Reviews: PMC Decade

Bead Unique magazine
Winter 2007

Tim McCreight's new book, PMC Decade: The First Ten Years of Precious Metal Clay, is a gorgeously presented look at the progress of PMC over the last decade. Brimming with clear, detailed, and colorful photographs, this book shows off the beauty and versatility of Precious Metal Clay.

In the first few pages of the book, you'll learn about the initial development of PMC, a bit of its history, and the science behind the substance. Lose yourself in the over 200 pages that follow, which are devoted to showing the work of over 60 artists. You'll be thoroughly inspired by Gordon K. Ukehara's Ceremonian Illumination Vessel, Tim McCreight's brooches, and Kelly Russell, Venus Guy Trap. This book, a virtual tabletop museum, is ideal for professional PMC artists, novices looking for inspiration, or anyone simply intrigued by the world of PMC.

Look for this book at your local bead, craft, or bookstore. For more information, contact Brynmorgen Press.

Helen Driggs
Jewelry Artist
November 2007

Regardless of which camp you might be in, PMC Decade contains a collection of fantastic metal work. It is a celebration of Precious Metal Clay (PMC), a material that has been around for 10 years, and one that causes strongly voiced and sharply divided opinions throughout the metals community. Whether you are pro or con on using PMC, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with this book. To me, it is an intriguing collection of works that I enjoyed looking at many times because of the beauty of the metal objects within. Like any material or tool, in the hands of a sensitive person, metal clay has the potential to become a captivating object, full of meaning, feeling, form, and beauty. As with any good book on metal work, viewing the objects within fully engaged both my artistic and analytical sides.

The full-color photography and wood-free paper showcases a collection of works by CeCe Wire, Gordon Uyehara, Celie Fago, Kathleen Dustin, Fred Woell, author Tim McCreight, and many others. Donald Friedlich's chapter, "Progress and Potential," caused me to examine my own opinions and feelings about many materials and processes in metalwork - so much so that I went online several times while reading it to further investigate artists' work I was unfamiliar with. In Darnall Burks' "The Science of PMC" chapter, he describes the "sintering" process by which the material morphs from clay to metal - in layman's terms. It is something every metal smith should read at least once, whether they intend to work with PMC or not. For me, understanding what happened to the material at a molecular level helped me to drop some of the preconceived notions I may have picked up about PMC.

Well written, engaging, and beautifully designed and printed, PMC Decade deserves a place on every metal artist's bookshelf. I was delighted and inspired by the wide variety contained in a volume that to me is a fantastic body of metal work.