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Teaching with the Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild

I’m delighted with the cane mapping that happened in Kansas City last month.  On the first day we made lots of fun and easy canes to use in our cane mapped pieces the next day. You can always use old canes as well, but learning new ways to cane is always a plus.

The beautiful dragonfly above is by Heidi McCulough and was finished after class. It makes me very happy when people enjoy the workshop enough to want to continue working after class. In fact she got together with Pat Kuehn to finish her piece and Pat made her second piece, the fabulous beetle below.

Pat was my hostess and what a delight it was to stay in her beautiful home. Thank you Pat.

I know that Patti Soliman is planning to cane map a hippo in the near future. Be sure to send me a picture Patti.

Each and every one created some wonderful pieces and I hope they are as impressed with their work as I am.

But I’m missing several pictures from the group. If you have taken a picture of your piece, please send it to me or post it on our FB page and I’ll up date this post.

Anne Rowe, Linda Bowers, Michele Wineland, Renee Becka, Barbara Morris, Robin Young

Donna Harryman’s butterfly is just wonderful. Donna  was the coordinator for my workshop and I want to extend a special thank you to Donna and her committee, Anne M. Rowe, Linda Bowers and all the other guild members. Its a lot of work to put on an event like this and I’m grateful to have been asked to teach such a fun group.

Donna’s butterfly is my kind of beautiful, bright, bold, colorful piece.

Janie Clark finished two great pieces in class. She used some familiar  canes in both of her butterflies. Stroppel Canes were part of our workshop of course. *g*

Some beautiful work by June Flannery Duckworth who is very new to caning.

Kim Koval Keane tackled the large butterfly and just wow and wow again.

Pat Kuehn came prepared with a pattern for the sugar skull… fabulous.

Liz is a woman after my heart. She didn’t want to make a ”thing”, she wanted to do a free form abstract. Cant wait to see where her imagination takes her next.

Another intricate lovely butterfly, Kathy Fritz did a great job.
Robin Young’s fish  has a more organic palette with plenty of sassy attitude. Love it.

Patty Minton Welch’s butterfly is so soft and painterly, lovely.

Pat’s second piece is kinda nostalgic in a round about way, she had a VW beetle in the 70s.

We have that in common, my first car was a green VW beetle with a sun roof. In the 70s, I dinged the front fender and painted bright hippy flowers all over it and the hood. I know, crazy kid, but loving color and fun even then. Pat said her VW was bright orange, so see, so much in common. Oh and yes there is PC.

Patti Soliman made a vibrantly, delightful, colorful fish. And I have to say the thinnest piece there that day. Perfect for the frame.

Patricia Hill’s fish is charming, beauteous and as with all of the incredibly wonderful pieces from this workshop, colorful.

Colorful is probably an under statement for what I teach, can you tell I love it?

Thanks again to Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild for a great time and  a great workshop.

A special place in my heart for Polyform’s generous spirit and Premo. Iris Weiss xo.

Next workshop away from Studio 215 will be in Sept. in St. Augustine with the First Coast Polymer Clay Guild. Canes on the first day and fun funky weed pots on day two.  Can’t wait.

Oh and just a heads up, I’ll be teaching Weed Pots as a pre-workshop before next years Orlando Clay Fandango. Yes!

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

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

beginner pendant

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

Alice Stroppel black and white bracelet

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.

There and Back Again

I’ve been away on a Polymer Clay retreat and as always it was great fun,  I enjoyed my fellow artists, I learned new things and I now I’m ready to jump back into my studio and get to work.

Weed Pots Alice Stroppel

While I was on retreat I continued along with my bird theme. Oh… you didn’t realize I had a bird theme? I posted about it on my other blog, Polymer Clay etc.

I made bird bowls for an exchange with the other retreaters and a large bird for the wall. Here’s the Link.

These guys above are prototypes. I’ve always wanted to make wall pockets since my friend started collecting vintage wall pockets years ago, but I never got around to it.  A short while ago artist Marie EvB Gibbons had a sale in her Denver Studio and online. She was selling  these wonderful “Weed Pots” and I bought three of her darling baby pots.

I asked her if she minded if I “borrowed” the name for my, oh so much different than hers, weed pots. She graciously said yes. So I just started play and since birds were on my mind…

These, obviously, are not wall pockets.  I’m working toward the wall, and these do hold weeds, so the name applies.  Stay tuned.

I also had to make something for the annual auction at the retreat and I made one of my P C painted faces.

Alice Stroppel Face 8-15

I’ve also been experimenting with Canva a free app. that allows you to make cool graphics in the perfect sizes for all your social media needs. It’s very cool and a great way to add your name to those items you want to upload to Pinterest or Instragram.

They even have templates for Facebook graphics.

Meanwhile, I’m having a great group into Studio 215 on Saturday for a Profile Face Cane Class, so look for pictures.

I’m teaching at the Houston Polymer Clay Guild’s LoneStar retreat later this month and I’m excited to be meeting new people and string my Cane Mapping technique. I’ll only be gone a couple of days, so look for new classes coming soon at Studio 215.