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17C215 - Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture

August 10-11, 2017
Thursday-Friday, 9am-5pm, plus optional Thur evening studio time
Maureen Carlson

17C215 - Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture
17C215 - Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture17C215 - Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture

This class is a take-off on a popular children’s stacking toy, but this version is sophisticated enough for your office desk or a favorite bookcase shelf. It’s fun and interactive, too, as the pieces can be rearranged and turned to create different moods and to view different impressed messages. It’s sculpture, a puzzle and message board, all in one creatively playful work of art.

You’ll create the individual pieces from polymer clay, aluminum foil, wire and found items, such as spools or wooden blocks. The pieces will all be drilled so that they can stack on a threaded rod and are then topped with a threaded bead for stability.

In class you’ll be working primarily with polymer clay, a material which, when placed in a 275 degree F oven, becomes hard and durable. Maureen’s signature push molds will be used to create the face and hands. You’ll learn to personalize and tweak the clay pieces to make each a one-of-a-kind creation. You’ll also create separate beads and a stand to which you’ll add texture, rubber stamp and letter impressions, paint, alcohol ink and embedded items.

Come for the fun and learning. Leave with a very personal work of art.

Level: Novice and above

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Tuition $225
Materials Fee $8

Maureen Carlson has been working with polymer clay since 1979, when fellow artist Anne Fisher from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival suggested that she use it for creating her Wee Folk. That conversation led to a whole world of opportunity, literally, as 36 years later you can find Maureen Carlson books and Push Molds in polymer clay workshops around the world. Since then she has written for magazines, worked with American Art Clay Company as a polymer clay demonstrator and consultant and was a frequent guest on the Carol Duvall show on HGTV. She has written 14 polymer clay books, including How to Make Clay Characters (Northlight Books), Clay Techniques for a Pasta Machine (Design Originals) and FIMO Folk (Hot Off the Press). Her original clay characters have been featured as licensed collectibles, most recently with Abbey Press in a line called Sister Folk. She is most drawn to sculpture but uses a wide variety of polymer clay techniques in her surface design work. From 1998 to 2015 she and her husband, Dan, operated Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN, which specialized in polymer clay workshops and retreats. She and Dan continue their on-line presence at Currently Maureen is concentrating on her own studio work as well as imagining ways that storytelling, photography and polymer clay might be combined to create wonder and joy.

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