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Debbie Mercurio

Debbie Mercurio
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Background Information

Years Teaching:  4
Years Teaching Clay:  4
Years Working w/Clay:  10
School or Studio:  Studio and Bead stores, Beadie Nut Hut
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Cane work, petroglyphs, Makume Gane', and faux Ivory.
First Experience With Clay:  A friend introduced me to polymer clay 10 years ago. We attended a polymer retreat with Jamey Allen as the teacher. It's been sweet every since. I have remained thoroughly consumed by this medium!
Past Teaching Experiences:  I have had the pleasure of personally designing polymer beads for other polymer artist.
Publication Experience:  My Art pieces can be seen in the Kernville Art Museum, and Beadwork Magazine.
Teaching Level:  Semi-Pro

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  No
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  6
Maximum Number of Students:  12
How Far Will Travel:  2000 miles
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel Expenses, Room

Class Prep Time:  1 week
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  3 days
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
1. Polymer I; Begining Polymer teaches spiral cane and stratified block. Learn how to apply these to beads and vessels. Also the basics to baking, and conditioning. Great Pointers from the pros.
2. Polymer II; Leaf, Flower Cane & Graduated leaf. Spectacular how to layer your clay to create gorgeous canes
3. Polymer III; Makume Gane. This technique has been around for centuries. It has been used in many diferent mediums and Polymer is no exception
4. Polymer IV; Petroglyph. Learn the basics in creating fabulous ancient petroglyph techniques

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"If you love it, go for it! Your love of the art comes through. There will be those (including peers) that will try to discourage you, but pay them no attention."

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