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Jody Bishel

Jody Bishel
Ansonia, CT 06401-1226


Background Information

Years Teaching:  5
Years Teaching Clay:  5
Years Working w/Clay:  7
School or Studio:  Brookfield Craft Center
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Translucent Liquid Sculpey, Ripple Blade Patterns, Vessel forms
First Experience With Clay:  I was introduced to it by a friend, as a safe material that I could use around my baby son. I've been hooked ever since!
Past Teaching Experiences:  Teacher,Ravensdale 2001 & 2003 and Courting the Muse, NYC Polymer Clay Guild, Old Church Cultural Center, Brookfield Craft Center, Torpedo Factory and SCPCG classes.
Publication Experience:  Published in Bead & Button, Expression, PolyZine, Polyinformer and Polymer Cafe magazines. My work has been featured in numerous polymer clay books. Exploring Liquid Sculpey tape in the Mindstorm Master Artisans Series.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  Japan would be lovely!
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel expense, homestay or hotel
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  5
Maximum Number of Students:  15
How Far Will Travel:  Depends upon my schedule, please ask.
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel expense, homestay or hotel
Class Prep Time:  2 months
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  3
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Exploring Liquid Sculpey: There are an amazing number of ways to use this liquid form of polymer clay, from surface techniques to structural elements and you can even make your own texture sheets from it! I've taught this class as a four hour quick introduction, a full day and a two day workshop. The more time we have, the more we can cover!
Ripple Mania! If you like the thrill of cutting open a natasha bead, this technique is for you. By assembling stacks of clay and cutting with the ripple blade, you can create a load of wonderful patterned sheets, mokume, dots, ikat and stone effects are just a few. This is a one day class.
Renaissance Goblets: Learn how to create your own stunning celebration cup by decorating a glass wine goblet with polymer and crystals, as seen in Bead & Button magazine.
I've also been considering teaching tailor-made workshops for small groups in my studio.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"Start by teaching your friends what you feel most comfortable with. If you have a local guild, join and do demos and write for the newsletter or the NPCG's Polyinformer. Whenever you take a class, try to remember what you found most helpful about the way your instructor did her job and keep that in mind when you teach. If there was something you didn't like, remember to avoid it."

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