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. 





NEW COLORFUL CLASSES ADDED! LEHMANN/SCHWARZENBERG UPDATES – REGISTER TODAY

6 05 2016

I’ve been fascinated with Jana Lehmann’s use of color and the fact that her work involves very little cane work – just precise placement of design to create veneers.  Her two new full day workshops at Master Class Camp will prove to those who are color challenged that anything is possible!  This may be Jana’s last trip to the US for a while, so if you are on the edge – take the plunge and join her at MCC.  Workshop descriptions and registration form here.

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg has mastered, among many other things, flower and leaf canes.  Her ability to refine and create such detailed floral covered tiles has won her numerous awards over the years, including Bead Dreams (two years in a row) and Bead and Button honors.  We are so pleased that she will be bringing one of her “classic” workshops to Master Class Camp.  Her detailed TILES workshop will please even the novice.  Workshop descriptions and registration form here





TWO MONTHS AND COUNTING – WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?

19 04 2016

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Nope, not talking about the election, although I find it fascinating and scary at the same time.  I’m talking about learning and absorbing every bit of knowledge that can possibly fit into your brain.  I’m talking about growing and using your creative energy and steering away from inertia.

Honestly, that’s where I’ve been for the past 6 or so years.  Not able to find enough time in the studio and dealing with a creative block – one that I intend to break through this year.  So, in selecting instructors for the Creative ARTs events, I consider many things, including the medium (preference to polymer) and look at how much the artist/instructor pushes themselves to develop new and exciting avenues for their work.

I can say that each instructor at Master Class Camp in June has excelled at this.  It’s positively packed with the kind of mental energy to move me and others willing to take the plunge, onto the next phase of our body of work.

So, I ask you this question again – Who will you choose?  Workshop information and registration form is available here.





POLYMER AND METALSMITHING – FOLD FORMING AND GEM SETTING

12 04 2016

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Gotta be honest here – there are few jewelry artists who I admire as much as Robert Dancik for his ability to use almost anything (concrete included) to create one-of-a-kind eclectic jewelry pieces.  When I see his work up close, I say to myself – I’d like to be this good someday.  Every piece unique and carefully, or not, thought out, balancing color, texture, and medium.

Robert will be returning for his third time to Master Class Camp and has decided to share his fold forming and gem setting techniques incorporating polymer as the focal piece.  He has been busy these last few years, so we are pleased to have him joining us again.

Both of his workshops will be one day and are guaranteed to take you to a new level of possibilities. You can read more about Robert’s workshops and download the registration form here.

 





TELL YOUR FRIENDS! EXCITING WORKSHOPS – CABIN FEVER REGISTRATION CONTINUES

1 12 2015

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Over the past 8 1/2 years, we have striven to bring you some of the best and brightest artist/instructors available to Cabin Fever and Master Class Camp.  Cabin Fever, in its 9th year is no different and once again, a premier event offering workshops from:  LISA PAVELKA, MAUREEN CARLSON, DAYLE DOROSHOW, NANCY ENNIS, LISA HANEY, LINDLY HAUNANI, ANKE HUMPERT, DOREEN KASSEL, ROBERT LIU, JANA LEHMANN, ANN and KAREN MITCHELL, NAN ROCHE, LYNNE ANN SCHWARZENBERG, and EUGENA TOPINA.  Registration continues for all attendees – click here to register.

Some have asked about the change in format.  The fact is, we listened to what our attendees were requesting – longer classes from more instructors.  The new format offers more full-day workshops and fewer 4-hour workshops with additional class time at a lower fee – bringing attendees more bang for their buck!  If you have questions about the format, just write us – we’ll answer your inquiries as quickly as possible.

Lisa Pavelka, who has brought the polymer community many useful tools and techniques, will be teaching several workshops and will be honored with the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award for her contributions over the years. Last year’s honoree, Maureen Carlson, will present the award and will also be teaching workshops at the event.  Click here to find out more on the workshops being offered.

 





BUILDING YOUR WORK FROM POLYMER SCRAP AND METAL

19 05 2015

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STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR MASTER CLASS CAMP IN JULY.

Eugena Topina, originally from Russia, has used her science background in planning and creating new and innovative multi-functional tools for use with polymer and other media.  The stamps, created from scrap polymer and small strips of metal, are exquisitely detailed with simple, elegant lines.  She does not teach very often and we are lucky to have her living here in Maryland.

This will be her first time teaching at Master Class Camp and she is thrilled to be among some of the other talented instructors.  Take a look at some of her other work and you will see the value in learning from her.

Workshop descriptions can be found here and online registration can be done here.

 





GETTING YOUR WORK TO WHERE YOU WANT IT TO BE…ALWAYS LEARNING AND GROWING

15 05 2015

KASSEL – POUF necklace

We can see examples all over the internet of work from those who are just starting out (where we were all at one time) to those who have moved their work to the next level and above and are considered “professional” artists.  The Master Class Camp in July is not meant to intimidate, but to help you grow in your art.

One artist whose work I’ve seen grow and change so much over the last few years is Doreen Gay-Kassel.  She is my friend but also a very talented artist who has continued to amaze and surprise me with the extent of her work.  She will be teaching a 2-day workshop on this new technique in July. You can see more on her 2-day workshop here https://polymerclayfests.files.wordpress.com/…/mcc-2015… and REGISTER online herehttps://creativeartsfests.wufoo.com/forms/znmjqnl176o6ft/





MCC 2015: BASKETS AND MATRIX – COMPLEXITIES SIMPLIFIED

1 05 2015

I am so very excited to have two of the leading men in the polymer world, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever and Dan Cormier, joining us again for Master Class Camp.  These two have mastered their look and feel – in other words, their work is easily recognizable.

Hope from Heart of Darkness

DEVER – HOPE FROM HEART OF DARKNESS

Jeff is a full-time business man, heading up a graphic design business with his wife, Kay.  He is an award winning artist and has his work displayed in museums and galleries around the country.  He returns to MCC and brings us his miniature baskets combined with hollow ware  for jewelry.  The detail is exquisite and the colors pop!  He doesn’t teach often, so get him while you can!   Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Jeffrey’s workshop here.

CORMIER - MATRIX CANE

CORMIER – MATRIX CANE

Dan Cormier is another master.  He has been working in polymer for decades and has become known as a perfectionist – and his work shows it.  He will be visiting us once again all the way from Mexico and if we are lucky, we’ll have a chance to visit with his son, Griffin.  Dan has taken his Matrix cane technique to the max and I am very excited to see what he does this year using his signature templates, dies, and cutter.   Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Dan’s workshop here.





MCC 2015: FOR EXPLORATION AND THE COLOR INQUISITIVE

23 04 2015

I’ve experimented with color since childhood, whether with crayons, paints, and in the last 15 years – polymer.  However, I know that there is always more to learn and and many techniques used to achieve the final rainbow of colors.

HAUNANI - EDIBLE COLORS

HAUNANI – EDIBLE COLORS

At MCC 2015, you will have two workshops specifically designed to test and explore your personal color palletes.  Lindly Haunani is one of the best in the polymer world for working out your color spectrum.  Her new workshop, Incredible Almost Edible Color, will take you to from zero to sixty in your color pallete.  These luscious colors can make many hungry to taste test their own recipes. Thanks to Cynthia Tinapple at PCD yesterday, Lindly’s workshop is filling fast.  If you want in, register today! Updated workshop information is here.   Online registration can be found here.

HOLMES - PICK-A-COLOUR

HOLMES – PICK-A-COLOUR

Tracy Holmes, partner to Dan Cormier, is not new to polymer, but she is new to teaching at Master Class Camp.  I was intrigued last summer when Tracy taught an impromptu mini-color workshop at MCC 2014, so I asked her to expand on it and invited her to teach this year.  Tracy and Dan have been working for years to develop different color palletes that marry nicely with his bead shapes.  They have certainly accomplished that.  Join Tracy and learn another way to experiment with color. Updated workshop information is here.  Online registration can be found here.





MASTER CLASS CAMP 2015: ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS WITH A BANG!

22 04 2015

Yes, as you can see we are finally moving into the 21st Century with online registration – and so far, so good.  This year’s event brings us two talented instructors from Germany – Anke Humpert and Jana Lehmann.

HUMPERT - FUNGUS

HUMPERT – FUNGUS

Anke’s offering is a new direction for her.  She had two new pieces with her when she taught at Cabin Fever in February and I admired them both. As a matter of fact, I took one of them home with me as the auction winner.  The other, the Hungry Fungus, went home with Nan Roche.  Needless to say, she received raves about both pieces, so I asked her to teach a 2-day class at MCC 2015. Updated workshop information is here.  Online registration can be found here.

LEHMANN - GRAPHIC CANES

LEHMANN – GRAPHIC CANES

Jana Lehmann is a master at creating graphic designs with polymer.  I’ve admired her work for sometime.  Her bright colors and crisp lines have intrigued me and I am so pleased to have her join the ranks with us at MCC.  Not much info that I can find on a website, but go to her Flickr and Pinterest pages and find lots of eye candy. Updated workshop information is here.  Online registration can be found here.








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