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Jessica Partain

Jessica Partain
Charlottesville, VA 22906

Background Information

Years Teaching:  4
Years Teaching Clay: 4
Years Working w/Clay:  18
School or Studio:  N/A
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Miniature food, jewelry making, and combining the two.
First Experience With Clay:  When I was a child, my sister and I used to make miniature foods for our dollhouses. I've never stopped, but did make the transition from plain miniatures to wearable ones.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I've taught a number of different classes through Piedmont Virginia Community College, local library programs (Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, and Staunton Library systems), as well as girl scout troups. I've taught many ages, and especially enjoy mixed-age groups (mom-daughter, etc.)
Publication Experience:  The Polymer Clay Cookbook, and is being published by Watson-Guptill (an imprint of Random House.)
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  No
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students: 4
Maximum Number of Students:  12
How Far Will Travel:  Depends on the class!
Reimbursed Expenses:  Teaching, materials, travel (if outside of Charlottesville, VA)

Class Prep Time:  Depends on the class.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: Depends on the class.
Class Listings & Descriptions:  My classes tend to be project-oriented, and designed to be finished in 2 hours. I have also done more extensive day-long workshops covering several projects to expose students to a variety of techniques in polymer clay. Below I've listed a couple of popular workshops (I'm always happy to design something custom for a group as well.)
"Let them wear cake"
In this class, we'll create cupcakes and cake! We'll learn basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make cupcakes, which we'll then turn into a fun pair of earrings. We'll also learn how to make miniature whole cakes, which can be sliced and made into earrings, a pair of best friends necklaces, or left whole as a fun pendant! Skills: basic color mixing, sculpture, texture, and how to make miniatures into charms or beads. We'll make at least one pair of earrings. Length of class: 2 hours.

Whether your favorite is veggie, turkey, beef, bison, or black bean, you'll learn how to make tiny burgers! In this class, we'll use basic techniques in sculpting with polymer clay to learn how to make a classic burger, complete with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a toasty sesame seed bun. We'll turn these miniatures into a pair of fun earrings, or a necklace. Length of class: 2 hours.

"Juicy fruit"
Your mom will be proud- healthy food! In this class, we'll learn how to use polymer clay to make tiny bananas (peeled!), as well as two kinds of oranges: whole and sliced. The sliced oranges use a technique called caning, or millefiori, which is a lot of fun to learn. We'll make these tiny fruits into two pairs of earrings: bananas, and two-orange earrings. You'll have lots of extra orange slices left over that you can make into beads, too! Length of class: 2 hours.

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