BIOFORMING

DIEFORMING . . .  WITH A TWIST
A 4-WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOP

DEBUTING NOVEMBER 2018

 
   Eames Nopal Pin  by Dan Cormier   August 2018

Eames Nopal Pin by Dan Cormier  August 2018

 

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BIO EVOLUTION

Suitable for opaque, metallic, or translucent clay sheets, or as a way to enhance a blended, textured, or patterned veneer, Bioforming can elevate the look of a flat sheet within many different silhouette shapes at a wider-than-you-think range of sizes.

Here are some examples of Bioforming I've done over the years, from studio prototypes to gallery pieces. Click on any of the images to get a closer look at each of these objects and learn more about their place in the history of this original technique... 


NOTES & QUOTES

Curious to know more about what it's like to be in our virtual classroom? Here are some personal perspectives from our Building Better Beads GuestBook, graduates sharing the takeaway moments and favourite memories from our previous workshop...

This is my first experience working with polymer clay and I took full advantage of reviewing lessons several times and keeping notes. My goal coming into the class was to accelerate my learning curve and make well constructed pieces with finesse. This course has delivered that and more. I now feel confident to start using my own designs and have the outcomes that I aspired to achieve prior to the course. Thank you, Dan and Tracy
— Darla Van Horne
Best Practices, State of the Art, Legacy-worthy Instruction, Sound Fundamentals, and Exceptional Production Value… in our jammies.
Checks ALL the boxes!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
— Jill Kollmann
Thanks for another awesome class. I love both of your work, and am especially fond of Dan’s esthetic. I’m finally getting to a place where I feel like I can figure out how to make my work my own rather than just copying. I am so grateful that you both share your knowledge, tips and tools in such an AWESOME online forum. So much easier than schlepping everything to a class, and competing for the instructor’s attention. I get to work at my own pace. More please!
— Jennifer Elliott
For me, BBB was an incredible journey into “polymer clay awareness.” After every single step, I felt more confident and more conscious of the whole building process. I’m enriched as an artisan and polymer lover by this online course. Thanks Dan + Tracy!
— Fabiana Tosti
As a complete newbie to polymer clay, I was amazed that I managed to complete a well finished bead. I’ve learned so much. The instructions - written and video - were clear. All along the way I was surprised in the results. I feel like I’ve skipped through a few decades of fumbling and experimentation to get a very solid foundation. It was exactly what I needed and I cannot wait to continue. I would recommend Dan’s courses to anyone, from handy beginners to full-time professionals.
— Colleen Manestar
Dan’s incredible online courses have been game changers for me at many levels, not just in respect to technique but in a deeper more metaphorical sense. Thank you. I have learnt so much. And thank you to the other students who have been such a joy to work with!
— Wendy Moore
BBB was amazingly fun, full of so much wise, helpful knowledge that Dan and Tracy have garnered through their years of craftsmanship and excellence. I thought I couldn’t love polymer any more than I already did.
And their virtual classroom is a treasure. Being able to hear the words and see the work of other students is a whole other bonus.
— Julia Grenville
I enjoy in-depth classes. I like getting to know my instructor and classmates...the electricity of all that creativity. I was afraid I’d miss that aspect with an online course... but I was so wrong!
I liked that I could watch Dan’s demos over and over. His videos and written descriptions are extremely detailed with lots of helpful tips. He and Tracy interact with the students, commenting on the work, answering questions and troubleshooting in a timely manner. The students are from all over the world and we formed a little global community. I took SSM and loved it. Then BBB taught me how to craft a well made bead with my veneers. My goal was to improve my technique and to achieve professional results. Success! I anxiously await Dan and Tracy’s next offering.
— Caroline Alderman
I am overjoyed that I signed up for Dan and Tracy’s online course. It was a huge step for me as I’m a relative beginner to polymer clay, and I was worried that I may be in over my head. However, the clear written instructions and expert videos helped me take each stage with ease. I’m really happy with my beads, and plan to do more using the techniques I learned. I will definitely sign up for the next D & T course. It was a totally wonderful experience. Thank you!
— Marion Mathews
This workshop has been wonderful in many ways! The instructional writing and videos have fully explained each phase in the process. The pace of introducing each phase has been very carefully considered and flowed beautifully. The encouragement of Dan and Tracy in their responses to individual comments was nurturing and inspirational. I learnt and was continually surprised by the importance of focusing on the details of each step. The collegiate atmosphere of sharing and communicating by participants from all over the world offered fantastic support. It is sad to be completing the workshop.
I feel a genuine fondness for Dan and Tracy and will continue following their work and teaching with eager anticipation and good wishes.
— Sue Shrubb

WILL BIOFORMING BE OFFERED AGAIN NEXT YEAR?

We have wanted to teach these techniques for a long time, and we’re super excited for the debut of this 4-week workshop.

But there are lots of other original techniques we want to teach too (Blurred LinesMatrix CanesPerfect Fit Vessels…). We also have an all-new yet-to-be-announced MasterClass coming in February 2019. And we plan to repeat both Single Slice Mokume and Building Better Beads with on-demand encores in the Spring of 2019.

Never say never, but it will likely be 2020 before Bioforming comes back around on our course calendar.


REAL TIME, REAL LEARNING

My vision for teaching has always been to provide not just information, but transformation. I have been working with polymer clay for more than 25 years, and as much as I have to share as a teacher, your participation as a student in this workshop is important.

By immersing yourself in exploration and following along with the process, not only will you learn how to create your own work, you will also develop ways to improve and refine your craftsmanship overall, so that first-class work habits become second nature.


NEW YEAR, MORE COURSES . . .

If you missed your chance to sign up for Bioforming, it's not too late to start planning now for 2019.

Here are the courses that are coming up next. If you're interested in joining us for any of them, simply complete the forms here and we'll make sure you're notified when we have any updates. Remember, Subscribers are always the first to know.

 

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DEBUTING FEB-MAR 2019 . . .

AN ALL-NEW MASTERCLASS

traditional caning... with a twist 

Making canes has always been a passion, but there’s a different kind of cane-making that I've been exploring for a while now, returning to my roots in this medium, but with a whole new spin on traditional canework. Similar in scope and structure to Single Slice Mokumeit's not mokume. Full of fundamental cane-making skills, it's definitely not millefiori


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RETURNING APR 2019 . . .

BUILDING BETTER BEADS

form & finish in polymer clay

Introduced as a companion workshop to the open-ended world of Single Slice MokumeBuilding Better Beadsis a project-based workshop that covers a full foundation of construction skills and finishing techniques for turning any flat-sheet veneer into a finely-crafted form.

You can learn more about this workshop here. Complete this form and we'll let you know when it's coming up...


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RETURNING MAY-JUN 2019 . . .

SINGLE SLICE MOKUME

dynamic strata patterns in polymer clay

After its successful debut as our first-ever online course in January 2018, this many-layered immersion into peeling and revealing decorative veneers returns for an in-demand encore.

Check out more details here, including highlights from our Student GuestBook. Fill out this form and we'll keep you in the loop...  


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