MCC 2014: MASTER CLASS CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

28 03 2014
Master Class Camp 2014

Master Class Camp 2014

 

IT IS OFFICIAL and worth the wait!    Registration for the 2nd Annual Master Class Camp from July 16-21, 2014 in Laurel, MD is now open!  We’ve got an incredible line-up of instructors once again and know that you won’t be disappointed.  It’s a one-of-a-kind event and a chance of a lifetime for some attendees.

Instructors include: Dan Cormier, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani,  Loretta Lam, Robert Dancik, Sandra McCaw, Melanie Muir, Marie Segal, Sarah Shriver, and Ponsawan Sila!

More information coming soon, but don’t wait -workshops will fill quickly!  We’ve included a payment plan (50% now, 50% later) and if you pay in full by May 15th, you can take a $30 discount on your registration!  Email cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you in July.




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: DISS THE CREATIVE FUNK – $40 DISCOUNT STILL AVAILABLE

30 05 2013

PENTAX ImageThat’s right…time to diss that funk.  If you are in a creative slump and have some spare time available in July, come join the Master instructors in Laurel, MD and give that funk the bunk!

I feel like I have been in a creative funk for over three years – could have something to do with my almost three-year-old son, but my mind has been focused on toys and books and not on what I can create next.  However, a few weeks ago I attended the Baltimore Bead Society meeting to see a presentation by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.  Jeff  modified the presentation he had given in Atlanta about using everyday and found objects to make art.  His work was incredibly intriguing and seductive.  I hoped that I could get just a fraction of his creative spark.  Then a few days ago, I picked up some interesting children’s books and started looking at the construction of my son’s toy trucks and BAMMM! the light bulb went on.  I jotted my ideas down on paper – now to find the time to actually sit down and work them through is another story.

The gist is – if you look all around you and keep an open mind the ideas will come.  The MCC has classes for everyone — sculpting, caning, construction, and a unique class on heat forming bamboo.  Let the Masters help you and GROW those ideas into something exceptional.

Spaces still available in all classes (except Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.)  Check out class info and registration form HERE.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR CAROL SIMMONS

24 05 2013

Carol Simmons VeneersCarol Simmons has fast become one of the experts in the community for conceptualizing and developing beautiful kaleidoscope canes.  We are fortunate to have her join us to teach at the Master Class Camp in Laurel, Maryland July 28-29, 2013.  She will present an intensive 2-day version of: Covering Uncovered: Exploring Kaleidoscope Cane Veneers.  

According to Carol, her fascination with polymer clay began in 1995 when she purchased a Fimo Clay assortment gift for a niece and Carol herself couldn’t stop playing with it. It’s no surprise that she love’s color and the process of mixing colors. She challenges herself  to develop new color combinations outside her comfort zone.  These self-induced challenges have lead her to create some undeniably beautiful canes and win her some awards.

She is passionate about bringing the versatility of polymer to others and enjoys teaching as much as creating – even as a young girl she organized a neighborhood Arts and Crafts club so she could teach.  Her teaching has taken her across the country and all over the world.  She is coming to the Washington, DC area for the first time…don’t miss this opportunity. CLS-pic

To register for Carol’s workshop, Covering Uncovered: Exploring Kaleidoscope Cane Veneers,  download the workshop info and registration form here.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR LINDLY HAUNANI

20 05 2013
Lindly Haunani Color Collage

Lindly Haunani Color Collage

Are you color challenged when it comes to your polymer work?  Well, we’ve got something just for you.  If you’ve never taken a color class from Lindly, this is your chance.  She has modified and updated her traditional color workshop and put a different spin on it just for MCC 2013.

But, did you know that Lindly’s roots go way back in the polymer clay world?   Lindly is a founding member of the Potomac Polymer Clay Guild as well as the National Polymer Clay Guild.  She began teaching workshops way back in 1990 and continues to enjoy traveling around the world to lecture and inspire other artists.

Her passion for food and cooking  provide a basis for her inspiration and is often expressed via color, construction techniques and form.  Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Racine Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Newark Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Meinge International Museum in San Diego. She has a BFA in Printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lindly Haunani

Lindly Haunani

She is co-author of two books, the first with Pierrette Ashcroft,  Artist’s at Work: Polymer Clay Comes of Age and her latest book  Color Inspirations with Maggie Maggio.   Color Inspirations has quickly become the color reference manual for the polymer community and artists working in other mediums. She has starred in several video workshops and has been featured in numerous polymer and arts magazines, including Bead and Button Magazine.  Her work has appeared in more than fifty invitational and juried shows and was awarded the prestigious Niche Award in 2009. She also received the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award at CFCF’s February 2013 Conference in Laurel, MD.

To register for Lindly’s workshop, Inspired Color: Collaging for Clarity,  download the workshop info and registration form here.





MCC 2013: $40 DISCOUNT EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 15th!

15 05 2013
Lindly Haunani - Inspired Color "Qyilt Block:

Lindly Haunani – Inspired Color “Quilt Block”

MASTER CLASS CAMP DISCOUNT EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 15! If you are like me, you are a procrastinator.  I most often have the best of intentions, but continually say to myself, oh, I’ll get to that tomorrow.  NOT!  It’s incredible how many times I’ve done this over the course of my lifetime, and I’ve missed out on some great opportunities because of it.  Usually can’t go back, so I’ve spent the last year trying more diligently to get things done as they need to be done.

If this reminds you of yourself, don’t fret…we are going to help you take care of that.  Have you registered for the Master Class Camp(MCC)yet? If you have been on the fence, we appreciate that and want to give you another opportunity to register at the discounted rate, so we’ve extended the $40 discount per class til June 15th! But hurry, we have limited space available in each workshop and they are filling fast.

Robert Liu 
Maureen Carlson
Sandra Mccaw
Ellen Marshall
Jeff Dever – 2 spaces available
Lindly Haunani 
Carol Simmons -

Download the workshop info and registration form here.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR MAUREEN CARLSON

7 05 2013
Maureen Carlson - "RAIN" Story Box

Maureen Carlson – “RAIN” Story Box

Maureen Carlson, a talented polymer, fiber, and mixed media artist, will be joining us at the Master Class Camp, teaching Story Boxes, July 26-27 in Laurel, Maryland.

She credits her career in clay to a rainy weekend, an empty art show and a chance encounter with a woman who loved gnomes.  In the 35 years since then she has been telling stories, writing how-to books, designing, teaching and creating mixed-media artwork in clay and cloth.

Her first polymer clay how-to book, FIMO FOLK, was published in 1991, and was followed by 15 more with publishers Hot Off The Press, Design Originals and North Light Books.  Her first North Light Book, How to Make Clay Characters, has sold more than 100,000 copies.

She and her husband, Dan, design and create the What A Character line of push molds. Other licensed products have included the Pippsywoggins, Sister Folk, Friar Folk and the Wishing You and Winged Messenger Fairies. It is amazing to see her hands work magic as she creates each unique piece, each telling a story, every facial expression and every wrinkle in her characters’ faces have a purpose.

Since 1999 her focus has been Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts, a retreat and teaching facility located in Jordan, MN.  More info is available at http://www.MaureenCarlson.com

MAUREEN CARLSON

MAUREEN CARLSON

To register for Maureen’s workshop, Story Boxes,  download the workshop info and registration form here.





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.








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