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.

PCCAF Midwest 2010: Thanks for the donations!

12 10 2010

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  We are only just 10 days away from Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest in Weston, WI!  We’d like to thank the following suppliers for their generous donations to the Fest.  Their contributions will make the event that much more fun!  Stay tuned for the big announcement for CFCF 2011…it’s gonna ROCK!

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 Cindy Silas

24 09 2010

SILAS: Photopolymer Plate Example

SILAS: Photopolymer Plates Galore

Cindy has always been an artist, spending much of her youth drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, and as a teenager in the 70’s, doing macramé.  She chose the business art of graphic design as a profession, while continuing to explore other arts mediums, such as watercolor and photography.  In 2003, she picked up a book about polymer clay and began creatively exploring the art form.  More recently, she began exploring silver clay and has become focused on combining the two versatile mediums to create art jewelry.

Her experience in the arts has been rich, collecting what each individual medium has to offer.  Each explored medium has added to her sense of design and love of color, not to mention adding to the overflow of supplies in her home studio.  She believes life is an adventure, and that there is so much left to do…see…try.  Her goals are to move forward, to explore, innovate, and continue to share the creative genius that is in all of us through her art, teaching and publishing.

In this class, you will 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.

To register for the Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest in Weston, Wisconsin, 21-24 Oct., please click here or on the registration linkabove to download the registration forms and get them in as soon as possible.  Registration deadline is 10 October 2010.

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.

PCCAF Midwest 2010: Instructor Grant Diffendaffer

17 09 2010

DIFFENDAFFER: Recursive Bead

DIFFENDAFFER: Recursive Bead Workshop

In addition to getting married this summer and continuing to create his wonderful beads and polymer items, Grant has been involved with some very  interesting and progressive art projects.  Last summer, he took part in the making and assembly of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship and in 2007, the Steampunk Treehouse.  Can’t wait to see what he’s been up to in 2010!

He has been making his signature “recursive” beads for a while, so it is a treat for all to learn his methodical methods of creating these organic looking beads of clay.

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.

PCCAF Midwest 2010: Instructor Julie Eakes: Falling for Caning!

13 09 2010

Eakes: Caning Examples

For those who don’t know Julie, she is an extremely gifted and talented artist.  I first met her when she attended the very first Cabin Fever Clay Festival in 2008.  She came as an attendee, just as eager as the other to learn from the experts.  She’s come a long way in those few short years and is now becoming a caning expert in polymer clay.  Some may have seen her face canes and extruded face canes…truly a work of art.  Well, now is your opportunity to learn from Julie, her techniques and inspiration.

She has been working with polymer clay for over five years.  Her professional experience has been as a computer modeler and animator in the late ’90s, as she created a computer adventure game, Morpheus. She says that her experience has helped her visualize and produce her very intricate polymer clay canes.

Her specialty is face canes and the variety of ways of presenting the image in canework.  She teaches her face cane classes around the country aas she continues to explore new possibilities in caning.  She was a winner in this year’s IPCA Progress and Possibilities and her work has been included in several books and publications.  Her blog has info on her current work and goings-on.

Eakes: Face Cane

Julie will teach how to make three different complex looking canes from the same “basic” cane.  She 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.  For the registration form, click on the “Registration” tab on the site.

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