Back to Work, But First…

Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O'Dell
Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O’Dell

Have you ever just fell in love with an object? Well it happened to me at a retreat high in the mountains last week. And no I was not light headed even though I found it difficult to breathe from time to time. (flatlander you know)

We were able to see this object a day or two before the auction on the last night of the retreat and that’s when it happened. I know you know that feeling I’m talking about. When you first see something and stars appear all around it and you hear music. That was me when Mari O’dell and Barb Harper first shared their colaboration with the group.

 

Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O'Dell
Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O’Dell

This incredible piece, including the box, were hand crafted by these two talented woman, The inside polymer stucture was made by Barb and sent to Mari. Mari then covered it with a veneer of faux ivory and faux metal. Magic wonder works with polymer clay.

The box was created by Barb including the bee button closures. Barb is a bee keeper and often incorporates bees in her work.

Barb Harper - bee closure detail
Barb Harper – bee closure detail

The hand lettering was Mari’s, I continue to  wish I could letter like Mari.

Mari O'dell
Mari O’dell

When they announced  it would be in the auction I knew I had to have it. The bidding was fierce and many tried to appeal to my softer side and sway me by whispering in my ear that one bidder’s 50th wedding anniversary was that weekend and it would mean so much to her. I felt bad for a minute until I realized that I have been married for 47 years and was shy her romantic reason by just a couple of years. Ha, I was not budging.

Another said that it was meant for her home studio, not so said I.

If you should ever visit my Studio 215 in downtown Sebring, FL, you should ask to see this amazing piece. But then again you probably won’t have to ask for it will be front and center.

Mari teaches in her treehouse studio and has lots of beautiful thing to show you on her site. Here’s her Facebook page.

Barb can be found on Facebook

Thanks so much Mari and Barb for creating this beautiful piece and for letting it go home with me.

 

Coupon Code for Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners

Your Brain on Clay - Alice StroppelAfter a couple of months of shooting and editing over 27 videos, my polymer clay school is finally open.

The first workshop consists of 27 video that take you through every step of the way I make my canes. The clay I use, the colors I choose the way I make skiner plugs and why I keep such an inventory of canes and plugs are all important steps to my final creations.

I’ll show you how I make thirteen different canes. Some of them simple and a couple a bit more complicated. You’ll see why following the steps in part 1 of this course make part 2 eazy to accomplish.

This first Workshop, Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners is only the beginning for me too. I hope to add more workshops and show you exactly how I get from A to Z when I’m creating.

Here’s a short welcome video for you to watch. 

And for those of you who follow my blog please use this discount code to receive $10 off Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners.

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This discount will only be available until the end of the month of Aug. 2016

Here’s the link to Polymer Clay Workshops by Alice Stroppel

And thank you for being part of this incredible polymer community.

Exciting new online Workshops coming soon

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Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners

I’m so excited to be just days away from launching my new online polymer clay school. All the things I teach here in my studio you’ll be able to learn at your own pace without the travel expense.

I’d rather see you in person, but this is for those of you who live too far away.

 

These aren’t your average tutorials, these courses are layers of videos that allow you to look over my shoulder as I create my canes and apply my technique to various projects. We go slow so you don’t miss a thing.

My first workshops,  Polymer Clay Canes for beginners is exactly that but with my spin on canes, Skinner blends and my loose easy approach to cane constructions.

This course has 26 videos showing you step by step how I go from Skinner blends to the finished canes with some storage and basic tool information too.

If you already are a cane maker then hold on for the next workshops. I’m going to be adding cane mapping, expanded pen and ink, bracelets, weed pots, sculpting and workshops on furniture and large wall pieces.

But if you want to begin caning and have been putting it off or are wondering just where to start, this workshop may be for you.

Plus, I’ll be hosting a live Hangout on Youtube in a week or so, my first guest will be Nancy Ulrich the inventory of the App. ColorMixr™

So sign up now to my newsletter or just sign up to this blog and you’ll get an email with updates. You’ll be the first to know when I launch a new workshop or I have a live interview.

I’m excited! Oh, did I already say that?

 

Bad News – Good News -Doreen Kassel

This is workshop is now FULL!

Return the application without deposit to be placed on the waiting list

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Bad news for those who wanted to attend Doreen’s workshops, ABSTRACT BLOOM AND BUDS and JIGGLY JOINTED DOLLS both filled up within days of my posting them.

Good news for those who would like to take attend a workshop with Doreen,  she has agreed to teach the third workshop, PODS on Friday Feb.  the 10, 2017. Now that’s exciting.

Follow the link below to  find out more and to download the application because this class is already filling up before I can post it. I would be a good idea to leave me a comment here if you are planning on sending in  an application.  It might fill up before I receive your deposit check. That way I’ll hold a spot for you.

Doreen Kassel’s PODS workshop

Polymer Journeys

 

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Just a reminder to be sure and check out this gorgeous book.

I’m proud to say that one of my pieces is included in this inaugural issue of an exciting new polymer retrospective, Polymer Journeys. Sage Bray is the mastermind behind this publication along with her exceptional magazine The Polymer Arts.

It’s a beautiful look at some of the worlds most talented polymer artists. A fabulous coffee table book even for those who don’t work in clay.

Thank you again Sage and team.

Doreen Kassel in Feb. 2017

Only one space left in each Workshop. But good news for those who are just tuning in. Put your name on the waiting list and there could be another workshop available.

 Doreen Kassel is coming to Studio 215 in Feb. 2017.

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Download application here

Feb. 11, 2017
9am – 4pm
$90

ABSTRACT BLOOM AND BUDS

 Fill your vases with the most colorful and uncommon blooms and buds! Using long wire stems we’ll translate and abstract actual flower shapes into beautiful sculpture full of intricacies and surprises. Flower patterns are full of possibilities for the most scrumptious blooms and buds. We’ll paint them with the color palette you choose, from bright and bold to pastel and soft. Make as many as you can in the class and fill your vases with beautiful Abstract Blooms and Buds.
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Feb. 12, 2017
9am – 4pm
$90
JIGGLY JOINTED DOLLS
In this class we’ll create characters with jointed arms and legs. Make whimsical creatures, combining species, if you wish! Adding a simple wire technique these dolls can sit, swing from a string or hang on a wall. After they’re cured we’ll apply a unique oil paint layering technique to bring these little swingers to life.

http://www.doreenkassel.com

CANE MAPPING FURNITURE WORKSHOP – JUNE 23 – 26, 2016

I’m excited about this workshop. Recently my husband and my son Jason found a great regular kitchen stove for Studio 215 and I’ll be able to have workshops featuring larger projects.

I hope you can join me for this inaugural furniture workshop. I am keeping the class size small so we have plenty of room to spread out and I can spend more time with each of you.

Download furniture workshop application here

Cane Mapping Furniture
3  1/2 days
Thursday – Sunday
June 23 – 26, 2016
Limited to 6 students
$300.00
$100 deposit required

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Learn how to cane map on a large scale. We’ll be covering a small table (you provide) with a colorful polymer veneer.

Tables should not be larger than 20” in any direction. You should have your table completely ready to accept your artwork. Sanded, painted etc. If you are painting it yourself, don’t paint the surface where your artwork will be attached.

Bring your favorite canes and create your person piece of art-furniture.

Once you learn how to cane map for furniture, you’ll be able to apply that knowledge to large wall pieces and other items.

Day one – plan your design,  make skinner blends and canes.
Day two – begin mapping your design.
Day three – Continue with your design and do final prep to  your table.
Last day – Apply finished art to your table.

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This is a little cart saved by my sister Sheryl. Her neighbor was throwing in out. A bit of paint and some polymer and it’s taken on a new life.

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This table is special to me, it was our first telephone table in our first apartment. I won’t be teaching faces canes in this workshop, but you could bring your own.

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Here’s another thrift store find. But there is no reason why you can’t start with a new table.

Download furniture workshop application here

Change of Dates – Weed Pots

The date for Weed Pots have changed.
The workshop will not be held on May 21st as planned but will be taking place on June 4th instead. Hope to see you here.

Download application blank for Alice’s workshops here

Weed Pots
Saturday June 4th

10:00am – 4:30pm
$75
Bring your canes or if you don’t have canes
You can use mine for $15 more

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Bracelets, canes and weed pots, oh my!!!

I just listed a few new workshops for May and the beginning of June.

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I’ll be teaching beginning canes on May 7 and  again on the 28th.

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Black and white cuff bracelet on  May 14.

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A fun new workshop on weed pots on May 21. I’m working on other characters to add to the birds, but of course you can make design your own too.

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And a great all day workshop of building your cane inventory on June 2.

Beginner’s Cane Workshop – Sat. May 7, 2016

Download application blank for Alice’s workshops here
Beginner’s Cane Workshop
Saturday May 7, 2016
and again on May 28, 2016
9pm – 4:00pm
$75
you provide the clay
Or
$90 clay provided

Beginners workshop - Alice Stroppel

In this class you will learn caning basics. Skinner Blends, plugs, canes and how to slice cane for application.

You’ll leave the workshop with at least one finished piece.

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