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Danni Straugh

Danni Straugh
Dillon, MT 59725
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Background Information

Years Teaching:  20
Years Teaching Clay:  6
Years Working w/Clay:  10
School or Studio:  University of MT -Western School of Outreach
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Constructing functional pieces such as trinket boxes from polymer clay, jewlery components such as beads and focal pieces, Christmas ornaments, and yard art.
First Experience With Clay:  I watched Donna Kato do a segment on Carol Duvall and was immediately hooked.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I've taught polymer clay basics, cane building, sculpting with polymer clay and holiday decorating with polymer clay.
Publication Experience:  Polymer Cafe Bead Challenge, Vol.9 No.3
Teaching Level:  Semi-Pro

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  I'll go anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, materials and room and board
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  5
Maximum Number of Students:  12
How Far Will Travel:  I'll go anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel, materials and room and board

Class Prep Time:  Depending upon the class, 72 hours to two weeks
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  Five days consisting of four hours each
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Polymer clay 101: introduction to the medium, basic techinques such as conditioning clay, building simple canes, cane reduction, and general "how to."
Color workshop: making multiple "rainbows" using red, blue, yellow, white and black PC, putting colors together, intorducing highlights and shadows.
Sculpting with polymer clay: life like and fantasy figuers.
Canes, canes and more canes: complex cane work using skinner blends, mica shifting, and other techniques, building face and landscape canes.
Polymer clay around the house: Using the medium to repair decorative molding, and other resin items.
Poly - Holi-day: making table decorations, ornaments

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"The wonderful thing about polymer clay is that there is always something new to learn about it. My greatest understanding of a method always comes from showing someone else how to do it. I have to organize my thoughts well to get them across."

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