Meet the Teachers!

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Laurie Mika

Over the last two decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic work has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile and found objects. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats at home and around the world.

Tiny Tin Shrine

Syndee Holt

I've designed for Polyform Products (Sculpey) for 20 years. I am now the Product Ambassador, having just retired from the "real job" at UCSD. I've written over 100 magazine articles and taped about 33 television segments in those 20 years. I'm the author of Polymer Clay for the First Time, and I've been on several design teams including the Sculpey Design Squad.

Create with Texture- Hat Bands

Carolyn Good

Since discovering polymer clay 11 years ago, it has become my passion.  I have now been working with this medium as a full time artist for 7 years.  I am known for my color system and innovative techniques.

Summer Magic Jewelry Set

Anke Humpert

A mixed media and polymer clay artist. Young at heart and mind, uber creative and “medium adventurous”, fearless about trying new things and making them her own. She has an extraordinary eye for colour and pattern. Her professional training at the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany and her self-studies have encouraged her to find her own path in many ways. She is a workshop instructor in person and on-line, has published several books and e-books and writes regularly articles for magazines. She had an appearance in a German TV show with her work and she is a demonstrator for polymer clay manufacturers.

Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!

Karen Lewis aka KLEW

I found this medium in the 80's. I knew of a similar product that only came in white when my sister worked with Disney creating prototypes with it, and after having an idea to make a sculptural brooch series; off I went to the local craft store in search of this medium …my self-discovery eventually revealed the true nature of this medium - reduction… After that "light bulb" went on, the rest they say, is history.

My work is a never-ending journey beginning with an experience passing from my environment through my senses and into my Spirit.

Blossom Beads

Wendy Orlowski

Creativity has always been an important part of my life. I studied Illustration and Fashion Design at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. I fell in love with the town and to this day I still reside in beautiful Oakville, near the shores of Lake Ontario with my family.

It was my love of fabrics that first led me to creating art dolls which then lead me to polymer clay and its endless possibilities. Since that day, polymer clay and mixed media materials have become a very important part of my world. In May of 2013 I became the new owner of Shades of Clay, a Canadian online store established in 2002.

Come Look Through My Window

Donna Greenberg

Donna Greenberg is a fine artist working with polymer, metal and mixed media to create art jewelry and objet d'art.   A working artist for 40 years, with a BFA from Pratt Institute, Donna's background includes mural painting and decorative finishes, ceramics and designing jewelry lines for a private NYC retail company. jewelry by Donna Greenberg Arts is in the collection of  many artists in the music and film industry Donna is also a contributing writer for various  fine art and craft magazines, and teaches privately and has shown work in various galleries and at the Racine Art Museum.

Pierced Luminaria

Marlene Brady

I am a polymer clay artist who also does beadwork and mixed media. I've sculpted with polymer clay since its birth, with beads since the 90's and have painted on and off forever. Although I have no formal training in art, I've always done some form of art ever since I can remember. My work appeals to the unique individual who appreciates the unexpected and who enjoys dancing to the beat of their own drum.

Fairy Garden and Teapot House

Katie Oskin

I have been working with polymer clay for over four years. From the very first time polymer clay touched my fingers, I was in love!  I adore the way a solid block of clay goes from hard and rigid to soft and pliable in my fingers; and then to see the image in my head come to real life amazes me to this day. I love to create joy, happiness, & smiles in clay.  It is truly my passion, my hobby, and my art form.  From the first time the clay hit my hands, to my early finished pieces, I was in love. And I haven’t stopped playing with clay since…and don’t plan to, any time soon.

Circus Lion and Pedestal

Suzanne Ivester

Is familiar name and face in the polymer community. She served as president of the International Polymer Clay Association from 2009 to 2010 and has authored the popular “Polymer Chef” column in PolymerCAFÉ magazine since early 2012. She has also written instructional and curatorial magazine articles for The Polymer Arts, GreenCraft, and Step by Step Beads, as well as PolymerCAFÉ, and has contributed online tutorials to the IPCA and Polyform websites. Her artwork has appeared in several published books. Suzanne has taught at Clay Quest, Ravensdale, and Fandango conferences and has offered guild workshops in several states. Suzanne’s teaching style emphasizes the joy of personal expression.

Potato Vessels

Layl McDill

I have been working full time as an artist since graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1993. My degree was in illustration but I ended up mainly selling my work at arts festivals and galleries. I love to travel all over the country and set up my fanciful world of polymer clay creations. I also love to demonstrate the technique and watch people’s jaws drop when they realize how it works. Creating canes is always like magic and I love sharing it with my customers, collectors and students.  I teach at least 3 classes a week to all ages and demographics and create tutorials for online learners.

Caned Peacock Teapot

Lisa Renner

Lisa Renner is a mixed-media artist who enjoys making art on many levels. Her interests include art dolls, bookmaking, jewelry, encaustic, and working  with polymer clay, particularly creating figurative sculpture. She teaches workshops and enjoys sharing her techniques and creations with others.

One of her handmade Faux-Ivory polymer clay books is part of the permanent exhibit at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. Her work has been featured in publications such as Art Doll Quarterly, Polymer Café, and Somerset Studios. She has been published in several books, most recently: “The International Contemporary Artists, Volume V”, and “Incite: Dreams Realized, The Best of Mixed Media” by Northlight Books.

Lisa is a member of both the International Polymer Clay Association, and the International Encaustic Association. When she’s not working at her “day-job” where she has been for 23 years, she loves cooking, entertaining with her family and friends, and spending as much time as possible in her studio designing new workshops and creating art.

Bye Bye Birdies art doll and sculpted balloons

Pandora Salgado

Teresa Pandora Salgado is a polymer artist and instructor with fans in 151 countries. Her column, My Way by Pandora, and her tutorials and gallery pieces can be seen in Polymer Café Magazine. She also offers complete courses on Curious.com. Pandora is a member of Polyform’s elite Sculpey Design Squad, where she is a designer and blogger. For images, info and links, google Teresa Pandora Salgado.

Translucent Centerpieces

Olga Poltavets

I am a self-taught polymer clay artist, who is also in love with silk painting and crocheting. I grew up in Russia and now live in Mid-Michigan.
Although I have a degree in science, I have always had a passion for creating things, and when my family moved to the United States, I devoted myself to graphic design. I have been a freelance graphic designer for seven years, and once, while working with a client, I stumbled upon a blog that talked about painting silk scarves. Right away I was drawn to the art and decided to create my own scarf designs.
Later, I discovered polymer clay while talking to one of my customers who wanted to have a matching scarf buckle for her silk scarf. I went to the craft shop, bought my first two blocks of Sculpey, and on that day my polymer clay journey began! I have been playing with polymer clay for 5 years now. I love working with this amazing material, learning its endless possibilities and sharing my discoveries with others.

Sculpted Floral Jewelry

Shannon Tabor

Shannon Tabor was born and raised in historic Charleston, SC.  In her youth she dabbled in poetry, artifact studies, and drawing, but found in her true calling in polymer clay.
In 2010 she began the journey that would soon turn into her full time job as an artist, instructor, and writer in the medium of polymer clay.  Most of her work is inspired by rugged sophistication.  Incorporating vibrant colors and rustic appeal give way to ancient inspiration in Shannon's work.
Charleston Clay Jewelry can be found in many art galleries, boutiques, and shows throughout Charleston, SC.  Her heart is with local companies and artists in this beautiful city.

Rusty Copper Necklace

Chris Kapono aka MandarinMoon

I was born in the pretty rolling hills of the Midwest and have been an artist since I was old enough to hold a crayon in my hand. I discovered polymer clay in 2008 and fell in love with its possibilities! My passion is nature. I love all of the colors and textures and try to incorporate this in everything I make. Polymer clay has opened a whole new world for me!

Peacock Eggs

Barbara McGuire

Barbara has been working in polymer for over 25 years.  She makes outline and shape stamps, molds, templates, transfer images, texture sheets and tutorials  that aid artists working in polymer and ceramic clays. Barbara has written over 10 instructional books and appeared frequently on televised segments of craft instruction with Carol Duvall and WLOS Crafty Corner.  Barbara’s home studio is located in the Appalachia Mountains near Asheville NC, were she teaches at select galleries, stores, craft schools and by request.

Radial Design Pendant

Lisa Pavelka

Lisa Pavelka is an award winning artist and author who teaches in many mediums throughout the world. She is best known for her work in polymer clay and mixed media. Lisa is widely published through books she's authored and contributed to as well as writing regular columns and numerous articles for creative publications. She has appeared dozens of times on television and is the developer of her own, signature product line. Lisa has been commissioned by celebrities for her work and is sought out by companies like Staedtler, Swarovski and many more as a consultant, teacher and demonstrator.

Wonder Wave Spinner Ring

Jessica Mount

Jessica has been crafting for as long as she can remember, but her experience with polymer clay began in 2008. She has been creating miniature foods since then and has participated in a number of craft shows in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her Etsy shop, Frosted Treats, has been open since 2008 and she has had the opportunity to create custom jewelry and gifts for people across the United States and abroad.

When she is not crafting, she teaches middle school social studies and spends time with her husky, Summer.

Coffee Shop Themed Miniature Food Jewelry

Julie Eakes

I have been creating with polymer clay for over ten years. My passion first took me to representational caning. My background in computer 3D modeling helped me visualize in 3D. I love doing face canes in both mosaics and other techniques. It's the challenge of creating the cane that inspires me more than the end product. Lately my art has been in creating larger portraits all in polymer clay, the latest being three feet by four feet high. I was a Niche Award finalist as well as a multiple winner in the Progress and Possibilities contest. I have been featured in many magazines and books and authored the book Clay Classics - Inspired by Zentangles. I enjoy travel and teaching around the world. When at I home, I live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband, David.

Micro Caned Bangle

Heather Wynn Millican

Heather is an artist who strives to offer hope to those who may need encouragement.
She is a lover of words and has a grand heart for the ones who feel too deeply, the brave, and those that find beauty in the mundane.
Heather is a Savannah College of Art graduate and currently lives in Florida with her husband, 4 young boys, and Boston terrier, Ollie.

Skeleton Key

Iris Mishly

Polymer clay is my wonderful journey companion. Coincidence led me to discover it back in 2004, I took one class, and knew it was different than anything I’ve seen before. After 15 years as a web designer followed by 7 years as a polymer clay artist selling my art, I decided to take a new path and share my knowledge with the polymer clay community.
My passion is to invent, discover and experiment with the endless faces of polymer clay, offering educational video tutorials to novice and advanced, hobbyist and professional polymer clay artists looking to expand their crafting arena.
I love mix media and use other materials along with my clay work - fiber, macrame cords, metal, zippers etc.
I believe craft and art are the ultimate cure to everything, there are no limits or borders, that what makes it so exciting and thrilling.
I'm so happy I found my creative soul mate.

Shield of Stars Necklace

Shield of Stars Necklace

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