Since 2014 I have called "the year of the Sponge" I wanted to learn as much as I could from as many resources that I could!

I went to my 1st ever Clay ConneCTion with my Southern Connecticut Polymer clay guild.See all our fun and pictures on the Guild Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Connecticut-Polymer-Clay-Guild/147294598697

I devoured books as well as Magazines.

I watched Iris show how great all the new Sculpey products are and the GRAND Finale.....

I went to Art is You Retreat;

[caption id="attachment_14701" align="alignnone" width="300"]Laurie Mika and I and Art is you Mixed Media retreat 10-14 Laurie Mika and I and Art is you Mixed Media retreat 10-14[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14702" align="alignnone" width="300"]Doreen Kassel and I for her Blended Beast class at the Art is You retreat 10-14 Doreen Kassel and I for her Blended Beast class at the Art is You retreat 10-14[/caption]

my second year going. If you have never heard of them please check out their webpage

http://www.art-is-you.com/mysitecaddy/site3/artis2015.htm

This year they had 2 polymer clay classes soooo you know where I was. These were my 1st ever live polymer clay class everything else I learned from all the other resources I mentioned above as well as You Tube. (hey Pandora!! )

The 1st day long class was with Doreen Kassel here Blended Beast Class - It was so much fun and joy filled.

I love that in Doreen's class of Twenty of us everyone came up with something completely different!

Doreen lets you know you have permission to explore create and giggle; Squeals of delight were heard frequently during the class.

I learned her great painting techniques. I got 2 pieces made 1st my Happy Easter Chickie poo  complete with Peep feet !

My next creation I just went in open minded and what started as a skunk morphed  into this cute little purple fellow that is a.... wait for it Seahorse- a- saurus named Walter  ! I giggle every time I look at him!

 

[caption id="attachment_14697" align="alignnone" width="203"]This is my Happy Peep feet that I made during my Class with Doreen Kassel. This is my Happy Peep feet that I made during my Class with Doreen Kassel.[/caption]

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My next Polymer clay class was with Laurie Mika for her Embedded Heart Class.

Laurie is a tiny power house of energy and she shared all her knowledge with everyone. Laurie showed me the many ways she uses texture sheets and molds and how painting techniques cane make such a huge difference.

I want to thank both Doreen and Laurie for making my classes so much fun! They are both launching NEW classes so check out there facebook pages !

[caption id="attachment_14699" align="alignnone" width="224"]This is the piece I made during my class With Laurie Mika at the Stamford Ct Art is You retreat This is the piece I made during my class With Laurie Mika at the Stamford Ct Art is You retreat[/caption]

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I have never gotten bored with Polymer clay and ALL its possibilities! I already have some MORE learning opportunities lined up

I have already signed up for The Polymer Clay Adventure which is a YEAR long Virtual Retreat with 22 amazing teachers including our very own Snydee Holt !  Check it out here !

http://craftylink.ning.com/get-involved/polymer-clay-adventure

My polymer clay adventure is JUST beginning!