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Melanie Dilday

Melanie Dilday

Melanie Dilday
Mullumbimby, NSW

Background Information

Years Teaching:  8
Years Teaching Clay:  8
Years Working w/Clay:  9
School or Studio:
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  : Canework and imitative techniques such as faux stones, ivory, mokume gane. Surface effects. Wearable vessels. Polymer clay and precious metal clay combinations a specialty.
First Experience With Clay:  It was a conversation I had with a ceramic artist that started all this. I was telling her that I'd like to find an alternative to my ceramic clay work because I just didn't have the room or the money to set up a proper studio and she happened to mention polymer clay. I'd never heard of it so I google searched it and spent hours glued to the screen in absolute awe. The next day I'd signed up with PCC, found a supplier and ordered my first sample packs. I've never looked back!
Past Teaching Experiences:  : I always thought I never had an artistic bone in my body. Then I discovered ceramic clay and exhibited and sold some of my work in the old Moores Building in Fremantle in '96 & '97. This gave me confidence so that when polymer clay came along I just KNEW I wanted to teach this.
Publication Experience:  : Tutorials in Creative Beading and Australian Beading magazines on an ongoing basis. Work published in Shirley Rufener's book Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  Anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel expenses
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  2
Maximum Number of Students:  10
How Far Will Travel:  Anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel expenses

Class Prep Time:  2-3 weeks
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  6
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Basic to advanced canework
Faux stone
Mokume gane and mica shift
Surface treatments
Polymer clay with precious metal clay

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"If you love polymer claying, there's half the road to your success right there. Your enthusiasm will shine right thru. Be organised to your back teeth! Then everything will go smoothly. Teach what you like to make yourself!"

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