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Lisa Pavelka

Lisa Pavelka

Lisa Pavelka
Las Vegas, NV 89117


Background Information

Years Teaching:  15
Years Teaching Clay:  15
Years Working w/Clay:  15
School or Studio:  Contact me for more info
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  The several polymer clay foiling techniques I've developed, imaging techniques for polymer clay, jewelry construction, and millefiori cane basics.
First Experience With Clay:  Started working as a production artist in various mediums in order to be home with my children. Stopped doing shows and began a wholesale collectible line-Bearly There, which I produced for nine years before switching gears to focus on writing, teaching,designing and demonstrating.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I've taught children through adults. I offer 3 hour, 1/2 day, full day and weekend intensive workshops. I've taught for guilds, professional educators, organizations such as HIA (Hobby Industry Association), through stores, at retreats, as well as private and semi private lessons from my studio or student's location.
Publication Experience:  I have authored the book-Polymer Clay Extravaganza (North Light Publishing), contributed to the books: Wire Art & Clay for Kids (Design Originals) and Comfort & Joy (FRP Publishers). My work has been featured in Barbara McGuire's book-Foundations in Polymer Clay (Krause) and Jacqueline Gikow's book-Polymer Clay (Krause), as well as books pending publication. I'm a regular guest on HGTV's Carol Duvall Show. I'm a regular columnist and member of the Advisory Board for Polymer Cafe magazine. I'm a contributing editor for Expression magazine. I have also written for the following publications: Family Circle, Belle Armoire, Rubber Stamper, Crafts, Memory Magic, Craftworks, Great American Crafts, and Arts & Crafts.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  As far as anyone will pay me to travel
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, food, and lodging. These can be covered personally based on the base class fee.
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  10
Maximum Number of Students:  20
How Far Will Travel:  Just about anywhere: throughout U.S., Europe, Asia, etc.
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel (see above) and materials not provided by students (usually built into the cost of the class).
Class Prep Time:  Several hours to 1 day, depending on the class
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  5
Class Listings & Descriptions:  Classes in polymer clay foiling (8 technqiues offered, purse making, jewelry construction, mosaics, millefiori caning and image transer. Please contact for more information.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"If you're passionate about working with clay and love sharing your knowledge with others, you process the two main prerequisites for teaching. Patience is also quite helpful. If you fear competition and the use or adaptation of your ideas, then reconsider teaching. Whether for pay or out of the goodness of your heart, when you share your skill and knowledge with others, you are permitting them to apply your knowledge.

If you have no prior teaching skill, use your friends and families as guinea pigs or volunteer your time to a local school or community center. This will allow you to develop the pace and timing of your classes.

Lastly, I'm a true adherent of the belief that what comes around, goes around. If you find that you are able to command pay for your teaching abilities, consider giving back to the community by teaching volunteer workshops at local schools, nursing homes etc. Best of luck spreading the joy of polymer clay!"

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