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Houston Polymer Clay Guild’s Lone Star Retreat

Houston Lone Star Retreat

Whew, I’m home after a jam packed weekend in Texas teaching at the Houston Polymer Clay Guild’s Lone Star Retreat. It could not have been better, many thanks to everyone involve in this sterling event.

I was honored to be teaching along with Randee Ketzel and Sarah Shiver. My only regret is that I could take the classes with these talented ladies.

All along the communication from Lanette Holland was helpful and timely. When I arrived at the airport I was met by Ann Wagner who was assigned to be my “angel” for the weekend. She and her husband Dean were so very nice and helped me sail through the weekend and beyond. When Ann was in the other classes I had the other instructor’s “angels” Betsy Fraser and Theresa Abell on loan while they were in my class. Thanks you, thank you!

Goodie bags for all and a special welcome bag for the instructors were overflowing with supplies and goodies. Thanks Joey Barnes.

Paula Kennedy, you are amazing. Brenda Stanley made sure there were some spectacular auction items. I’m lucky to have made it home with a piece from their President Bob Wiley.

All the students were a joy to work with, thank you for such a wonderful welcome. I taught my Cane Mapping Technique and I was blown away by all the beautiful finished pieces. These are just a few, I wish I’d been able to get pictures of all of them framed. I’m sorry I don’t know the name of all the artists.

Lone Star Retreat
Deb Hart
Lone Star Retreat
Kim Schlinke

Lone Star Retreat

Lone Star Retreat

Lone Star Retreat
Lone Star Retreat Joey Barnes

Thank you all so much for all the work and effort you put into producing a stellar event. And thank you for choosing me as one of your instructors this year.

I’ll be teaching this technique in my downtown Studio 215 but in an extended form starting with Build Your Cane Inventory on Oct. 3 and later in Oct (date to be determined) we’ll have a full day of cane mapping.

I’m delighted to be the instructor for a Master Class  teaching Cane Mapping at the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild’s Sandy Camp on Oct. 7th.

Do you think I’m having fun? Know that I am.

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