MASTER CLASS CAMP 2015: MARK YOUR CALENDARS! – JULY 8-13, 2015

6 03 2015

Humpert  Mark your calendars now to attend the 2015 Creative Arts Fest Master Class Camp, July 9- 12, 2015 in Laurel, Maryland.  Instructors include: Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes, Jana Roberts Benzon, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Jana Lehmann, and Eugena Topina. Registration to open soon so watch for the announcement!

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CFCAF 2015: MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW – FEB. 12-18, 2015

21 08 2014

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Mark your calendar now to attend the 8th year of Cabin Fever!  CFCAF 2015 dates are February 12 – 18, 2015 at the Holiday Inn West, Laurel, Maryland.  Each year, we try to bring a great mix of instructors as we also honor one of the pioneers in the field.  2015 will be no different.  We’ve got a great line-up of instructors in addition to a well-deserving honoree, Maureen Peck Carlson.

2015 Instructors include: 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.

Once again, we will have full-day pre-conference workshops and 4-hour conference workshops, allowing you to get a “taste” of what more instructors have to offer.  Above is a sampling of photos of some of the workshops that will be offered.  Be certain to stay tuned to be one of the first to register.

 





CFCF 2014: HAPPY NEW YEAR! REGISTRATIONS CONTINUE

4 01 2014
KASSEL Animal Angel Pendant

KASSEL Animal Angel Pendant

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Yes, I am still here and haven’t forgotten…we sometimes just have to roll with the punches and take things as we can.

The holidays may have come and gone, but the feelings of giving continue to linger.  This was the first Christmas without my Mom and her absence continues to leave a hole in my life.  But, she was always about giving, as was my Dad, to anyone in need and her charitable ways continue through her children.

I am sending warm wishes to each of you for the coming year and praying that it is a year of renewal and good changes for you. This past year hit many of us hard and was a year of big changes for me but I am looking for a brighter year in 2014 with so many possibilities.

Good news is, as we enter this new year, registrations for CFCF 2014 from Feb. 12-19 continue to come in even this close to the event and we still have availability in many of the workshops.  Availability is listed at the end of this post for those who are interested.

The supply lists, FAQs sheet, tribute form (Sarah Shriver and Elise Winters are the 2014 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipients and we will be having a special tribute to Gwen Gibson) and auction donation documents are available.  Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions you may have.
A reminder: pre-conference workshops are stand-alone and can be taken independently.  We have just opened up the conference for “day-trippers” – fee is $170 and includes two 4-hour workshops and admittance to the Tuesday evening celebration.  Workshops do not need to be taken on the same day.
Be certain to follow us on our blog to get the latest on our upcoming events: www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AVAILABILITY (WED/THU, FRI, SAT, SUN)  REGISTRATION FORM IS HERE
  • Jeffrey Lloyd Dever  (FULL)
  • Robert Liu
  • Nan Roche and Marie Segal
  • Sarah Shriver
  • Cindy Silas
  • Heather Campbell
  • Doreen Kassel
  • Jana Roberts Benzon  (FULL)
  • Dayle Doroshow
  • Marie Segal

CONFERENCE 4-HOUR WORKSHOP AVAILABILITY:

SUN. Feb. 16    6:30PM

  • Doreen Kassel
  • Sharyn Neuwirth
  • Kathryn Jo Ottman

MON. Feb. 17   8:00AM

  • Jana Roberts Benzon  (FULL)
  • Louise Fischer Cozzi
  • Dayle Doroshow

MON. Feb. 17   1:00PM

  • Louise Fischer Cozzi
  • Marie Segal
  • Sarah Shriver  (FULL)

TUES. Feb. 18    8:00AM

  • Ann and Karen Mitchell
  • Marie Segal  (FULL)
  • Sarah Shriver

TUES. Feb. 18    1:00PM

  • Jana Roberts Benzon
  • Heather Campbell  (FULL)
  • Dayle Doroshow

WED. Feb. 19    8:00AM

  • Penni Jo Couch
  • Heather Campbell
  • Lindly Haunani

WED. Feb. 19    1:00PM

  • Penni Jo Couch
  • Lindly Haunani
  • Ann and Karen Mitchell




CFCF 2014: EARLY BIRD DEADLINE EXTENDED TIL NOV. 15!

2 11 2013
COUCH Faux Ribbon

COUCH Faux Ribbon

CFCF is just 3 1/2 months away and the Holidays are just around the corner, so as an early thank you, we are extending the early bird discount until November 15th and regular registration will continue until workshops are full.  Don’t forget to ask your family and friends for the trip you’ve been waiting for all year – join us at Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2014 in Maryland! More info here.

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Christian and Maureen hard at work

Registrations have been rolling in and we’ve been on the road again.  Spent a few days with Maureen Carlson and her family and friends at Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN.  If you’ve never been, you don’t know what you are missing. We met some of her local friends/artists who meet at Maureen’s every Friday for a gourmet pot luck dinner and some quality crafting time with friends.  Daughter, Renee, made some incredibly tasty crock pot oatmeal for breakfast and her husband, Dan, spent some time entertaining my son, Christian, when he wasn’t busy making Maureen’s face molds.   I’m hoping to schedule a retreat for me and some of my besties sometime in 2014.  Contact Maureen directly here to schedule your time for a little R and Arts!  And thank you, Maureen and family, for a wonderful visit.

Christian and the band

Christian and the band

We also attended my brother’s wedding in Minneapolis and had a memorable time with family. Dancing and much celebration and revelry going on.  It was a happy time for all and Christian became an official honorary member of the band.  He was awarded the best dancer of the evening award from the band’s lead singer.





CFCF 2014: REMEMBERING AN INNOVATOR – GWEN GIBSON

28 09 2013
Gwen Gibson 1934-2013

Gwen Gibson 1934-2013

As the Summer closes and Fall begins, I look back and think about why we are here. What happens as the seasons of our lives change?  Earlier this week, seasons changed in the polymer world as a true icon left us. Gwen Gibson (1934-2013) was truly an innovator, not only in the world of polymer, but in the world of the creative and inspiring spirit.  In her words, she had  “An appetite for fresh experience and the need to keep moving (to) take me places I would never have imagined beforehand. Because I find the unknown tempting, I’m often drawn to projects that have no predictable outcome…” We lost the physical person of Gwen this week on September 24 at 4PM PDT, but her spirit and influence will live on, driving many to experiment in their work and take the next step, not knowing where it will lead, but knowing that they will enjoy the journey getting there. With the approval of her husband, Jerry, we will be paying tribute to

Gwen Gibson - Kabuki Cuff photographer unknown

Gwen Gibson – Kabuki Cuff photographer unknown

Gwen during the CFCF 2014 evening celebration, including awarding a CFCF creative scholarship in Gwen’s honor.  Dayle Doroshow, Sarah Shriver, and some of Gwen’s other friends will share with us many good memories about her gentle spirit and creative genius.  In addition, attendees are invited to make Gwen-inspired beads to donate and trade. If you’d like to help us celebrate Gwen’s life and to join us for one, two or up to eight days of creative fun and celebration, click HERE to download the registration form and workshop descriptions.  Then, warm up your clay, put on your thinking cap and let your imagination take you to where you’ve never been before.





CFCF 2014: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – IT’S GONNA BE A GOOD ONE!

11 09 2013
SHRIVER Intricate Kaleidoscope

SHRIVER Intricate Kaleidoscope

First, I sincerely thank you all for your patience these past couple of months and in the months to come as I deal with some important family issues.  But, I have not forgotten about you…it’s just taking me a little longer these days to get the work done and out. The good news is we completed our first Master Class Camp in between trips to Wisconsin and it was a great success.  Dates are already set for MCC 2014 and whew, I’m exhausted! More good news is that I am certain that the wait for CFCF 2014 info will be worth it. First, we have two honorees this year for the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award.  Congratulations to Sarah Shriver and Elise Winters.  They have both, in their own way, contributed so much to the polymer community and we are excited to be able to recognize their contributions at the Awards Celebration on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 … more to come on this. Below is the line-up for CFCF 2014.  We’ve added a couple of pre-pre-conference workshops for those who like longer classes and our favorite 4-hour workshops for those who like to get the most from their travels.  Note:  workshops will be held simultaneously.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORMS AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Pre-Conference Instructors (1-2 day workshops) include:

  • 2/12-2/13  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever  – Robert Liu  (select one)
  • 2/14  Nan Roche – Sarah Shriver – Cindy Silas  (select one)
  • 2/15  Heather Campbell – Doreen Kassel – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/16  Jana Roberts Benzon – Dayle Doroshow – Marie Segal   (select one)

Conference Instructors (4-hour workshops) include:

  • 2/16 6:30PM Doreen Kassel – Sharyn Neuwirth – Kathryn Ottman (select one)
  • 2/17 8:00AM  Jana Roberts Benzon – Louise Fischer Cozzi – Dayle Doroshow  (select one)
  • 2/17 1:00PM Louise Fischer Cozzi – Marie Segal – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/18 8:00AM  Ann and Karen Mitchell – Marie Segal – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/18 1:00PM  Jana Roberts Benzon – Heather Campbell – Dayle Doroshow  (select one)
  • 2/19 8:00AM  Penni Jo Couch – Heather Campbell – Lindly Haunani  (select one)
  • 2/19 1:00PM  Penni Jo Couch – Lindly Haunani – Ann and Karen Mitchell (select one)

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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.








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