MCC 2014: A HUGE SUCCESS, NOW ON TO CFCAF 2015 IN FEBRUARY!

19 08 2014

It’s been nearly one month since Master Class Camp ended and a great time was had by all.  For our second year, we had over 90 people in attendance and an amazing line-up of instructors.  Thank you to all of our fabulous instructors for all that they did to make MCC 2014 the success it was.  We had attendees all the way from Australia and Abu Dhabi not to mention Dan and Tracy coming from Mexico and Melanie all the way from Scotland!

Additional thanks go to Nan Roche and her husband, John, who held a special dinner at their home for the hard-working instructors.  Looking forward to next year and another adventure.  Here are just a few photos to give you a taste of what you missed!

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Now, we move on to planning and opening registration for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest in February 2015.  This will be our sixth year of presenting the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award and Maureen  Carlson is our honored guest.  She’s been working in polymer for many years and set the groundwork for many polymer sculptors.  The line-up of instructors is another winner.  Just see who you will have a chance to take a workshop or two from!

Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 Instructors are: 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.

Start planning your trip to Maryland in February and stay tuned for registration to open in September.  Congrats to all the instructors…

 





MCC 2014: THREE WEEKS TIL THE MAGIC BEGINS – JOIN US!

25 06 2014

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We are just 3 weeks away from the 2nd Master Class Camp and things are heating up.  Getting excited about having these talented instructors join us and looking forward to seeing what the students in each of these classes bring to life.  That’s the great thing about organizing this type of event – we get to see the diversity of the talented attendees too!

Will you be joining us? Below is a list of the instructors and availability.  Not too late to register! Click here to download registration form and workshop info. 

  • Jeffrey Lloyd Dever – space available
  • Lindly Haunani – space available
  • Marie Segal – space available
  • Sarah Shriver – space available
  • Sandra McCaw – space available
  • Ponsawan Sila – space available
  • Robert Dancik – space available
  • Melanie Muir – FULL
  • Loretta Lam – FULL
  • Dan Cormier – spaces available in both workshops

We have two impromptu evening workshops planned and will also be having a few demos of new products, so join us near the Nation’s Capitol for a few days and see if you can kick your creativity into action.  Get that muse in gear!





MCC 2014: DAN CORMIER, REGISTRATION UPDATES AND GOODIES!

29 05 2014

Summer-type weather has already arrived here in Maryland and I am glad for it.  The warm weather gently encourages people to get outside and take in the beauty of their surroundings even though inside work continues to beckon them.

 

Dan Cormier's Surfboard Choker

Dan Cormier’s Surfboard Choker

 

One of the beauties of creativity is that you carry it with you.  Dan Cormier, who is teaching his 2-day workshop “Pattern Up Front: Decorative Veneers” and 1-day workshop “Form and Finish: Bare Essentials” has done just that.  Originally living in Canada with his partner, Tracey Holmes, and their son, Griffin, they picked up roots several years ago and transplanted themselves to Mexico.  I don’t think he ever skipped a beat.  Dan, a very gifted artist, continues to create his meticulous art in Mexico and has recently traveled to Malta and to the Czech Republic to teach.  After taking a workshop from him, you will appreciate even more the purposeful refinement of his pieces.

A few spaces still available in both of his workshops. Click here to download registration form and workshop info. 

stampglassbraMarie Segal has revised her class and will be teaching a 2-day translucent workshop only.  She’s been working with translucent for years and is thrilled to be able to share her tips and techniques.   Click here to download registration form and workshop info.  

NOTE: There are still a few spaces available all workshops except Melanie Muir – hers is full.

Every one loves Goodies!  Well, we’ve got some for you in addition to some special things being planned for the evening hours.  You’ll get some time to play with new products and watch some demos.  Maybe even a field trip!  Don’t wait…last day for the $30 discount is coming up, May 31st, just 2 days away.  Get your registration in now – you don’t want to miss it!

 

 





MCC 2014: INTRIGUED BY TRANSLUCENT? JOIN MARIE SEGAL OR PONSAWAN SILA FOR CLASS

12 05 2014

Confused by translucent clay too?  Well, Marie Segal and Ponsawan Sila have both been working and experimenting with translucent clays and will bring their lessons learned to their workshops at Master Class Camp.  Marie, who has been working with polymer for decades, has recently been doing some extensive experimenting and is bringing what she has learned to her class.  I just love the DELFT~!

Ponsawan loves using inks with Pardo translucent clay.  Her results are stunning especially with her wirework.  She was a finalist in the IPCA Progress and Possibilities competition this year.  This will be Pons’ first time teaching at a Creative Arts Fest event and we are so pleased to have her join us.  Click below to register for her 2-day wire and polymer workshop.  For more of Ponsawan’s work, visit her Flickr site here and here.

Space is still available in both workshops and the discount still applies.  Pay have now and the other by June 15th…

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Did you get a gift certificate to Master Class Camp for Mother’s Day?  No???  Well, it’s never too late to ask…come join us!

Master Class Camp is not for Master artisans.  It is for artist like you and me who want to learn new techniques and take their work to the next level.  All of our instructors are teaching something unique…something that identifies them.  Many polymer artists out there are unsure of how to use translucent clay.  Is it just to be used for background to flower canes?  Can color be added to it?  If so, what should you use for color?

Ponsawan loves using inks with Pardo translucent clay.  Her results are stunning!  This will be Pons’ first time teaching at a Creative Arts Fest event and we are so pleased to have her join us.

Space is still available in both workshops and the discount still applies.  Pay have now and the other by June 15th…

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS





MCC 2014: DEVELOPING AND REFINING YOUR WORK – FOR BEGINNER TO PROFESSIONAL – REGISTRATION CONTINUES

6 05 2014

Someone wrote me recently and asked if they would be allowed to attend Master Class Camp since they were not a Master Artisan.  That’s when I realized that perhaps another explanation of what CREATIVE  ARTS FESTS Master Class Camp is all about.

1. You DO NOT have to be a Master Artisan to attend.

2. You DO need to have the drive and desire to improve your techniques when creating your work.  Your color palette, design concept, and finishing techniques all need to be developed and refined to say – hey, this is my work and I’m proud of it.

3. You DO need to want to immerse yourself for 2-6 full days in the teaching from the very eclectic and talented instructors who are coming to teach from all over.  They love to share their knowledge and it’s important to keep your mind open for some mind-changing Ah-Ha moments that may change your path.

That being said,  Lindly Hauanai, Sarah Shriver, and Sandra McCaw will all use their variations of the Skinner Blend technique to develop your color palette and compose beautiful blends for use in your work.  Each of them have their own twist on color and teach very different concepts.  BUT, they all are seasoned professionals and well worth the time you will spend with them to develop your own twist of their techniques.

Don’t wait…we are just 2 1/2 months away from MCC and workshops are filling.  Discount applies if you get your registration and full payment in by May 15th SO – WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  WHAT IS YOUR DREAM FOR YOUR WORK?

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS 





MCC 2014: ROBERT DANCIK TO TEACH

29 04 2014

just off northRobert Dancik has been around the Art Jewelry world for a very long time. He’s had his hand in many mediums and has inspired and encouraged many a student. Having worked with polymer extensively, Robert brings his expertise to Master Class Camp in Laurel to teach unique cold connection techniques using polymer, metal, and found objects. Robert does not get to this area much, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this Master. Registration is ongoing until full.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM AND WORKSHOP INFO





MCC 2014: MASTER CLASS CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

28 03 2014
Master Class Camp 2014

Master Class Camp 2014

 

IT IS OFFICIAL and worth the wait!    Registration for the 2nd Annual Master Class Camp from July 16-21, 2014 in Laurel, MD is now open!  We’ve got an incredible line-up of instructors once again and know that you won’t be disappointed.  It’s a one-of-a-kind event and a chance of a lifetime for some attendees.

Instructors include: Dan Cormier, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani,  Loretta Lam, Robert Dancik, Sandra McCaw, Melanie Muir, Marie Segal, Sarah Shriver, and Ponsawan Sila!

More information coming soon, but don’t wait -workshops will fill quickly!  We’ve included a payment plan (50% now, 50% later) and if you pay in full by May 15th, you can take a $30 discount on your registration!  Email cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you in July.




MCC 2013: DISS THE CREATIVE FUNK – $40 DISCOUNT STILL AVAILABLE

30 05 2013

PENTAX ImageThat’s right…time to diss that funk.  If you are in a creative slump and have some spare time available in July, come join the Master instructors in Laurel, MD and give that funk the bunk!

I feel like I have been in a creative funk for over three years – could have something to do with my almost three-year-old son, but my mind has been focused on toys and books and not on what I can create next.  However, a few weeks ago I attended the Baltimore Bead Society meeting to see a presentation by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.  Jeff  modified the presentation he had given in Atlanta about using everyday and found objects to make art.  His work was incredibly intriguing and seductive.  I hoped that I could get just a fraction of his creative spark.  Then a few days ago, I picked up some interesting children’s books and started looking at the construction of my son’s toy trucks and BAMMM! the light bulb went on.  I jotted my ideas down on paper – now to find the time to actually sit down and work them through is another story.

The gist is – if you look all around you and keep an open mind the ideas will come.  The MCC has classes for everyone — sculpting, caning, construction, and a unique class on heat forming bamboo.  Let the Masters help you and GROW those ideas into something exceptional.

Spaces still available in all classes (except Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.)  Check out class info and registration form HERE.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR CAROL SIMMONS

24 05 2013

Carol Simmons VeneersCarol Simmons has fast become one of the experts in the community for conceptualizing and developing beautiful kaleidoscope canes.  We are fortunate to have her join us to teach at the Master Class Camp in Laurel, Maryland July 28-29, 2013.  She will present an intensive 2-day version of: Covering Uncovered: Exploring Kaleidoscope Cane Veneers.  

According to Carol, her fascination with polymer clay began in 1995 when she purchased a Fimo Clay assortment gift for a niece and Carol herself couldn’t stop playing with it. It’s no surprise that she love’s color and the process of mixing colors. She challenges herself  to develop new color combinations outside her comfort zone.  These self-induced challenges have lead her to create some undeniably beautiful canes and win her some awards.

She is passionate about bringing the versatility of polymer to others and enjoys teaching as much as creating – even as a young girl she organized a neighborhood Arts and Crafts club so she could teach.  Her teaching has taken her across the country and all over the world.  She is coming to the Washington, DC area for the first time…don’t miss this opportunity. CLS-pic

To register for Carol’s workshop, Covering Uncovered: Exploring Kaleidoscope Cane Veneers,  download the workshop info and registration form here.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR LINDLY HAUNANI

20 05 2013
Lindly Haunani Color Collage

Lindly Haunani Color Collage

Are you color challenged when it comes to your polymer work?  Well, we’ve got something just for you.  If you’ve never taken a color class from Lindly, this is your chance.  She has modified and updated her traditional color workshop and put a different spin on it just for MCC 2013.

But, did you know that Lindly’s roots go way back in the polymer clay world?   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.

Her passion for food and cooking  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.

Lindly Haunani

Lindly Haunani

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. She also received the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award at CFCF’s February 2013 Conference in Laurel, MD.

To register for Lindly’s workshop, Inspired Color: Collaging for Clarity,  download the workshop info and registration form here.








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