Talismans & Amulets

Artist: Debra Baxter
Medium: workshop

Price: $200



One-day workshop: Saturday, July 28th, 10:00am - 5pm, with break for lunch
Fee: $175.
Material fee: $25
This will include: fabric, embroidery floss, beads, epoxy clay, paper clay, wire for the beads.

In this class students will make talisman and amulets, otherwise known as power objects or good luck charms. Throughout time humans have made objects to make them feel empowered and give them luck. First we will look at the history of amulets and talisman though a slide show (PowerPoint) and looking through books. There will be several demos on methods of making amulets. One involves fabric, beads and some hand sewing. Another is more freeform using paper clay, paint, epoxy clay, rocks and found objects. Students are encouraged to bring rocks, crystals, found objects and even fabric to incorporate into their work.

Instructor Bio

Artist Debra Baxter is a sculptor and jewelry designer who combines carved alabaster with crystals, minerals, metals, and found objects. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2008 and her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996. She also studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Baxter’s work is rooted craft, honoring the materials that express her ideas. Her contemporary jewelry designs are all about the minerals and crystals, showcasing their raw beauty.

Baxter has received an Artist Trust Individual Artist Grant, three 4Culture Individual Project Grants in Seattle, Washington, and was recently nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Baxter’s work has been featured in Zoo Magazine (Germany), Edelweise Magazine (Switzerland), Zink, art ltd., Design Bureau, and Sculpture, Seattle Magazine, as well as hundreds of blogs all over the world. Her work was also included in Protective Ornament, an exhibition curated by Suzanne Ramjak for the Memphis Metals Museum which traveled to the Tacoma Art Museum. Other group exhibitions include: Making Mends, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; Death and Other Objects, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC; and Woman in the Director’s Chair, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Baxter’s wearable sculpture piece Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles (Lefty) is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Baxter has created two artist’s books: Wanting is Easier than Having, and 100 Days of Sculpture, both published by Publication Studio in Portland Oregon.

***CRC has a policy of a minimum of 4 students per workshop unless otherwise specified, and the maximum is determined by the teacher and is posted in the description on our website. If we do not meet our minimum, 7 days ahead of schedule the workshop will either be canceled or rescheduled. In either case you will be notified and your payment will be reimbursed or credited to a future class. If you are coming from out of town please feel free to contact us to determine the status of your workshop.***