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Mark your calendar now to attend the 8th year of Cabin Fever!  CFCAF 2015 dates are February 12 – 18, 2015 at the Holiday Inn West, Laurel, Maryland.  Each year, we try to bring a great mix of instructors as we also honor one of the pioneers in the field.  2015 will be no different.  We’ve got a great line-up of instructors in addition to a well-deserving honoree, Maureen Peck Carlson.

2015 Instructors include: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

Once again, we will have full-day pre-conference workshops and 4-hour conference workshops, allowing you to get a “taste” of what more instructors have to offer.  Above is a sampling of photos of some of the workshops that will be offered.  Be certain to stay tuned to be one of the first to register.



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,, 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.


1 04 2012

It’s been over one month since the 5th Annual Cabin Fever Clay Fest in Laurel, MD and my head is still reeling from all of the information I received.  So much creativity in one location!   CFCF started like a whirlwind and ended the same…with all enjoying their days of non-stop playing, claying, wiring, and inspiring 24/7.  My plans for posting everyday and including videos, etc. went out the window Friday, the first day.  Jeff Dever, enamelist Barbara Lewis, and Marie Segal welcomed the early birds who decided to take pre-conference classes.  Saturday brought Liz Potter Hall with her first teaching experience, and CFCF favorites Lindly Haunani and Nan Roche.  Sunday, Jana Roberts Benzon and Sarah Shriver both taught some new and very exciting techniques as students watched, mesmerized and engrossed in the learning process. Wow!  What else can you do with clay…it’s just amazing!  The rest of the week was filled with much fun, laughter, and lots of clay!

Barbara LewisJeff DeverMarie Segal

On Tuesday evening, our honoree, Marie Segal, was presented with the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award by Sarah Shriver and Nan Roche.  They took a walk down memory lane and told a few funny stories then spoke of their appreciation for what she and her husband, Howard, had done for the polymer clay community. Other attendees also got up and expressed their gratitude for the groundwork laid by Marie…opening many opportunities for so many.  To learn more about Marie’s long history with Polymer Clay, visit her website, blog, and Clay Factory store!

We learned on Saturday, 18 Feb., that Laura Tabakman’s father had passed away and so she was unable to teach as she traveled home to Argentina to spend time with family.  Two seasoned instructors and friends, Lindly Haunani and Nan Roche, both stepped up, rearranged their schedules, and offered to teach Laura’s classes for her.  At times, the generosity and support of members of the community never cease to amaze me.

Thank you to the incredible line up of conference instructors: Barbara LewisBlair AndersonDoreen KasselJana Roberts Benzon, Jeffrey Lloyd DeverKathryn Jo OttmanLinda HessLindly HaunaniLiz Potter HallLynne Ann SchwarzenbergMarie Segal, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, and Shannon Nelson. .  They all gave it their best and then some…incredible projects and inspiration.  To see photos from the workshops and celebration, click here.

Thank you, also, to our donors and sponsors.  Please take a moment to click on their logos below and visit the sites to see what they have to offer!

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Thank you again to all of our supporters and attendees (and to my sister, Jenni who took great care of little Christian…love ya sis!)  We’ll see you back in Laurel, MD next year from February 15-21, 2013.

Our honoree for CFCF 2013 – Lindly Haunani!  Start saving and plan to come honor Lindly.  We already have a great line-up of instructors with more to be added.


20 09 2011

We are SOOOOO excited to be gearing up for CFCF 2012!  WOW, have we got some great instructors prepared to teach you some new and innovative ideas to work with polymer clay, silver, PMC, and other mixed media.  SAVE THE DATES and start saving your pennies…the 5th Annual Cabin Fever Clay Fest is just around the corner – Feb. 17-19 Pre-conference, Feb. 19-22 conference at the Holiday Inn West in Laurel, MD.  Be certain to follow this blog and stay informed:

We’ve got another spectacular line-up of instructors that you won’t want to miss, including:

Barbara Lewis, Blair Anderson, Doreen Kassel, Jana Roberts Benzon, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Laura Tabakman, Linda Hess, Lindly Haunani, Liz Potter Hall, Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg, Marie Segal, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, and Shannon Nelson.

Also, announcing the next recipient of the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award – Marie Segal.  To learn more about Marie’s long history with Polymer Clay, visit her website, blog, and Clay Factory store!

Workshop descriptions coming soon and registration opens next week!  Subscribe to this blog to stay updated on all the latest from PCCAF!


28 08 2011

Time is running out to register for the 2011 PCCAF in Wisconsin…don’t wait!


Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg stumbled upon polymer clay in 1991 and she’s been creating, teaching and designing ever since.  She bit off more than she could chew, going from marbled beads straight to figurines à la Maureen Carlson.  In 2001, she fell into the world of polymer clay guilds, and was delighted to find others who shared her obsession.  After exploring the worlds of caricature sculpture, faux materials, filigree, and even dollhouse miniatures for her daughter, she found her niche in millefiori floral caning and tile jewelry.

Lynne Ann has been teaching polymer clay to students young and old for over 12 years.  Her work has appeared in several publications and she has won a number of awards including Bead & Button magazine’s Bead Dreams competition, the Interweave Press Bead Arts Award, and the National Polymer Clay Guild’s Progress and Possibilities competition.  She sells her work in galleries and bead shows and through her website:

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg  will be teaching “One Cane Flowers” at PCCAF 2011 in Weston, WI.  To register for the conference,


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.



15 08 2011

LINDLY HAUNANI’s work has appeared in more than fifty invitational and juried shows and was awarded the prestigious Niche Award in 2009.

Lindly is a founding member of the National Polymer Clay Guild and with Pierrette Ashcroft, co-authored “Artist’s at Work: Polymer Clay Comes of Age.”  Her latest book  “Color Inspirations“ was co-written with Maggie Maggio and  has become the color reference manual for the polymer community as well as for artists. She has produced several video workshops and been featured in numerous polymer and arts magazines.

She began teaching workshops in 1990 and continues to enjoy traveling to lecture and inspire artists.  Her passion for food and cooking provide a basis for her inspiration and is often expressed via color, construction techniques and form.  In addition to many private collections 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.

Come to Wisconsin where Lindly will be teaching Rainbow Roll Beads at PCCAF MidWest 2011.



9 08 2011
Doreen creates her quirky creatures in her Hopewell, NJ studio/storefront.  Her work is inspired by love of E.H. Shepard, (The Wind in the Willows illustrator), William Holbrook Beard, anthropomorphism without sugar, vintage toys and all the old and wonderful books and beasts of her youth, lovingly given to her by her Grandma and Aunt.
Her creatures and stories have grown out of her many years of children’s book illustration and have taken off, almost on their own. She loves giving form to them and feels so fortunate to have such a passion for these small souls and the opportunity to spend every day working in her studio.
Doreen crafts each one out of polymer, imbuing them with attitude and emotion, getting the right turn of the head or rise of the cheek.  Animals who wear clothes clutter the studio and continue to multiply.  Right now her attention has turned to Story Tiles, Beastly Pendants, ornaments, small sculpture and all sorts of Uncommon Creatures.
Her images have been used for many books, magazines, toys, puzzles, greeting cards, Christmas ornaments and textiles. Her clientshave ranged from puzzle design for Unicef, poster illustration for HBO, Book illustration and toys for National Geographic.   See her website(s) for a more complete look at her work.  Doreen’s art has been selected for juried shows and has won awards in several international competitions.  She loves sharing her enthusiasm for creating and has a great time teaching in her Hopewell, New Jersey Studio/ storefront and in libraries and bookstores along the East Coast.

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