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Meisha Barbee

Meisha Barbee
Chula Vista, CA
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Background Information

Years Teaching: 
Years Teaching Clay: 
Years Working w/Clay: 7
School or Studio: 
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties: Color and Composition. Mica Shift and Millefiori
First Experience With Clay:  I first played with Polymer Clay when I saw a Grove and Grove piece in a local museum store. Later, when I was not employed, I started to work seriously with Polymer Clay, and have been making my living with Polymer Clay ever since.
Past Teaching Experiences:  Niche Award Winner - Polymer Clay 2008, Niche Finalist 2010. Progress and Possibilities, place 2nd in Professional Artist category. One of my Necklaces was shown in the "New Jewelry in a New Medium" exhibit at the Mingei International Craft Museum, San Diego.
Publication Experience:  Donna Kato's Millefiori book. Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio's Color Inspirations book, Polymer Cafe Magazine, American style Magazine
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  No
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students: 12
Maximum Number of Students: 18
How Far Will Travel: No Limit
Reimbursed Expenses: Travel Cost, Lodging (Host home stay is fine)

Class Prep Time: 
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: No limit
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
MICA SHIFT WITH FLORAL APPLIQUE: I teach mica shift techniques along with simple millefiori canes for applique. We finish a completed pendant.
RETRO EXTRUSION WITH MICA SHIFT: I teach the Klimt extrusion technique (emphasis on color) and combine this with stripes and mica shift patterns to create a finished pendant.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"I would say it is important to be skilled at what you are teaching. If you are able to bring a unique voice and impart useful information, and promote further exploration of Polymer clay, then you should teach."

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