Jana Roberts Benzon
Years Teaching: 25
Years Teaching Clay: 5
Years Working w/Clay: 20
School or Studio: JRB Art & Design, Salt Lake City, Utah
Specialties: Intricate caning (what I call Precision Caning), various other millefiori canes, inros, detail work
First Experience With Clay: I actually have used PC for many years, but only in an amateur scultping way. Then I ran across a book and was swept away when I found all that could be done with clay. I had been focused on a very limited use of the clay, and when I found it's possibilities, was awestruck! So, I've only been into this intense work with PC, but have modeled with it and other clays for 25 years.
Past Teaching Experiences: My teaching history over the last 25 years has been varied. This history includes teaching craft workshops, womens group classes (from life-skills to cooking), Michaels Crafts classes (Polymer Clay), youth groups (in crafting and life-skills) and in the Public School System, grades K-12 (as a Substitue Teacher). I've been involved in creative ventures all of my life, including painting, sewing, beading and floral design.
Publication Experience: Art Jewelry Magazine, Polymer Cafe Magazine, Step by Step Beads Magazine, Belle Armoire Magazine
Teaching Level: Professional
- Private Lessons: Yes
- How Far Will Travel: 50 miles
- Reimbursed Expenses: None
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 8
- Maximum Number of Students: 22
- How Far Will Travel: All over the country
- Reimbursed Expenses: Airfare, in certain circumstances
Class Prep Time: Varies
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 2
Class Listings & Descriptions: Presently, I offer five different two day workshops. Each begins with a specific type of cane work and then moves on to a specific type of jewelry (Workshop Descriptions can be viewed at my website). I focus on new and innovative caning and jewelry making techniques. Each workshop is full to the brim with tips and tricks that will greatly enhance each students working clay knowledge.
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"My belief is that if you are passionate about a subject, you can teach it well! There are many people who would love to be taught what others know, no matter what 'level' the teacher is at. There is always a student for every teacher."
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