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Lori Schneider

Lori Schneider
Quincy, MA 02171
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Background Information

Years Teaching:  20+
Years Teaching Clay:  3
Years Working w/Clay:  13
School or Studio:  J.P. Keefe Technical School (Night School)
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  My enthusiasm and desire to teach - I LOVE speaking to groups and answering questions; I also feel I do well at writing out directions for projects. If I had to pick a specialty, I guess it would be focal beads and project design.
First Experience With Clay:  Making jewelry to match my business and court suits back in the early 1990's when I worked as a paralegal.
Past Teaching Experiences:  3 years of basic polymer clay techniques. In the past I have taught emergency medical technician classes (medical and legal topics), CPR, paralegal law and technique classes, weightlifting and flexibility (both groups and individuals as a personal trainer).
Publication Experience: 
Teaching Level:  Semi-Pro

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  20 miles
Reimbursed Expenses:  Clay + reasonable fee for teaching
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  2
Maximum Number of Students:  6
How Far Will Travel:  40 miles
Reimbursed Expenses:  Clay + reasonable fee for teaching

Class Prep Time:  1 week
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 3
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Basic Techniques: Learn the most important and essential techniques necessary to create with polymer clay - conditioning and sheeting, simple cane-making and reduction, color optimization and gradient blending. Practice making some beads, decorating a frame or creating fridge magnets using these essential techniques with "tools" that you already have around your house. At the end of the class, you will know what types of polymer are available, which will work best for wearable crafts, household decor and ordinary object embellishment. Includes Skinner blends; basic jellyrolls(2) and bullseyes; basic flowers and "mod" canes; chrysanthemum ("chrysi") canes and their versatility; swirly lentils and other amazing deigns from scraps; "hidden magic" and chatoyant basics; fashioning pieces of jewelry or covering objects with canes and sheets made in class; sanding/finishing pieces.
Polymer Flora and Millifiori: Use your existing polymer skills and experience (conditioning, making Skinner blends, caning and reduction, and color optimization) to create several different styles of petal, flower and leaf canes.
Surface Effects: Take polymer clay and add alcohol inks, mica eye shadows, toothbrushes and other “found” objects to create works of art such as frames, light switch plates, mirrors, keys and beads.
Extruder Extravaganza: Do you enjoy colorful patterns that look impossible to recreate? Do you like filigree, or tiny designs like hearts, checkerboards, stripes and swirls? If you want to decorate beads, embellish frames and light switch covers, cover little tin boxes with colorful intricacy, or make open filigree jewelry components...then, this is the class for you!

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"If you know enough to make your own pieces you are proud of, and can confidently cure pieces (know when they are "done") on a consistent basis, can successfully finish a piece with various sanding and glazing techniques, and can speak with confidence in front of people and be able to "recover" from an oops in how the project is going and make it into another piece/item/cane/bead...THEN you are ready to teach!"

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