I just returned from a 3 day course at the lovely Vitrum Studios in Beltsville Maryland. I took the Rio Grande PMC certification class which allows me to get a discount on PMC products and to teach classes in PMC. The extensive 3 day class is about technique, it is not a creative class. But even so, it is defiantly worthwhile
Terry Kovalcik, a master a PMC manipulation and technique. He was a great instructor for this course, tough but with a good sense of humor. And he generously shared a lot of his personal tips and techniques at the end of the class.
I have been contemplating taking this class for a couple of years. It is expensive, especially because it is never offered in or near St. Louis. And the class definitely is a demonstration of product and a certain technique. This is the technique that is mandated by the makers of PMC and the artist that they have selected as their masters. They do things and certain way and believe that they is the only way it can be done. Well, I do not think that is necessarily so. But I do believe that knowledge is power. And I have learned a lot of alternative methods to join, decorate and finish PMC. I think that the skills that I had before combined with the new knowledge will help me with my future designs and projects. I so look forward to getting a bulk of time in the studio to work.