant construction.

Experience Level: Intermediate caning experience.

Topics will Include:

  • Selecting a color palette you love for your master cane
  • Color mixing to achieve color harmony and strong value contrast within your selected palette
  • Ways to modify/control your clay for better caning results
  • Applying a painterly approach to component cane design (using new and old Skinner Blend techniques)
  • Component cane types, ranging from simple to detailed, and how to construct them(level of difficulty and types of canes will depend upon interest and experience of participants)

  • Strategies for complex cane design (how to use different cane types to create rhythm, balance, emphasis, contrast and flow in the master cane)
  • Slicing the cane with the “Simmons Slicer”
  • Information on how to store/transport/handle the slices.
  • Making and using angle templates
  • Combining sections of slices to produce a wide variety of beautiful, unique but coordinated designs
  • Creating base forms from scrap clay
  • Applying veneers to base forms
  • Finishing a pendant (making holes, firing, sanding, buffing)
  • If there is time and interest, finishing a coordinating adjustable cord and earring construction techniques will also be demonstrated.