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17C216 - Sculpted-Character Walking Stick

August 12-13, 2017
Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm, plus optional Sat evening studio time
Maureen Carlson

17C216 - Sculpted-Character Walking Stick
17C216 - Sculpted-Character Walking Stick17C216 - Sculpted-Character Walking Stick17C216 - Sculpted-Character Walking Stick

We usually think of character walking sticks as being carved from wood, but this one uses polymer clay to sculpt the details. The hardened clay character pieces are then attached to the wooden walking stick using Apoxie Sculpt, which is a self-hardening and very durable 2-part clay.

In this class you’ll learn the basics of sculpting a face, then how to alter the face in order to create the character that you envision for your walking stick. You’ll also learn how to add patterned and textured embellishments, using polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, wire and found items.

If you’ve never sculpted before, you may find that Maureen’s easy-to-understand step-by-step process makes sculpting a face way easier than you ever imagined. Experienced sculptors my enjoy the process of combining polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt to create subtle expressions and add a personalized character to their walking stick.

The finished walking stick can be painted, polished or left as it is. Once all of the elements have hardened, you can display it as a work of art and also use it as a functional walking stick.

Level: Novice and above

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Tuition $225
Materials Fee $5

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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