CFCF 2013: 1 MONTH TO GO – EXTRUSIONS, SCULPTURES, AND STONES!

16 01 2013
Nan Roche's Loop-In-Loop Chain

Nan Roche’s Loop-In-Loop Chain

Just one month til the 6th Annual CFCF begins and I see some “all-nighters” in the near future.  Being a single parent of a 2 1/2 year old has it’s magnificent moments and then there are those times when … well, you probably understand.

My home is quickly becoming overrun with supplies, goody bag stuffings, and auction donations.  I hope that it will again be an enjoyable experience for each of you who are attending. A lot of work goes into putting on an event like this and we want you to be comfortable, make friends, have fun, and learn lots.  That being said, there are many workshops to choose from and depending on your focus in polymer, metal clay, or mixed media, we’ve got a lot to offer.

Nan Roche has been working with polymer since the late 1980s/early 1990s and began using the clay extruder early on.  She developed several techniques (extruded mosaic, loop-in-loop, Celtic knots) and her workshop on Loop-in-Loop Chains is definitely a favorite for those interested in fiber/woven techniques.  Space is still available in this pre-conference workshop on Friday, 15, February.  Click here for more info and the registration form.

Kassel Bird Ornament

Kassel Bird Ornament

Doreen Kassel is one of the most prolific artists I have ever met (she and Christi Friesen). Her background in illustration has helped her to develop her little characters, working carefully to sculpt the detailed features and feathers.  Her works are all one of a kind, and I love that each one has it’s own personality and unique cuteness!

She was a NICHE Award winner last year and is a NICHE Award finalist in two categories this year.  She has taken ornament making to a whole new level.  She is teaching two classes at CFCF, one pre-conference Ganesh Triptych workshop and a Birds and Beasts 4-hour workshop.  Space is still available for you to join her.  Click here for more info and the registration form.

FRIESEN - Chrysophrase with Swelligant

FRIESEN – Chrysophrase with Swelligant

Christi Friesen has been all over the map, literally!  She’s been traveling the world for years now, sharing her unique talents and all-around bubbliness (is that a word?) Her two workshops offer a different take on stained glass or intro to her new product, Swelligant, turning your polymer into metal coated marvels!   Come join Christi – click on this link for more info and the registration form.

HOWELL - Old Lady Face

HOWELL – Old Lady Face

Tommie Howell enjoys the process of sculpting each unique detail on his character’s face.  Eyes, nose, mouth, expressive features – all carefully and lovingly worked and reworked until the face comes to life.  You can almost see into the soul of this old woman…  Tommie is teaching only one 4-hour workshop and he’d love for you to join him.  Click here for more info and the registration form.

TINAPPLE - Sea Glass

TINAPPLE – Sea Glass

Cynthia Tinapple is best known for her daily blog on polymer clay, but she is also an artist who loves exploring nature and recreating it in polymer.  She and her husband work on collaborative pieces…he turns the bowls and she creates the extruded mosaic inlays for the rims…beautiful pieces.

For her CFCF 2013 workshops, Cynthia will be teaching her fail safe techniques that she has developed for recreating stones and sea glass. The “rocks” really rock…it’s difficult to tell the real from the faux.  The petroglyphs take you back in time, wondering how they did that!  If you are interested in joining Cynthia, click on this link for additional information and registration form.

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CFCF 2013: A NEW YEAR, A NEW CREATIVE YOU!

2 01 2013

CFCF 2013 Postcard Flier2The holiday season is nearly behind us and as we move into the New Year, I take a few moments to reflect on what has passed and what I hope is to come.  This past year has been one of trials and tribulations, disasters and deaths in the world, but also one of hope, renewal, and rebirths for many.  I move forward, learning again to not be so concerned what others think, but rather what I think and do to make my life and my son’s life more valuable and fulfilling.  So, moving forward, I have promised myself this year to continue to grow as a mother, mentor, philosopher, artist, and friend.  Take time to reflect and make a plan for yourself for this New Year, which is truly just one new day after another.  Take baby steps, careful yet adventurous…explore the new things out there and tear down the walls holding you captive with your creativity.  And, play nice…don’t forget to share…it becomes much more meaningful when you share.

On that note, begin your creative journey this year with a few days spent learning from incredible talents at Cabin Fever Clay Fest in Laurel, MD in February.  We still have space for more friends to join us, so why don’t you?  This is a hands-on and inspiring event…tiny lectures and lots of sensory work.  You will make some new friends who you may be able to encourage as well.  Join our journey to inspiration’s peak! Information and link to registration forms and workshop descriptions is below.  See you soon…and welcome to the New Year of being You!

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

Pre-conference workshop availability:

  • Rosa Martha Celorio Aceves – Appliquéd Bisque Bead Pendant  – AVAILABLE
  • Jana Roberts Benzon – Glazed “Stoneware” Beads   – CLOSED – FULL
  • Lindly Haunani  – Translucent Innovations – Exploring Folded Bead Forms (2-day)  – 10 SPOTS LEFT
  • Doreen Gay-Kassel – Ganesha Triptych  – AVAILABLE
  • Ellen Marshall – Color, Surface Treatment, and a Little Bling  – 8 SPOTS LEFT
  • Iris Mishly – Skyscraper and Flakes   – 4 SPOTS LEFT
  • Nan Roche – Loop-In-Loop Chaining  – AVAILABLE
  • Sarah Shriver – Intricate Kaleidoscope Caning with a Twist   – 5 SPOTS LEFT

Conference workshop availability:

  • Jana Roberts Benzon – Wruffled Whimsy    Mon. 8AM  – 2 SPOTS LEFT
  • Jana Roberts Benzon – Wruffled Whimsy   Tues. 8AM  – 4 SPOTS LEFT
  • Christi Friesen – Spectacular Stained Glass Pendants Wed. 8AM   – 5 SPOTS LEFT
  • Christi Friesen – Fe Fi Faux Fabulous Wed. 1PM – AVAILABLE
  • Lindly Haunani – Bodacious Bubbles: Keepsake Blade Holder      Mon. 1PM  – CLOSED – FULL
  • Lindly Haunani – Bodacious Bubbles: Keepsake Blade HolderTues. 8AM  –9 SPOTS LEFT
  • Tommie Howell – “I’ve Been Framed”  – AVAILABLE
  • Doreen Gay-Kassel – Sculptural Birds and Beasts    – AVAILABLE
  • Iris Mishly – Brocade Hemisphere   – Mon. 1PM  – 6 SPOTS LEFT
  • Iris Mishly – Brocade Hemisphere   -Wed. 8AM  – 10 SPOTS LEFT
  • Kathryn Jo Ottman – It’s About Coordination!  – AVAILABLE
  • Marie Segal – Between the Space Canes Tues. 8AM  – 2 SPOTS LEFT
  • Marie Segal – Shadeplay Caning Wed. 8AM  – 10 SPOTS LEFT
  • Lynne Anne Schwarzenberg – Hooray for Polywood! – Mon. 8AM  – 9 SPOTS LEFT
  • Lynne Anne Schwarzenberg – Hooray for Polywood!- Tues. 1PM  – 7 SPOTS LEFT
  • Sarah Shriver – Mini Acorn Earrings and Pendant – Mon. 1PM  – AVAILABLE
  • Sarah Shriver – Mini Acorn Earrings and Pendant – Tues. 1PM  –  CLOSED – FULL
  • Laura Tabakman – Polymer and Wire Earrings – Mon. 8AM  – 6 SPOTS LEFT
  • Laura Tabakman – Polymer and Wire Earrings -Wed. 1PM  – AVAILABLE
  • Cynthia Tinapple – Join the Rockettes – Tues. 1PM  – AVAILABLE
  • Cynthia Tinapple – Join the Rockettes -Wed. 1PM  – AVAILABLE




CFCF 2013: GIVING TO CHARITIES – RON LEHOCKY’S HEART PIN PROJECT

30 11 2012

Giving – it is one of the most satisfying things to do and most times, it is a reward in itself – knowing that you are helping others. And this is the season of giving.  Lehocky Christmas HeartsAll of you who have participated in the CFCF silent auctions either by donating your work or product or by bidding on items at the celebration party have helped us to raise nearly $7,000 for our charities over the years.  You should be proud that through your efforts, we have been able to help the Wounded Warriors, the American Red Cross, the Children’s Defense Fund, and others.  We are seeking donations from all interested in helping us to continue this tradition.

Please use this form to submit your donation of handcrafted item(s) or supplies, craft book, etc.

For 2013, two charities have been selected. the NICU at Holy Cross where tiny babies struggle for life in their first days and are sometimes there for months, and Ron Lehocky’s Hearts Project charity.  To date, Ron, a pediatrician and polymer artist in Kentucky, has made over 20,000 hearts which he sells for $10 each and donates 100% of the proceeds to the Kids Center in Louisville, KY.

Lehocky Hat HeartsApparently, what began as a one-time project to help fundraising efforts for the Kids Center Fashion Show grew over the years and has generated nearly $200,000.  Ron has had much support from the polymer community, particularly in donations of clay scraps from artists like Lindly Hauanani, Maggie Maggio, and many others.

Ron will be sending some of his hearts for sale at the CFCF store, if you are interested in purchasing.  We will also be collecting clay scraps to send along to Ron, so he can continue on his journey with great support from you all.

On another note, going in to our 6th CFCF in Laurel, Maryland, I can honestly say that it has been a challenge, but so rewarding.  CFCF began small, an opportunity to bring  in more that one instructor at a time to deliver quality workshops to local guild members.  It has grown over the years to include attendees from all over the world including Alaska, Mexico, the UK, Israel and as far away as Australia!

In addition, CFCF was the first public event to recognize and honor some of those unsung polymer clay heroes in our community, presenting the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award to some who who have inspired us and encouraged us recognize the possibilities of the medium.  Past recipients include Nan Roche, Judith Skinner, and Marie Segal.  Lindly Haunani is the 2013 recipient and we hope that you will join us in thanking her for her contributions. Congradulatory notes can be sent to cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com, with LINDLY in the subject line.





CFCF 2013: UPDATE ON CLASSES, HELPING OTHERS, AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

31 10 2012

Happy Halloween fom my little dragon!

With Hurricane Sandy behind us, it’s now time for the clean-up.  While we only lost power for 12 hours and sustained no damage to home or car, the fate of others has been weighing heavily on my mind.  Along with this natural disaster, I’ve had friends who’ve lost people close to them, which in turn has reminded me of my own losses.  My Dad Oct. 19, 1986 and my sister in 2003 (her birthday was Oct. 5th).  Daddy would have been right there to help others if a disaster were to occur.  Just plenty of reminders to hold those who mean the most to you close and let them know how much you care.  Reach out and donate to the American Red Cross or other charities helping those who have been displaced.  Here’s just one company, Amway, who will match our donations up to $100,000.

http://www.amway.com/Shop/Product/Product.aspx/Amway-Amway-Red-Cross-Hurricane-Sandy-Relief-Fund-Donation?itemno=1953

Which brings up the reason for this post – I really haven’t forgotten about you all, really!  Just been busy behind the scenes in pulling things together and working on some of my own work.  Registrations have been opened for a few months and the response has been great.  For those who have not yet sent in their registrations, below is an update on where we stand on spots available in workshops.

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

Pre-conference instructors include:

  • Rosa Martha Celorio Aceves – Appliquéd Bisque Bead Pendant  – AVAILABLE
  • Jana Roberts Benzon – Glazed “Stoneware” Beads   – CLOSED – FULL
  • Lindly Haunani * – Translucent Innovations – Exploring Folded Bead Forms (2-day)  – AVAILABLE
  • Doreen Gay-Kassel – Ganesha Triptych  – AVAILABLE
  • Ellen Marshall – Color, Surface Treatment, and a Little Bling  – 9 SPOTS LEFT
  • Iris Mishly – Skyscraper and Flakes   – 8 SPOTS LEFT
  • Nan Roche – Loop-In-Loop Chaining  – AVAILABLE
  • Sarah Shriver – Intricate Kaleidoscope Caning with a Twist   – 7 SPOTS LEFT

Conference instructors include:

  • Jana Roberts Benzon – Wruffled Whimsy    Mon. 8AM  – 5 SPOTS LEFT
  • Jana Roberts Benzon – Wruffled WhimsyTues. 8AM  – 6 SPOTS LEFT
  • Christi Friesen – Spectacular Stained Glass Pendants Wed. 8AM   – 5 SPOTS LEFT
  • Christi Friesen – Fe Fi Faux Fabulous Wed. 1PM – AVAILABLE
  • Lindly Haunani – Bodacious Bubbles: Keepsake Blade Holder      Mon. 1PM  – 4 SPOTS LEFT
  • Lindly Haunani – Bodacious Bubbles: Keepsake Blade HolderTues. 8AM  – AVAILABLE
  • Tommie Howell – “I’ve Been Framed”  – AVAILABLE
  • Doreen Gay-Kassel – Sculptural Birds and Beasts    – AVAILABLE
  • Iris Mishly – Brocade Hemisphere   – Mon. 1PM  – 7 SPOTS LEFT
  • Iris Mishly – Brocade Hemisphere   -Wed. 8AM  – AVAILABLE
  • Kathryn Jo Ottman – It’s About Coordination!  – AVAILABLE
  • Marie Segal – Between the Space Canes Tues. 8AM  – 8 SPOTS LEFT
  • Marie Segal – Shadeplay Caning Wed. 8AM  – AVAILABLE
  • Lynne Anne Schwarzenberg – Hooray for Polywood! – Mon. 8AM  – AVAILABLE
  • Lynne Anne Schwarzenberg – Hooray for Polywood!- Tues. 1PM  – 7 SPOTS LEFT
  • Sarah Shriver – Mini Acorn Earrings and Pendant – Mon. 1PM  – AVAILABLE
  • Sarah Shriver – Mini Acorn Earrings and Pendant – Tues. 1PM  – 6 SPOTS LEFT
  • Laura Tabakman – Polymer and Wire Earrings – Mon. 8AM  – AVAILABLE
  • Laura Tabakman – Polymer and Wire Earrings -Wed. 1PM  – AVAILABLE
  • Cynthia Tinapple – Join the Rockettes – Tues. 1PM  – AVAILABLE
  • Cynthia Tinapple – Join the Rockettes -Wed. 1PM  – AVAILABLE

Soon, I’ll be bringing you some stories from behind the scenes and what our attendees have been doing for the past year as well as sharing a challenge with each of you…one you won’t want to miss.

Take care, stay safe and warm and cherish your life and the people in it!





CFCF 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTORS – KATHRYN JO OTTMAN

18 10 2012

OTTMAN – Faux Bone Earrings-Ring-Stand

Art and creating has always been a part of Kathryn’s life.  Her artistic passions began at a very young age, sculpting elephants and other animals from modeling clay. Her interests have continued to grow over the years, dabbling in many different mediums including painting, wire sculpture, decoupage, knitting and crocheting.

She began working with polymer clay in 2000 after picking up a Klutz for Kids book on polymer and that was it-she was hooked.  Her designs are one-of-a-kind and eclectic at times, ranging from art jewelry to 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and sculptures.

She currently teaches for the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture and the Baltimore Bead Society and has taught around the country.  Her work has appeared in Niche, American Style, and Metal Arts magazines and  is exhibited and sold at fine arts and craft shows and galleries around the country. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Business and a minor in Fine Arts.  Her work as a professional fundraiser has taken her all over the country and in 2005, she decided to combine her love of art and her fundraising skills and started Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fests/Cabin Fever Clay Fest. To date, the event has raised over $12,000 for charities.  The event has been a success, offering opportunities for instructors to teach and for attendees, local and international, to learn from some of the best.  She founded the Central MD Polymer Clay Guild and is a former board member of the National Polymer Clay Guild.

Most importantly, Kathryn is mother to a beautiful 2-year-old boy, Christian.  Visit her website at www.kathrynottman.com and find her on Facebook here.

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

OTTMAN – IT’S ABOUT COORDINATION! (4-hour workshop)   Sun. 6:30PM

This workshop is SOOOO packed with fun!  We will make earrings, a ring, and a stand to display them!  Transfer images onto faux ivory using a ball stylus or a stamp and learn how to make and use simple inlay in your pieces. The photo is one representation of what can be made. Bring your scrap canes and imagination!   There will be a small kit fee for the class, but clay will be donated by Polyform Products. NOTE: This workshop will only be taught once during CFCF 2013.





CFCF 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR – NAN ROCHE

15 10 2012

ROCHE – Loop-in-Loop Necklace

Nan Roche is a polymer artist uniquely qualified to bring us this technique…she developed it years ago when trying to recreate the look of wireworking and chainmaille.  Nan has been working with polymer clay since the late ’80s.  As she learned from some of the pioneers of polymer, she felt it might be helpful to gather the info in a book.  As a result, she became the author of the very first book written on the subject, “The New Clay” and appropriately was the first to receive the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award in 2010, given by the CFCF.  She is bringing her wit and years of experience to the Cabin Fever Clay Fest for the sixth time.  She is one of the best and brightest … eager to share her experience with all.  Her work was showcased along with other polymer pioneers, at the opening of Terra Nova last year at the RAM in Racine, Wisconsin.  We welcome her as always.

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

  • NAN ROCHE – LOOP-IN-LOOP CHAINING (Pre-conference)    Fri. 15 Feb.

ROCHE – Double Knot Pendant

These structures are borrowed from the metalworking world using wire.  We will be extruding our own “wire” from polymer clay. This class will teach you three forms of loop-in-loop chaining using our own clay “wire” that we will extrude using a clay gun adapted to fit into a caulking gun or a Makins clay extruder.  Each technique is a little more sophisticated than the next.  Start with a simple long chain lariat necklace, then a loop-in-loop single flat chained collar necklace and finally a double loop simple pendant.  Polymer clay is exciting to use because we can adapt shapes, colors and sizes more easily than using these techniques with metal.  We will learn to use methods of extrusion that will generate Mokume Gane layered colors, sanding and polishing finishing techniques with the final construction using rubber cording.





CFCF 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR – TOMMIE HOWELL

11 10 2012

HOWELL – EXPRESSIVE FACE

Tommie Howell is an award winning sculptor who resides in Connecticut.  While having no formal art education, he credits his Junior High School art teacher with instilling the desire to create things out of blobs of color or lumps of clay.  “I’ve always doodled, drawn, painted, and played around with art, but it wasn’t until my grad school roommate foisted (forced) a Sculpey III sampler pack on me in the 90’s that I found that thing for which I had been searching.”  Tommie admits that sculpting didn’t exactly come to him naturally, but it was something that he wanted to do badly enough to stick with it.

Stuck with it he has, and has made a name in the polymer clay and sculpting communities.  He has won awards for his figurative sculpture on both the national and local levels, his work has been shown in places from local galleries to the Bead Museum in Washington DC.  “I used to write more than I sculpted.  I still get emails from people who find old articles I had written about polymer clay safety or artistic ethics.  Finally I won a best in show award at a CHA event some years ago and was happy to be recognized for something other than having a big mouth.” Tommie has also taught in many venues around the country and we are pleased to have him join us at CFCF 2013.

Tommie lives and works with fellow artist Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg and her family.  They share together in the care for three highly eccentric canines and a couple of small rodents.  When not sculpting, teaching or assisting Lynne Ann, Tommie likes to keep up on current events, watch horror movies, and prepare for the zombie apocalypse.  His favorite quote is “Hold on a minute, I have to get some heads out of the oven.”

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

TOMMIE HOWELL – “I’VE BEEN FRAMED!” (4-hour workshop)       Sun. 6:30PM

HOWELL – Old Woman Face

In this workshop, students will be provided with a proportional blank face that they will build upon to create their own one of a kind sculpted face that will double as both a framed wall hanging or table top ornament and a piece of wearable art.  Students will learn basic art anatomy of the face and how to combine basic shapes into a complex, hand sculpted finished product.  All skill levels are welcome.  The workshop will not only produce a finished sculpt but will also provide techniques that can be used and built upon for many future projects.  The instructor will have a variety of sculpting tools to loan during class and for sale in the store.  Students are encouraged to bring any sculpting tools they own and while optional a pasta machine can be helpful for certain tasks.  All clay will be provided by Polyform.  Class will include a detailed handout that will cover not only the steps involved in the class but information on anatomy, tools, and a list of recommended products and suppliers to be used if the student chooses to further pursue sculpting as part of their polymer clay art. As each piece is one of a kind, photos provided are representative of what can be created and not meant to show exactly what will be made in the class.  NOTE: This workshop will only be taught once during CFCF 2013.








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