Monday, September 22, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat - Meet Linda Hess

Meet Linda!
I have been working with polymer clay since 1994, when I bought a piece from an artist and she allowed me to "pick her brain" about the stuff. I went to the craft shop, bought some, and started on my polymer journey!

Currently I teach polymer clay classes to children in after-school groups and to adults through local bead shops. Their abilities never cease to amaze! I never feel I am going to "work" because I have such fun. I sell my work at craft shows, online, and through local shops. Others have described my work as not fitting into any one niche. I can safely describe my style as multi media/multi-dimensional. I sculpt, cane, quilt, paint, sew, work in paper and scrapbooking...pretty much anything that is asked (Can you??? is a popular question that has only once or twice been answered to the negative).

I am married and have 3 beautiful children.

Friday, September 19, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat 2015- Meet Cat Therien 
Meet Cat!
Charlene "Cat" Therien has been working with polymer clay since 2001. She is a full-time artist who specializes in polymer clay millefiori canes and memorial keepsakes made from dried flowers. Cat was one of the pioneers of online tutorial video streaming, hosting free live video sessions from her home studio.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Marlene Brady!
Meet Marlene!
I am a polymer clay artist who also does beadwork and mixed media. I've sculpted with polymer clay since its birth, with beads since the 90's and have painted on and off forever. Although I have no formal training in art, I've always done some form of art ever since I can remember. My work appeals to the unique individual who appreciates the unexpected and who enjoys dancing to the beat of their own drum.

2012 1st Place-Polymer Clay Functional Objects and 1st Place Members' Choice in the International Polymer Clay Association's Progress & Possibilities competition.  Two time finalist in Bead & Button's Bead Dreams International Competition in Polymer Clay.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Get Inspired Get Creating with the latest episode of Polymer Clay TV

Want to learn how make a pretty mixed media inspirational word canvas polymer clay Wall Art Plaque, join Kira on Polymer Clay TV. Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss a thing!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the Polymer Clay Adventure Retreat Meet Wendy Orlowski

Meet Wendy, of ShadesOfClay

Creativity has always been an important part of my life. I studied Illustration and Fashion Design at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. I fell in love with the town and to this day I still reside in beautiful Oakville, near the shores of Lake Ontario with my family.

It was my love of fabrics that first led me to creating art dolls which then lead me to polymer clay and its endless possibilities. Since that day, polymer clay and mixed media materials have become a very important part of my world. In May of 2013 I became the new owner of Shades of Clay, a Canadian online store established in 2002.  
I am a member of the Southern Ontario Polymer Clay Guild (SOPCG) where I continue to learn and share new techniques and ideas with like minded people. I love what I do!

Monday, September 15, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Suzanne Ivester

Meet Suzanne!
Suzanne Ivester has been a familiar name and face in the polymer community for several years. She served as president of the International Polymer Clay Association from 2009 to 2010 and has authored the popular “Polymer Chef” column in PolymerCAFÉ magazine since early 2012. She has also written instructional and curatorial magazine articles for The Polymer Arts, GreenCraft, and Step by Step Beads, as well as PolymerCAFÉ, and has contributed online tutorials to the IPCA and Polyform websites. Her artwork has appeared in several published books. Suzanne has taught at Clay Quest, Ravensdale, and Fandango conferences and has offered guild workshops in several states. Suzanne’s teaching style emphasizes the joy of personal expression. Her goal is for participants to leave the workshop with new skills, techniques, and a finished project that not only conforms to the goals of the class but which reflects the artist’s own tastes and point of view.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat 2015- Meet Tammy Durham

Meet Tammy!
Meet Tammy:
Tammy Durham has an intense love for clay art and the constant need to push boundaries of the imagination. This desire compels her to infuse life experiences with the innocence of childhood memories to create works of art that inspires and delights the soul. She graduated from The Atlanta College of Art  in 1993 and aquired a Bachelors of Fine arts degree. Her first love was painting in oils and acrylics but over the past decade, discovered the wonders of Polymer clay.  She resided in the lovely town of Rousette located in the South of France with her family and visited the many small villages and art galleries throughout the region.  This passionate artist has learned the value of traveling and its importance for the creative soul.

Tammy currently resides in Colorado but while in the South of France, she traveled throughout visiting, Paris, Normandy, Rouen, Honfleur, Madrid, Seville, Cadiz, San Tropez, Cannes, Aix-en-Provence, Northern Italy, Montreal, and Aruba.

She continues to use these experiences as a source of inspiration.  She is a strong believer in charity work and participated in the Atlanta International School's Spring Benefit which brought in over 330,000 setting a new record for the school.  Tammy's latest work is inspired by space and time as she explores this in her new work called "Space Girl on a Mission."  

Taking a long sabbatical for family, Tammy has emerged to combine her passion for Polymer clay with a unique illustrative approach, focusing on form, color, and texture.  She hopes to continue to inspire other clay artist to follow their imagination and creativity.