I recently read the following on the Ganoksin Orchid board from a traditional metal smith:
“There are two uses that I can see with PMC.
One is to introduce people to a starter form of jewellery making,
which is good– and the other is to make money for the people that
For the rest, there is nothing that one can do with PMC that cannot
be done better, neater, and cheaper with carving waxes.
I have never seen a piece made with PMC that is up to an
When I see ” Certified PMC Instructor ” my BS meter hits bright
I would not mind so much if they admitted they are certified play doh
instructors but to insinuate that PMC makes quality jewellery is
just plain bollocks.
PMC simply dumbs down jewellery making and produces an inferior
And if you don’t believe me, type in precious metal clay into Google
The pictures say it all.
It also consumes an inordinate amount of electricity in relation to
the finished product.
End of rant.”
So, my question to all of you metal clay artists out there, how would YOU respond? and should we? I must say I did respond, and none too kindly. The Ganoksin Orchid Board is highly respected with thousands of readers daily. What do you do when your work and medium are insulted so openly? How meek should we be? Just shake our heads and think, “well, he’s just one person and he can’t do much damage,” Really? Now thousands of jewelers have read his message.
Are we, as metal clay artists, just having fun? Are we deluding ourselves and just wasting time? ARE we just misinformed and misguided wannabes that can’t and couldn’t succeed in traditional metal smithing?
For one, I’m hopping mad. Angry, insulted and glad I’m not face-to-face with this ignorant idiot. It’s one thing to be wary and suspicious of a medium you haven’t even tried, but to be so judgemental without even learning about it, and THEN posting it on a well-respected Board is just, plain dangerous!!!
Read his comments again, and tell me you’re not offended.
I’ve always said that we need to educate the public. And that includes bench jewelers and all traditional jewelers.
And I’ve also said that the beginning years of metal clay hurt us in that so much inferior work was put out there for people to see, before we became experts, before we knew what metal clay was fully capable of.
So, please, please, educate, educate, educate. And don’t let remarks like this go unnoticed. Call these people out. This prejudice may not seem in the same league with race remarks and fat jokes (which offend the hell out of me), but this is our livelihood and what makes us artists. We need to speak up for what we are proud to be a part of.
End of rant.