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Diane Villano

Diane Villano
East Haven, CT 06512
USA

Email: dianev_scpcg@yahoo.com

Background Information

Years Teaching:  25
Years Teaching Clay:  7
Years Working w/Clay:  8
School or Studio:  Guilford Handcraft Center
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Pushing the envelope in conception and techniques and encouraging my students to do the same.
First Experience With Clay:  I made the switch from needlepoint design to polymer clay during shoulder operation recovery and never looked back!
Past Teaching Experiences:  I'm able to draw on my background in art education, B.S. and Master's degrees.
Publication Experience:  Bead & Button Magazine, Jewelry Crafts Magazine, Irene S. Dean's Weekend Crafter: Polymer Clay, Kid's Crafts: Polymer Clay; Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay : 30 Techniques & Projects that Imitate Precious Stones, Metals, Wood & More (October 2003); Jacqueline Gikow’s Polymer Clay: Creating Functional and Decorative Objects and Making Beautiful Beads by Lark Books, Victoria Hughes’ Polymer: The Chameleon Clay.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  One hour from New Haven
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, materials
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  4
Maximum Number of Students:  Depends on location
How Far Will Travel:  Nationally (US)
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, lodging negotiable
Class Prep Time:  One month-two months notice
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  4-5
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Classes at Bead & Button 2003:
Magic Color Change Class (1 day)
Pinata Pendant (1 day)
Foiled Clay Jewelry (1/2 day)

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"(1) Start slowly with a 1-2 hour class. (2) Accept that there probably will be someone in your class that may know more than you about a particular aspect of working with clay. That's okay! Don't be threatened, instead use that person as a resource. (3) Don't wait until your teaching skills are perfect! Dive right on in. Your students will help hone your skills."


Pinata Pendant

Foiled Clay Jewelry

Magic Color Change Class


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