MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR MAUREEN CARLSON

7 05 2013
Maureen Carlson - "RAIN" Story Box

Maureen Carlson – “RAIN” Story Box

Maureen Carlson, a talented polymer, fiber, and mixed media artist, will be joining us at the Master Class Camp, teaching Story Boxes, July 26-27 in Laurel, Maryland.

She credits her career in clay to a rainy weekend, an empty art show and a chance encounter with a woman who loved gnomes.  In the 35 years since then she has been telling stories, writing how-to books, designing, teaching and creating mixed-media artwork in clay and cloth.

Her first polymer clay how-to book, FIMO FOLK, was published in 1991, and was followed by 15 more with publishers Hot Off The Press, Design Originals and North Light Books.  Her first North Light Book, How to Make Clay Characters, has sold more than 100,000 copies.

She and her husband, Dan, design and create the What A Character line of push molds. Other licensed products have included the Pippsywoggins, Sister Folk, Friar Folk and the Wishing You and Winged Messenger Fairies. It is amazing to see her hands work magic as she creates each unique piece, each telling a story, every facial expression and every wrinkle in her characters’ faces have a purpose.

Since 1999 her focus has been Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts, a retreat and teaching facility located in Jordan, MN.  More info is available at http://www.MaureenCarlson.com

MAUREEN CARLSON

MAUREEN CARLSON

To register for Maureen’s workshop, Story Boxes,  download the workshop info and registration form here.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR ELLEN MARSHALL

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, Half.com, 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.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR SANDRA MCCAW

2 05 2013
Sandra Mccaw - Balancing Act

” Sandra Mccaw – Balancing Act

Sandra will be teaching her Balancing Act workshop on July 26-27, 2013 at the Master Class Camp.  She has lived an interesting life, with lots of twists and turns, as her story is told on her website.

“Sandra strives to lead a quiet, simple life, is fairly good at minding her own business and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t driven to work with her hands.

As a child, growing up in a family that frequently relocated around southern New England, she could most often be found racing wildly through the streets, woods and meadows surrounding her various homes. Her first creations were made from sticks, leaves, stones and whatever else she discovered while belly down on the forest floor, or hanging from the uppermost branches of a tree.

As an adult her hands have worked as a graphic designer, commercial photographer, milkmaid, chocolatier, landscape gardener and, finally, a maker of beautiful objects to wear.

Sandra is an accomplished seamstress and enjoys working with fibers when time allows. She has bicycled across the United States and traveled extensively throughout Europe from north of the Arctic Circle to the Greek Islands. Sandra spends part of each day enjoying the outdoors and can still be spotted belly down peering through black ice, racing across the local pond on skates, skis or in her kayak, and even still-occasionally-up a tree. These experiences and activities meld to inform her work which has been compared to woven fibers and Turkish tiles.

Sandra Mccaw

Sandra Mccaw

Acknowledged internationally as an innovator and leading polymer clay artist, the hallmarks of Sandra’s creative style are precision and exactness. Attention to detail, masterful use of color and intricacy of pattern distinguish Sandra’s work.”

To register for Sandra’s workshop, Balancing Act,  download the workshop info and registration form here.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR ROBERT LIU

1 05 2013
ROBERT LIU - HEAT BENT BAMBOO NECKPIECES

ROBERT LIU – HEAT BENT BAMBOO NECKPIECES

Robert Liu is a talented jewelry artist who has been promoting ornamental jewelry for years.  His background may surprise you. He was trained as an ethologist/ichthyologist, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he worked on experimental gerontology in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine.

In 1975 , he founded the publication,The Bead Journal, and left the bio-medical research field. In 1978, it became  Ornament, a journal of personal adornment.

Robert is a self-trained jeweler and photographer, and co-editor of

Robert Liu

Robert Liu

Ornament. He’s the author of Collectible Beads, and has written over 675 articles on gerontology, ichthyology, animal behavior, military technology/history and construction equipment in addition to his many publications on ancient, ethnographic and contemporary jewelry and personal adornment.

He is currently exploring the use of bamboo as a sustainable jewelry material and joins us as one of the instructors for Master Class Camp, debuting his bamboo workshop.  He has lectured and given workshops on jewelry photography and is currently finishing a book entitled The Photography of Personal Adornment.  

To register for Robert’s workshop, download the workshop info and registration form here.





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.





CFCF 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR – ROSA MARTHA CELORIO ACEVES

7 09 2012

CELORIOS ACEVES – Blooming Flower Disc

Whew!  Trying to keep up and cover all the bases is exhausting, but so worth it!  Thanks for your patience.  Now, on to the rest of the instructors for CFCF 2013.
Rosa Martha Celorio was born in Mexico City.  Studied History of Art and even if she didn’t work as an art historian,  her life has always been connected with art and creativity.  She began her career as a make up artist for the media and changed to jewelry making and teaching. She is a master Art Clay instructor and a certified PMC Artisan.  She was one of the few instructors invited to attend the first New Mokume Gane course at the Aida Chemicals headquarters in Japan. Teaching is one of her passions and she is the director of education of Art Clay Mexico. Her articles and work  have been featured in  renowned publications such as Art Jewelry and Metal Clay Artist Magazine.   She lives in Mexico City and teaches nationally and internationally.
******   Download registration forms here and detailed workshop information here. ******

ROSA MARTHA CELORIO ACEVES – Appliquéd Bisque Bead Pendant (Pre-conference)

Sun. 17 Feb

Rosa Martha brings us her metal clay expertise from her home in Mexico City.  In this workshop you will learn how to create a silver pendant using a bisque bead as a core. You will be playing with different forms of silver clay and different techniques to create a unique appliquéd pendant. Techniques you will learn include: Preparing and covering the bisque beads with paste, extruding silver clay tubes and using them as bails, seemless joining, working with silver paper, combining simple shapes to create more complex shapes, using the syringe, firing in a kiln and refiring with a torch, polishing, how to apply the patina to obtain an antique look.





CFCF 2012: DAYTRIPPER REGISTRATION OPEN – THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES…15 DAYS TIL CFCF!

2 02 2012

New Work from Liz Potter Hall

Daytripper registration is open!  If you can only attend for one day and want to get the best deal – daytripper will do it for you!  You can take two 4-hour workshops for $150.  We still have room for you latecomers, so don’t delay! Review the workshops descriptions here and fill out your registration form and send payment via PayPal and registration in .pdf format.  Email us at cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com with questions!

When we decided to have the first Cabin Fever Clay Fest, we did it because we wanted to offer first class instruction from instructors from all over and to provide a venue for all artists – beginners (newbies) to professional (oldies) to learn and share.  Who knew we’d be here five years later…we are so happy that we’ve been successful in bringing you the artists and instructors you’ve asked for.

Over the past two years, we’ve branched out into other areas including precious metal clay, Zentangles, paper arts (books), wire arts and metalsmithing.  This year is no exception!

 It’s not to late for you to join us…registration will remain open until the 16th February but you must get your registration and PayPal payment in asap!

Barbara Lewis's Pantone Enamel Spring Colors

Our incredibly talented instructors are preparing to bring you fun-filled, action-packed days of creativity and inspiration!  

We’ve got some fun things planned … a healthy creative competition if you will.  And our string of heart beads … in honor of Marie Segal!  

Just review the workshops descriptions here and fill out your registration form and send it in. Two (2) lucky attendees will be selected at the Tuesday night celebration to receive a $200 scholarship. For additional information, please email cabinfeverclayfestivals@yahoo.com.   To register, download registration form here.

Here are two more samples of incredible work from our instructors.  Liz Potter Hall continues to create unique and eerily devine pieces from silve clay and polymer.  

Barbara Lewis is rolling with the times with her gorgeous Pantone colors inspired beads below.  What a Spring this is going to be!





CFCF 2012: MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT FOR THE NEW YEAR!

24 12 2011


There is still time to ask your sweetheart or family for a last minute gift that will keep on giving into the New Year and beyond!  Don’t miss your chance to take a workshop from one of these award winning instructors!  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever and Liz Potter Hall are 2012 NICHE Award Finalists, Doreen Kassel, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, and Lindly Haunani are all previous NICHE Award winners. Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg has won a prestigious award from Bead & Button and Barbara Lewis’ book was named the #1 Craft book by Amazon.com!  Also, by registering you could win a $200 scholarship just for attending Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2012.  

POTTER HALL - Heart-shaped Fillable Form

HAUNANI: Rainbow roll necklace

In addition to the fun activities, we will be having a silent auction on Tuesday night and will be presenting Marie Segal with the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award for her contributions over the years to the polymer clay world.  All of our instructors are incredibly talented artists in polymer clay, metal clay, mixed media, and metalworks including Blair Anderson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani, Liz Potter Hall, Linda Hess, Doreen Kassel, Barbara Lewis, Shannon Nelson, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Lynne Anne Schwarzenberg, Marie Segal (the 2012 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipient), Sarah Shriver and Laura Tabakman.  If you haven’t attended CFCF yet, it’s an action packed six days of non-stop creative learning and fun and we want you to be part of it!

Review the workshops descriptions here and fill out your registration form and send it in.  It’s that easy!  Then, two (2) lucky attendees will be selected at the Tuesday night celebration. For additional information, please email cabinfeverclayfestivals@yahoo.com.   To register, download registration form here.





CFCF 2012: Two Months til CFCF 2012…and Barbara Lewis’ Free Webinar…

14 12 2011

LEWIS - Painting With Fire Beads

Just two months to go…and classes are filling. Sarah Shriver’s Tuesday workshop is full and others only have a few spots left so don’t wait…get your registration in today!

We have another year with a full schedule of incredibly talented instructors in polymer clay, metal clay, mixed media, and metalworks including Blair Anderson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani, Liz Potter Hall, Linda Hess, Doreen Kassel, Barbara Lewis, Shannon Nelson, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Lynne Anne Schwarzenberg, Marie Segal (the 2012 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipient), Sarah Shriver and Laura Tabakman.  If you haven’t attended CFCF yet, it’s an action packed six days of non-stop creative learning and fun and we want you to be part of it!

Just review the workshops descriptions here and fill out your registration form and send it in.  It’s that easy!  Then, two (2) lucky attendees will be selected at the Tuesday night celebration. For additional information, please email cabinfeverclayfestivals@yahoo.com.   To register, download registration form here.

Finally, Barbara Lewis’ book has been named the #1 Craft Book for 2011 on Amazon.com.  

We are pleased to have Barbara teaching her Painting with Fire (Enamel Beads) at CFCF in Feb. If you’d like a sneak peak at her workshop and the making of the beads, you may want to sit in on her free Webinar tomorrow through the Create Mixed Media blog today at noon.  Just click on this link to register for the one hour appetizer! Then register for her full-day workshop here





CFCF 2012: WIN A $200 SCHOLARSHIP TO CFCF IN LAUREL, MARYLAND!

8 12 2011

Would you like to win a $200 scholarship just for attending Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2012 in Laurel, Maryland?  IT’S NOT TOO LATE! THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOU TO WIN!!!  It’s so easy … here’s all you do.  Register for the regular conference!  Yep, that’s all you have to do to enter for your chance to win!

We have another year with a full schedule of incredibly talented instructors in polymer clay, metal clay, mixed media, and metalworks including Blair Anderson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani, Liz Potter Hall, Linda Hess, Doreen Kassel, Barbara Lewis, Shannon Nelson, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Lynne Anne Schwarzenberg, Marie Segal (the 2012 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipient), Sarah Shriver and Laura Tabakman.  If you haven’t attended CFCF yet, it’s an action packed six days of non-stop creative learning and fun and we want you to be part of it!

Just review the workshops descriptions here and fill out your registration form and send it in.  It’s that easy!  Then, two (2) lucky attendees will be selected at the Tuesday night celebration. For additional information, please email cabinfeverclayfestivals@yahoo.com.   To register, download registration form here.








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