PCCAF Midwest 2011: Registration Now Open!

20 06 2011

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Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest Midwest in Wausau, WI.  Instructors include: Doreen Gay Kassel (winner of this year’s NICHE Award), Lindly Haunani, Kathryn Ottman, Nan Roche, Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg, and Laura Tabakman.

In addition to workshops being taught by the talented instructors, also included is a daytrip to the RAM Museum the opening weekend of the Polymer Collection.  Interact with some of the artists whose work is included in the collection! Don’t miss it…it’s a once in a lifetime event!

Click here to download the Workshop descriptions: PCCAF 2011 Workshop Descriptions

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.

PCCAF 2011 PRE-CONFERENCE 7-hour WORKSHOP (separate payment)

OTTMAN – BronzMetal and CopprMetal Clay Earrings

Join Kathryn as you learn the tricks of working with Bronz and Coppr metal clay. Metal clay is a clay-like medium made from very small particles of metals which is mixed with an organic binder and water to make it workable. The binder and water burn off during the firing process leaving you with hard metal.  Metal clay can be textured and shaped by hand like polymer clay. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways; then the binder burns away, leaving the pure metal.  Bring along your polymer texture sheets or make your own.  Carve, drill, etc. to create the look you want.  Kathryn will show you how to work with metal clay while crafting one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. No previous metal clay experience is required. 

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.





PCCAF 2011 Conference 4-hour Workshops

HAUNANI – Rainbow Roll Necklace

Join Lindly as she walks you through making a rainbow Skinner blend, with an emphasis on your favorite colors, which will be combined with a black and white stripe cane to make your personalized version of a Rainbow Roll Necklace.

Learn how to add impact to your work with increased color confidence while learning several valuable skills for working with polymer clay. You will learn strategies for designing and mixing cohesive color schemes, including how to choose a level of saturation within your comfort zone.  Strategies for intensifying, softening or muting your blend will be demonstrated, along with several options for forming your beads.

In addition to the basic supply list- please bring a set of Kemper circle cutters, four ounces of well- conditioned scrap clay and your two magical hands.

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.

KASSEL – Sculpting Holiday Art

This workshop will focus on creating fun, offbeat, small sculpture with the Holidays as the theme. Christmas and Halloween can be great jumping off points for imaginations to run wild!  We’ll work sculpturally with lots of texture, in high and low relief.

An initial coat of brown oil paint is rubbed off and the paint collected in the nooks and hollows gives the piece definition and character, different colors of oil paints are then applied,  using the same technique of painting and rubbing. The colors reveal themselves to be subtle and beautiful. Every crack and fold adds to the charm of the piece. The result is a charming surprise and beautiful vintage inspired art!    Happy accidents occur with this technique, no great sculptural skill is necessary, just enthusiasm.

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.


 OTTMAN – Textured “Snakeskin” beads


Designing multi-layered textured and sparkling beads will be some of the most fun you have ever had.  Using texture and color see your design come to life. Add special messages to the back of the pendant for a two sided-wonder.  The color and texture possibilities are endless!  You will create a texture plate from scrap clay or use manufactured textures while combining colors to develop a look that is yours. Come enjoy the fun!

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.






ROCHE – Chasing and Leatherwork with Polymer Clay

Chasing is a metalworking technique that forms a raised or dimensional design by pushing down or compressing the metal, leather or polymer around the edges of an image, “raising” the image. The inspirations for this class are the techniques used in leatherworking, a form of chasing.  We will be creating a pendant or pin using chasing by transferring a design onto the clay surface. Then, using a variety of tools of many shapes and textures we will press down around the design, causing the design to be raised. We will experiment with layered clay using this technique and will also add details onto our raised images. We will be sanding and buffing to  a high shine with sandpapers or using 0000 steel wool to give a matte surface. I will also teach my approach to using rubber cording.  This class is suitable for all skill levels.

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.


Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg – One Cane Flowers

There is often great beauty in simplicity. What could be simpler than a gorgeous flower created with just one simple but stunning and versatile cane?  Lynne Ann will teach students how to create, reduce, and slice her signature “brushstroke petal” cane.  Students will use their hands and various tools to shape and transform their petals.  Learn to construct a non-stick baking form for gentle curvature of the petals, creating a beautiful dimensional flower.  Lynne Ann will also cover a variety of options for flower centers and a pre-bake smoothing technique that virtually eliminates the need to sand.  Want a bit more pizzazz to your piece?  Students can swap a piece of their cane with another student for a two-color flower.  In class we will create pendants, but Lynne Ann will demonstrate a very strong and attractive way to add a pin back as well.

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.




Laura Tabakman – Polymer Clay Pendants

In this class students will complete a pendant.  We will be working on developing a vocabulary of simple elements constructed with basic canes. With this vocabulary of elements people can assemble the pendant according to different configurations. Students will learn how to use wire to put it all together. If time permits more than one configuration may be finished in class. This class is suitable for students of all levels.

Click here to download the Registration form:  PCCAF 2011 Registration Form.



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