Class Descriptions

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts

Clayworking: Polymer Clay I - Carolyn Stearns

Bangles, Baubles & Beads

[07/07]

This is a beginner/intermediate polymer clay class. In Bangles, Baubles and Beads you will create several polymer clay canes and several different surface designs, in other words, decorated sheets of clay. Some of the techniques will include, Mica Shift, hidden magic, mokume gane. We will use these canes and sheets of clay to make beads and different jewelry parts. We will construct bracelets, necklaces and earrings. We will also make cabochons in several different sizes to use in your designs. Each student will receive a kit that will include clay to make approx. 10 canes, a clay blade, mini acrylic rod and a few other tools to use during class and take home at the end of the week. I will provide many tools and supplies to use during class. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase during the week if needed. We will be using KATO polyclay during the week; it is the best clay to make canes. If you bring extra clay please bring KATO, it bakes at 300 degrees and all items will be baked together in the same oven at 300 degrees. You do not to bring any clay supplies to class, I will have everything you need, but if you have a pasta machine, tools, supplies, items to cover, bring them too! Do bring your jewelry making supplies, I don’t have enough tools for everyone, but I do have some I can share! That will be great! Please visit www.carolynsclaycreations.com to see samples of my work.

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Clayworking: Polymer Clay I - Marilyn Jobe

Basics

[04/14, 09/29]

This class will focus on basic canes and skinner blends and most completed pieces will be geared to jewelry. Beads – focal pieces & faces will be stressed. But, first things first. Basic techniques will be stressed. Then the fun begins. Marilyn has taught at William Holland since 1996, glass beadmaking, fusing, and lastly polymer clay. Bring your own favorite tools, clay, finding, etc., but supplies will also be available.

Lab Fee:US$35Estimated Materials Cost:$10-50Prerequisites:none[Back to Top]

Clayworking: Polymer Clay I - Carolyn Stearns

From Blends to Blooms

[04/28]

In From Blends to Blooms you will create several polymer clay flower and leaf canes. We begin by mixing clay to create a personal color palette. We will use these colors to create blends; from these blends we will assemble beautiful flowers and leaves. Once we have created our flowers and leaves I will teach you how to make floral fabrics to cover items, make beads and other pieces to create one of a kind jewelry. This is a technique based class, not a production class. We will do a few projects during the week but this is not the main focus of this class. Each student will receive a kit that will include clay to make approx. 10 canes, a clay blade, mini acrylic rod and a few other tools to use during class and take home at the end of the week. I will provide many tools and supplies to use during class. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase during the week if needed. We will be using KATO polyclay during the week; it is the best clay to make canes. If you bring extra clay please bring KATO, it bakes at 300 degrees and all items will be baked together in the same oven at 300 degrees. You do not need to bring anything with you to class if you don’t want to, I will have everything you need, but if you have a pasta machine, tools, supplies, items to cover, bring them too! That will be great! Please visit www.carolynsclaycreations.com to see samples of my work.

Lab Fee:US$100Prerequisites:none

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Clayworking: Polymer Clay I - Barbara McGuire

Fundamentals

[05/05, 06/23, 08/18, 09/08]

This series is designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of creativity working with polymer clay. It is suitable for anyone wanting to learn to design with the medium. Topics covered include a complete understanding of clay basics, how to mix and blend color, simple caning techniques, structuring, texturing, shaping and finishing. Each day will focus on the fundamental at hand and produce a finished example in the way of beads or jewelry components. Emphasis is on quality of work and developing design skills. Fee includes materials and use of tools.

Lab Fee:US$125Estimated Materials Cost:$30Prerequisites:none

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Clayworking: Polymer Clay I - Carolyn Stearns

I'm a Little Tea Pot

[08/04]

This is a beginner/intermediate polymer clay class. In I’m A Little Tea Pot you will create several polymer clay canes including flowers and leaves and several different surface designs, in other words, decorated sheets of clay. Some of the techniques will include, Mica Shift, hidden magic, mokume gane. We will use these canes and sheets of clay to cover a beautiful tea pot or piggy bank. If you don’t want to cover items you can make beads and different jewelry parts. You can construct bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Something for everyone in this class! Each student will receive a kit that will include clay to make approx. 10 canes, a clay blade, mini acrylic rod and a few other tools to use during class and take home at the end of the week. I will provide many tools and supplies to use during class. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase during the week if needed. We will be using KATO polyclay during the week; it is the best clay to make canes. If you bring extra clay please bring KATO, it bakes at 300 degrees and all items will be baked together in the same oven at 300 degrees. You do not to bring any clay supplies to class, I will have everything you need, but if you have a pasta machine, tools, supplies, items to cover, bring them too! Do bring your jewelry making supplies, I don’t have enough tools for everyone, but I do have some I can share! That will be great! Please visit www.carolynsclaycreations.com to see samples of my work.

Lab Fee:US$100Prerequisites:none[Back to Top]

Clayworking: Polymer Clay I - Ruthie Loftin

Junior Rockhounds

[06/02, 06/23]

This class is intended for teenagers with little or no experience in clay. We will cover clay preparation, color mixing, basic cane making, how to form various bead shapes, how to make textured surfaces, and baking strategies. Students will make beads and pendants for jewelry, earrings, and may learn how to make some animals (their choice). This includes handouts, instructions, and clay for projects. Students are welcome to bring their own clay if they want specific colors.

Lab Fee:US$75Prerequisites:noneAge Requirement:10-15

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Clayworking: Polymer Clay I - Carolyn Stearns

Kaleidoscope Canes

[09/22]

In the Kaleidoscope Cane Class you will create several polymer clay Kaleidoscope canes. We begin by mixing clay to create a personal color palette. We will use these colors to create blends; from these blends we will make component canes and assemble Kaleidoscope Canes. I will teach you how to use these canes to cover items, make beads and other pieces to create one of a kind jewelry. This is a technique based class, not a production class. We will do a few projects during the week but this is not the main focus of this class. Each student will receive a kit that will include clay to make approx. 8 canes, a clay blade, mini acrylic rod and a few other tools to use during class and take home at the end of the week. I will provide many tools and supplies to use during class. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase during the week if needed. We will be using KATO polyclay during the week; it is the best clay to make canes. If you bring extra clay please bring KATO, it bakes at 300 degrees and all items will be baked together in the same oven at 300 degrees. You do not need to bring anything with you to class if you don’t want to, I will have everything you need, but if you have a pasta machine, tools, supplies, items that you want to cover, bring them! This is great too!

Lab Fee:US$100Prerequisites:none

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Clayworking: Polymer Clay II - Barbara McGuire

Butterflies & Dragonflies

[08/25]

Everybody loves a butterfly and what a great building block these colorful creatures are for beautiful work. This week long class will teach nothing but butterfly and dragonfly canes with a painterly effect in mind. The first presentation will consist of color blending and the rest of the week in building the canes. The final summary will focus on working with the canes to make bead sets, pins and gorgeous jewelry applications, complete with professional finishing. A basic supply of white, black, translucent and pearl clay is required. In addition to colored clay, students will be provided with a complete digital summary of all techniques and all materials needed for a presentation of a finished work of art. Tools provided although personal tools or pasta machine are appropriate.

Lab Fee:US$125Estimated Materials Cost:$30Prerequisites:Polymer Clay and experience creating a Skinner Blend

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Clayworking: Polymer Clay II - Barbara McGuire

Mokume Gane

[05/12]

An in-depth look at the wondrous slicing technique of Mokume Gane. Learn 5 different ways to approach this style of surface design with results that are delightfully unique with each slice. Class projects will include a variety of jewelry such as bead pendants, bracelet and earrings. Students need to bring black, white, translucent and pearl clay (Preferrably Premo - no Sculpey please!).

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Clayworking: Polymer Clay II - Barbara McGuire

Pushing the Petal, Flower Canes

[06/30]

Everybody loves them - and what a great building block for beautiful work. This week long class will teach nothing but flower and leaf canes with a painterly effect in mind. All skill levels welcome. The first day will consist of color blending and the rest of the week in building the canes. The last day will focus on working with the canes to make bead sets, pins and gorgeous jewelry applications. As a special bonus, Barbara will share butterfly and dragonfly canes to enhance finished work.

Lab Fee:US$125Estimated Materials Cost:$30Prerequisites:Polymer Clay and experience creating a Skinner blend[Back to Top]

Clayworking: Polymer Clay III - Barbara McGuire

Face Canes in Polymer Canes

[09/15]

Faces – the most challenging cane of all! But an investment you will have for years to come. This class helps to understand shape, proportion, and coloring to create a life-like image with personality. Individual component canes includes eyes, nose, lips, brow and optional cheeks (as time permits). Also includes a demo of how to adjust and embellish a finished face cane for use in work. Prerequisite! – this is an advanced class. Students should have complete knowledge of a Skinner Blend and previous cane building and reduction experience. Materials needed 1 1/4 lb translucent clay, black, white, brown, ecru, eye color and pearl clay, work surface, blade, pasta machine, acrylic roller with handle. All other clay, materials and tools supplied.

Lab Fee:US$150Estimated Materials Cost:$30Prerequisites:Polymer Clay and experience creating a Skinner Blend[Back to Top]