CFCF 2014: HAPPY NEW YEAR! REGISTRATIONS CONTINUE

4 01 2014
KASSEL Animal Angel Pendant

KASSEL Animal Angel Pendant

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Yes, I am still here and haven’t forgotten…we sometimes just have to roll with the punches and take things as we can.

The holidays may have come and gone, but the feelings of giving continue to linger.  This was the first Christmas without my Mom and her absence continues to leave a hole in my life.  But, she was always about giving, as was my Dad, to anyone in need and her charitable ways continue through her children.

I am sending warm wishes to each of you for the coming year and praying that it is a year of renewal and good changes for you. This past year hit many of us hard and was a year of big changes for me but I am looking for a brighter year in 2014 with so many possibilities.

Good news is, as we enter this new year, registrations for CFCF 2014 from Feb. 12-19 continue to come in even this close to the event and we still have availability in many of the workshops.  Availability is listed at the end of this post for those who are interested.

The supply lists, FAQs sheet, tribute form (Sarah Shriver and Elise Winters are the 2014 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipients and we will be having a special tribute to Gwen Gibson) and auction donation documents are available.  Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions you may have.
A reminder: pre-conference workshops are stand-alone and can be taken independently.  We have just opened up the conference for “day-trippers” – fee is $170 and includes two 4-hour workshops and admittance to the Tuesday evening celebration.  Workshops do not need to be taken on the same day.
Be certain to follow us on our blog to get the latest on our upcoming events: www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AVAILABILITY (WED/THU, FRI, SAT, SUN)  REGISTRATION FORM IS HERE
  • Jeffrey Lloyd Dever  (FULL)
  • Robert Liu
  • Nan Roche and Marie Segal
  • Sarah Shriver
  • Cindy Silas
  • Heather Campbell
  • Doreen Kassel
  • Jana Roberts Benzon  (FULL)
  • Dayle Doroshow
  • Marie Segal

CONFERENCE 4-HOUR WORKSHOP AVAILABILITY:

SUN. Feb. 16    6:30PM

  • Doreen Kassel
  • Sharyn Neuwirth
  • Kathryn Jo Ottman

MON. Feb. 17   8:00AM

  • Jana Roberts Benzon  (FULL)
  • Louise Fischer Cozzi
  • Dayle Doroshow

MON. Feb. 17   1:00PM

  • Louise Fischer Cozzi
  • Marie Segal
  • Sarah Shriver  (FULL)

TUES. Feb. 18    8:00AM

  • Ann and Karen Mitchell
  • Marie Segal  (FULL)
  • Sarah Shriver

TUES. Feb. 18    1:00PM

  • Jana Roberts Benzon
  • Heather Campbell  (FULL)
  • Dayle Doroshow

WED. Feb. 19    8:00AM

  • Penni Jo Couch
  • Heather Campbell
  • Lindly Haunani

WED. Feb. 19    1:00PM

  • Penni Jo Couch
  • Lindly Haunani
  • Ann and Karen Mitchell




CFCF 2014: EARLY BIRD DEADLINE EXTENDED TIL NOV. 15!

2 11 2013
COUCH Faux Ribbon

COUCH Faux Ribbon

CFCF is just 3 1/2 months away and the Holidays are just around the corner, so as an early thank you, we are extending the early bird discount until November 15th and regular registration will continue until workshops are full.  Don’t forget to ask your family and friends for the trip you’ve been waiting for all year – join us at Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2014 in Maryland! More info here.

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Christian and Maureen hard at work

Registrations have been rolling in and we’ve been on the road again.  Spent a few days with Maureen Carlson and her family and friends at Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN.  If you’ve never been, you don’t know what you are missing. We met some of her local friends/artists who meet at Maureen’s every Friday for a gourmet pot luck dinner and some quality crafting time with friends.  Daughter, Renee, made some incredibly tasty crock pot oatmeal for breakfast and her husband, Dan, spent some time entertaining my son, Christian, when he wasn’t busy making Maureen’s face molds.   I’m hoping to schedule a retreat for me and some of my besties sometime in 2014.  Contact Maureen directly here to schedule your time for a little R and Arts!  And thank you, Maureen and family, for a wonderful visit.

Christian and the band

Christian and the band

We also attended my brother’s wedding in Minneapolis and had a memorable time with family. Dancing and much celebration and revelry going on.  It was a happy time for all and Christian became an official honorary member of the band.  He was awarded the best dancer of the evening award from the band’s lead singer.





CFCF 2014: REMEMBERING AN INNOVATOR – GWEN GIBSON

28 09 2013
Gwen Gibson 1934-2013

Gwen Gibson 1934-2013

As the Summer closes and Fall begins, I look back and think about why we are here. What happens as the seasons of our lives change?  Earlier this week, seasons changed in the polymer world as a true icon left us. Gwen Gibson (1934-2013) was truly an innovator, not only in the world of polymer, but in the world of the creative and inspiring spirit.  In her words, she had  “An appetite for fresh experience and the need to keep moving (to) take me places I would never have imagined beforehand. Because I find the unknown tempting, I’m often drawn to projects that have no predictable outcome…” We lost the physical person of Gwen this week on September 24 at 4PM PDT, but her spirit and influence will live on, driving many to experiment in their work and take the next step, not knowing where it will lead, but knowing that they will enjoy the journey getting there. With the approval of her husband, Jerry, we will be paying tribute to

Gwen Gibson - Kabuki Cuff photographer unknown

Gwen Gibson – Kabuki Cuff photographer unknown

Gwen during the CFCF 2014 evening celebration, including awarding a CFCF creative scholarship in Gwen’s honor.  Dayle Doroshow, Sarah Shriver, and some of Gwen’s other friends will share with us many good memories about her gentle spirit and creative genius.  In addition, attendees are invited to make Gwen-inspired beads to donate and trade. If you’d like to help us celebrate Gwen’s life and to join us for one, two or up to eight days of creative fun and celebration, click HERE to download the registration form and workshop descriptions.  Then, warm up your clay, put on your thinking cap and let your imagination take you to where you’ve never been before.





CFCF 2014: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – IT’S GONNA BE A GOOD ONE!

11 09 2013
SHRIVER Intricate Kaleidoscope

SHRIVER Intricate Kaleidoscope

First, I sincerely thank you all for your patience these past couple of months and in the months to come as I deal with some important family issues.  But, I have not forgotten about you…it’s just taking me a little longer these days to get the work done and out. The good news is we completed our first Master Class Camp in between trips to Wisconsin and it was a great success.  Dates are already set for MCC 2014 and whew, I’m exhausted! More good news is that I am certain that the wait for CFCF 2014 info will be worth it. First, we have two honorees this year for the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award.  Congratulations to Sarah Shriver and Elise Winters.  They have both, in their own way, contributed so much to the polymer community and we are excited to be able to recognize their contributions at the Awards Celebration on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 … more to come on this. Below is the line-up for CFCF 2014.  We’ve added a couple of pre-pre-conference workshops for those who like longer classes and our favorite 4-hour workshops for those who like to get the most from their travels.  Note:  workshops will be held simultaneously.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORMS AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Pre-Conference Instructors (1-2 day workshops) include:

  • 2/12-2/13  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever  – Robert Liu  (select one)
  • 2/14  Nan Roche – Sarah Shriver – Cindy Silas  (select one)
  • 2/15  Heather Campbell – Doreen Kassel – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/16  Jana Roberts Benzon – Dayle Doroshow – Marie Segal   (select one)

Conference Instructors (4-hour workshops) include:

  • 2/16 6:30PM Doreen Kassel – Sharyn Neuwirth – Kathryn Ottman (select one)
  • 2/17 8:00AM  Jana Roberts Benzon – Louise Fischer Cozzi – Dayle Doroshow  (select one)
  • 2/17 1:00PM Louise Fischer Cozzi – Marie Segal – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/18 8:00AM  Ann and Karen Mitchell – Marie Segal – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/18 1:00PM  Jana Roberts Benzon – Heather Campbell – Dayle Doroshow  (select one)
  • 2/19 8:00AM  Penni Jo Couch – Heather Campbell – Lindly Haunani  (select one)
  • 2/19 1:00PM  Penni Jo Couch – Lindly Haunani – Ann and Karen Mitchell (select one)

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MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR ELLEN MARSHALL

6 05 2013
Ellen Marshall - Elements Heart Necklace

Ellen Marshall – Elements Heart Necklace

Ellen Marshall will be teaching her newly developed 2-day workshop, Elements and Construction, on July 26-27, 2013 at the Premiere Master Class Camp in Laurel, Maryland.  For those not familiar with Ellen, her experience with polymer goes way back.  She creates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition contemporary art jewelry featuring polymer clay.  Her inspiration has come from art quilts, ceramics, graphic arts, and color in general.  Ceramic influences led her to explore surface design on polymer clay which again led her to writing a book,  Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipespublished by Quarry.  This comprehensive book presents many of the surface techniques she has developed and if you don’t own it, try to find one and add it to your library.  The book is out of print, but well worth the effort to locate on eBay, Half.com, or other used book sites.  She’s also been published in other books and magazines including Step By Step Beads and PolymerCafe. Ellen is the founder and former chair of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild and a  past president of the National Polymer Clay Guild, now International Polymer Clay Guild. In addition to her love of polymer, she is also proficient in several beadweaving stitches such as peyote, herringbone, and right-angle weave and is now working on designing jewelry that incorporates both polymer and seed bead weaving.   She teaches polymer clay and beading crafts with the goal of inspiring others to discover and explore new directions in their art.

Ellen Marshall

Ellen Marshall

To register for Ellen’s workshop, Elements and Construction,  download the workshop info and registration form here.





CALL TO ALL POLYMER CLAY, METAL CLAY, AND MIXED MEDIA INSTRUCTORS:

10 06 2010

Ottman Teapot

POLYMER CLAY FESTS/CREATIVE ARTS FESTS (and CABIN FEVER CLAY FEST) invites instructors in polymer clay, metal clay, mixed media, book arts, and fiber arts to submit workshop proposals and descriptions for the 4th Annual CFCF to be held in Laurel, Maryland in February 2011.  Proposals will also be considered for CFCF 2012 and other future events.

 Each event including CFCF 2011 will have 1 day pre-conference workshops, as well as 2½-3  days packed with 4-hour workshops.  CFCF 2011 runs in mid-Feb.  If you would like to be considered as an instructor for CFCF 2011 or any of the other planned conferences, please send a proposal via email by June 27, 2010 to: cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com expressing your interest.  You may also mail info to: Kathryn Ottman, Creative Arts Fests, P.O. Box 810, Laurel, MD 20725.

Proposals must include your name, email, website, previous teaching experience and home and cell phone numbers as well as 4 hour and 7 hour workshop proposals.  You may submit a maximum of 4 workshops for consideration.  Please include minimum of two .jpeg (72 ppi) digital photos of projects for each workshop.  We encourage and prefer that all workshops be unique and new (not previously taught.) Tell your friends…all are welcome!





CFCF 2010: Just One Day til the FUN Begins!!

18 02 2010

Ottman Bangle Bracelets

We are just one day away from the official start of CFCF Pre-conference workshops.  Everything has come together and we will have a great group coming this year! 

We will try to bring you updates throughout the event with photos, etc. … you can also catch us on TWITTER!  Once you see the fun we are having, you’ll start saving your pennies and making plans for next year!

Time to get some more errands done…and boxes loaded.  Thanks to all of our many sponsors and patrons.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  List soon to follow.

Happy claying to all!  Stay tuned………….





CFCF 2010: Win a Prize-Registration extended through January!

20 12 2009

My snowy backyard

Blizzard at 10 AM

Merry Christmas to all from blizzard struck Maryland!    While the blizzard is over, the snow remains.  I went out yesterday morning and took photos just as the bad snow started to set in…at that time, we had approximately 8 inches on the ground.  I went out this morning and measured…we are officially at 20 inches!  Snowman time! 

If you’ve been waiting to get your holiday shopping out of the way to make plans for attending Cabin Fever Clay Fest in Feb. 2010, now’s the time to make your dream a reality.  We still have space available in many CFCF workshops as well as some of the pre-conference workshops (see list below.)  And, as our gift to you, we are extending the registration deadline through January with a little incentive for you to visit our blog, refer others, and register for CFCF.  
 
HERE ARE THE THREE WAYS YOU CAN WIN.
1. Send in your registration for CFCF.  One lucky registrant will be selected to receive a $30 gift of products from all registrations received with postmarks between 12/21/09 and 1/20/10.
2. When you visit our blog at www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com and make a comment … one lucky winner who adds a comment on the blog between 12/21/09 and 1/9/10 will be selected randomly to receive a $10 gift package. 
3. If you have a blog of your own, link to www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com and send visitors our way…the second lucky winner will be selected randomly to receive a $15 gift package, based on blogs referrals of visitors to www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com between 12/21/09 and 1/16/10.
  
HERE’s THE UPDATE: (visit www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com and click on the Registration Tab at the top of the site for forms and descriptions) 

The following pre-conference workshops still have space available:

 * Nan Roche (2/20) *  Cindy Silas (2/20)  * Jana Roberts Benzon (2/21)  * Maggie Maggio (2/21)

 The following  CFCF (4 hour workshops beginning 2/21) still have space available:

* Tony Aquino (2/21 and 2/23)  * Maureen Carlson (2/21 and 2/23)

* Dayle Doroshow (2/23)  * Laurie Mika (2/24)   *  Kathryn  Ottman (2/22 and 2/23)

* Lisa Pavelka (2/22)  *  Ronna Sarvas Weltman (2/24)  *  Sarah Shriver (2/24) 





CFCF 2010: Nan Roche to be honored with Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award

10 12 2009

As registrations continue for the 3rd Annual Cabin Fever Clay Fest  in Feb. 2010 in Laurel, MD, we are pleased to announce that a special award will be given at the event.

Nan Roche, author of “The New Clay“, the first comprehensive book published on Polymer Clay (1991 Flower Valley Press), will be honored with the first Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award at the closing celebration for Cabin Fever Clay Fest, Wed. 24 February 2010 from 7PM til 11PM.  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever will be presenting Nan with this inaugural award on behalf of Cabin Fever Clay Fest and Polymer Clay Fests.    Nan, who has been a scientist working at NIH for many years, was one of the founding members of the National Polymer Clay Guild and the Washington Polymer Clay Guild. 

She was chosen for this first time honor for her numerous contributions to the polymer clay community, specifically having authored the first comprehensive book on polymer clay, or as Jeff refers to it –  “the pc bible“.  It was a labor of love for her and many others who helped her to pull the book together, including her late mother, Sue, who created all of the book’s illustrations; her brother, Chris, the photographer; her husband, John, who was/is her greatest supporter; and many other friends and colleagues who donated their time and artwork for the venture.  It’s wonderful to know that after 18 years, the book has withstood the hands of time and is still looked upon as a valuable resource in the polymer clay community.

Many of us may not be where we are with polymer clay without Nan’s insight into its origin and techniques.  She credits Kathleen Dustin as her first instructor at the Torpedo Factory and Pier Voulkos as her first inspiration to learn more about the medium.

Nan continues to teach periodically  when time allows and she derives great pleasure and energy from teaching her signature techniques.  For those who have not yet taken a workshop from Nan or who are interested in learning a new technique, she will be teaching a NEW one-day Celtic Knots, Braids, and Plaits pre-conference workshop on Saturday, 20 Feb. 2010 at Cabin Fever Clay Fest and we still have space available. Visit the registration page on this blog for forms and additional information.  

If you are not able to attend Cabin Fever Clay Fest but are interested in showing your support and appreciation for Nan, tickets are available for the closing celebration on 24 Feb. for $40 per person. Please email  cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com  for additional information. We would be pleased to have you join us at this celebration.





CFCF 2010: Supporting the Polymer Collection Project at RAM

25 10 2009
The Polymer Collection Project at RAM is a dream realized by Elise Winters and the polymer clay community.  It represents years of planning and hard work and a major step moving forward to have Polymer Clay works by renowned artists recognized by the Fine Arts World as a true art form.

 Elise will be the first to admit that she hasn’t done this alone, relying on many in the polymer world to help bring this dream to fruition.  Some of those include Rachel Carren, Nancy Travers, Nan Roche, Lindly Haunani, Carol Watkins along with Laura Tabakman and Lili Velez.  Also a key element in this project is Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at RAM, many thanks to him.

We at CFCF are pleased to support this project by donating a portion of each registration fee to the project.   We are also please that we’ve had the great fortune of bringing some of the talented artisans, whose works are included in the collection, to teach hands-on workshops at CFCF this year and in years past.  Just a few of the artists included in the collection project are: Jeffrey Lloyd Dever (CFCF 2010), Dayle Doroshow (CFCF 2010), Lindly Haunani (CFCF 2010), Tory Hughes (CFCF 2009), Donna Kato (CFCF 2008), Maggie Maggio (CFCF 2010), Nan Roche (CFCF 2008-2010), and Sarah Shriver (CFCF 2008-2010). 

We urge you to ponder where we polymer clay artists might be without these pioneers and innovators…and consider a donation to the project.  You can learn more by following this link.  Once again, congrats to Elise and all who have worked so hard on this project.








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