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I learned the art of lost wax casting in my senior year of high school.  Continuing the pursuit of learning the art of jewelry making, I took many jewelry classes at a local community college with Barbara Bouchard.  Working with Barbara, I became proficient at lost wax casting as well as basic metalsmithing.  During this time I began assisting Barbara with teaching basic jewelry classes. After community college I continued metalsmithing classes at Humboldt State University, working with David La Plantz and Holly Sparkman.


After college my love of Jewelry making took a back seat to various careers through out the years. During this time I would occasionally make jewelry for friends and teach private students.


In the early 2000’s a friend introduced me to Hadar Jacobson. I began taking classes with Hadar and fell in love with Metal Clay.  I discovered Camp Metal Clay and have completed Courses 101, 107, 201 and 301. I am now certified as a Principal Instructor for Camp Metal Clay. 


My metal clay jewelry is inspired by my love of nature.  Often using elements I find in nature, like wasp’s nests, pods, leaves and bones.


I have exhibited my work in various Northern California galleries and participated in Open Studios in Sedona and Prescott Arizona.

Camp PMC Principal Instructor
Location: Sonoma, CA

Deborah Ellen

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