Romancing the wave

Thin layers of clay imprinted with textures and cut in creative ways yield beautiful veneers. Polymer clay, chameleon that it is, can resemble mokumegane, a Japanese metal working technique, feathered marbled paper or striped bargello textiles.  In this class, we’ll work with wavy blades, foils and textures to craft a beautiful little bowl that is a sampler of techniques.  While our projects are curing, Laurel will demo how to make lovely pendants and earrings with leftover veneers.  There’s a special $60 early bird price for Portland Polymer Guild Members until December 5th; after December 5th, the class will be $75.00.    A supply list will be sent to students.

, Jan 19, 2019, 10:00am – 4:30pm, $60.00 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.

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