Adaptations – or – Gliding Along the Silk Road….

I tripped, fell and turned over a new leaf to discover a richer and fuller creative journey.

In this session we will explore a journey taken in search of personal expression. How an interest in nature and its reflection in the Asian aesthetic has influenced artists historically and my work specifically. How an idea is transformed through an artist’s own “voice”. The medium used and physical challenges facing an artist may require some adaptations. Part of the session will deal with techniques for breaking through creative blocks and finding new sources of information and inspiration. I will explore how working collaboratively and using tools and techniques from other media will expand your work in the polymer arts. Finally, we will look at the questions: “What to do when you can no longer do what you’ve done before, but you still need to create? and How can we adapt to life’s ever-changing circumstances?

Tuesday, August 15 – Afternoon

Presenter: Mari O’Dell

Mari O’Dell


A teacher with thirty years experience, I became addicted to polymer clay in the late 1980’s when I needed an inexpensive way to teach a jewelry design unit to my at-risk high school students. I was hooked! Over the years I have had the occasion to teach at guild retreats, two Ravensdale Conferences and other venues both in the U.S. and abroad.

I continue to explore this wonderful material and its mixed media applications. Besides art, I continue to avoid cleaning my house by gardening, cooking, traveling, collecting Mingei Japanese folk art.



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Important Dates

  • Online Registration: January 9 - August 6, 2017
  • Check-in: August 13, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
    August 14, 15, 16 @ 8 AM daily
  • Conference: August 13 (evening) to August 16, 2017
  • Pre and Post-Conference Workshops: August 13, 17, and 18, 2017

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