TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER- AND JOIN US IN HONORING KATHLEEN DUSTIN

12 06 2017

SCHWARZENBERG – FILIGREE/FLORAL FUSION

Summer is upon us and many plans are in place.  For those attending MCC, we are so pleased and looking forward to having both Kathleen Dustin and Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg with us later this month for some intensive creative workshops.  There are still spaces available in Lynne Ann’s Butterfly Wing and Filigree workshops and Kathleen’s Big Bead workshop.  In this day of technology, we remind artists that there is no comparison to taking a workshop in person from a veteran instructor.

Don’t miss your chance: – CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER NOW.

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Honoring Kathleen: Kathleen has been teaching for a long time – earlier on at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and traveling the world to bring this medium to others.  She is known to have instructed many of the pioneers in the polymer community (Nan Roche and Lindly Haunani, to name just two), so is no doubt one of the most respected instructors and polymer artists around.  Over the years, we’ve seen her work grow from inspirational to amazing.  She’s won awards and has had her work on exhibit in some of the most prestigious galleries and venues – becoming one of the first to raise polymer to the level of art. For this, we will all be grateful and would like to celebrate her.

As we celebrate our 5th Master Class Camp, we have chosen to honor this amazing artist on Saturday evening, June 24, 2017 with a small award celebration and auction. We invite members of the polymer community to join us for the evening and share your story of how Kathleen has influenced your life and your work.

To share your story with Kathleen and/or attend the celebration, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK NOW. 





MCC 2017: SCHWARZENBERG ADDED TO TEACH NEW WORKSHOPS – REGISTER NOW!

6 06 2017

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SCHWARZENBERG: BUTTERFLY WING CANE-O-RAMA Friday, June 23 9AM-5PM

Beginners and advanced students alike can ‘spread their wings’ with Lynne Ann’s proven teaching style and over 25 years of experience while learning to make this butterfly wing cane in polymer clay. Students will learn to blend custom colors and transform them into a base cane that will be turned into the wings of a butterfly. While the cane looks quite complex, Lynne Ann has broken the process down into a series of easy steps shown in a packet with over 100 step by step color photos. The magic happens when Lynne Ann shows students how to transform the wing cane into all kinds of beautiful pieces, like a mermaid’s tail, complex flower petals and other recombinant canes.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

SCHWARZENBERG: FILIGREE/FLORAL FUSION  Saturday, June 24  9AM-5PM

The simplicity of leaves and petals and classic beauty of turn of the century style filigree come together in this beautiful piece that can be worn as either a pendant or a pin. Students will learn to create a subtle gradient blend with polymer clay, turn it into two different canes (one leaf, one petal), then build a pendant using neo-classic filigree pieces from Kabela Design and finish the piece off with a Swarovski Rivoli crystal and a finding that combines a bail and a pinback, making it wearable either way. Lynne Ann will cover cane design and construction, even slicing, the best way to create a metal and clay fusion piece using special adhesive material, finishing without sanding (as it is nearly impossible to sand a dimensional piece), and metal to clay and crystal to clay fusion.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

SCHWARZENBERG: PICTURE PERFECT PODS  Sunday, June 25 9AM-5PM (cancelled)

Learn to use polymer clay canes to create gorgeous, realistic or Avatar-like supernatural pods and buds! We’ll make a beautifully shaded petal cane, create these awesome little buds that work great as beads, earrings, pendants and more. Learn to form, reduce and manipulate the petal cane, construct a realistic looking pod and add sculptural elements like twisted calyx points. Learn to antique and shade the pods for more realism and finally, the best way to finish the piece without all the tedious sanding!
Please note: This picture demonstrates an assortment of pods, but students will be making just one petal cane and a couple of pods due to time constraints. However, each student will make enough cane to swap pieces with the others so that they can make several other pods with the techniques they’ve learned.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

 





MASTER CLASS CAMP 2017: REGISTRATION OPEN – FILLING FAST!

16 03 2017

Time to plan for your summer get-a-way! Being able to actually sit down for a few hours to work on my craft is a luxury these days – I’ve got a 6 1/2 year old who demands my attention constantly.  So, I, too, plan to set aside a couple of days in late June to learn from two masters – Kathleen Dustin and Robert Dancik.  They are teaching independently, but could very easily combine their work into collaborative pieces.  Can you just imagine what they would look like???

So, time to buckle down and register as soon as possible as spaces are filling quickly!  Follow this link to the workshop page with a link to the registration form and get ready for an exciting beginning to your Summer!

 





MASTER CLASS CAMP: KATHLEEN DUSTIN TO TEACH 4 DAYS in Maryland

9 03 2017

Anyone who has been around polymer clay for a while knows that the person whose work we all aspire to emulate most is none other than Kathleen Dustin.  If you talk with some of the seasoned professionals such as Nan Roche, Lindly Haunani, and others, they will tell you that one of their first teachers was Kathleen Dustin.

It is with great joy that we announce Kathleen will be joining us for 4 days, June 23-26, 2017 and teaching two 2-day Master workshops this year.  Those workshops are: WORKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: PURSES IN UNUSUAL SHAPES (June 23-24) and LARGE HOLLOW POLYMER BEADS (June 25-26).

Registration will be opening soon and we anticipate the slots to fill quickly, so please watch closely for the announcement in the next few days.  Below are the descriptions of the workshops, so plan well.  It’s going to be an amazing ride!  Location and other instructors TBA.

Below are the descriptions of what Kathleen will be teaching:

WORKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: PURSES IN UNUSUAL SHAPES (Fri/Sat June 23-24, 2017)

2-day workshop for all levels except beginner (know how to make Skinner blend and simple canes.)

Polymer clay enables us to make containers in any shape we wish so why do we feel limited to making a purse that is rectangular? Kathleen discusses shape design principles and leads students through making an interior mold and a container with inside rim and attached cord like her purses. Students design their own shapes, colors and embellishments.

LARGE HOLLOW POLYMER BEADS (Sun/Mon June 25-26, 2017)

2-day workshop for all levels except beginner (know how to make a Skinner blend and simple canes).

It’s wonderful when large beads can be visually statement-making, but it’s not enjoyable  when they are too heavy to wear comfortably. In this workshop, Kathleen will teach constructing and assembling large light-weight hollow beads in organic/geometric shapes, then covering them with polymer patterns using a variety of techniques. As in her other workshops, Kathleen will also discuss basic design principles as she leads students through inventing and making their own beads.








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