3 02 2013
Some CFCF goodies

Some CFCF goodies

I’ve struggled for the past two days to write this post but things keep happening!

As I prepare for CFCF to begin in less than two weeks, I realize I am really ready to be creative once again.   As many of you  know, I had a precious little boy 2 1/2 years ago and being a single parent, there is a rare moment that I have time to go into the studio to create.  He’s up at 6:30 AM and is a whirlwind throughout the day, sometimes not ready to sleep until 9 PM!  By that time, I am ready for bed myself, but push myself to work a bit. Needless to say, it is a struggle sometimes.

My home is being overrun with boxes at this point!  Three delivered early last week, then another thirteen large boxes (yes, 13!) last Friday.  Then six boxes on Tuesday, four on Thursday and again a large one from the Netherlands on Friday.  We are going to have a lot of happy campers this year!  When I’m not entertaining or chasing my little man around, I’m busy printing schedules and tags, organizing supplies, packing goody bags, sending follow up emails to instructors and attendees, posting on social media sites, writing vendors and artists for auction donations, and answering lots of questions.  Somewhere in there I fit in all the other requirement of the day, but I do have fun!

Despite the reality of my life, I have worked hard each year for six years to put together an event that is educational, affordable, and fun for attendees and instructors.  The instructors, my fellow artists, are, of course, the key to the success of CFCF and I am grateful for the passion they exude and attention they provide their students when teaching their workshops.  Attendees most always walk away with a renewed sense of confidence in themselves, their work, and a few new friends who look forward to their next time together creating.

Kruglak Blue Octopot

Kruglak Blue Octop

Over the years, we’ve also had a lot of talent among our attendees – those who have earned notoriety in their own right.  Ann Kruglak has attended CFCF every year, and even though she’s only been working with polymer since 2008, she’s been recognized in American Style Magazine , has been a Progress and Possibilities winner several times. Some of you who’ve attended CFCF may have donated your scrap clay to her and it should be noted that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of her work is donated to earth-related charities.

Julie Eakes is another attendee who has gone on to do great things.  She attended the first three CFCFs before I asked her to teach at the PCCAF Fall event in Wisconsin and eventually teach at CFCF (see this video interview with her by CFCF attendee, Alison Torres).  We haven’t seen Julie since then, but just check out this amazing video of what she’s been up to and her work on a unique mosaic piece. She’s also written a book and continues to find time to teach around the country.  Just amazing, Julie, can’t wait for you to come back and see us!

SILAS: Wired Enamel Illusions

Silas Enamel Illusions

Another CFCF attendee, Carol Lessans, was recently mentioned in Cynthia Tinapple‘s weekly Studio Mojo newsletter  Carol’s been experimenting a lot and her unique use of stamps, color, and guilder’s paste makes for a beautiful (and useful) piece of art.  Check out her recent project here.

There are many talented artists among us and I’d like to highlight more. Cindy Silas, who has attended CFCF a few years, has also taught at CFCF several times.  She’s gone on to be published in several magazines and books, and has presented at a metal clay conference and is a finalist in this year’s Saul Bell Awards (for metal clay artists). She was pleased to share that she has her own book coming out in Spring 2014, to be published by Lark.  Looking forward to that!

So, the moral of the story is, not everyone wants to be published, or to teach, or even to sell their work, but CFCF has something for everyone. Whether you are a newbie or professional, you’ll have fun and learn.  Who knows, maybe you’ll be teaching at CFCF someday!

CFCF 2011: A Bevy of Color and INSPIRATION!

19 11 2010

CFCF 2011 Workshops

Cabin Fever Clay Fest registrations are coming in and workshops are filling. If you haven’t yet registered, don’t hesitate…send it in as soon as you can! Lots of great classes to choose from…and you can add up to two(2) more, filling your entire CFCF experience with creativity! Click here for the Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form including the conference and pre-conference. Judith Skinner is coming out to teach…Julie Eakes and Doreen Kassel are both NICHE Award Finalists, and Jeffrey Lloyd Dever and Lindly Haunani are previous NICHE Award winners! And we’ve got many other talented award-winning instructors who are eager to share their knowledge and creative sparks with you…don’t pass up this opportunity!

CFCF 2011: 18-23 FEB. and…INSTRUCTORS Announced!

18 10 2010




Here’s the exciting announcement you’ve been waiting for!

The 2011 Cabin Fever Clay Fest will be held in Laurel, MD at the Holiday Inn West from 18-23 Feb.  The incredible instructor line-up is as follows:


*Lorrene Davis:  Stone setting in Metal Clay (Sat.)
*Jeff Dever: (Fri./ Sun.)
*Julie Eakes:   Festive Lady Face Cane (Sat.)
*Doreen Kassel:  “Tile” Story Workshop (Sun.)
*Lindly Haunani: Damascus Ladder Magic (Fri.)
*Kathryn Ottman: TBA (Fri.)
*Nan Roche:  Captured Foil (Sat.)
**Judith Skinner:    Skinner Blend Potpourri  (Sun.)

**We are honored to have Judith Skinner as our 2011 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipient





CFCF 2011 Instructors (4 hour workshops)

*Grant Diffendaffer: Mica Shift Beads – Mon. 1:00PM/Wed. 8:00AM

*Patti Euler: Zentangle and Zentangle inspired art –Sun. 6:30/Wed. 1:00PM

*Louise Fischer Cozzi: Mini Sasa Necklace – Mon. 8:00AM/Tues. 1:00PM

*Christi Friesen: Bamboozled – Mon. 1:00PM/Wed. 8:00AM

*Sarajane Helm: Making Faces–Modeling & Moldmaking – Mon. 8:00AM/Tues. 1:00PM

*Ellen Marshall: Playing with Pastels – Sun. 6:30PM/Tues. 8:00AM

*Ronna Sarvas Weltman: Wireworking for Polymer Artists – Tues. 8:00AM/Wed. 1:00PM

*Sarah Shriver: TBA – Mon. 1:00PM/Wed. 1:00PM

*Cindy Silas: Wired Enamel Illusions – Sun. 6:30PM/Tues. 1:00PM

*Laura Tabakman: Mixed Media Sculptures – Tues. 8:00AM/Wed. 1:00PM

REGISTRATION opens later this week…watch for it!

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: 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.

POLYMER CLAY FESTS is coming to WISCONSIN in October!

26 07 2010

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever Stick Pin 1

Polymer Clay Fests/Creative Arts Fests is coming to Wausau, Wisconsin in October 2010!  This event will offer classes from Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Grant Diffendaffer, Tory Hughes, Nan Roche, Julie Eakes, Shirley Rufener, and Kathryn Ottman.

The event, Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest and will be held at the Fairfield Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin from Oct. 21 – 24, 2010.  Registration is limited to the first 40 people, so early registration is recommended.

It is rare to get instructors of such high caliber to the Mid-West all at one time, and we look forward to this being a creative exploration for all.

Cost for Jeffrey Lloyd Dever pre-conference workshop is $230.00 plus supplies.  Cost is $390 for the conference and includes one 4-hour class from each of the instructors: Grant Diffendaffer, Tory Hughes, Nan Roche, Julie Eakes, Shirley Rufener, and Kathryn Ottman.  In addition, there will be a panel discussion led by Tory Hughes on developing your own style using the techniques y0u know.  Registration will be opening this week and will continue through October 13.  Registration is limited to the first 40 people, so be certain to get your registration and payment in as soon as possible.  Watch this page for the announcement and opening of registration later this week.  And be certain to check out the work of our instructors…they are all top notch professionals.

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