REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest MidWest!

12 08 2010

DEVER: Stick Pin

Come on up to the Northwoods for the beautiful Fall colors and make some colors of your own!   You asked for it and we aim to please.  It’s been a long time coming, but we’re back to the MidWest to try it again!  Registration is nderway for the Polymer Clay andCreative Arts Fest coming up October 21-24 in Wausau (Weston), Wisconsin! There are a limited number of spaces available, so don’t wait…register as soon as you can!  Registration forms can be found here:

****PCCAF Registration Form (conference and pre-conference)****

Descriptions for the classes can be found below.  Each person registering will be taking a class from all six (6) instructors, but remember, you must register for the pre-conference workshop(s) separately.

DEVER: Miniature Polymer Holloware (Pre-Conference)

In this class we will explore a wide variety of small scale holloware forms and shapes created by using miniature form-building techniques.  The results are strong, light and often reproducible polymer clay holloware pieces, for use in jewelry as beads, pins, or pendants.  With simple techniques, we will create small forms/molds of your own design, and through clay layering and multi-cycle curing build small holloware pieces.  Surface ornamentation and finishing techniques will be discussed as time allows.  This is a technique workshop, not a project class, therefore all students need a basic working knowledge of polymer clay.

OTTMAN/SILAS: Intro to and Combining Metal Clays (Pre-Conference)

OTTMAN: Bronz Clay Earrings

This workshop will introduce you to simple techniques for working with silver, bronz, and coppr metal clays . If you’ve wanted to try them but were afraid to, here’s an opportunity to get your feet wet.  Walk away with new techniques and some jewelry to boot!

DIFFENDAFFER: Recursive Bead Workshop

Diffendaffer: Recursive Bead

It’s the bead that built itself. This simple technique, when repeated in layers and with small variations quickly results in a multiplicity of complicated and beautiful textured shapes. Students can turn these forms into beads as you go, as models for molding silver clay, polymer, or other materials, or just use them as tools as you play with the endless variety of forms that flow forth.

You will begin by creating and transforming texture sheets using polymer clay, and carving and sculpture tools. You will learn how to make smoothly domed forms in any shape. Then, using Grant’s latest techniques, students will transform the textures created into dramatic and deeply textured three dimensional form. Starting small and progressing towards larger shapes, will learn how to use the shapes created to modify each other and evolve them using sculpture techniques.

This technique is a great low pressure way to just play with clay and get creativity levels flowing. Class will begin by making tools using scrap clay, so you won’t have to be concerned about whether you are in the process of creating a special piece of art. This workshop will teach you to move quickly and get into the flow of the process.

After getting warmed up, color will be added and you will begin transforming your work into beautiful beads (which are great for pins too!).  This workshop is a combination die forming, mold making, sculptural techniques and alchemy and Grant believes it’s the most fun you will ever have.

EAKES: Falling for Caning

EAKES: Falling for Caning

Julie will teach how to make three different complex looking canes from the same “basic” cane.  I chose these Fall colors to go along with the time of year.  Students will need to have a basic knowledge of polymer clay, including making skinner blends and skinner blend jelly rolls.  Although the ending canes appear complex they are really made from a more basic cane.  She will show students how to build the core “basic” cane and then how to create three new canes from that core cane.  Students will leave with the three color coordinated canes. Along the way, they will learn some great cane building tips.

It will require students to bring quite a lot of preconditioned clay. As with all caning there is waste and when you are making three from one there is three times the waste.  In order to complete the canes in the four hours students will have to bring some pre-constructed canes.  Nothing complex, maybe a skinner blend jelly roll and some bulls eye canes.

HUGHES: Mixed Media

HUGHES: Instructor’s Choice: Mixed Media Project

Description to follow…it will be something new, creative, and innovative in the mixed media realm.  Let’s let Tory surprise us!!

ROCHE: Japanese Molds: Antique carvings

ROCHE: Kashi Gata Pendant

This is a wonderful class for everyone interested in the beauty of Japanese design.  We will be using 100 year old Japanese molds that were traditionally used for a special kind of sweet cookie for celebrations.  The clay will be worked using mokume gane layering and a technique that allows you work with these often very deep molds.  We will make one piece using a collage of images from some of my smaller carvings. I will have castings of some of the molds so that images can both be raised from the surface and sunk below the surface. I will have some antique texturing molds to use as well. We will learn about sanding and polishing and other finishing techniques that I like to use.  My approach to findings using rubber cording to assemble pieces will also be taught. Now is your chance to work with these wonderful molds and a Japanese sensibility!!!!

RUFENER: Artist Pastel Chalk Techniques on Polymer Clay

RUFENER: Translucent Chalk Pod Floral

Students will be pleasantly surprised at how well soft pastel chalk sticks and saturated Pan Pastels work with polymer clay. During this workshop we will discover and apply several different chalking techniques, some of which were introduced in Shirley’s newest book “Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry”. The workshop will focus on Shirley’s original painting with “chalk pods” surface floral technique as we create a pendant, as well as a technique sampler with as many additional chalk techniques as time allows for. This is a technique driven class that will expand your creativity to use mixed media in your work.

SILAS: Photopolymer Plates Galore

SILAS: Photopolymer Plates

Learn to create photopolymer plates (PPP) from your own art! Then use them as you would a rubber stamp to impress textures and designs—even your signature, into your polymer or metal clay. In this class, you will make a photopolymer plate (or several) to take home, plus learn the following:

•  several ways to create your art, so that you get crisp results
•  the best plates to use for different purposes
•  how to determine the best exposure time
•  demo and tips for using your plates
•  use your art or choose from several available designs
•  and finally, Cindy will have samples available to show how the plates can be used.




4 responses

20 08 2010
Berit Hines

I would like to sign up for this but don’t quite understand the itinerary. The pre-conference dates overlap with the conference dates. How does this work? Could someone contact me?

27 08 2010

Great site, love the jewelry!

20 06 2011

I would like to sign up for this but don’t quite understand the itinerary. The pre-conference dates overlap with the conference dates. How does this work? Could someone contact me?

5 08 2011

Hello, Sheryl. The pre-conference is only one day, 21 Oct. and the conference begins on Sat. 22 Oct. with the 4 hour workshops. Hope this helps! Looking forward to seeing you there. Email with any other questions. Kathryn

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