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.

 

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CFCF 2012: ANNOUNCING INSTRUCTORS AND DATES!!!

20 09 2011

We are SOOOOO excited to be gearing up for CFCF 2012!  WOW, have we got some great instructors prepared to teach you some new and innovative ideas to work with polymer clay, silver, PMC, and other mixed media.  SAVE THE DATES and start saving your pennies…the 5th Annual Cabin Fever Clay Fest is just around the corner – Feb. 17-19 Pre-conference, Feb. 19-22 conference at the Holiday Inn West in Laurel, MD.  Be certain to follow this blog and stay informed: http://www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com.

We’ve got another spectacular line-up of instructors that you won’t want to miss, including:

Barbara Lewis, Blair Anderson, Doreen Kassel, Jana Roberts Benzon, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Laura Tabakman, Linda Hess, Lindly Haunani, Liz Potter Hall, Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg, Marie Segal, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, and Shannon Nelson.

Also, announcing the next recipient of the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award – Marie Segal.  To learn more about Marie’s long history with Polymer Clay, visit her website, blog, and Clay Factory store!

Workshop descriptions coming soon and registration opens next week!  Subscribe to this blog to stay updated on all the latest from PCCAF!





PCCAF 2011 INSTRUCTORS: LYNNE ANN SCHWARZENBERG

28 08 2011

Time is running out to register for the 2011 PCCAF in Wisconsin…don’t wait!

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg stumbled upon polymer clay in 1991 and she’s been creating, teaching and designing ever since.  She bit off more than she could chew, going from marbled beads straight to figurines à la Maureen Carlson.  In 2001, she fell into the world of polymer clay guilds, and was delighted to find others who shared her obsession.  After exploring the worlds of caricature sculpture, faux materials, filigree, and even dollhouse miniatures for her daughter, she found her niche in millefiori floral caning and tile jewelry.

Lynne Ann has been teaching polymer clay to students young and old for over 12 years.  Her work has appeared in several publications and she has won a number of awards including Bead & Button magazine’s Bead Dreams competition, the Interweave Press Bead Arts Award, and the National Polymer Clay Guild’s Progress and Possibilities competition.  She sells her work in galleries and bead shows and through her website: www.riverpoetdesign.com

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg  will be teaching “One Cane Flowers” at PCCAF 2011 in Weston, WI.  To register for the conference,

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

There is often great beauty in simplicity. What could be simpler than a gorgeous flower created with just one simple but stunning and versatile cane?  Lynne Ann will teach students how to create, reduce, and slice her signature “brushstroke petal” cane.  Students will use their hands and various tools to shape and transform their petals.  Learn to construct a non-stick baking form for gentle curvature of the petals, creating a beautiful dimensional flower.  Lynne Ann will also cover a variety of options for flower centers and a pre-bake smoothing technique that virtually eliminates the need to sand.  Want a bit more pizzazz to your piece?  Students can swap a piece of their cane with another student for a two-color flower.  In class we will create pendants, but Lynne Ann will demonstrate a very strong and attractive way to add a pin back as well.

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE.





CFCF 2011: Spotlight on Instructor Ronna Sarvas Weltman

26 01 2011

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Ronna returns to Cabin Fever Clay Fest for the second time in two years.  She lives in Bellevue, Washington, with her husband Jordan and two sons. Her work is uniquely “Ronna” and it is obvious that she loves what she does and enjoys sharing her techniques with her students.
“I discovered that art is uplifting and even regenerative – works of beauty inspire all of us to see the best in the world, and look for more. This inspires us to create – sometimes by making the world more beautiful through art, sometimes by making the world a better place by seeing the potential in others, and working to make our earth a better place for all of us.  Beautiful jewelry is a celebration of color, form and texture, and whimsy and grace. Wearing beautiful jewelry not only enables us to celebrate art in our daily life, but share it with those around us.”
Ronna will be teaching: Wireworking for Polymer Clay Artists on Tues. 22 Feb. at 8:00AM and Wed. 23 Feb. at 1:00PM.  If you are tired of paying for store-bought mass-produced clasps, learn how to make a variety of clasps that are a beautiful part of the overall design rather than looking like an afterthought. In this class, students will also learn how to make their own earwires, headpins and eyepins for earrings and other jewelry applications, and how to finish a necklace with museum-quality techniques, including making crimp covers with wire and using wire embellishments on leather and fabric cording. Students will also learn how to antique wire with liver of sulfur. Don’t worry if you’ve never worked with wire before. Ronna will get you up and running!
To register for CFCF and Ronna’s workshop, click here for the registration form.
You can learn more about Ronna’s work by visiting Youtube here, here, and here.





CFCF 2011: Spotlight on Instructor Lorrene Baum Davis

18 01 2011

DAVIS: Stone setting project

Lorrene says, “I began creating work in the crib with crayons on rubber sheets and on the walls… and mud pies in the back yard: I have never stopped creating what I consider art. Classes in art studies, professional schools and self–teaching have been a major part of my life’s bliss. I have a great love of the metals and clays, and those two mediums draw me into working with them because of their malleability and their permanence. Glass fusing is my most recent art form and I am setting my original glass designs into pure silver textured rings. I have found that there is not enough time to design and make everything I imagine.

“The clays, precious metals and polymer enable me to produce organic forms with great textures and colors. When working with the the fused glass – I am a constructionist – the crisp geometrical edges jump out of my designs. All three mediums allow me to continue to be a maker of one–of–a–kind pieces of wearable art.

She is one of eight Master Instructors in Art Clay Silver (USA), and teaches Certification workshops to future Level I and Senior Instructors… She is now on the faculty of the Revere Academy as one of their Metal Clay instructors.


DAVIS:  Stone setting in Metal Clay (Sat.)

This seven hour workshop will focus on making  four different kinds of stone settings. The stones will be set in a Studio Sampler that can be worn as a pendant or used a reference tool in the studio.  To register for Lorrene’s workshop, click here for the registration form.

Class kit ($95.00) includes:

  • Lorrene’s book “Setting Gemstones into Metal Clay and Making a Wearable Studio Sampler”
  • Bezel set small round stone
  • Bezel set too large of a stone for metal thickness
  • Marquise set stone
  • Flush set stone
  • 27 grams of Art Clay Silver Slow Dry clay






CFCF 2011: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS HERE!

2 11 2010

Registration is now open for CFCF 2011.  Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-registered basis using the envelope postmarked date as a reference.  Below are the descriptions of the pre-conference workshops followed by the regular conference workshops. You can register for pre-conference, the CFCF conference or both.  Please read the form carefully and follow the instructions.  Email Kathryn at cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com with any questions you may have.  We look forward to having you join us in the fun!

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

DAVIS-Stone setting

DAVIS:  Stone setting in Metal Clay (Sat.)

This seven hour workshop will focus on making  four different kinds of stone settings. The stones will be set in a Studio Sampler that can be worn as a pendant or used a reference tool in the studio.
Class kit ($95.00) includes:

*Lorrene’s book “Setting Gemstones into Metal Clay and Making a Wearable Studio Sampler”

*Bezel set small round stone

*Bezel set too large of a stone for metal thickness

*Marquise set stone

*Flush set stone

*27 grams of Art Clay Silver Slow Dry clay

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

DEVER: Thinking Outside the Box – Imaginative hollowware vessels (Fri./Sun.)

DEVER: Pod box

There’s a wide array of forms and shapes that can be created as imaginative vessels, from traditional boxes to free-form sculptural pieces.  In this class we will design and build hollowware vessels, fashioned over original forms of your own creation.  We will use multi-cycle curing and layer-building techniques to construct various vessels with lids.  Surface ornamentation and finishing will be discussed as time allows.  NOTE:  This is not a beginner’s class.  A good working knowledge of polymer clay is a prerequisite.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

EAKES: Face cane sample

EAKES:   Festive Lady Face Cane (Sat.)

Julie is quickly becoming one of the most sought after caning instructors and has just been selected as one of the NICHE Award Finalists.  In this full-day workshop, she will teach students how to make a complex face cane, developing features as you go. This is not a workshop for beginners. Photo to come on this workshop.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

HAUNANI: Damascus Ladder Magic (Fri.)

HAUNANI: Damascus Ladder

Lindly will walk you through making three different skinner blend canes – with color coordinated lights and darks – that will be combined to make a dynamic version of a Damascus Ladder.

Strategies for constructing drum beads (which you could choose to make into a sampler bracelet) and flat laminated pieces will be demonstrated along with some valuable finishing techniques.  Photo to come.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.


KASSEL: “Tile Story” Workshop (Sun.)

In this workshop we’ll make a tile, or tiles, depending on the subject matter you choose.

Learn to take a ceramic tile & create a design or a ‘story’ on the surface, using polymer clay in relief. I often use letter & number stamps to add interest & help tell that ‘story’, or just to add an inscription or visual interest to the tile. The tiles are finished with a felt backing & a saw tooth hook, or can be displayed on an easel.  My pieces are texural & whimsical, yours can be as silly or serious as you are.

After the ‘scene’ is sculpted onto the tile & baked, we’ll use a technique involving oil paints to bring out all the texture, incising & general charm of the piece. The way the art POPS after the technique is applied & then the subtle colors that the oil paints bring to the tile is truly exciting!

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

OTTMAN: Intro to Bronze and Copper Metal Clays (Fri.)

OTTMAN: Bronze Clay Earrings

This workshop will introduce you to simple techniques for working with metal clays. Using If you’ve wanted to try them but were afraid to, here’s an opportunity to get your feet wet.  Create polymer texture plates and your unique style in metal clay!

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

ROCHE-Luminous Lacquer

ROCHE: Luminous Lacquer: Japanese Inspired Surfaces (Sat.)

Japanese lacquered surfaces that decorate many Japanese works of art are elegant and precious to look at. In this class we will use Japanese image stamps, foils and liquid clay to recreate the look of these treasures. Students will complete one or more pendants using these techniques. Several other applications will be demonstrated. In addition, students will learn proper sanding, polishing and finishing techniques as well as working with rubber cording, a perfect complement to these beautiful pieces.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

SKINNER: Callas

SKINNER: Skinner Blend Potpourri (Sun.)

In Judith’s workshop, you will design and create contemporary art jewelry using the Skinner blend (of course). We will complete several of my production pieces during the workshop, including “Calla”, “Crescendo” and “… in the Wind”. In addition, I will describe and demonstrate many other pieces including “Threads and Clay”, “Glitz and Glitter” and “Geometry”. A handout with detailed instructions and photographs will be provided.   And of course, she’ll review the Skinner blend and variations.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

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CFCF CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS


COZZI: Mini Sasa Necklace

COZZI: Mini Sasa Necklace

Mon. 8:00AM or Tues. 1:00PM

You’ll learn to make beads with my Translucent Colors – oil paints, etching and colored graphites. This necklace will have 5 beads so it may be possible to finish within four hours.

You may use my shapes or you can use your own. We’ll make colored clay with oil paint, then etch it, cut out our bead shapes, then bake them. Sand the edges and apply 18K gold leafing pen plus varnish. We’ll add the oil paint and colored graphite and burnish it.

We’ll drill the perfect sized holes and add ball covered headpins and heishi beads to keep the necklace beads hinged. After it’s been put together, you will attach the snake chain, the clasp and the ring. You may connect  your necklace with silver or antique copper. Both kits are available in the store. I know you’ll enjoy your new necklace!

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

DIFFENDAFFER: Mica Clay Beads

DIFFENDAFFER: Mica Clay Beads

Mon. 1:00PM or Wed. 8:00AM

Mica is the magic in these shimmering seductive beads. Learn to create and manipulate the chatoyance, or “cat’s eye” effect possible with this clay. Make shifting variations of shade within any given color of clay and illusions of depth on a smooth surface. This class will focus on how to organize the mica, and how to bend it to create luminous patterns of holographic depth. You will carve, hand-manipulate, texture, backfill, and then sand and buff beads for a mesmerizing, lustrous, soft and supple finish.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

EULER: Zentangle sample

EULER: Zentangle and Zentangle inspired art

Sun. 6:30 or Wed. 1:00PM

Zentangle is an easy to learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Zentangle is so easy to learn that it’s tempting to think that you understand it all. You might be amazed at how much more there is to it… so join Patti for this introductory class that will keep you coming back for more! Can easily be used to inspire wonderful polymer pieces! Learn the basics as taught to her in an in-depth certification course she recently completed. It’s repetitive and beautiful and satisfying, and a healthy way to leave the world behind, which makes it important.  A Zentangle Starter kit is included in the price, plus we will have more supplies available for purchase.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

FRIESEN: Bamboozled

FRIESEN: Bamboozled!

Mon. 1:00PM or Wed. 8:00AM

Christi once again puts your imagination Polymer clay and mixed media, animal and plants and flowers.  Whoo hoo!

Final piece can be a wall piece or pendant.

Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.


HELM:Molds and Faces

HELM: Making Faces-Modeling & Moldmaking

Mon. 8:00AM or Tues. 1:00PM
This session begins with the fundamentals of proportion, scale, and anatomical placement. We will build miniature faces using scrap clay and simple tools. After baking we create molds, comparing the advantages of various formulations including Plaster of Paris, polymer clays, and RTV silicone molding compounds. Pulls from the molds we make will be manipulated and decorated in many ways. Apply acrylic paints in a variety of fashions that range from childlike innocence to sophisticated vamp! We will cover making stains and antiquing, faux wood and ivory finishes, and more. Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form

MARSHALL: Adventures in Polymer Clay Surface Design

MARSHALL-Surface Design Beads

Sun. 6:30PM or Tues. 8:00AM

In this class you’ll start by creating polymer clay sheets that resemble hand-dyed fabric.   Taking a “layered design” approach, you’ll further decorate these sheets and, along the way, learn new tips and techniques for adding depth and dimension.   Finally, you’ll choose among your polymer clay ‘fabrics’ to create an art quilt pendant.    Bring beads, wire, and metal charms to make a mixed media piece.  Photo to come. Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

SHRIVER: New Big Beads

SHRIVER: Fun New Big Beads

Mon. 1:00PM or Wed. 1:00PM

We’ll be making colorful big beads with cores of ultra-light clay in some great new shapes!  Using your own cane(s) from home, and/or one that we will construct quickly in class, we’ll make several veneers and apply them to both baked and unbaked forms. We’ll pinch, carve, inlay and backfill to get a variety of fun beads with strong graphic interest.  Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

SILAS: Wired Enamel IllusionsSILAS: Wired Enamel Illusions

Sun. 6:30PM or Tues. 1:00PM

Cindy will teach you a technique that can easily be mistaken for vitreous enamel. To achieve a true cloisonné look-alike, you’ll learn how to shape wire and add it to asterling silver bezel, then how to achieve a genuine sparkle and clarity in the colors of your choice. You’ll also learn valuable tips for blending colors, a how-to on using a quick-dry and super-clear resin, and the best finishing touches for that final glassy shine. At the end of four hours, you’ll have a gorgeous silver pendant and new skills. A class kit will be available in the CFCF store. The kit price will be based on Feb. 2011 silver prices (would be $22 right now) and includes a 30mm round sterling silver blank bezel pendant, 12” fine silver bezel wire, and assorted other materials. A handout with detailed instructions will be provided.  Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

TABAKMAN: Mixed Media Sculpture

TABAKMAN: Mixed Media Sculptures

Tues. 8:00AM or Wed. 8:00AM

In this class students will make three dimensional mixed media sculptures. We will use some molds as a starting point, but students will develop their own personal vision from there, with each finished piece showing her/his own personality and message. We will use polymer clay, wire, fibers, papers, beads, etc. Students are also encouraged to bring found objects or any material they would like to incorporate. This class is a great way of getting your creativity flowing and open new paths for your own work.  Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

WELTMAN: Wireworking for Polymer Clay Artists

WELTMAN-Wire and polymer necklace

Tues. 8:00AM or Wed. 1:00PM

Tired of paying for store-bought mass-produced clasps? Learn how to make a variety of clasps that are a beautiful part of the overall design rather than looking like an afterthought. Students will also learn how to make their own earwires, headpins and eyepins for earrings and other jewelry applications, and how to finish a necklace with museum-quality techniques, including covering crimps with crimp covers or wire and using wire embellishments on leather and fabric cording. Students will also learn how to antique wire with liver of sulfur. Don’t worry if you’ve never worked with wire before. Ronna will get you up and running!  Registration forms can be found by clicking Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 Registration Form.

For additional information on CFCF 2011 or any other events we sponsor, please email us at cabinfeverclayfestivals@yahoo.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!





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

18 10 2010

 

TABAKMAN: PCF LWRS

 

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:

CFCF 2011 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (FRI. – SAT. – SUN.)

*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

 

FRIESEN: BAMBOOZLED!

 

 

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!








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