2018

November 2, 3, 2018
A Unique Way of Organic Caning - Full of Depth and Color! Two Days!  Metropolitan Detroit Polymer Clay Guild

For more information and registration go here: http://mdpag.org/

This is a technique based workshop, not a project specific workshop.

In this 2 day workshop, students will gain a solid understanding of how to make the canes I use in my work, using hand pigmented, translucent polymer clay. Different materials for pigmenting will be covered, and the different effects one can achieve. I will also show the best ways I've discovered to laminate with these translucent canes (using polymer clay armatures we will make in the workshop). The goal of this unique cane technique is to add depth and movement in polymer cane work, as well as gaining control of the colors one uses. I'll also cover how I make my river rock beads and brooches. I pack as much as I can into my classes, so be ready to soak up as much as possible! Students may not finish a project, but that is ok! They will leave this workshop with a head full of ideas and inspiration, and a nice collection of canes to play with.

My approach to teaching is to help my students reflect on their own creative process, raise issues that are important for the creative soul to survive and grow, and ultimately... help students find their own unique voices.

Skill level – intermediate to advanced

For more information and registration go here: http://mdpag.org/

2019

Organic, Pigmented, Translucent Caning and Hollow Organic Bangles

hollow, organic, polymer bangles by Melanie West

This is an intensive, 3 day workshop
April 9, 10, 11, 2019
$325/full three days
Part of the offerings at
Clayathon
(It isn’t necessary to register with Clayathon to take my workshop, but if you haven’t tried it, Clayathon is a wonderful experience!
To register, email me at ravensclay@gmail.com

Note: Skill level – intermediate to advanced. This is a technique based workshop, not a project specific workshop.

After years of exploration, trial (and plenty of error), I have found a way to make hollow, organic formed bangles, resulting in both light and strong bangles that have both movement and strength.

Students will learn how to make reusable bangle template forms, as well as construction of the hollow armature without need of resists.

Students will gain a solid understanding of how to make the canes I use in my organic work, using hand pigmented, translucent polymer clay. Different materials for pigmenting will be covered, and the different effects one can achieve. I will also show the best ways I've discovered to laminate with these translucent canes (using the hollow bangle forms we will make in the workshop). The goal of this unique cane technique is to add depth and movement in polymer cane work, as well as gaining control of the colors one uses.

This is an intensive workshop, over 3 days, but students may not be able to finish their pieces (which is perfectly fine). However, students will leave the workshop with at least one complete armature they can reuse (again and again), a hollow form ready for lamination, as well as a nice collection of canes to laminate more hollow forms.

My approach to teaching is to help my students reflect on their own creative process, raise issues that are important for the creative soul to survive and grow, and ultimately... help students find their own unique voices.

Skill level – intermediate to advanced
April 9, 10, 11, 2019
$325/full three days
Part of the offerings at
Clayathon
(It isn’t necessary to register with Clayathon to take my workshop, but if you haven’t tried it, Clayathon is a wonderful experience!
To register, email me at ravensclay@gmail.com