Western’s Art Department will offer a series of continuing education art classes in the Spring 2016 semester. The classes are instructed by local artists and business owners, Katy Scroggins and Norma Williams. Students may contact Jeri Dulaney, Dean of Arts and Sciences at 580-477-7767 for information or to sign-up for the classes.
The first of the classes, Beading 101, taught by Katy Scroggins, owner/designer of Silver and Stone Jewelry by KD Enterprises, runs Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost of the class is $190 plus $30 for tools. Students will learn to make several beaded designs and how to repair their own jewelry. The class size is limited to 10 students. Students my purchase their own materials for the class or bring the fee to class and purchase the materials from the instructor.
Scroggins will also teach Metal Clay 101, which will meet Tuesday, Feb. 9, 16, 23, and March 1 and 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost of the class is $280. An additional fee for supplies will also be charged. The class size is limited to six students.
One of Katy’s favorite mediums is metal clay. The substance is composed of silver recouped from the photography industry. It’s mixed with water and binders and resembles putty. By the time Katy has formed the metal clay, the water has evaporated and is then fired in a kiln to burn of the binders. When complete the silver remains in the form she created.
Scroggins started making jewelry in 2011 with her husband Don, who teaches Science at Western. The pair shares the duty of creating beaded and jeweled creations as well as 99.9% silver pieces. Katy designs and forms the jewelry, while Don provides the lapidary and leather braiding.
Katy says, “When we first started this, my sister and I owned a shop in Carthage, Texas. We were trying to save money so we decided to learn how to make jewelry. We took a class in Dallas and after we put some of our pieces in our shop and it sold.”
Katy continued to learn jewelry crafting at the Dallas Art Guild and by attending gem and mineral shows and through activity with the Dallas Gem and Mineral Society. She and Don sell their pieces at trade shows and through their company website https://squareup.com/market/k-d-enterprises.
The art class series will also include instruction by Norma Williams, owner of Pleasant Nest Pottery in Mangum. She will teach “Adventures in Clay” which will focus on the craft of hand building pottery. Students will learn various methods of working clay by hand such as coil, pinch and slab building. The class will be held on Friday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5,12,19, and 26 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. in Western’s art wing. The cost of the class is $185 per student and includes all instruction, glaze and firing costs. A $20 fee for clay and individual tool kit is also charged. This class is limited to 10 students.
Judith Meyer is the Director of Public Information for Western Oklahoma State College