Workshops

Enhance your Clayathon experience by signing up for one or more pre-retreat or post-retreat workshops! Just like the Clayathon retreat itself, workshops for 2022 will be virtual.

If you are interested in a workshop, please contact the teacher directly to sign up.

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Shelley Atwood and Joan Tayler

Wardrobe Inspired Jewelry

  • Maximum 20 intermediate level students
  • Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18, 2022
  • $200 per student for two full days
  • Email shelleyatwoodjewelry@gmail.com to sign up

Create Designs and Color Palettes to Enhance Your Personal Style

Create your own distinctive color palette adapting it to make statement jewelry that will complement and accentuate your style. Learn to mix colors to match with fabric, photos and other polymer clays. We’ll explore ways to incorporate these colors into jewelry using shape, textures, embellishments and various techniques. This is a technique oriented class to stoke your creative fire. We will work on color palettes and individual jewelry projects.

Seana Bettencourt

All Things Hollow

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22 and 23, 2022, 10 am to 5pm
  • $200 per student for two full days
  • Email seana@thepolymergarden.com to sign up

In this two day class, you will learn how to make large hollow beads, hollow vessels, and a hollow flower pendant. I will show you how to embellish the beads with wire or beads. You will learn how to make vessels large and small. And you will learn how to make a hollow flower pendant in different styles.

This is a combination technique and project class. We will cover simple canes and skinner blends. You may or may not finish all the projects in this class but you will have all the basics to finish on your own time.

Hollow Flower Pendant

In this half day class, you will learn how to make a hollow flower pendant. I will show you a few different canes and different ways to take advantage of the pendant being hollow. You will able to use this technique to make this flower pendant and many other shapes too.

Jana Roberts Benzon

Spectacular Strata (and Artful Adornments!)

  • Defined technique/project workshop
  • Experienced beginner to Intermediate
  • Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18, 2022
  • $215 per student for two full days
  • Email jana@janarobertsbenzon.com to sign up

I have given the label “Strata” to this technique and workshop based on its resemblance to the stratified layers seen in Red Rock Country here in my home state of Utah. I have developed two uniquely different ways of creating Strata’s thin, multitudinous and delicate-appearing layers which ripple in unison with each other — the visual effects are mesmerizing and the process is exhilarating! In this workshop you’ll learn the innovative skills required to create those two versions of Strata, in addition to darkly edged, ethereal and luminous flowers and leaves (shown in the accompanying gold and cream toned Strata image) and delicate, fluttering grasses. Finally, you will learn to turn your creation into a brooch pin or pendant, as desired, including instruction on my nifty, out of the box technique for finishing the back of a piece easily and in record time. The devil is in the details as they say and those details are what define my workshops – in them, I strive to teach the smallest yet most impactful bits information I’ve discovered in my unceasing research and exploration of all things polymer.

Carol Blackburn

Patterned Bangles

  • A technique and project workshop
  • Students must be able to make Skinner blends
  • Class size limited to 20 students
  • Friday, February 18, 2022, 10am EST
  • $100 per student for full day, payable via PayPal
  • Email cdblackburn@hotmail.com to sign up

I love surprises and in this one-day workshop you will soon have surprises of your own in the patterns you create. Made with just a few colours of polymer clay plus black and white, the patterns look complicated but are very easy to achieve. You will learn the construction of a gently rounded bangle and decorate it with your own unique patterned veneers.

Retro-Mod Pendants and Pins

  • A technique and project workshop
  • Students must be able to make Skinner blends
  • Class size limited to 20 students
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022, 10am EST
  • $100 per student for full day, payable via PayPal
  • Email cdblackburn@hotmail.com to sign up

In this one-day workshop we will create hollow pendants and pins that are
reminiscent of the bold textile designs of the 60’s & 70’s.

With just a few polymer clay colours we will make an unusual but quick modern cane pattern. The colourful offcuts will be used to create more patterns for the final design.

The construction is the same for the light weight pendant and pin. The pendant is finished with a coil bail and the pin has a pin back fixed to its back. Each finished piece will be unique because of your choice of colours, shapes and pattern variations.

Anke Humpert

Custom Findings to Match Your Necklace

  • Technique based
  • Can be combined with Heavy Metal workshop to finish your necklace with the right finding
  • Ambitious beginners to advanced
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • $55 per student for half day (3-4 hours with breaks)
  • Take both Heavy Metal and Custom Findings for $130 total per student
  • Email clayathon2022@anke-humpert.de to sign up

This workshop can be combined with my Heavy Metal workshop, but it also can stand alone! (You can take one or both workshops, as you like!)

Have you ever been frustrated with commercial findings and the way they stick out from your carefully created necklaces? Me too! That´s why I decided to make my own findings, that go well with my pieces, both in size and in style! Now my necklaces have findings in the same style and look of my original necklaces. No more cringe worthy way of closing your necklace.

We will:

  • look at samples of various findings and discus why and how they work.
  • select the right shape and style for your piece.
  • explore how components work together?
  • connect findings with your necklace string material.
  • find out what will you need for findings in general.

This workshop will give you the tools to make your own custom findings for any of your future creations. This is a fun and inspiring class for all levels of experience.

Heavy Metal

  • Project based
  • Ambitious beginners to advanced
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022
  • $95 per student for full day (8 hours with breaks)
  • Take both Heavy Metal and Custom Findings for $130 total per student
  • Email clayathon2022@anke-humpert.de to sign up

This is a workshop for texture lovers! We will design and showcase a number of dramatic textures and make them work together. Enhancing your clay work with paints and distressing them to make them pop. To have a large canvas for our pieces the necklace with be large and bold!

We will be:

  • creating textures with simple tools
  • making positive/negative textures
  • making small textures cover bigger areas
  • find storage solutions and re-finding your textures!
  • create heavy textured surface with lots of faux metal clay
  • distressing textures
  • working with templates (provided ones, or your own)
  • mix and match size and shapes of necklace components
  • hanging components, so they stay in place (and yes, that can mean “not straight” as well!)

After working with this design your mind will be full of ideas for your very own creations! This is a fun and inspiring class for all levels of experience.

Debbie Jackson

Tie-Dyed Beads

  • All skill levels
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022, 9:30-4:00 EST
  • $100 per student for full day
  • Email Debbijack@columbus.rr.com to sign up

Create a striking collection of colorful, lightweight beads into a variety of shapes and sizes that resemble dyed textiles that have been discharged! You will learn how to achieve this intriguing surface using alcohol inks on UltraLight polymer clay. Combine your finished beads to make an eye-catching necklace, bracelet, buttons, earrings, and/or embellishments as time allows. You can even use them as focal beads or mix them with others to enhance your jewelry creations. A variety of finished samples will be shown and handouts will be given.

Loretta Lam

Asymmetrical Jewelry Design

  • All skill levels
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 10:00-5:00 EST
  • $110 per student for full day
  • Email studio@lorettalam.com to sign up

How do you create a balanced design with disparate parts?
Asymmetry is exciting, vibrant, and unique – but not so easy to figure out!

Join Loretta Lam for a one-day class which will demystify the process.
Learn how to use shapes, color, and texture to balance earrings, brooches, and necklaces and unleash your creativity.

Learn to arrange your design parts based on their perceived visual weight…and voila! Harmony and balance are achieved.

Linda Leach

Alternative Veneers and the Wonderful Art of Mixed Media Quilting

  • Zoom moderator & Assistant: Sandy Clement
  • Some polymer clay experience required
  • Tuesday, February 22, 9:30am to 3:30pm – open discussion until 4:30
  • $85 per student for full day
  • Visit lindaleachdesigns.com to sign up

Quilting is the term given to the process of joining a minimum of three layers of fabric together. Mixed Media Quilting joins together layers of clay as well as pieces of metal, wire, beads, and other found objects as the artist desires. In this class we will explore “alternative” veneers which use liquid clay and colorants and your own hand-designed molds. We will also explore an alternative Mokume Gane veneer that works well as sky or water. We will then create beautiful “crazy quilt” sheets with these veneers to be used for art pieces, functional items such as bowls and boxes, or jewelry items. Finally, we will create fabulous mixed media items using the veneers as well as metal, wire, beads, and other found objects.

Materials lists will be provided for attendees who wish to participate during class. PDF tutorials will be provided after class. This class is intended for artists with some experience using clay.

Sherman Oberson

School of Fish

  • Workshop will be recorded
  • Tuesday, February 22, 10am to 6pm
  • $100 per student for full day
  • Email phillysherm2001@yahoo.com to sign up

Join me under the sea for as we meet a whole class full of fishy characters. In this class we will cover a variety of techniques to make a school of fish. I’ll be showing you how to make pieces small enough for jewelry as well as larger fish suitable for ornaments or wall pieces. I’ll show you how to sculpt whimsical and realistic fish. I’ll show you all my tips and tricks to be successful at sculpting. We will also cover making fish out of scrap clay and using pan pastels and mica powders to achieve deep nuanced colors as well as how I antique and seal the fish. I’ll also show how to make fish using simple canes, skinner blends and canes you already have in your library. Finally I’ll show you how to make some underwater environments for your fish.

Diane Quarles

Leather Clay! Let’s Play!

  • Prior experience in working with regular polymer clay necessary
  • Tuesday, February 22
  • $100 per student for full day
  • Email dquarles6@comcast.net to sign up

Fimo Leather Effect clay looks and feels like real leather! It is fun to work with and after baking, it bends, twists and can even be sewn like real leather! Dianne will share tips and tricks for working with leather clay including conditioning, cutting, coloring, shaping, embossing, embellishing, baking, and even sewing. Get out your stash of stamps, stamp pads, powders, beads and embellishments and be ready to have fun making a “leather” ring, bracelet, earrings and an arm cuff. If time permits, we might even make a designer “leather” pouch.

Material list and patterns will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.

Sarah Shriver

Colorful Celtic Canes and Little Acorns

  • The class is a technique based class with a project finalé!
  • Thursday, February 17, 10am-5pm EST
  • $100 per student for full day
  • Email sarah@sarahshriver.com to sign up

This class is a mash up of two classes that pair well together. The Colorful Celtic Cane features a tromp l’oeil, or “trick of the eye” weave pattern and the Little Acorns give us wonderful little shapes to veneer.

With two sets of contrasting color blends and a plain background color, this cane is achieved in surprisingly few steps! Following the construction, we will work on kaleidoscoping the cane into a variety of smaller canes to use as veneers on our sweet Little Acorns. Finally we will focus on making a pair of earrings and one or more pendants.

Fanciful Polymer Mobiles

  • This is a project focused workshop for advanced beginners on up.
  • Friday, February 18, 10am-5pm EST
  • $100 per student for full day
  • Email sarah@sarahshriver.com to sign up

Light and airy, these mobiles move with just a breath. The trick is in the balance – it’s fun and easy to achieve. We’ll construct playful shapes from stainless steel wire and stretch polymer color blends and simple cane patterns over them to create the individual elements. Then by using the balance points, we’ll connect all the elements to make these uplifting mobiles!

Alice Stroppel

Paper to Polymer

  • Intermediate
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22-23, 10am-4pm EST
  • $190 per student for two full days
  • Visit www.alicestroppel.com to sign up

Day one – We’ll be using pages from magazines to create small collages that can be use as prompts for much larger polymer wall pieces. These collages are wonderful ways to explore color, shapes composition and mark making. I’ll show you several way to translate your paper collage into polymer using many techniques.

Day two – continuation of techniques and final construction using the components created on day one.  I’ll be concentrating on larger pieces, 9″x11″ and 11″x14, but these techniques can be used on smaller pieces as well.

Bettina Welker

Multiple Hinge Bracelet

  • Intermediate to Advanced
  • Friday, February 18, 9am-5pm EST (3pm-11pm European Time)
  • $100 per student for one full day
  • Visit bettinawelker.de to sign up

This class teaches the whole construction process for a tile bracelet with 4 hinges which is entirely made from polymer clay and is closed with inlaid magnets. The decor layer features a variation of my Pixelated Retro Cane. The class will teach you how to work as exact and neatly as possible to achieve a perfectly shaped and finished piece of jewelry.

This is an intermediate to advanced level class and students should be familiar with basic clay techniques (conditioning, making skinner blends, sanding, polishing …)

Nina Zabal

Forget those texture stamps!

  • Workshop will be recorded
  • Intermediate
  • Wednesday, February 23, 10am-5pm EST
  • $100 per student for one full day
  • Visit ninazabal.com to sign up

What if you could create your own textures with polymer clay? Forget using those texture stamps that everyone already has! Polymer clay is the perfect material to carve, fill-in, and color to create amazing textures that ONLY YOU will own. Join me in this 7-hour workshop to create textural interest on flat slabs and dimensional shapes. Learn how to create positive and negatives of your textures, the best clays to use for carving, and the many different ways you can take this technique to the next level in your polymer clay work. Class will also be recorded and available at a later date for those who can’t attend or need a refresher.