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Tory Hughes

Tory Hughes
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Background Information

Years Teaching: 27
Years Teaching Clay: 27
Years Working w/Clay: 35+
School or Studio:  My ArtRanch Studio in Santa Fe
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Everything except caning
First Experience With Clay:  Picked it up as a kid when living in Paris
Past Teaching Experiences:  Been teaching across the US, Canada, and at retreats in France. Too varied to list here. See my website.
Publication Experience:  Ornament Magazine cover, 1989. Many other issues of Ornament. Nan Roche's The New Clay. Masters of Polymer Clay. Many others, please see my website.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  Fly me anywhere!
Reimbursed Expenses:  All
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  8
Maximum Number of Students:  24
How Far Will Travel:  As needed
Reimbursed Expenses:  All

Class Prep Time:  2 weeks
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  No upper limit
Class Listings & Descriptions: Too many for here, please see my website. Some idea:
- Imitative Ivory, Coral, Turquoise, Jade, Amber, etc. I invented these and am the best teacher of them.
- Fantasia Polymer and Mixed Media Assemblage: I developed this approach fully back in the 1980's with my Postage Stamp Brooches, and continue it now.
- Mokume Gane: I developed a unique approach and this class is very popular.
- Hinges: I invented several hinges using polymer and this is very popular
- Vessel Forms
- Artist Books
- Etcetera. Please see my website and browse the 'Artwork' portfolios for some of the kinds of things I make and teach.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"Teach an audience that is more than just your friends. Take a chance expressing yourself as the artist as well as teacher. Know your subject thoroughly, teach what you know well. You will be excited even more than nervous, and it will carry you through. Know your heritage: who developed the techniques you are teaching. Tell people what their artistic history is. Who did you learn from, who inspires you? Best wishes to you."

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