Firstly, Aida have announced that silver clay prices are to be cut between13-14% with immediate effect. This follows an increase of 30% that came into effect on 1st June 2012 (see my blog post on this here). Art clay is not at the price it was pre-June this year but it is still pleasing to see that prices can go down as well as up!
The best price I have found online in the UK today is at www.metalclay.co.uk but make sure you shop around.
Rio Rewards PMC Certificate. It has previously only been available in the US. However, Lisa Cain and Julia Rai from the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery have arranged for it to be taught in the UK in May 2013 by Rio Grande senior instructor Patrik Kusek.
Many serious silver clay artists have taken the Art Clay certifications available in the UK but this well recognised PMC qualification was always a little out of reach - until now.
When I last checked there were only 3 out of the 12 places left on the course. It is currently the only scheduled class outside of the US in 2013 so if you're interested in doing it I recommend that you book now.