The Masters Registry program was conceived in 2004 in response to the need for an independent professional credential in the field of metal clay. The Registry is incorporated as an independent company without ties to vendors or manufacturers. It is brand-neutral.
The primary benefit of the Masters Registry is in the challenge provided by a systematic progression through a wide range of projects. Even artists with years of experience report that they have been led to new techniques and insights as they move up the Registry ladder.
The secondary benefit is the status of achieving success in the program, which has worldwide recognition. While this is not an academic degree, the Registry surpasses any other designation in the field.
The program consists of 50 projects arranged into five thematic groups. Each level of the Registry requires ten projects, ideally distributed among the themes. Each category consists of nine specific projects and a Candidate’s Choice project. This is open to personal interpretation but must relate to the theme of that group. In addition, each candidate will design and create a summary piece that demonstrates exceptional skill and artistry.
• Construction – boxes, beads, wearables, soldering
• Color – stonesetting, enamel, polymer, patinas
• Materials – glass, cold connections, plastic, collaboration
• Other Metals – gold, steel, copper, found objects
• Miscellaneous – research, hinges, mechanisms, miniatures
Work is sent to the Registry office, registered, then sent to two reviewers who write up notes and, as needed, discuss each piece. Work is sent back to the office and those pieces that have achieved a passing score are photographed by our staff photographer. Evaluations are typed up and sent by email to the candidate.
The Masters Registry has no formal relationship with any brand or manufacturer and carries no preference for precious or base metal clays. Three projects require gold in either clay or paste form, but all other projects can be made in whatever material the artist prefers. That said, it is assumed that a master in any field would have at least a basic understanding of all the materials available.
COST & PAYMENT
Each of the five levels of the Masters Registry costs $ 495. The first payment is made upon enrolling in the program and subsequent payments are made as work is sent in. Payment for each segment may be paid all at once or divided into two portions of $250 and $245 each. The initial payment of $250 accompanies enrollment into the program and formally starts the process. The first 10-15 pieces can be sent in at any time and should be accompanied by the balance payment. Note that evaluations and photos of your work come only after payment, but you are free to work on projects at any time. Candidates outside the US are asked to pay an additional amount to offset the cost of international shipping. We ask for an additional $50 to accompany each segment when work is submitted.
Payment can be made by check, money order, wire transfer, or through PayPal, which allows the use of a credit card. International payments will be exchanged by the service company at the currency rates in effect when the transaction is completed.