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Cheryl Reich

Cheryl Reich
Federal Way, WA 98023


Background Information

Years Teaching:  5
Years Teaching Clay:  3
Years Working w/Clay:  4
School or Studio:  Jo Ann Etc.
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Flower and leaf canes
First Experience With Clay:  I was teaching crafts and my supervisor asked me if I had ever worked with polymer clay. I said polymer what? She sent me home with 4 blocks of premo, some tools and a book. I spent 3 days solid playing with the stuff and I was hooked. In less than 3 months I started teaching some basic classes working with polymer, and have added classes as my skills have increased.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I have taught classes for pre-school age kids, elementary, teens, and adults. Many times I have been asked for 1 on 1 classes to learn specific techniques.
Publication Experience:  No
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  60 miles
Reimbursed Expenses:  supplies and travel
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  3
Maximum Number of Students:  8
How Far Will Travel:  60 miles
Reimbursed Expenses:  supplies and travel
Class Prep Time:  Depends on class... usually can do spur of the moment classes on subjects I have previously taught
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  Unlimited
Class Listings & Descriptions:  I teach a beginners class to introduce to the product, beginning and advanced caning techniques, surface treatments which includes using foils and embossing powders, and I do several different projects classes which change quarterly. What would you say to a promising Polymer Clay Artist who is interested

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"If you get compliments on your work then chances are you know enough to get started. Try out by sitting with a couple of your friends and teach them how to make a simple cane and how to use press molds. Pick friends who are new to clay. This will give you an idea of how well you can explain things to another person, and give you the confidence you need to get started with teaching. GOOD LUCK! "

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