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Mona Kissel

Mona Kissel
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Background Information

Years Teaching:  7
Years Teaching Clay:  7
Years Working w/Clay:  13
School or Studio:  N/A
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Enhanced color blending and textures for jewelry designs.
First Experience With Clay:  My work was being juried for a sales venue, and I needed to learn to make nice beads from raw materials to qualify.
Publication Experience: 
Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipes, by Ellen Marshall;
Polymer Clay, Creative Traditions: Techniques and Projects Inspired by the fine and decorative arts By Judy Belcher;
You may have seen some of my designs and techniques in the following books or websites:
Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipes, by Ellen Marshall
Crazing and the use of acrylic floor wax, by Mona Kissel
How to cover utensil handles, by Mona Kissel
Gallery images of Ice cream scoops, Reversible Cuff Bracelets
Polymer Clay, Creative Traditions: Techniques and Projects Inspired by the fine and decorative arts By Judy Belcher
Gallery image of Slices Necklace
400 Polymer Clay Designs, Lark Books;
Polymer Clay: Exploring New Techniques and New Materials by Georgia Sargeant & Celie Fago
Teaching Level:  Semi-Pro

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  No
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  10
Maximum Number of Students:  20
How Far Will Travel:  No limit
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, lodging

Class Prep Time:  One month
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  2
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Mona Kissel Texture Workshop - In this workshop, participants will learn several versatile techniques which build upon one another. The techniques, taught over the course of two days, can be used in a multitude of applications such as coverings for utensils or pens, in making jewelry, flat art for paper crafting, etc.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"I realised how well I knew my procedures after a certain amount of repetition and experience. When people began asking for individual tips and how-to's, I found I could provide an answer tailored to the person's ability level. Gauging the audience is really important, so that they can accomplish the tasks you teach and be pleased with their efforts."

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