Millburn, NJ 07041
Years Teaching: 1
Years Teaching Clay: 1
Years Working w/Clay: 10
School or Studio: No
Specialties: Action heroes, mini-figures, animals, and flowers.
First Experience With Clay: I majored in Art Education in college and that is when I took up sculpting. I did not go into the Teaching Profession instead, I work in the Financial Industry. However, about three years ago I was hospitalized with severe asthma for 10 days and had a long recovery time at home. It was during this break in my normal routine that I found out about polymer clay. My brother brought me a sampler pack of clay to my hospital room and I started sculpting little characters. I made little figures of each the workers in the hospital who took care of me during my illness. I make the characters look like the person including adding accessories. In fact, the day I was discharged, all the doctors, nurses, and therapist stopped by because they wanted to keep the figures I made of them. I have been a huge fan of sculpy clay ever since.
Past Teaching Experiences: I have a group of co-workers at my office who keep me busy with customized projects. I have also placed many auctions up on ebay and have gotten positive feedback from my buyers. It's been a great hobby and a fun way to make some extra cash. I have many nieces and nephews who love to visit Aunt Lucinda so we can have a "Clay Day". I teach them techniques and I encourage them to apply their creative side to their work. I have found that a simple snowman or a basic bunny can turn into wonderful works of art when coaching them to add some of their own personal flair to their project. My nephew added a snowboard and funky hat to his snowman and it really brought the snowman to life. Even though I did not pursue the Art Education career, I do believe I'm a teacher at heart and I love to share my techniques and creative hobby with others.
Publication Experience: No
Teaching Level: Amateur
Lesson InformationHow Far Will Travel: 25 miles
Reimbursed Expenses: Gas, time, supplies
- Private Lessons:
Class Prep Time: 1 week
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 4
- Maximum Number of Students: 15
- How Far Will Travel: 40 miles
- Reimbursed Expenses: Gas, time, supplies
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 3
Class Listings & Descriptions: I consider myself an amateur however; I do have a kind disposition and love to share my hobby with others. I would be interested in offering classes for birthday parties, assisted living homes or nursing homes. I would also consider in home "clay parties". I have a portfolio of characters ranging from beginner to expert (action figures, etc.) Some of my own custom creations include the following projects: Rhonda the pig, Edward the frog prince, fun miniatures for dollhouses, rose making, mini-flower pots, and several jewelry projects (pins, earrings, charms).
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"I would encourage anyone who enjoys this hobby to stick with it. I cannot believe the progress I have made since my first attempts. If you enjoy creating with clay you will always have a market on ebay. I recommend putting up a few auctions. It anything, it will give you a good idea of what people like. It is always a good idea to start with one project and refine it until you are please with the final product. Good Luck!"
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