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Lauren Van Hemert

Lauren Van Hemert
Raleigh, NC 27606


Background Information

Years Teaching:  2
Years Teaching Clay:  1
Years Working w/Clay:  1
School or Studio:  Shops and Studios
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Melt Art Techniques, Molds for UTEE Castings and Polymer Clay, Polymer Clay (Mokume Gane and Mica Shift)
First Experience With Clay:  I started creating molds for UTEE castings and adding dimension to my art work using Melt Art impressions. From there, I started using my molds for clay.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I have been an independent instructor for two years, teaching at various shops around NC and Florida, as well as teaching private classes in my studio in Raleigh. You can find me at Raindrops on Roses (Raleigh, NC), The Enchanted Cottage (Winston-Salem, NC), Scrap Art (Chapel Hill, NC), Stamp Works (Wilmington, NC), The Scrappy Stamper (Florida)
Publication Experience:  My original Tic Tac Toe Board using UTEE Castings from molds made from stamps, buttons, and charms was recently featured in The Rubber Stamper Magazine (June 2003 issue). I also wrote an article on Melt Art Techniques, which was accepted for publication at a future date from Stamping Arts and Crafts Magazine.
Teaching Level:  Semi-Pro

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  Anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, Food, Lodging, Mileage (depending on the distance)
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  6
Maximum Number of Students:  12
How Far Will Travel:  Anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, Food, Lodging, Mileage (depending on the distance)
Class Prep Time:  3 months
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  2 - 3
Class Listings & Descriptions:  Ring Around The Collar: A Day of Clay Workshop (Mokume Gane, Mica Shift, Metallic Treatments, Finishing Techniques, Millefiore Basics, Basic Beading). Any of the above topics can be a class onto itself. In addition, I offer classes in making molds from stamps, charms, buttons, etc... and am working on a Vessels in Polymer Clay class. All classes, descriptions, as well as a complete schedule are featured on my web site.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"Keep working. Take as many classes as you can and experiment with different techniques in order to develop your own tips, tricks, techniques and style. I started teaching to my friends and family and from there grew as an independent instructor."

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