You asked for it and now I can finally announce that I am teaching at a location closer to inner Melbourne! Boutique Beads is a beautiful little shop located at 179 St.Georges Rd, Fitzroy,Vic (Ph.03 9482 4021). Angela at Boutique Beads specialises in vintage lucite beads which I recently discovered go perfectly with polymer clay beads!!
Last weekend (20th June), I taught another beginner's polymer clay workshop at Amya Beads . We have now held 2 beginner's workshops at Amya Beads and both have been a great success.
Whilst it is great teaching more advanced workshops, I do have a soft spot for beginner's. People say to me, 'Don't you find it boring to be teaching so many beginner workshops?'. My answer is always the same... 'No way!'. There is nothing quite like teaching newbies. The anticipation as they walk in the door, the horror on their faces as they wonder how they're ever going to be able to work with this new medium, the look of excitement and satisfaction when they've created their very own beads. Priceless!
Well......in this case it was 'not so little' flowers to start with!! Yesterday I held a polymer clay flower caning workshop here at the studio. Everyone spent the afternoon creating their own pretty flower canes which started off quite large and then were reduced down to an appropriate size for bead making. I was amazing by the variation in each student's cane - each was beautiful in it's own way. Each student had a variety of experience - from 'almost' beginners to students who have been claying for a few years now. No matter what skill level, each student finished the lesson with their own gorgeous flower cane.
Last weekend I taught a workshop for a wonderful group of ladies in Langwarrin. These ladies all used to attend workshops at Funky Lula's in Mornington until the doors closed a few months ago. One lady offered her home as a studio and so we all travelled there. The day was spent creating basic canes which were later turned into more complex kaleidscope canes. I thought I would show you all what can be achieved by attentive listening and a little patience!
Yesterday was our 'Mica Shift' Clay Play day. Mica shift is an amazing polymer clay technique which creates a 3-dimensional (3D) effect within a flat sheet of clay. It is created with metallic (or sometimes pearlescent) polymer clays which contain mica particles. The technique has to do with the aligning/mis-aligning of the mica particles within the clay. You can use mica shift to create some wonderful pieces.