Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Polymer Clay Overlay Technique with Lattice Lace Mold N Stamp on Polymer Clay TV

Want to learn a beautiful overlay technique with polymer clay and our Lattice Lace Mold N Stamp. This creates the most beautiful designs, join Ilysa as she shows you how to embellish a glass jar.
You can find the lattice Lace Mold N Stamp in our shop at this link.

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!


You can find the Scalloped Scroll cutters in our shop at this link.

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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

22 days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- meet Barbara McGuire

Barbara McGuire has been working in polymer for over 25 years.  She makes outline and shape stamps, molds, templates, transfer images, texture sheets and tutorials  that aid artists working in polymer and ceramic clays. Barbara has written over 10 instructional books and appeared frequently on televised segments of craft instruction with Carol Duvall and WLOS Crafty Corner.  Barbara’s home studio is located in the Appalachia Mountains near Asheville NC, were she teaches at select galleries, stores, craft schools and by request.

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat 2015- Meet Lisa Renner


Lisa Renner is a mixed-media artist who enjoys making art on many levels. Her interests include art dolls, bookmaking, jewelry, encaustic, and working  with polymer clay, particularly creating figurative sculpture. She teaches workshops and enjoys sharing her techniques and creations with others.
One of her handmade Faux-Ivory polymer clay books is part of the permanent exhibit at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. Her work has been featured in publications such as Art Doll Quarterly, Polymer CafĂ©, and Somerset Studios. She has been published in several books, most recently: “The International Contemporary Artists, Volume V”, and “Incite: Dreams Realized, The Best of Mixed Media” by Northlight Books.
Lisa is a member of both the International Polymer Clay Association, and the International Encaustic Association. When she’s not working at her “day-job” where she has been for 23 years, she loves cooking, entertaining with her family and friends, and spending as much time as possible in her studio designing new workshops and creating art.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Katie Oskin of Kater'sAcres


Meet Katie:
I have been working with polymer clay for over four years. From the very first time polymer clay touched my fingers, I was in love!  I adore the way a solid block of clay goes from hard and rigid to soft and pliable in my fingers; and then to see the image in my head come to real life amazes me to this day. I love to create joy, happiness, & smiles in clay.  It is truly my passion, my hobby, and my art form.  From the first time the clay hit my hands, to my early finished pieces, I was in love. And I haven’t stopped playing with clay since…and don’t plan to, any time soon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Polymer Clay Wing Mold Earrings and Necklace so easy and fun to make!

Do you love wings? Well you are going to love this molded set of wing jewelry. They are so easy to make but look beautiful and detailed and are great for gift giving. Customize them to your taste and have fun creating! I also show how to add texture to the back of the piece to give it the perfect finishing touch. You can find the wing mold in the shop at this link. 

 It's hard to believe we are going into the 3rd week of pre launch for Polymer Clay Adventure. So much has been going on it's hard to keep my head straight but I wouldn't change a thing. It's all good and will be even better when the retreat starts, I am getting more and more excited every day. We have so much in store for you and it is going to be a total blast! Anyway today is the last day to get into Polymer Clay Adventure for the low price of $87.00, tomorrow the price goes up so if you want to join us don't delay so you get the savings. Hope you enjoy the video, here are some close up photos. Enjoy!

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Jennifer Morris


Inspired by travels and her interest in cultures around the world, Jennifer Morris infuses her beads and sculptures with a sense of playfulness and a love for color. Jennifer's love for design and her natural artistic ability showed itself early in her life as she made paintings, sculpture and jewelry out of found objects when she was 3 years old and was accepted into arts academy at 5 and then went on to study sculpture in college and later work as a set designer in the film industry. Jennifer's pallet of materials and skills are diverse ranging from steel to wood to porcelain and paper to polymer clay. She stumbled onto polymer when she was making a 'dia de los muertos' sculpture out of papier mache 15 years ago. A friend suggested she try polymer to make the most of the detail and color she was trying to achieve. It was love at first sight and she hasn't looked back since.

Monday, September 8, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Christi Friesen


Meet Christi!
She is an award-winning artist, specializing in polymer and multi-media.  Her work has been showcased in Ornament, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Stringing and Polymer Cafe magazines, has graced the cover of Fire Mountain Gems catalog, and has been featured in numerous books, magazine articles, shows, exhibits and galleries.

Her work has been honored with awards in the Wearable Expression International juried show, Bead Dream contest, Bead Arts contest, Best Of America: Jewelry Artists, American Women Artists Annual Juried Competition, and more.

Christi is the author of ten how-to books, and her articles have appeared in Bead and Button, Art Jewelry, Belle Armoire, Ornament, Bead Unique, Bead Design Studio, Metal Clay Artist, The Polymer Arts, Polymer Cafe, From Polymer to Art, Creative Beading (Australia), Beadwork, Hand-Crafted Jewelry, Step By Step, Bead (UK), Bead Polska (Poland) magazines and more.

She teaches throughout the world, using humor and positive energy to encourage her students to stretch their creativity, technical skills and artistic confidence.

Christi will be teaching a new workshop featuring all of her amazing sculpting techniques! Come check out Polymer Clay Adventure.com!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Sarajane Helm

http://polymerclayadventure.com - make a ball jointed polymer clay doll with Sarajane!

Sarajane Helm began making dolls and dressing them when she was a very young girl…the skills learned in drawing and sewing for dolls translated into a love of character and costume. She studied theater arts at Barat College of the Sacred Heart and theatrical design at Ohio State University. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Front Range Community College with a degree in Media Graphic Design (print/web) Since 1978, she has designed and sold dolls and wearable art in many forms, utilizing her skills with fabric and fibers, polymer clay, paper and multimedia works. She designs rubber stamps and textile prints, dyes and hand embellishes fabrics, draws paper doll art, coloring books. Sarajane also designs web sites and publishes books for herself and for other artists through her company PolyMarket Press.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat - Meet Teresa Pandora Salgado


About Her: Teresa Salgado (widely known as Pandora due to her rapacious curiosity) has been creating three dimensional objects since the age of five. She began her artistic quest by combining rocks, wasps' nests and leaves with salt dough to create jewelry and sculptures based on her vivid dreams. Fast forward 50 years: After making thousands of art pieces in over five decades, Polymer clay has become the answer to her need for an art medium with  endless possibility. Pandora teaches her signature technique known as  "Scayning" (sculpture plus caning) to students around the world.

Friday, September 5, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Laurie Mika

Polymer Clay Adventure.com- check it out and Sign up today!

Laurie Mika is an artist, author and instructor. Over the last two decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic work has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile and found objects. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats at home and around the world.  
Laurie’s work has been published in countless magazines and books. She has appeared on both HGTV’s, That’s Clever and on DIY’s, Craft Lab. Laurie’s own book, Mixed Media Mosaics, was published by North Light Books in 2007.
Laurie’s background in painting is evident in her mixed-media works influenced by Medieval, Renaissance and Mexican folk art. The gilded devotional panels of the past become secular icons imbued with personal narratives. Art and folk traditions referenced in her work derive from her travels and experiences of living abroad. The highly embellished surfaces, including segments of text, form sumptuous tapestries of traditional and modern materials. Like a modern-day alchemist tinkering with the ancient art of mosaics and contemporary assemblage, Laurie finds magic in combining disparate elements.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat: Meet Chris Kapono of MandarinMoon


I was born in the pretty rolling hills of the Midwest and have been an artist since I was old enough to hold a crayon in my hand. I discovered polymer clay in 2008 and fell in love with its possibilities! My passion is nature. I love all of the colors and textures and try to incorporate this in everything I make. Polymer clay has opened a whole new world for me!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Check out today's polymer clay tutorial where Kira shows you how to use some simple tools to make a gorgeous and complex looking hamsa ornament. This is a middle-eastern symbol for protection from the "evil eye," and it usually looks like an upside-down hand. Our Henna plunger mold set actually has this shape if you just use the cut-out! Plus, see how fun it is to use our new Bling Mold to create your own faceted gems from clay!

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat: Meet Layl McDill

I have been working full time as an artist since graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1993. My degree was in illustration but I ended up mainly selling my work at arts festivals and galleries. I love to travel all over the country and set up my fanciful world of polymer clay creations. I also love to demonstrate the technique and watch people’s jaws drop when they realize how it works. Creating canes is always like magic and I love sharing it with my customers, collectors and students.  I teach at least 3 classes a week to all ages and demographics and create tutorials for online learners.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet Syndee Holt


I've designed for Polyform Products (Sculpey) for 20 years.  I am now the Product Ambassador, having just retired from the "real job" at UCSD.  I've written over 100 magazine articles and taped about 33 television segments in those 20 years.

She's the author of Polymer Clay for the First Time, and has been on several design teams including the Sculpey Design Squad.

Syndee loves to teach, and will be teaching you how to create a beautiful set of cuff bracelets using multiple techniques. Come join the adventure today!

Monday, September 1, 2014

22 Days of Teachers at the PCA Retreat- Meet KLEW, aka Karen Lewis

Sign Up for Polymer Clay Adventure: click here to learn more!
I found this medium in the 80's. I knew of a similar product that only came in white when my sister worked with Disney creating prototypes with it, and after having an idea to make a sculptural brooch series; off I went to the local craft store in search of this medium …my self-discovery eventually revealed the true nature of this medium - reduction… After that "light bulb" went on, the rest they say, is history.
Artist Statement
My work is a never-ending journey beginning with an experience passing from my environment through my senses and into my Spirit. As form and design begin to take shape in my hands the expression of my Spirit reveals to me interpretations, connections and understanding of my environs.  Sharing my work with others allows the experience to journey on, often returning to me in unexpected ways.
The reward of sharing my work with others comes in seeing them embrace the tangible form of my spirit as their own. This is such a powerful connection that I incorporate my Art in functional or utilitarian pieces.  With the sale of my work comes the freedom to continue doing what I love and to grow.  I never cease to amaze at this ~ my  Spirits work.
Be Well, Klew
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