Word of Intention 2019

 What word will define your 2019? Start your year with a visual reminder of your intention. Gather around the big table in our llight-filled studio for one of my most popular workshops.
Class begins with a guided exploration of the word you have chosen and/or has chosen you. You will create a 12″ x 12″, ready-to-hang mixed-media painting featuring an image of your 2019 Word of the Year. Choose from a wide array of deluxe materials and benefit from personalized instruction. Bring a friend or come solo for a playful and profound afternoon.

All experience levels welcome. Supplies and light snacks included. For ages 16 and over. Limited to 8 participants.      

Note: Studio up two flights of stairs and not ADA accessible.

Cost: $50 Please bring cash or a check. If you need to pay with a credit card, please let me know and I will  need to arrange that ahead of time. Thanks!

, Jan 27, 2019, 1:30pm – 5:00pm, $0.00 Register

Color Inspirations 2.0 - Testing the New Metallics

“Color Inspirations” is 10 years old in 2019! This seminal book came out in the summer of 2009 and over the years has become a classic reference for polymer artists and anyone interested in learning about color using polymer clay.

If you have not had the chance to sit down and do the exercises and projects in the book now is your chance.

Come spend the day with co-author Maggie Maggio as she guides you through the second chapter in the book “Understanding the Three Properties of Color” while testing the 14 colors of the new Cernit Metallics. Once you go through the exercises and make a variation of the first project in the book, you will be excited to jump into color testing and explorations in any brand of clay and in any medium!

The Exercises: 

Exercise 1: Package Color Testing
Exercise 2: Value Sorting
Exercise 3: Mixing Pivot Tiles

The Project:
The project will be a new variation of the pivot beads – Pivot Bracelets! Learn how to use Maggie’s signature ColorWash technique with striped canes to make a collection of bracelets in the limited palette of the metallic clays.

Practicing Color Scales:
While the bracelets are curing, Maggie will take you through the first part of Chapter Five of the book “Mixing Colors That Flow” and demonstrate the steps of making Color Scales in polymer clay. They are gorgeous in the metallics and much easier than it looks in the book!

You will be able to make at least one color scale in class.  Warning: Making color scales can be addictive!

Materials Provided: Polymer clay,  square cutters, bamboo skewers, bracelet forms
Students Bring: Pasta machine, work surface, blade, roller, make-up brush.

Class Length:  One Day.  Six hours of instruction.

Note: Studio up two flights of stairs and not ADA accessible.

, Feb 9, 2019, 9:30am – 5:00pm, $60.00 Register

Art Mastermind

(Prerequisite is the Word of Intention Workshop–this is a deeper dive into your Word(s) and using art to further your goals for the year. This is a closed group once it is started.)

When:  Starts Feb. 10-June 9, 2019 1:00-5:00pm

Monthly for five months on the Second Sunday of each month. There will be an opportunity to renew for the second 6 months of the year.



Art Mastermind is for explorers who want to clarify, illuminate and deepen their goals for the year using art and community to help guide them. At each session participants will discuss goals and intentions that they want to manifest in the coming year using both art and writing to help to clarify and illuminate where they going and what might get in the way. Each session will provide a different art activity designed to connect with the right-brain creative source and integrate it with left-brain strategies. All participants are asked to hold sacred space and a sense of community to their fellow participants and help each other explore the unfolding process of discovery. At the end of the five months, participants can expect to have a more integrated and holistic approach to goal-setting and several beautiful pieces of art to help illuminate and define their experience.

Cost: $200 for 5 sessions ($40 each session) We need a minimum of 4 participants and the maximum is 8 participants.


What was the one thing you gained from the experience?

JOY in creating something that was completely mine — and JOY in having the other women enjoy my creative project. It was amazing to make something and have others tell me what they saw in it, how it made them feel, what they experienced with what I created. I couldn’t believe it because I had always had so many layers of judgement and fear and criticism that surrounded my self-concept, I couldn’t believe how happy and light-hearted it made me feel just to create something for ME, the way I wanted  to.  The ‘permission’ that Kirsten gave me through this space and experience was such a gift.  

What do former participants say to someone who might invest in the Art Mastermind Group? 

You should take this class! You will have fun and learn things about yourself, such as why you are “stuck” and how to move forward in a positive way. 

Do it!!    Kirsten provides an exceptional experience and opportunity for creativity, personal connection and deep reflection.   She has years of experience and is truly an inspirational leader of the group.  This is much more than an “art class”.   It’s more about using art to express your deeper feelings, and often it opens the door to new life pathways.

From a practical standpoint, an amazing array of materials are provided, as well as learning various techniques.

An investment in the Art Mastermind Group is an act of self-care and self-love. As women, mothers, professionals….it is our nature to nurture— and we are often so much better at nurturing others than ourselves.  For me, the Art Mastermind Group was one of the gifts I gave myself, and I loved having that time away from the rest of my life, with lovely, gentle, expressive, joyous, creative, smart women..


, Feb 10 – Jun 9, 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, $200.00 Register

Designing with Décollage Workshop

EARLY BIRD registration at $175 until February 15, then class cost will go to $200.

Mixing additives into polymer clay can affect not only its appearance but also its properties. This workshop introduces you to an additive that will transform the way you work with clay. Enriched, the material responds more effusively and creatively to a lighter touch that allows you to focus on design.

Creating a veneer is only a first step in designing a finished piece. Once you have a decorated sheet, how do you turn it into a finished piece? How do you approach the other aspects of the composition such as shape, edges and findings to maximise impact?

This workshop focuses on designing a finished piece, giving you tips to consider to help you make your own design choices.

Specifically, you will explore how to:

– do “décollage”, a technique which creates patterns by tearing and rubbing away previously applied clay,

– liberate the magic of color using opaque and translucent clays,

enhance the impact of your compositions by hamonising your veneers to the shape of your piece and edge finishing techniques,

complete the piece with just the right findings.


, Aug 17 – Aug 18, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm, $175.00 Register