February 9 and 23
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $55, plus $20 payable to instructor for materials
Instructor: Laura Burlis
Learn the basics of working with Polymer clay – a brightly-colored, oven-baked clay that lends itself to effects that look intricate but are easy to learn. In the first class, students will make Polymer clay beads, using several millefiori techniques where you make colorful combinations of clay into tubes and then slice to reveal the designs inside. Learn how to make several different bead shapes – enough for a chunky bracelet or necklace. Instructor will take the beads home to bake. In the second class, students will learn the magical technique of mokume gane, based on Japanese metalworking – constructing a striped slab of different colored clay layers, then distorting the layers before slicing off thin layers. This technique looks great with metallic or glitter colors and is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Students will use this clay to cover their choice of ink pens, a switch plate, or a small jar. Projects will be taken home for baking.
Instructor Laura Burlis has worked with the magical substance of polymer clay for ten years. She’s intrigued by the never-ending possibilities of this relatively new medium and loves sharing her knowledge with others. She enjoys teaching both kids and adults. She has studied and made art in the USA, Australia, and Italy. Laura’s love of plants, gardening, and landscapes inspires her own artwork, and her specialty is making miniature landscapes in clay.