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Sandi Selfridge

Sandi Selfridge
Garden Grove, CA 92841

Background Information

Years Teaching:  35
Years Teaching Clay:  24
Years Working w/Clay:  40+
School or Studio:  Home Studio or Student homes
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Original, one of a kind fairies, wizards, other fantasy characters and babies
First Experience With Clay:  My daughter requested "people" for her dollhouse. I had made the furniture for her and had always enjoyed making and repairing other types of dolls, so I gave minis a try. Polymer clay was wonderful to work with, not just for tiny dolls but for so many other things as well.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I've enjoyed teaching and participating in shows on both U.S. coasts and some places in between. I get great pleasure from producing and donating items for hospitalized children and adults. I'm a charter member of The Orange County Polymer Clay Guild and handle the monthly challange and swap for our group. I'm an auxilliary member of ODACA and have been a member of NAME in VA. and CA.
Publication Experience:  An article about my miniature work appeared in NUTSHELL NEWS Magazine in August 1982.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  Negotiable
Reimbursed Expenses:  Long distance travel, lodging, meals
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  5
Maximum Number of Students:  20 (beginners) 40 if more experienced students
How Far Will Travel:  Negotiable
Reimbursed Expenses:  Long distance travel, lodging, meals

Class Prep Time:  2 to 3 weeks
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  3 (up to 4 hours per day)
Class Listings & Descriptions:  Fairy, wizard and fantasy figure classes include making armatures, body building for figures, basic wig construction and basic costuming. Baby classes include cloth body construction and basic wig making. Some classes for very small figures have a kit for each student.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"If you aren't sure that you know enough to teach, I would recommend making an outline of what needs to be done to create the piece you want to use for your class. Wait a few days. but keep working on other projects while you're waiting, then read the outline to see if it has all the information needed and makes sense to you. Ask someone else's opinion, too. In order to teach others, we must understand the reasons in our own methods. Some artists who create beautiful objects have no idea why they do what they do the way they do it... it's instinctive to them. They create terriffic things, but they would not be able to teach anyone else how. If we wish to instruct others, we must understand why something turned out well or poorly, and be clear in explaining the reasons to others. Our mistakes can be very helpful in this respect. It's so satisfying to be able to help someone become their most creative self. Approach the job with a jouful heart."

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