2017

January 21-22, 2017
Strong, Colorful, Organic Form - New England Polymer Clay Guild - Greater Boston area, Massachusetts

To register, contact the NEPCG at patricianero@cox.net (copy and paste the email address)

In this two day class, I will share my approach to, and methods for, making organic form using two part epoxy clay for armature, and laminating these forms with polymer clay. Epoxy clay offer both flexibility (before curing) and strength (after curing), and can be carved and sanded as well. It is an ideal material for creating strong, organic armature (and, as an added bonus... it's waterproof!). I will also demonstrate how I use organic caning to emulate Nature's patterns, and talk about how I mix my colors to support my caning work. My approach to finishing, and the philosophy behind it, will also be covered.

When I teach, I let my students wring me dry of everything I know on the subject I am teaching (and then some). By the end of the class you should be able, if you choose, to make what I teach. But, my hope is that by sharing not only how I do things, but (perhaps more importantly) why I do them the way I do, you will begin to reflect on your own work in the same way. Suffice to say, I try to offer a deeper, richer experience for my students than just "This is how you make this." My objective is to inspire my students to explore their own creative forces and find their own voice.

NEPCG members $210 ; non-members $270 (includes 2 days of eats by famous Chef K)

Note: Because we will be covering a lot of material over just 2 days, it’s important that students have experience with polymer clay. You should know the basics of how to work with polymer clay (such as how to condition it, bake it, and some basic caning techniques), and have the necessary equipment.
To register, contact the NEPCG at patricianero@cox.net (copy and paste the email address)

 

May 14 - 20, 2017
Making it Big, Strong, Organic and Full of Depth! - Snow Farm Workshop - Williamsburg, Massachusetts, USA

To register, contact http://www.snowfarm.org/

This is a technique based workshop, not a project specific workshop. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to make brooches, bangles or necklaces using techniques taught. I pack as much as I can into my classes, so be ready to soak up as much as possible! But, students probably wont finish anything, and that is ok!

In this workshop, I will share my approach to, and methods for, making organic forms using Ultralight and two part epoxy clay as armature. I will teach how to laminate these forms with translucent, hand pigmented, polymer clay canes.

Epoxy clay offers both flexibility (before curing) and strength (after curing), and can be carved and sanded as well. It is an ideal material for creating strong, organic armature. Utralight as an armature allows the artist to make large organic forms that are much lighter than regular clay.

Students will learn my unique way of composing polymer cane work directly on my forms, how I finish my pieces, and how to express organic movement in ones work. I will also teach how I use translucent polymer clay, hand tinting with pigments, and adding inclusions to increase the feeling of depth. I will cover use of color and pattern in organic design, as well as tips on color mixing.

Skill level – intermediate to advanced

To register, contact http://www.snowfarm.org/

 

August 13, 2017
A Unique Way of Organic Caning - Full of Depth and Color! - Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA (Greater Philadelphia area)

To register, contact Melanie at ravensclay@gmail.com

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

In this 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 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

Cost: $125 USD
To register, contact Melanie at ravensclay@gmail.com

 

September 22.,23.,24, 2017

Making it Big, Strong, Organic and Full of Depth! - Galerie Freisleben, Übersee, Germany

To register, contact http://www.galeriefreisleben.de/

This is a technique based workshop, not a project specific workshop. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to make brooches, bangles or necklaces using techniques taught. I pack as much as I can into my classes, so be ready to soak up as much as possible! But, students might not finish anything, and that is ok!

In this workshop, I will share my approach to, and methods for, making organic forms using two part epoxy clay as armature. I will teach how to laminate these forms with translucent, hand pigmented, polymer clay canes.

Epoxy clay offers both flexibility (before curing) and strength (after curing), and can be carved and sanded as well. It is an ideal material for creating strong, organic armature.

Students will learn my unique way of composing polymer cane work directly on my forms, how I finish my pieces, and how to express organic movement in ones work. I will also teach how I use translucent polymer clay, hand tinting with pigments, and adding inclusions to increase the feeling of depth. I will cover use of color and pattern in organic design, as well as tips on color mixing.

Skill level – intermediate to advanced

To register, contact http://www.galeriefreisleben.de/

 

October 8, 2017

A Unique Way of Organic Caning - Full of Depth and Color! - London Polymer Clay Group

To register, contact the LPCG here: https://www.lpcg.co.uk/melaniewestworkshop2017

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

In this 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 pigmentation 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 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

Cost: £120
To register, contact the LPCG here:

 

2018
 

January 13, 14, 2018
A Unique Way of Organic Caning - Full of Depth and Color! - TWO DAYS! - NEPAG, Frankly, MA (Greater Boston area, USA

 To register, contact Patricia Nero at patricianero@cox.net

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

Cost: $200 USD for NEPCA members, $250 USD for non-members
To register, contact Patricia Nero at patricianero@cox.net

 

February 20, 2018
A Unique Way of Organic Caning - Full of Depth and Color! - Clayathon workshop, Stockton Seaview Hotel, Galloway, NJ

To register, contact Melanie at ravensclay@gmail.com

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

In this one 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 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

Cost: $125 USD
To register, contact Melanie at ravensclay@gmail.com

 

April 28, 29, 2018
A Unique Way of Organic Caning - Full of Depth and Color! Two Days!  Houston Polymer Clay Guild

Registration begins later this fall. Learn more here: http://houstonpolyclay.org/events.html

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

Registration begins later this fall. Learn more here: http://houstonpolyclay.org/events.html

 

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

Registration begins later this fall/winter.

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

Registration begins later this fall/winter.