Years Teaching: 30
Years Teaching Clay: 7
Years Working w/Clay: 12
School or Studio: Bellevue Community College
Specialties: Transfers, color and design in polymer clay and mixing media. If you're talking objects, I make books, doll pendants, poly dolls, wall plaques and jewelry.
First Experience With Clay: Being a graphic designer, I wanted to learn to learn to think in 3 dimensions instead of the 2D I worked in. There are extremely different approaches to color and light in 3D than in 2D and I found this intriguing. I started out making beads and even exhibited in the first, precursor to the 'Ubiquitous Bead' show thanks to my friends, Cynthia Toops and Dan Adams. I got hooked on polymer clay and modified my studio from graphic design/2D to total polymer and 3D endeavors.
Past Teaching Experiences: I have had the honor of teaching at Ravensdale 1998, 2000, 2003, SDPCG's Sandy Camp in 2002 and the Art Universe conference in 2004. I was part of the first polymer exhibit at the Art Center of Virginia. I'm certified by Rio Grande and PMC Connection to teach Precious Metal Clay which I've been teaching at the community college level for about 5 years now.
-Jewelry Craft magazine, subject of interview, 1998
-Jewelry Craft magazine, article author, 2001
-Jewelry Craft magazine, article author, 2002
-Wire in Design by Barbara A. McGuire, contributor, Krause 2001
-Exploring Polymer Clay by Georgia Sargeant and Celie Fago, cover artist
and project author/contributor, Rockport, 2002
-PolyInformer, article author,"Is It Original or a Reproduction?" 2003 (with reprints by permission all around the United States during 2003), currently on display at www.npcg.org to generate a discussion about ethics and reproductive work.
-Art Doll Quarterly, a 2 page photo spread, Winter 2004
Teaching Level: Professional
- Private Lessons: Yes
- How Far Will Travel: 25 miles
- Reimbursed Expenses: None
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 5
- Maximum Number of Students: 20
- How Far Will Travel: Around the world sounds good to me! I teach wherever I'm wanted.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Costs are dependent on rate of pay and negotiable.
Class Prep Time: Organizing a class takes many hours. Set up depends on the program.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 3 full days
Class Listings & Descriptions:
- Exploring Polymer Clay - a beginner's program making tools and learning techniques.
- Polymer Clay Jewelry
- Bookbinding with Polymer Clay: special techniques are used to make polymer books.
- Amazing Screening Effects - silkscreen and polymer clay program
- Collaging Doll Pendants - a mixed media class includes liquid polymer decals, fabric painting and transfers, paper collaging, seed beading and polymer clay techniques.
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"Take some time to learn how to teach! It's a simple thing to do that will make all of your classes more successful for you AND your students."
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