4 11 2011

SHRIVER: Textile Inspired Bead

Sarah is an accomplished polymer clay artist and teacher who graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in art. In 1986 she was employed in a fabric and art supply store in San Francisco where she first began working with polymer clay.

Since 1989 she has been working full time out of her home/studio in San Rafael using the mille fiori, or caning technique to make intricately patterned beads, buttons, and jewelry. Her background in textiles is evident in her designs, which were described in an Ornament Magazine review as “meticulous, delicate, and elegant”.  Sarah has been recognized as a pioneer and master of her craft and has participated in a number of juried and invitational exhibits and shows.  She loves to teach and has taught all over nationally in the U.S. and internationally including Israel, France, and other European countries. Her work can be seen at

Sarah brings her expertise with intricate caning techniques to Maryland for the ninth year in a row and this year she will be teaching a pre-conference workshop on Textile Inspired canes as well as a 4-hour conference workshop on Reverse Inlay techniques.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see Sarah again!

SHRIVER - Textile Inspired Cane

SHRIVER – Textile Inspired Canes (Pre-conference)

Get ready to hone your caning skills!  We’ll build a variety of beads using canes constructed in class from skinner blended sheets of clay. Using shadows and highlights as well as repetition of some basic shapes, we’ll be able to mimic the look of folded undulating fabric. In addition to my humble pearls of wisdom, the class will focus on detailed color development, refined construction and finishing techniques intended to help you raise the bar on your own work.  To register for Sarah’s workshop, download registration form here.

SHRIVER – Reverse Inlay Pin (4-hour workshop)

SHRIVER: Reverse Inlay Pin

Here’s a new way to make your clay POP.  You’ll build up complex veneers using traditional Skinner blends combined with “reverse-inlays”. Sarah will cover principals on how to control and play with the colors in your blends, as well as additional ways of building graphic interest by adding lines and dots of contrast. You’ll also explore some new shapes and different methods for constructing and finishing a well-crafted piece.  To register for Sarah’s workshop,download registration form here.

Sarah Nelson Shriver




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