Years Teaching: 15
Years Teaching Clay: 6
Years Working w/Clay: 10
School or Studio: Debbie Crothers Home Studio
Specialties: My specialties are definitely surface techniques. I love creating beads that are little works of art within themselves. I love inclusions and image transfer as well. My workshops are fun, well organised and are project specific with time to play.
First Experience With Clay: I started playing with a clay pack my son got for a birthday present. Got hooked right from the start.
Past Teaching Experiences: Attended Clay Carnival 2012, worked privately with Jana Roberts Benzon, Christi Friesen, Donna Kato and Kate McKinnon. Hosted Christi Friesen in March 2014 for her first Western Australian workshops. Was co-coordinator in organising a polymer clay project - Midwest Millefiori which saw us host workshops with schools in Geraldton and then workshops with Christi Friesen and Donna Kato. I'm also a teacher with CraftArtEdu.
Publication Experience: I've had work published in The Polymer Arts Magazine, Australian Beading Magazine and Digital Beading Magazine. I've also written up a couple of articles for Sage at The Polymer Arts.
I've also had work featured in Marie Segal's book and Helen Briel's e-book.
Teaching Level: Semi-Pro
- Private Lessons: Yes
- How Far Will Travel: Midwest of Western Australia only.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Fuel, accommodations and meals
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 10
- Maximum Number of Students: 20
- How Far Will Travel: The majority of Western Australia and will travel interstate for specific groups.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Accommodations, meals and part travel.
Class Prep Time: If you would like me to come up with a project specifically for your group then 3 or 4 weeks would be needed. Obviously any classes interstate would need more planning.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 4
Class Listings & Descriptions:
Bollywood Flowers: vibrant flowers created by first making individual flower petal canes and then putting them all together.
Symbolic Beads: beautiful beads created by using hand made moulds then covering a base bead with slices from these moulds.
Bollywood Bangles: create bangle core and shaped veneer, then embellish with foiled clay.
Outback Beads: a range of beads created using inclusions, inks, powders and then sealed to finish.
Surface Embellished Beads: a range of beads created and then coated in liquid clay solutions.
Image Transfer Beads: beautiful beads created with Lisa Pavelka water slide transfer and various surface techniques.
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"Continue to learn as much as you can and experiment as much as you can with various techniques."
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