9 10 2012



Lindly’s roots go way back in the polymer clay world, which is one of the reasons she was selected in early 2012 to receive the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award at CFCF’s February 2013 Conference in Laurel, MD.  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.

Lindly Haunani

Her passion for food and cooking (I’ve heard she is a gourmet chef) 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.

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.

At CFCF 2013, she is teaching a two-day Masterclass on Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, 2013 and two 4-hour workshops during the conference.  A special celebration will take place on Tuesday evening to celebrate her career and contributions to the creative world.  Come celebrate with us in February and honor Lindly.

******   Download registration forms here and detailed workshop information here. ******

LINDLY HAUNANI – Translucent Innovations – Exploring Folded Bead Forms (2-day pre-conference) Intermediate to advanced skill level (or confident beginner)

Master the art of designing and mixing scintillating vibrant and clear color palettes using translucent polymer clay. You will begin by making your own personalized translucent mix color swatch deck that will be used as a reference to create your personalized palette.
Lindly will guide you step by step as you make a set of color-coordinated canes that will feature both translucent clay blends and opaque accents. You will then use your canes to explore several different interlocking folded bead forms.
You will then choose- just one bead form or several? Alternating color or gradated color? Add something to your mix from the group “pool” or not? Once you make your beads for your necklace, you will learn how to make an embedded matching toggle clasp and learn about options for stringing your folded bead necklace.  Come prepared to have fun, laugh, and learn new approaches to working with polymer clay while increasing your color confidence.- And leave with a stunning, folded bead necklace.

HAUNANI – Bodacious Bubbles

LINDLY HAUNANI – Bodacious Bubbles: Keepsake Blade Holder (4-hour workshop) All Skill Levels   Mon. 1:00PM/Tues. 8:00AM

Lindly will share some of her insights into polymer clay color mixing and strategies for intensifying; de-saturating and/or skewing your rainbow Skinner blends. To help aid in your decision there will be dozens of samples on hand. Some of the possibilities include: going “gold”, softening the contrasts, pumping up the neon, cooling the look or adding warmth.

Using two specially prepared Skinner Blends you will learn how to make a laminate sheet of this dramatic textile inspired pattern. You will then make a magnetic, laced hinge blade cover = useful memento of color mixing possibilities and a 2013 Cabin Fever Clay Fest Keepsake.



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.

PCCAF MIDWEST 2010: JEFFREY LLOYD DEVER – Pre-conference Instructor

1 10 2010



JEFFREY LLOYD DEVER: Miniature Holloware Forms

Jeff  is a Master Polymer Clay artist who has been in the field of graphic design and illustration since the mid-70s. He is founding partner of the award-winning studio Dever Designs located in Laurel, Maryland. He has taught at various venues including the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Jeff’s work has received numerous awards and his creations have been represented in national exhibitions and his work has been accepted into the permanent Polymer Clay Collection at the Racine Art Museum (RAM), in Racine, WI.

In this class we will explore a wide variety of small scale


hollowforms 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.

There are still a few spots available in this class so don’t wait…register now!  At this late date, we are only accepting payment by PayPal.  Click HERE to download the form and send in your registration.


PCCAF Midwest 2010: Instructor Nan Roche

19 09 2010

ROCHE: Japanese Kashi Gata Necklaces

ROCHE: Japanese Molds: Antique carvings

Nan has been working with polymer clay since the late ’80s and is the author of the very first book written on the subject, “The New Clay”. In Feb. 2010, she received the first, Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award.  She is bringing her years of experience and wonderful talent to the Midwest for the first time in years, so don’t miss your chance of learning from one of the best and brightest … eager to share her experience with all. Her workshop, Japanese Molds, Antique Carvings, is a wonderful class for everyone interested in the beauty of Japanese design.  We will be using 100 year old Japanese Kashi Gata 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!!!! To register for the Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest in Weston, Wisconsin, 21-24 Oct., please click here or on the registration link above to download the registration forms and get them in as soon as possible.  Registration deadline is 10 October 2010.

CFCF 2010: Nan Roche to be honored with Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award

10 12 2009

As registrations continue for the 3rd Annual Cabin Fever Clay Fest  in Feb. 2010 in Laurel, MD, we are pleased to announce that a special award will be given at the event.

Nan Roche, author of “The New Clay“, the first comprehensive book published on Polymer Clay (1991 Flower Valley Press), will be honored with the first Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award at the closing celebration for Cabin Fever Clay Fest, Wed. 24 February 2010 from 7PM til 11PM.  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever will be presenting Nan with this inaugural award on behalf of Cabin Fever Clay Fest and Polymer Clay Fests.    Nan, who has been a scientist working at NIH for many years, was one of the founding members of the National Polymer Clay Guild and the Washington Polymer Clay Guild. 

She was chosen for this first time honor for her numerous contributions to the polymer clay community, specifically having authored the first comprehensive book on polymer clay, or as Jeff refers to it –  “the pc bible“.  It was a labor of love for her and many others who helped her to pull the book together, including her late mother, Sue, who created all of the book’s illustrations; her brother, Chris, the photographer; her husband, John, who was/is her greatest supporter; and many other friends and colleagues who donated their time and artwork for the venture.  It’s wonderful to know that after 18 years, the book has withstood the hands of time and is still looked upon as a valuable resource in the polymer clay community.

Many of us may not be where we are with polymer clay without Nan’s insight into its origin and techniques.  She credits Kathleen Dustin as her first instructor at the Torpedo Factory and Pier Voulkos as her first inspiration to learn more about the medium.

Nan continues to teach periodically  when time allows and she derives great pleasure and energy from teaching her signature techniques.  For those who have not yet taken a workshop from Nan or who are interested in learning a new technique, she will be teaching a NEW one-day Celtic Knots, Braids, and Plaits pre-conference workshop on Saturday, 20 Feb. 2010 at Cabin Fever Clay Fest and we still have space available. Visit the registration page on this blog for forms and additional information.  

If you are not able to attend Cabin Fever Clay Fest but are interested in showing your support and appreciation for Nan, tickets are available for the closing celebration on 24 Feb. for $40 per person. Please email  for additional information. We would be pleased to have you join us at this celebration.

CFCF 2010: Supporting the Polymer Collection Project at RAM

25 10 2009
The Polymer Collection Project at RAM is a dream realized by Elise Winters and the polymer clay community.  It represents years of planning and hard work and a major step moving forward to have Polymer Clay works by renowned artists recognized by the Fine Arts World as a true art form.

 Elise will be the first to admit that she hasn’t done this alone, relying on many in the polymer world to help bring this dream to fruition.  Some of those include Rachel Carren, Nancy Travers, Nan Roche, Lindly Haunani, Carol Watkins along with Laura Tabakman and Lili Velez.  Also a key element in this project is Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at RAM, many thanks to him.

We at CFCF are pleased to support this project by donating a portion of each registration fee to the project.   We are also please that we’ve had the great fortune of bringing some of the talented artisans, whose works are included in the collection, to teach hands-on workshops at CFCF this year and in years past.  Just a few of the artists included in the collection project are: Jeffrey Lloyd Dever (CFCF 2010), Dayle Doroshow (CFCF 2010), Lindly Haunani (CFCF 2010), Tory Hughes (CFCF 2009), Donna Kato (CFCF 2008), Maggie Maggio (CFCF 2010), Nan Roche (CFCF 2008-2010), and Sarah Shriver (CFCF 2008-2010). 

We urge you to ponder where we polymer clay artists might be without these pioneers and innovators…and consider a donation to the project.  You can learn more by following this link.  Once again, congrats to Elise and all who have worked so hard on this project.

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