Holliday’s regal rough pendant

Claire Holliday

Pendant, 2006. Fine silver, 2 1/4″

This silver pendant from Claire Holliday was the first piece I saw from her work.

I was instantly captivated.

It was on the promotional postcard for the PMC conference 2007 in London, UK. My first ever conference and also the first PMC conference in Europe.

Since then I am a bit on the hunt for work of her. She doesn’t make it easy to find. No website or public profile. She has been the Chair of the Metals Department on the Southwest School of Art & Craft in San Antonio, Texas from 1981 till 2008. Lorena Angulo and Vickie Hallmark have been lucky to be one of her students.

Her work has a textural richness and roughness that I admire highly. She knows how to take advantage of the ceramic qualities Metal Clay has.

Till now I found a few sources where you can see her Metal Clay work and I would like to share them with you.

The book PMC Decade by Tim McCreight
On the cover and page 27, 87, 112, 113, 127, 213 (the pendant pictured here). On www.brynmorgen.com you can see the brooch on the cover: “Coba“.

Metalsmith magazine volume 27 nr 3
Front cover and page 45 (the pendant pictured here).
Metalsmith is a publication of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

The year book PMC Guild annual#2 2008
She was one of the jurors together with Maggie Bergman, Holly Gage, & Alan Revere. Two pieces of her work.

Metal Clay Beads 
The book from Barbera Becker Simon. On page 135.

We’re Serious About This
2004 Invitational Exhibition by curator-Barbara Becker Simon.
Page 19, 20, 21, 22.

If you know more places where her work is published, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Helga van Leipsig

About Helga van Leipsig

Lives and works in The Netherlands. She creates one of a kind and limited edition jewelry that she sells through her website and a few galleries. Exploring the possibilities of metal clay is her passion, one that leads to innovative techniques like using ceramic decals on fine silver. She loves to share her knowledge by teaching metal clay workshops in the south of the Netherlands and presenting at conferences.


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