Years Teaching: 17+
Years Teaching Clay: 11
Years Working w/Clay: 17+
School or Studio: Michaels Arts & Crafts
Specialties: Creating faux stones and faux surfaces. I've developed several techniques of my own such as Carnival glass, bas taille as well as my versions of raku, turquoise and coral.
First Experience With Clay: While in collage in a design class I used plain white Sculpey to sculpt a 3-dimensional figure of Richard Pryor to illustrate the movie "The Toy".
Past Teaching Experiences: Several years ago I finally was able to get on line and I found this wonderful community of clay guilds. I moaned and complained about the lack of a guild in my area. Since then I've helped start two. My classes are a good supplement to the guilds and I love teaching new techniques. I also demo for Polyform Products and am happy to have a position on the National Polymer Clay Guild. I think the polymer clay community has some of the nicest, most talented and giving people in the art world.
Publication Experience: A couple of my pieces are included in Lazertran's book, Transferring Images. I also have a lesson at www.sculpey.com and am preparing more to be on the site soon.
Teaching Level: Professional
- Private Lessons: Yes
- How Far Will Travel: Depends upon the requested class. Usually not more than 150 miles.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Milage or air fare, and motel room if a host is not provided if the class requires overnight stay.
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 8
- Maximum Number of Students: 20
- How Far Will Travel: Anywhere.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Mileage or air fare, motel if there is not a host for overnight.
Class Prep Time: A week of advance notice for most classes.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 7
Class Listings & Descriptions: Beginner classes and the creation of a faux cane such as ivory or lapis and then how to make beads, pendants and pins. Faux classes in lapis, jade, coral, turquoise, banded agate, goldstone, Carnival glass, and classes in using various transfer media such as Lazertran. All of the classes will include lessons on how to utilize the product whether to make a jewelry piece, home decor or a container.
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"If you love polymer clay and like people, then your passion will show through. You will learn as much from your students as they will learn from you. It is your enthusiasm plus your experience that will carry your classes. Practice the technique you plan to teach and write up a step by step lesson so that your students can replicate the class on their own. Go for it and have fun!"
"These photos of my latest Sun Goddess hand mirror uses a variety of media: such as Pinata inks, TLS, Premo clays, mirror, gold composition leaf, craft wire mesh and a mirror. I love the challenge of incorporating various media with polymer clay."
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