Studio Art Workshop: STONE VESSELS IN POLYMER CLAY: 10 September 2022 (Beginners)
Polymer clay is a versatile, colourful and FABULOUS medium for creating your nature inspired projects.
Dates: 10 September 2022
Days/Times: Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Amenities: There is a cafe and supermarket (check opening times) within a short walk, as well as free onsite parking.
About the Course
If you love wandering in the garden or bush like me, you might also find yourself with pockets full of leaves, feathers, interesting sticks, knobbly pods, or curls of bark. People might even look a tiny bit askance at your piles of collected ephemera. (Let’s call them curations!) In this playful class, we will be making small wearable vessels that will also look gorgeous on the wall when you aren’t wearing them. In these vessels, you can arrange your collections…you collaborate with nature to create small celebrations of nature’s diversity and wonder.
We will look at the wide variety of colours occurring in rocks and stones and learn about ways to recreate these colours and textures using translucent clay and different pigments and additives such as spices. We will learn how to create a hollow form and cover it so that it looks like a small stone that is also a sprig vase/ brooch. We will lightly touch on elements of design and construction and have lots of fun.
What will I learn?
This is an introductory class. We'll look at some design basics and you will leave with some knowledge about using polymer clay. You will understand some basic principles about colour mixing, surface mark making, curing, and finishing techniques. You'll create one small vessel that you will be able to wear out of the lesson or take home and hang on your wall. You will have the perfect excuse for collecting ephemera!
Experience/prerequisites: This course is suitable for beginners aged 16+.
Materials: All materials are provided. Bring favourite leaves or feathers if you have some.
About the tutor
Wendy Moore starts most days with a walk in the bush. She collects leaves, loves lichen, and stops to take too many photos of interesting colours and textures. She is an introvert who makes extroverted jewellery which is often inspired by her (often pink) leaves, lichen and interesting colours and textures.
Wendy is passionate about teaching, sharing her love for nature and her belief that we’re all a bit happier when we make stuff. She is involved with the Trove Canberra artists’ collective and has exhibited at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. Wendy is a mixed media artist who works primarily with polymer clay. She has been using this medium and teaching others about it for several decades. This includes her ongoing work with women in eastern Nepal who earn their living and subsidise a program for women who are victims of violence by selling their art.
Image Credits: Polymer Clay pieces by Wendy Moore
My Material Use Manifesto
- I create beautiful, unique pieces that are designed to be treasured, not disposed of.
- I use a brand of polymer (Kato) that is phthalate free
I minimise wastage of clay in the following ways:
I hand mix all my own colours in small quantities, only mixing as much as I need for a particular range or pieces.
I recycle ALL scrap clay. It is either remixed to create new colours or used to create the frame (not seen) of pieces. For example, the core of every single bead I make is made from recycled scrap clay.
I do not cure ANY piece that I am not totally happy with. This means I am not putting cured clay into landfill but using raw clay as described above.
When I carve or drill clay, I keep all the shavings and mix these with translucent clay to create a very specific and attractive mix of clay.
When I am sanding a piece, I dry sand and collect the dust in a paper towel and put it into landfill. I rarely sand my work, but this is my practice when I do. I do not want any part of what I make to enter rivers.
- When I am curing pieces, I always cure at the recommended temperature for the recommended time in an open, well-ventilated setting. Let’s call it OUTSIDE!!!
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