Penni Jo Couch
Years Teaching: 30+
Years Teaching Clay: 30+
Years Working w/Clay: 32
School or Studio: Studio, Guild
Specialties: Pretty jewelry pieces, sculptural jewelry designs, applied elements, Victorian style, organics like leaves, flowers, birds, even bugs etc.
First Experience With Clay: I was handed a block of Fimo at a miniatures meeting. The person asked if anyone would be able to make some dishes. I said "I'll try." I fell in love at the first touch and the next day bought 15 blocks of clay and began an adventure with polymer clay that changed my life. Turns out I was a sculptor and designer.
Past Teaching Experiences:
Taught at Fandango three times.
Demonstrated at Sandy camp twice.
Taught at Corpus Christi guild three times
Taught at San Antonio guild twice.
Demonstrator at Arizona Polymer clay guild.
Founder member and teacher at Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild numerous
Founder and director of OK Poly-Clay Twister Retreat. We are in our fourth year.
Developed classes and taught adult classes at the Oklahoma City Recreational Center on S. Walker.
Publication Experience: Published in PolymerCafe two times. Published in Bead Unique two times.
Teaching Level: Professional Semi-Pro Amateur
- Private Lessons: Yes
- How Far Will Travel: One day travel from central Oklahoma.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Fuel, hotel, food.
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 5
- Maximum Number of Students: 20 (depends on difficulty of class)
- How Far Will Travel: 2 to 3 days travel.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Fuel, hotel (or parking if we bring the RV), food
Class Prep Time: One month minimum, more is desired.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 3
Class Listings & Descriptions:
Faux Ribbon Embroidery (beautiful clay embellishments applied to a background. How to make and apply the embellishments is my class.)
Inros embellished with molded parts. (Class covers making, embellishing and finishing an inro)
Heart box with tufted lid (Includes making box on metal cookie cutter, finishing bottom, then creating a 'tufted' lid for the box and embellishing the lid and interior.)
Explosion Album with 'memory' window (creating the covers for the album, building the frame on the top, adding memory elements inside the frame, adding UTEE and baking. Finishing the album.)
Faux Cloisonne Matchbox pendant. (Techniques to create the Cloisonne and finishing the matchbox)
Calla Lily accessories (earrings and pin from skinner blend clay)
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"Love what you're doing, share with your friends and teach what you have learned whilst playing. A teacher only needs to know a bit more than those she or he is teaching. Another word for teaching is sharing. It is by sharing that we all grow."
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