Category Archives: Visiting Instructors

Create a Breathtaking Silkscreen Pendants With syndee holt – Sculpey Brand Ambassador

Download application here

syndee holt

Tuesday May 9
10am – 4pm
$95
All supplies included

Silkscreens allow you to quickly create an intricate pattern on a canvas of Sculpey polymer clay. Baked on a metal mold to create a round image, these pieces will be ready for you to create a show stopping beaded necklace

Syndee will have on hand all the Sculpey supplies needed to create the pendants, including the clay, alcohol markers and even silkscreens and stamps!
She will show us a couple of ways to create bezels for the pieces as well as the “Montarsi Easy Bail”. Then it’s up to you to create the wonderful beaded canvas to display your work!


Open House a Great Success

It was a wonderful turn out of polymer clay fans, some who were just getting to know the possibilities  that are contained in those 2oz packages of colored clay. 

With what seems like magic, a little mixing and cutting and anyone can create works that are big or small, jewelry or wall pieces, even sculpture that is serious or whimsical.

I am lucky to be apart of this quickly growing community of polymer artists. I’m doubly fortunate to have very good friends  join me in my studio. I’ve hosted many sterling polymer instructors over the last few years. Doreen Kassel will be here in a few weeks teaching student how to create her beautiful pods and flowers. Plus a day of her darling jiggly dolls. There are a few opening in the doll class if you are interested.

This last weekend was just pure fun. Laurie Prophater, Julie Eakes, Meisha Barbee and Dayle Doroshow gathered at my studio for 4 days of creating and sharing.

On Saturday I hosted an open house featuring their work. People were fascinated to watch as these artist worked magic with clay.

 Laurie and a customer

 Meisha and her contribution for Into The Forrest

Lois Lynn came all the way from Ocala to visit with us.
Here she is with Julie. 
Dayle Speaks with a polymer clayer about her work.

Once again I want to thank these talented women for coming from around the country to share with me and my community. We are richer for it.

Thanks to the Highlands Sun for a very nice article today. 

 

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

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

Workshops Coming Soon!

I’m teaching two workshops coming up soon, one is this Saturday and the next is the following Saturday.

Then in Feb. I’m very excited to be hosting Marie Segal on Feb 12, 13, & 14. 

Marie Segal’s Trunk Show and Sale will be at Studio 215 in downtown Sebring, FL on Friday Feb. 12, 2016 from 7pm – 9pm. She will also be demonstrating polymer clay. This event is free.
On the same evening Studio 215 is also participate in the Art of Chocolate and Wine event.
You will sample chocolate and wine pairings straight from the New York State Finger Lakes Award winning Wineries during this event. Each participating business will feature a different wine pairing, artists, music and more. The $20 ticket price includes your samplings, a collectable wine glass and more! Tickets are limited for this first event in the Sebring After Dark series, get yours today! https://www.facebook.com/events/623379434361075/
Marie’s earring workshop is full, but by request we could accommodate one more student. Her Iconic Fabrication Workshop still has room. Scroll down for more information.

This Saturday is the beginner workshop and It’s a small group, making it the perfect opportunity to receive lots of person instruction. 

The next workshop is my cane mapping technique. This is the perfect next step for the caner who want to create a unique one of a kind picture, table top, or pendent using the canes that are in your stash. 

Saturday
Beginner’s Cane Workshop
Jan. 30th
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.

beginner pendant

Download application blank for Alice’s workshops here

Cane Mapping
Sat. Dec 19, 2015
Sat. Feb. 6, 2016
10am – 3pm
75.00
fame included

Alice Stroppel Cane Mapping

If you love mosaics and polymer clay, if you love the look of complex canes but simply don’t want to create a giant complex cane, if you love one of a kind pieces, and if you have tons of left over canes, this is the class for you!

This is an intermediate class and having some skinner blended canes in your stash will make your designs pop.

You’ll learn the basics by mapping a fish portrait like the one pictured above (or bring your own design) . Plus I’ll demo my Stroppel canes and we’ll have fun incorporating some slices into our designs.

I use several older canes but make many new canes as needed for each piece. So be sure to bring some of your older canes and supplies to make new ones.

I always use Skinner blends in my canes. In my opinion, it’s what makes a piece pop. I’ll be asking you to do a bit of homework ahead of time so we won’t be spending time in class making skinner blends. If you’ve taken my cane class, then you’ll be ready for this workshop or the one below.  Homework video will be sent when deposit is received.

Marie Segal - Alice Stroppel's Studio 215

Guess whose coming to Sebring, FL
Marie Segal
She’ll be at Studio 215 for two full day  classes. 

Her first workshop will be 

Disk Earrings, new design, new innovation
Feb. 13th  2016
9am – 4pm
$90

Download application here

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You will complete several different techniques, foils, translucent cane, sutton slice, foiled clay, dome making wire construction and design.

This earring class is a technique laden class: and the earring completion and unique wiring for the wires  is something you won’t want to miss.

Supply list will be sent to you when you sign up.

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Iconic Fabrication

Feb. 14th  2016
9am – 4pm
$90

Download application here

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Classic interpretation of modern pieces and mediums on
art today.   You’ll learn a  collection of ways to make old style or iconic fabrication with a modern twist.

Marie has this to say about Her Iconic Fabrication Workshop.

“Iconic Fabrication is my heart!

I have always loved ancient design and fabrication but this class has a modern twist to it.

Construction, surface treatments, and modern materials stand the test of time. Designs were meant to stand for ever years ago and most pieces of art had meaning or were to document an event, loss, or love!

I love the reverence of our past history and like to celebrate that in my own time today!

We will make a vessel or a switch plate for your house.”

Thank you all for being a part of Studio 215.

Alice

Starting the New Year Right

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The first workshop of the year! New caners were enthusiastic for sure in this beginning cane workshop. Maggie Mora, Pauline Somoza, Esther Manso, are sisters and they met in Sebring for a mini reunion and to take my workshop. How fun is that? Marilyn Wright is  a ceramic artist and is excited about the possibilities of polymer.

Tons of laughter in this class, we all went away smiling.

The next beginner workshop will be on Jan 30th.

Alice Stroppel build your cane inventory 1-2016

Toni Carroll, Barbara Snapp, Kathi Keck, Nancy Simmons, Linda Boyd, and Judy Fala and Marilyn Wright created fun and funky canes this weekend in a Build your cane inventory workshop held on Jan. 16. Marilyn had to leave early and I’m sorry I didn’t get her in the photo.

Next step would be to take the cane mapping workshop and get ready to let your work explode.

Only three weeks until Marie Segal arrives to teach 2 one day workshops., Find out more here. 

An Evening with Marie Segal

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Marie Segal will be at Studio 215 on Friday February 12th from 7pm until 9pm with a trunk show of her work. There will be items for sale and Marie with be doing a demo with polymer clay.

Marie  has been working and playing with clay since 1971, she introduced the polymer world to the pasta machine. She teaches around the country and this February she’ll be teaching at Studio 215.

She and her husband Howard own the Clay Factory serving the polymer community since 1980.

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Her Disk Earrings, new design, new innovation workshop is full, but you can still be added to the waiting list.

She is also teaching a wonderfully fun and inventive workshop, Iconic Fabrication. Marie is so enthusiastic about this workshop she is fairly bubbling. There are spaces left, but it’s only a month away, so don’t delay.

Marie is providing everything for both workshops and I’m providing the tools and equipment, so all you have to do is show up. Easy!

I’m looking forward to having Marie here and I hope to see you as well.

Exciting New Adventure – Online Workshops

Alice Stroppel online workshops

This weekend, my students in my Build Your Cane Inventory Workshop will be the first ones, you might say my testers, for my new video system.

I have been working all day to set up this monitor  so I can stream  online Workshops and allow my in Studio student a great view of what I demoing in class.

Soon I’ll be offering small online Workshops and possibly ongoing classes to everyone. I’m going to need a few more “testers” for my first coupled of tries the size of the class will be limited to only 3 or 4 people, so the bonus will be extra attention. You’ll be helping me and I hope having some fun at the same time.  Sign up for my newsletter to find out more. I’ll be sending information our next week.

I am excited to have this set up in time for Marie Segal’s Workshops and for her Trunk Show on the Friday night before. More info on that to come as well.

New! Charming Cane Workshop

Alice Stroppel Charming Canes

It’s been a busy couple of weeks  for me. Randee Ketzel was here for to teach a fabulous two day workshop, thank you, Randee. (See the last post)

Tuesday, I held my book club meeting here and reviewed many of the  polymer clay books and publications. I gave a brief history of polymer clay and shared with them my journey with clay. They all knew I was a polymer clay enthusiast, but had not ever really seen all  my work or really know much about polymer. It was a fun afternoon, I was happy to introduce them all to this exciting medium.

I’ve been working on new canes for a workshop I’ve been thinking about for awhile. These canes are intended to become charms to wear around your neck or on your wrist as a bracelet.

 three charms -Alice Stroppel

I was fortunate to have them featured on Polymer Clay Daily a couple of weeks ago. It’s good to know they were liked by so many people.

I’ve been enjoying these new canes because they involve extruded canes used in a slightly unconventional way. If you know me or my work at all, you know I am always just a bit different most of the time. It’s what makes this fun.

I’ve scheduled  my first charm workshop for the 18th and 19th of July. From 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.

Studio 21 supplies all your equipment, tools and supplies and for this workshop. If you have an extruder, please bring that with you.

I’ll provide the clay unless you would like to bring your own colors. We will not be making all of the canes pictured above, this is a technique class and you’ll be adding you’re own voice to the finished charms.

Down load this application form for you and your friends! *g*

Another exciting anouncement… I’ve been asked to stay open one night a week for open studio time. We begin tonight! I’ll be here for normal hours, 11:00am until 3:00pm and then I’ll remain open until 8:00pm every Thursday.

Fee is $5 an hour and $5 to bake your items. Your choice how long you stay,

I’ll be here to answer questions and help if I can, but this is not a “class”, it’s a time to get together, work on a project, try or refine a new technique. A great excuse to have fun with a group of like minded people.

Space is limited to 8 people.

See you sometime I hope.

Randee Ketzel and Her Faux Tricks

The talented Randee Ketzel was here at the Studio and taught a group of very happy women how to make some incredible faux pieces.

Randee Ketzel at Studio 215

Thank you Randee for a wonderful weekend and thanks to this great group of women for making Studio 215 a crazy happy place.

Randee Ketzel and Alice Stroppel at Studio 215

Randee sells her work on her Etsy site and she has some tutorials listed as well. Her fabulous book Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception can be ordered from Amazon. 

FYI Randee, Sarah Shriver and I will be teaching at 2015 LONE STAR RETREAT: September 18, 19 and 20, 2015

I’m pretty excited about getting to meet all the great people from the Houston Guild and more, plus I get to see Randee again.

For more information visit the Houston Polymer Clay Guild site. I think the retreat is almost full.