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Shirley Rufener, CPD

Shirley Rufener

Shirley Rufener
Brookings, OR

Background Information

Years Teaching:  22
Years Teaching Clay:  18
Years Working w/Clay:  24
School or Studio:  Home Studio (Southern Oregon), Local Classes and in Seattle, WA
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Fresh new TECHNIQUES: Artist Pastel Chalks, New Color Blending, Surface Treatments, Mixed media JEWELRY and Fiber Accessories
First Experience With Clay:  Saw a lady selling tons of little bears at a boutique. I was a self taught designer working first in bread dough, Paperclay, and now polymer clay.
Past Teaching Experiences:  TV appearances-over 100 Regional and National TV appearances (Carol Duvall, HSN,Infomercial, Currently the AM Northwest "Craft Expert" for 12 years in Portland, OR, retreat instructor, taught workshops for years in California and Oregon.
Publication Experience:  New Krause Book: "Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry", several PolymerCafe' Magazine articles (some covers), Jewelry Crafts, Fashion magazines, Haute Handbags (Oct 09), Altered Couture, Fancy Fimo Jewelry (HOTP), Clay Jewelry Boutique (Plaid), Michael's stores project sheets, Fimo Color Mixing Chart (self published), Wearable Wonders (cover), Doll Designs, plus many craft and jewelry books: Hot Off The Press, Design Originals and Plaid.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  In Brookings, OR, Gold Beach, OR, Crescent City, CA
Reimbursed Expenses:  Class Fee-higher for private lessons
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  4
Maximum Number of Students:  Usually 12, although I've had 50
How Far Will Travel:  Depends on number of students
Reimbursed Expenses:  Often included in class fee-Travel, Food, Lodging (unless in Southern OR, Portland or Seattle)

Class Prep Time:  1-2 weeks (distance matters)
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  3
Class Listings & Descriptions:  All of my book techniques plus NEW techniques I've developed....including *Artist Pastel Chalk 'Painting' & Techniques; Color Blends & Texture techniques; Perfect Transfers & Silhouette Transfer Collage Techniques; Mixed Media Workshop-several techniques taught; Special request classes

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"Attend classes and take notes on the teaching technique, find your favorite technique or project, add a twist to it then plan your class well, with handouts (include photos). Advertise!"

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