BUILDING BETTER BEADS
FORM & FINISH IN POLYMER CLAY
A 4-week ONLINE WORKSHOP
DEBUTed JUNE 2018
RETURNING APRIL 2019
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GOOD DESERVES BETTER
In its relatively short history as a craft medium, polymer clay has established itself as one of the most versatile. Borrowing from the traditions of other media and also evolving on its own, the diversity of decorative pattern possibilities is undeniably vast.
There’s a lot of beautiful decorative polymer clay work out there, but I believe there’s not enough work that holds up as well-crafted and well-finished. What is it they say? Good from afar, but far from good? No matter how crisp the canework, how smooth the Skinner blend, how dynamic the mokume, how mesmerizing the mica shift… a closer look at a finished piece can all-too-often reveal something compromising: a crack, a bubble, a fingerprint, an unsealed seam, an unfinished edge, a neglected backside. All this is not for lack of will. It’s often because the fundamental basics of technique in form, fabrication, and finish have been overlooked and undertaught.
BETTER THAN THE REST
As magical as some of our favourite decorative techniques can seem in this always evolving medium, beautifully finished work doesn’t happen by magic. Seeing something through as a finely crafted piece requires knowledge and effort. But a beautifully crafted object is worth the effort.
In a medium that is so accessible, it’s not hard to be good. But good craftsmanship can make the difference between good and better, and better crafted, better finished work will make your work stand out.
Building Better Beads focuses on one approach that I've been using in my work for almost 20 years. The first bead in the slide show gallery here is one of the most recent examples. I built it during the debut of this course in June 2018, featuring a Cut-Outs & Composites veneer I'd made in Single Slice Mokume a couple of months earlier.
Scroll through the rest of the slides to see how a single set of skills can be applied to beads of all shapes and sizes…
BETTER LEADS TO BEST
By Building Better Beads, I promise, you’ll be building your skills, building your confidence, and building a better body of work… towards not just being a better artist, but the best artist you can be.
Here are some highlights from students who joined me for my first online course, Single Slice Mokume . . .
TURN FLAT SHEETS LIKE THESE...
INTO FINISHED BEADS LIKE THESE...
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