Workshops and Classes! Sign up!!

With both of us being down due to illness the last couple of weeks, we have been quiet both here and on our fb page, so I apologise for that, but we have worked out our dates for July and August and already have takers, so get in early!!

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July:

The beginning of July we are going to take our half yearly well earned break, so there will be no workshops or classes for the first 2 weeks … BUT we will still have two workshops in the second half July:

July 16th & 17th in Fourways!

and July 29th & 30th in Norwood!

These are both Beginners Polymer Clay workshops where you will learn all about the clay, how to use it, and make yourself some fun and beautiful pieces like the beads below! For details check the CLASSES page here: https://jennjulieclay.wordpress.com/scheduled-classes/,

and/or email us on jenn.julie.clay@gmail.com

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In August we will be resuming our UFO/Play Day classes, so if you have completed a Beginners course, and would love to join us to play each week (for details also see the classes page link above and scroll down to UFO/Play Day, then email us and we will let you know dates for those!

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Mosaic Sample Board…

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We spent the last couple of weeks making a sample board, as students are intelligent people who also often like to think outside the square and ask loads of questions about whether or not we can use this or that in their mosaics, and if so what will happen (and if not then the same question!) So I decided on a mirror instead of a boring square background, and went BIG (you can see the whole thing only just fits through a door!) … and to use a design that makes sense rather than just random, and I am quite happy with the results!!

We used more tiles made from polymer than ever before, both in the feature tiles and much of the background, which made the project sooo much lighter yet just as strong! Then we included everything we could think of from paper to old jewelry, children’s toys to resin beads, glass tiles, ceramic tiles, porous and non porous, sealed and unsealed, coated in varathane before the grouting process and afterwards, (and not at all). We used glass beads, plastic beads, fake pearls real stones, and even real bone! We threw in a button and something made from polystyrene, …. basically you name it, we used it …… with pleasing levels of success, (almost all were better than expected) … and the few which didn’t work out well, it was easy to see why! There were things that shocked us that they worked so well, and others that we would have expected a different result but still love the one we got, and believe it or not, there were only 2 “no”s! (which weren’t the end of the world)…

A fun thing for me was that one set of clay leaves I made 23 years and had been sitting at the bottom of a drawer since then, I decided that it needed a place here and it is fabulous!! So for all those artists who can’t bear to throw anything out, DON’T!!! (but do find something to use it for !!)