I always thought I was born into the wrong time. Then PMC (Precious Metal Clay) came along and I knew I was right where I belonged. It’s like being around when someone first applied paint to canvas, a hammer to metal. I graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Art and English in 2001. My senior year, I worked at Frog Hollow Gallery where I met one of the artists they represented, Celie Fago. I took one of her classes, then became her apprentice and by the time I graduated, I knew that I was serious about PMC. I moved to Celie’s, as a live-in apprentice, learning PMC and metalsmithing. I’m also her teaching assistant and I accompany her in her travels around the country and abroad. I’ve sold my work at craft shows and in galleries across Vermont and I've been included in National and International exhibits. I love what I do and I no longer feel like I’m in the wrong time. I feel so lucky to be here, now.
Nearly 9 years later, I'm still at it and still at Celie's home. (Definitely on the longer end of the apprenticeship spectrum.) I've been working with PMC for a decade now. Once you hit a 10 year mark - doing anything - you take some time to reflect. I've had the idea to make this site for many years but now is the time. I want other young folks to be able to do what I've done and there was no way I could have done it alone. So here is a way to give back to the community and build a bridge between two generations.
Celie Fago has been a professional artist and writer for 35 years. She studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at UVM, Mass College of Art, and Tufts, and metalwork at the League of NH Craftsmen where she apprenticed to Kerstin Nichols, a classically trained metalsmith. Her widely exhibited jewelry, combining Precious Metal Clay with polymer clay and metalsmithing, is distinguished by elegant design, resonant color, and attention to detail. She is highly regarded as a generous teacher and as an innovator in the combination of these materials. She is 1 of 9 Senior Instructors for the Rio Grande Rewards Program. The author of numerous articles on PMC and polymer clay, she wrote the book Keum-Boo on Silver and co-authored Polymer Clay: Exploring New Techniques and New Materials. She also appears alongside Tim McCreight in the video “Push Play for PMC!”. When she is not traveling and teaching, Celie makes jewelry in her studio on her family farm in rural Vermont.
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