November 21, 2008

Owens Workforce and Community Services Offers New Cold Porcelain Workshop, Dec. 6

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents wanting to provide their friends or family members with a unique, one-of-a-kind handmade gift this holiday season are invited to attend a one-day Cold Porcelain Workshop at Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The Cold Porcelain Workshop will occur from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the College’s Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road in Northwood. Participants of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll in the one-day course.

The art of cold porcelain, which does not require heating, was originally inspired by early European salt-and-water mixtures known as “pasta di Sale” in Italy and has since been perfected by generations of crafters in South America. Cold porcelain’s evolution by South American artisans has resulted in the artistic expressions becoming more durable, easy to work with and very accepting of color embellishments.

“Owens Community College’s new Cold Porcelain Workshop is designed for individuals of all ages who want to learn a new form of art taught by one of our continuing education’s newest instructors, Amira El-Kadri, who has trained and perfected the craft of cold porcelain making in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico,” said Rhonda Hogrefe, Owens Continuing Education and Community Service Account Representative. “Workshop attendees are in for a day of hands-on creative fun while learning an enjoyable new skill.”

Owens’ Cold Porcelain Workshop participants will utilize cornstarch, white glue and water to construct an array of take-home items. Additionally, attendees will learn how to knead and color clay to create their holiday-themed ornaments, as well as magnets and key chains. Each participant is encouraged to bring a sack lunch and a small box to transport their finished projects.

Owens’ Workforce and Community Services are dedicated to providing customer-driven workforce development, job training and continuing education for business, industry and area residents throughout Northwest Ohio. Workforce and Community Services’ learning-centered approach focuses on developing and enhancing professional skills to meet the needs of the community, customizing academic curriculum in the areas of professional development, computer and software applications, health and fitness, artful living, personal development, real estate, children’s programming, and apprenticeship-related training and skilled trades.

The registration fee for the workshop is $32. For more information, or to register for the class, call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit