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Bette Westman

Bette Westman
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Background Information

Years Teaching:  12
Years Teaching Clay:  1
Years Working w/Clay:  8
School or Studio:  Michaels Arts and Crafts, Home Parties, Guest Artist
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  I love the Mica Shift, Texture Plates and everything from Cookie Cutters to Push Molds
First Experience With Clay:  I needed something that I could do with little space requirements (well it seemed like a good idea at the time). Like most of us, I fell in LOVE! Poly is now my passion.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I have been fortunate enough to demonstrate Poly Clay at the Minnesota State Fair. I did a class for The Angel Company(tm) group that I also work with (rubber stamps are clay tools too!). Working with Michaels and demonstrating there has been a blast, meeting all of these like minded folks. I am also a member of The Polymer Clay Guild of Minnesota.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  75 miles or I will fly most any distance to teach a class
Reimbursed Expenses:  Just my class fees
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  5
Maximum Number of Students:  8
How Far Will Travel:  75 miles or I will fly most any distance to teach a class
Reimbursed Expenses:  Just my class fees and housing for mulitple day events.

Class Prep Time:  If I'm not already booked, 48 hours notice is adequate.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  3
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Basic canes: this leaves my students with all of the skills they need to do most any cane work.
Matchbox Purses: Lisa Pavelka is my inspiration here. There really isn't much that I can't teach. Just ask!

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"Try it. Teach a group of your kids or a couple of the neighbor kids. When you see how easily they 'get it', you'll rush out and sign up to be a teacher."

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