Stone Cutting: Fordite

May 5, 2019  Check for other dates
Su from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, 1 session
25 Sagamore Road Metals Studio
David Ireland
$145  Fee Breakdown
For safety reasons we ask everyone to comply with the dress code policy in the Metals Department: Closed-toe footwear (no high heels), pants/shorts must go below the knee, long hair must be pulled back from the face and secured. If your class is scheduled to occur in the evenings after 5PM or if you arrive on a weekend before 10AM, please enter the facilities through our rear, handicap-accessible Studio Entrance across from the Parking Lot. The front entrance and offices lock at 5PM. As you enter through the Studio Entrance, please take a right if you are looking for the Ceramics Studio. Please take a left if you are looking for the Metals Studio or the Multimedia Studio.

There are still openings remaining at this time.


Course Description

Fordite, also known as Detroit Agate or Motor Agate is a fascinating gem material. From the 1950's through the 1980's new cars were spray painted on rails or skids leaving layers of different colored paint to build up and be oven cured, which created an extremely hard and very colorful material. Eventually this material had to be scraped off and fortunately for us someone had the vision to see the potential of this material. This workshop will explore how to cut Fordite rough with a jewelers saw and how to shape your stone and bring it to a high shine using sandpapers and a little bit of elbow grease! This workshop welcomes beginners.

Fee Breakdown:
Student Fee: $95.00
Studio Fee: $10.00
Materials Fee: $40.00

Refund Policy

A refund is given upon request in writing at least two business days prior to first class meeting. No refunds or credits are given for student absences.

When course or workshop is cancelled by the WCC, a full refund will be issued. Email

The Worcester Center for Crafts generally follows the Worcester State University inclement weather policy relative to building closing and class cancellations, however there are times that evening classes, and weekend workshops differ from the Worcester State University weather policies. Click here for cancelations The Worcester Center for Crafts schedules make-up classes when possible for sequential classes.

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