A Sebring, FL native, Alice lived two blocks from the central circle downtown when she was growing up and downtown was a special place to her. Now she’s happy to be downtown again at her new art studio at 215 N. Ridgewood Dr. Studio 215 is where she displays her polymer clay artwork as well as the watercolor paintings of Alice Hansen.
There is also many polymer item for sale that Alice brought in from some of her talented polymer artist friends.
Alice is offering polymer clay workshops for beginners and people who have worked with polymer before. Studio 215 provides the all the tools and equipment making it easy to try out this new art form.
Alice teaches many workshops from creating “canes” from the colored clay to apply to table tops and wall pieces to making jewelry, and sculpting.
Several well known polymer artists from around the country are have taught workshops at Studio 215 with Marie Segal and Maureen Carlson already scheduled for 2016.
Several years ago Alice was the executive director of Highlands Art League and helped to save the historic houses in The Village. She began working with polymer clay in the late 80s but didn’t get “serious” until she left the Art League in 2008. That’s when she began her career as a polymer clay artist, creating a blog, Polymer Clay Etc., and becoming well known in the emerging polymer community.
Polymer clay is a colored modeling material that is baked in a home oven giving the user instant gratification. Polymer Clay is still in it’s infancy and typically thought of as a crafty material for children. However, many talented artists are now paving the way for this medium to share a place with other artistic materials. The New Clay by Nan Roche appeared on bookshelves in 1992 and dazzled readers with the incredible artwork shown within. A national guild was formed (NPCG) and a world wide phenomena began. Since then many books have been written, web-sites developed and new artists have emerged.
The medium offers a tremendous amount of possibilities and attracts crafters and artists alike. Sculpture, jewelry, miniatures, millefiori beads, functional and decorative objects, faux surface design imitating precious stones, metals, wood are but a few application that can be achieved with polymer clay.
Alice has created several techniques that she teaches online and around the country. She is well known for her whimsical faces, her cane mapping technique and her creations with pen and ink on polymer clay. Her Cane Mapping technique can be applied on jewelry, wall pieces, furniture and even silver.
Alice Stroppel has gained international recognition for her work and has been featured in several polymer clay publications. She is especially known for sharing a video of her Stroppel Cane. You can view this video and many others on her blog, Polymer Clay Etc. www.polymerclayetc.com
Alice Hansen’s specialties are marine subjects as well as bird life and scenes that chronicle her travels and life experiences. She has been a cover artist for the keep Florida Beautiful magazine and her strikingly realistic fish portraits have been featured on the covers of various fishing tournaments programs. Alice is a signature member of Florida Watercolor Society. She teaches often at Highlands Art League and the Art Uncorked program.