Category Archives: Workshops

Charming Cane Workshop

 

I had my first Charming Canes workshop (thanks Cynthia Tinapple and Polymer Clay Daily for the name)  this past weekend and I really believe everyone had a good time and learned a lot. At least they all came back day #two with smiles on their faces.

Alice Stroppel's Studio 215

I worked on a color palette for this workshop  using mainly Premo Cobalt Blue, Fuchsia, and Zinc Yellow. Then all colors where Skinner blended with white. I was pleased with the results. Just look at the charms this group created. It really was a greatly satisfying workshop for me.

Alice Stroppel's Stduio 215 Charming Canes WorkshopAlice Stroppel's Stduio 215 Charming Canes WorkshopAlice Stroppel's Stduio 215 Charming Canes WorkshopAlice Stroppel's Stduio 215 Charming Canes Workshop

Thanks to the support of my community and my friends and fellow clayers from around the country, my studio is doing very well and I’m having the best time. Such a lucky girl.

 

Pen and Ink and Sculpting Fun

I have two Pen and Ink  Workshops coming up. The first one is in a couple of days and I’m teaching just one person by request. There’s plenty of room and it will be a cozy small class with lots of individual attention. So come on if you have time or there is always Aug .

Thursday  – July 23rd
9am – 4pm
AND
Saturday August 8th
9am – 4pm
supply kit availble – $12
9:00am – 4:00
$75     

pen and ink on polymer clay - Alice Stroppel

Sculpting Fun!
Aug 1st 
Full day workshop
9:00 – 4:00
everything included
$90.00

Sculpting Fun - Alice Stroppel

Charming Canes, Lone Star and Sandy Camp Retreats

Canes for Charming Cane workshop Alice Stroppel

My inaugural Charming Canes workshop is next weekend and I wanted these charms to be colorful yet a tad softer than my usual pallet. So I decided to provide the clay and the color recipes with the workshop.

I spent almost everyday this last week figuring out the recipes and making more cane samples. I think I’m ready with that part. *g* But I still want to make more finished samples.

Can you tell I’m having a blast?

I have an ulterior motive for making so many, I will be teaching  at the Houston Guild’s Lone Star Retreat in Sept. and the San Diego Guild’s Sandy Camp Master Class in Oct. and I want to have lots of goodies to take with me.

I’ll be teaching my Caning Mapping technique at both retreats, I’m really looking forward them. How lucky am I?

I’ve always said that pc was addictive and it’s certainly true with these “charming” canes. Not only I’m I going to have fun making new things, but just think of the cool scraps and left over bits and how many different ways I can use them.

Many things to do and never a dull moment.

A Charm Bracelet From Those Charming Canes

Charm bracelet view 1 - Alice Stroppel

I’ve used my Charm canes to make a bracelet as a sample for my new Charming cane Workshop. Charm bracelet view 2 - Alice Stroppel

Here are three views of the same bracelet. As always the possibilities are endless.

Charm bracelet view 3 - Alice Stroppel

Charming Canes 
A two day workshop
July 18th and 19th 2015
Featuring my unconventional caning
and extruder techniques. Saturday 9am – 4pm
Sunday 9am – 3pm
$175
Everything included

Alice Stroppel Charming Canes

three charms -Alice Stroppel

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.

Randee Ketzel – June Workshop

beachcomber bracelet Randee Ketzel

Beachcomber Bracelet
Randee M Ketzel
2 day Workshop  – June 13th and 14th 2015

                 Randee will be incorporating a wealth of faux techniques in this beachcomber workshop. Students will learn how to create realistic driftwood twigs with fungal embellishments, fossil limestone with opal inclusions in a variety of styles, including miniature cycladic goddess figures, faux  sea glass, and jade artifacts–scarabs and cicadas; students will create at least one bracelet, and have an abundance of elements left over for more projects..necklaces, pendants. earrings and more!

Lessons on seamless stringing and use of a power drill will be included. All materials and tools provided.

Join us for a trunk show featuring Randee work on Friday evening June 12th 5-8 pm. Also for sale will be autographed copies of Randee’s recent book Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception.

Randee M Ketzel came to polymer clay by way of a youthful career as a bench jeweler; when impending motherhood frowned upon such diversions, she turned to alternative materials, and in decent middle age, discovered–or was discovered by–polymer clay. She has happily immersed herself in its wonders ever since. She currently lives, breathes, and teaches the exquisite art of polymer clay in Austin TX with her beautiful children, wonderful husband and an impossibly fluffy little dog.

Her work may be viewed on Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/8989180@N02 , and on Etsy, at RMKdesign. Her work has been featured on Polymer Clay Daily, in national magazines, and art museum stores.

Download an application here

syndee holt’s Visit to Studio 215

syndee holt stopped by Sebring and Studio 215 on her way to Orlando Clay Fandango. I was lucky to have her visiting and teaching for a few days.

syndee holt workshop

She introduce Mokume Gane to “new to polymer” students in an evening workshop. I was delighted to hear the exclamations of delight that came for those students. All had taken a beginners class with me and they all want more. I think I’ve started something, at least that’s my goal here at Studio 215.

syndee represents Sculpey products and is the author of New Color Tuesday posted on Sculpey’s blog.   

syndee was wonderful about explaining how to use many of the Sculpey tools that I have available for use at Studio 215. We didn’t have time for them to try everything, but they will know they’re here to use.

I provide the pasta machines and tools for those students who are brand new to polymer so they can try everything out before buying . My first step was to make sure I had pasta machines, tiles and plenty of the Sculpey Tools for everyone to try.

Everyone went home with beautiful creations. I neglected to get photos of the finished pieces, but they were happy for sure.

syndee was here just in time to witness what I’m now referring to at the year of the gator roundup, We had three gators removed from our lake in three days and there is still at least one more to go. that is very unusual for our little lake.

Maybe not a bucket list item for syndee but an experience for sure.

syndee gators gators gators2

 

We visited Bok tower in Lake Wales and the Highlands Hammock State park here in Sebring. Syndee went back by herself to walk the catwalk through the swamp today on her way to Fandango because it was crazy raining when we went on Tuesday and we couldn’t walk it.

Maybe not up there on the unusual scale with alligators, but she tells me that rain is an event as well for this southern California girl.  She posted some fabulous pictures of her catwalk here on her Facebook page.

Thank you for a wonderful few days syndee and I’ll see you again soon.