Workshops

**COVID19 Announcement**

We are open for regular business hours, but strict protocol is required for entry into the studio. MASKS COVERING BOTH MOUTH AND NOSE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY, for shopping or to attend classes. If you are unable to wear the mask over BOTH nose and mouth during class, please wait to register until mask restrictions are lifted. There is a sanitizer station in the entry and three sinks available to wash hands. Class size is reduced to comply with social distancing measures. We are excited to provide a safe place to come and create during this stressful time. Call us with any questions or concerns.

Welcome to Copper Cat Studio's Workshop Page.

Below are descriptions of workshops that are on the calendar as well as classes available for private parties. Click on the picture for a link to our secure online registration and to pay by credit card. If you'd like to save on credit card processing fees, just stop by the studio with cash or check to register. We also accept Venmo, but call to make sure there is room in class before you transfer payment.

Please note that we are limiting classes scheduled to create more room on the calendar for private parties so that you feel safer with people you know and trust. Katie and Donna have minimums as low as 3 people for all of their available classes and our visiting instructors minimums range from 3-5. Please check out individual class descriptions for more information.

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Visit our FAQ's page for Cancellation Policy and General information about all workshops.

Mosaic Workshops with studio owner Katie Packham

Mosaic 101
This workshop is offered at least once monthly and has the most in-depth lecture w/six page handout. If you anticipate wanting to continue mosaics on your own, this is the class you want to take. Students learn basics on design, terminology, tools, assembly and grouting. Students have the option of a larger project- 6x12 plaque or 10x10 framed mirror $70, or 6x8 or 4x12 plaque $55.
WHEN:Sept 19th 10-2pm
Also available for private parties of 3+
Mosaic Open Studio
This studio time is for students who have had the Mosaic 101 class and are familiar with the studio. Many projects to choose from or bring your own and use our supplies. Contact Katie to save your spot and to discuss project options.
When: Saturday Sept 26th or make an appointment during normal business hours
Inspired Presence with Wellness & Creativity
Full day retreat with Katie Packham and Lynell Garfield. We begin the day with Lynell in the yoga room- light stretching, guided meditative journey to help clear energy. We move to the gallery room to discuss natural remedies and make two essential oil roller balls to take home. After lunch, we move into the mosaic studio to create mosaic mandalas with Katie.
When: Sept 27th, 10am-3:30pm
Cost: $110
Mosaic Pendants
This workshop challenges you to work on a very small scale. A brief lecture on design and assembly is given in this two hour workshop and students create two pendants using a wide array of beads and tessera to fill pendant trays. A grouting demo is given and students complete the project at home. Additional pendants can be made for $20ea.
WHEN: Sept 30th, 12-2pm
COST: $65
Available for private parties of 2+ during normal business hours, 3+ after hours
Home Means Nevada
Create our signature "Home Means Nevada" mosaic plaque. The substrate is a handcut piece of MDF in the shape of Nevada approximately 4 x 8". There is no lecture for this particular workshop, just a quick lesson on tools, materials and adhesives. We will just jump right in and make the mosaic! Our handmade ceramic tile words "home means nevada" are included! Grouting demo provided. Students take grout home to finish.
WHEN: Oct 31 10am or 1pm
Available for private parties of 3+
COST: $45
Mosaic Coaster & Trivet Set
This is a fun intro to mosaics class, a great project class to see if you want to continue on to the Mosaic 101. In this class, we give a brief lecture on tools, design & assembly and jump right in. Students create Two Coasters for $45, add on the Trivet for $20. 2-3hrs.
Available for private parties of 2+ during normal business hours, 3+ after hours
Mosaic Shapes Studio
Experience is preferred as there is no lecture, but if you are a beginner, we do a quick talk on materials, design and grout and jump right in! Many projects available including MDF shapes and garden stones. Projects starting at $35. Contact studio to see what shapes are available for your private party of 2+.
Advanced Mosaic Garden Art
Although we offer the full Mosaic 101 lecture with this class, we suggest you try a 101 or smaller project before jumping in to our Garden Ball or Dish class. Depending on the size of the project, this can take up to 25+ hours to complete. Upcycled Bowling Balls are $125, Dishes start at $125. WHEN: Students can request this as a private class and complete on their own time frame in the studio during normal business hours.
Contact us to register.
Mosaic Garden Stones
In this "project" class, we offer a brief lecture on tools and assembly and jump right in. A fun intro into outdoor mosaics, but we don't get too deep into design and technique. Grouting demo is given and students take projects home to complete. Three sizes available Brick $35, Square $45, Paver $55
WHEN: Available for private parties of 2+ during normal business hours. 3+ after hours.
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Workshops with Resident Artist Donna Smit

Resin Canvas Art
Our glass fusion artist Donna has a new passion- Resin! This class allows students freedom to create just about anything. Each student will paint a canvas with acrylic paint, adding glass such as wine and beer bottle shards, jewelry, wire, beads, tiles, capping with resin. You will create beautiful one-of-a-kind art that is dimensional.
WHEN: Sept 16th, 2-5pm
Available for private parties of 3-7
COST: 12” x 12” canvas-$85 or 8” x 10” canvas- $75
Glass Fusion Suncatchers Under the Sea
Students will create a fish, mermaid, or turtle with patterns designed by Donna. Each student will learn glass cutting basics. Donna will guide students through the use of copper inclusions, demonstrate using enamels layering colors, and students creating their own clear frit to create scales. Students will make one suncatcher or garden stake. Pieces will be ready for pickup after firing a few days later.
WHEN: Sept 20th 10am-1pm.
Available for private groups of 3-6
COST: $85
Mixed Media Studio
Students choose from a variety of wall art, stunning ornaments and whimsical magnets in this "studio" class. Learn how to use alcohol inks on metal substrate, simple glass cutting, wire wrapping and beading. Different from our resin classes, we will be using diamond glaze, which means projects can be taken home the day of class! Students create 1 larger piece or 4 small for base fee $65.
WHEN: Oct 4th, 1-4pm
Available for private parties of 3-7
Glass Fusion Ornaments
Create holiday fused glass ornaments and get a bonus star to wire wrap! Each student will create up to five ornaments, 3" in height, ranging from traditional snowman, gnomes, Santa, Christmas tree and more. Students can personalize with glassline paints, frit and millefiorri.
WHEN: Oct 18 SOLD OUT. Call for private group 3+
COST: $70
Glass Fusion Nevada Ornaments
This ornament class focuses on the shape of Nevada. This workshop will demonstrate the use of glassline paints and students will be able to personalize their ornaments, along with the use of frit, stringers, millifiore and dichroic glass.
WHEN: Nov 1, 10am-1pm
COST: $70
Glass Fusion Yard Art- Dog or Cat
Donna guides students in creating a whimsical cat lady or Dog yard art. Previous glass cutting experienced preferred. Each student will learn glass cutting, copper inclusions, and will add a pair of eyeglass frames after pieces are fired.The student will also learn about the types of glass, how to layer transparent and opaque and the use of stringers and frit. Each cat or dog comes with a yard stake.
WHEN: Available for Private Parties of 3-6
COST: $70
Glass Fusion Jewelry
In this popular 2 hour workshop, Donna guides students through the basics of glass fusing, proper use of tools, design and assembly. Students will create one pendant and set of earrings. There is an option to create brooches or multiple earrings instead of the set.

COST: $65
Private parties available for 3+
Glass Fusion Suncatchers
Resident artist Donna Smit teaches this glass fusion basic class to enhance your cutting skills, techniques, proper use of tools, and a demonstration to create shapes with glass using glue and powdered frit and incorporating metal inclusions. These skills will help the student with future upcoming classes. Each student will create a suncatcher in this class.
WHEN: Available for private parties of 3-7
COST: $65
Glass Fusion Yard Art
Each student creates three small whimsical pieces with yard stakes. These beauties can be placed in indoors or out. Donna will teach several different techniques that incorporate copper inclusions and beads can be added after kiln firing. All materials, tools, and garden stakes are also included. Previous glass cutting experience is preferred.
COST: $70
Class is available for private parties of 3+
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Workshops with Visiting Artisans

The following are workshops with visiting Artisans. As we begin to navigate classes during the time of COVID, we are finding that although we are limiting class sizes and we have a strict safety protocol. people still are hesitant to be in groups of people they don't know. You will see the following on the calendar occasionally, but we are encouraging these classes on a private gathering basis. Each instructor has their minimum and depending on the class, we can accommodate 6-7 students. If you cannot meet the minimum but have interest in a class, please let us know and we can see about getting another couple people to join you.

Pine Needle Basket Pendants
Guest Instructor Susan Lester will guide students in making a small pine needle piece, 2.5 -4", that can be modified to be used as either a pendant, broach or hair barrette. We will weave around a cabochon with pine needles using waxed linen. The addition of small beads will enhance your piece.
WHEN: Sept 26th 12-4pm
COST: $55
Needle Felted Beasties
Guest Instructor Donna Koepp. Creating Beasties is a fun needle felting technique to stretch the imagination. Well make creatures from a mixture of reference photos and the imagination. The class will cover character design principles to push your Beastie in the desired direction. But be aware these sculptures emerge in unexpected ways, which adds to the fun. Needle felting experience is helpful but not necessary.
WHEN: October 24th, 12-3pm
COST: $60
Xanadu Water Marbling
We are excited to host Xanadu for a fun day of marbling silk scarves. Each artist applies acrylic paint to the special water bath, floating the colors in a custom-built water marbling tray, then uses marbling combs, rakes, or stylus to create the design of their liking. Each student goes home with a six foot, 100% Silk Scarf. Time permitting students can make additional scarves for $30ea.
WHEN: Nov 7th, Hourly sessions beginning at 10am.
Available for private parties or 6+
COST: $55
Tree of Life Wire Sculpture
Guest Artist Sally King guides you through the relaxing process of making your own beaded wire tree of life. The art you create can be displayed as a sun catcher or wall hanging. Sally will walk you through basic wire wrapping techniques, proper use of tools and incorporating beads to personalize your tree. Finished Tree is 7" diameter. Additional kits available to take home $8 each.
WHEN: Available for private parties of 5-7
COST: $35
Needle Felted Foxes
In this introductory class Donna Koepp guides students to create a charming wool fox. This class will cover the use of tools, different wools for different effects, how to use wire armatures for articulated sculptures, material/instructional resources and more.
WHEN: Summer Dates TBA
Available for Private Groups of 4-6
COST: $55
Boho & Bling
Guest Instructor Vivienne French.

Embroidery that is big, beautiful, bold and trending (again!). Reinterpret folk and bohemian stitchery to modern use. Learn where to find inspiration, pattern ideas, basic embroidery, how to attach beads and sequins and create a hooped project. Basic knowledge of hand sewing helpful but not essential. Kit set will be provided.
WHEN: Inquire about private groups of 5-7.
COST: $55
Intro to Hand Embroidery
Guest Instructor Vivienne French teaches this time honored art form that has a recent resurgence in popularity. Learn about iron on pattern transfers, start to become proficient in basic stitches, such as stem stitch, backstitch, French knots,and satin stitch. Each student receives a kit set with all supplies needed to begin embroidering a dish towel.
WHEN: Please inquire about private groups of 5-7
COST: $50
Needle Felted Gnomes
Lets needle felt Gnomes. This popular character from legend and lore will emerge from your wool. These magical folk are always a delight to make with their tall caps, round noses and curly beards/braids. Beginning felting students and those looking to practice their skills are welcome and encouraged. This project is easy with satisfying results.
WHEN: Available for private groups of 4-6 people
COST: $60
Silk Painting Scarves
Join Louise Noel for a journey into the brilliant realm of silk painting. We will paint a long 54x8 scarf using the Sert (closed fence) method of silk painting. An assortment of patterns is available. This session, we will use resists, dive into vibrant color, play with surface treatments, use alcohol & salt to create texture and movement. Steam setting will be provided for your finished scarves so that you can wear or display your art.
WHEN: Fall dates TBA Avail priv parties of 6+
COST: $155
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Glass Fusion Yard Art- Dog or Cat

Donna guides students in creating a whimsical cat lady or Dog yard art. Previous glass cutting experienced preferred. Each student will learn glass cutting, copper inclusions, and will add a pair of eyeglass frames after pieces are fired.The student will also learn about the types of glass, how to layer transparent and opaque and the use of stringers and frit. Each cat or dog comes with a yard stake. WHEN: Available for Private Parties of 3-6 COST: $70