Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fall Home Classes - Classes changes and addition

Announcing Fall Home Classes!

Sept 11-14 Polymer Clay Bracelets with PMC Adornments
Sept 18-21 PMC Pendant with New Polymer Inlay Techniques
Sept 25-28 PMC Pendant with New Polymer Inlay Techniques
October 2-5 Polymer Clay Bracelets with PMC Adornments

Read more about these classes on my website and feel free to contact me for more info or with any questions.

Polymer Bracelets with PMC Adornments
4 day class
All Levels
Nowhere else in polymer clay work can you see the range of this versatile medium as clearly as in bracelet construction. The brand of clay, the proportion of different brands if you mix clays, the thickness and the firing duration are all factors that relate to strength, durability, rigidity and flexibility; all issues routinely negotiated in the design of a polymer clay bracelet. In this class you’ll make mokume gane bracelets, bracelets formed on brass forms, and carved bracelets adorned with PMC rings and dangles, both 2 and 3-dimensional.
About the techniques covered in the class: The polymer portion of the class will cover Mokume gane: You’ll use the tools and techniques Celie has developed to produce the vivid, resonant colors and porcelain-like finish characteristic of this polymer version of mokume gane, an ancient Asian metalworking technique. This advanced design process, adapted for polymer clay, produces exotic, calligraphic patterns revealed through layers of metal leaf and delicately tinted translucent clay. Tools and techniques for carving polymer will also be covered.
PMC Techniques: You’ll use hollow form and 3-D construction techniques combined with principles of ring making (for sizing) to make bracelet adornments such as tube beads, cones, and other cylindrical forms. You’ll explore variations on the lentil (inside out, pierced, etc.) and other leather hard constructions. Several approaches to making unique nametags, and various metalsmithing techniques (riveting, using Argentium Sterling, drawing balls on wire, etc.) will be demonstrated and discussed.

PMC Pendant with New Polymer Inlay Techniques :

4 Day Class Intermediate PMC / All Levels Polymer

First create your own, unique textures for metal clay from black and white images using the tear away technique (relevant information on new formula changes in polymer will be covered). Then, using these textures, design and construct a beautiful seamless PMC pendant using techniques developed by Celie. After firing and finishing the pendant, you’ll use tear away paper to roll print an image onto colored sheets of polymer clay. Then you'll transform these with paint, pastel, oil crayon and colored pencil into brilliant miniature tapestries. Finally, size and set your polymer image in your PMC pendant using rudimentary metalsmithing techniques including riveting, hammering, and patinas. Finish your pendant with a sterling chain and decorative dangles.

Read more about these classes on my website and feel free to contact me for more info or with any questions.


  1. Hi Celie
    I so love your work! Do you have any plans to come to anywhere in the UK or Europe next year?
    I'd love to learn either of these classes but that bracelet is awesome (in the true sense of the word in that it inspires me!)
    Nicola x

  2. Iwould love to take some or all of your classes will you be in or near chicago ,or where will you be