Teacher Profile: Ann & Karen Mitchell

Ann and Karen Mitchell

Ann and Karen Mitchell

Established in January of 1991 by sisters Ann and Karen Mitchell, AnKara Designs specializes in elegant and feminine handcrafted costume jewelry and accessories. Utilizing original sculpting techniques of polymer clay combined with crystal and pearl beads, metal filigree, and antique glass cabochons, the sisters create wearable art in a vast array of styles ranging from vintage designs to an updated classic look.

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Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell

E-mail: ankara@ankaradesigns.com

Web: http://www.ankaradesigns.com

 

 

Teacher Profile: Jana Roberts Benzon

Jana Roberts Benzon

Jana Roberts Benzon

Jana Roberts Benzon has a diverse artistic background in various mediums, but polymer has captured her creative spirit like nothing else….its ability to become just about anything is the height of creative freedom. Jana has focused on creating her brand of intricate “millefiori” canework and in perfecting her innovative techniques for building and reducing canes. From those canes, Jana loves creating interesting, dimensional jewelry pieces often evocative of Arabic or old world designs. While she’ll never leave the geometric symmetry of caning, these days she’s having a great time exploring the world of organic forms and “cutwork”.

Jana has always loved being a teacher and enjoys teaching polymer clay workshops internationally.

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Jana Roberts Benzon
jana@janarobertsbenzon.com

www.janarobertsbenzon.com

 

Jana's Synergy4 Workshop

Nature Walk – Toadstools, Twigs and Boughs

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Teacher Profile: Céline Charuau

Celine Charuau

Celine Charuau

I have been drawing, painting, sculpting and creating all kinds of things with my hands from the time I was a child.

But, it was only in 2007, however, that I started to work with polymer clay after having stumbled on it by chance. And since then, I haven’t quit exploring it as for me it’s a beautifully imaginative way of working with colour and volume at the same time.

I also wanted to incorporate a noble material like silver in my creations, and so have been teaching myself the different techniques like soldering, hammering…and so I continue to design on thread the inspirations that nature gifts me.

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Céline Charuau

ccharuau@yahoo.fr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/grisbleu/

https://www.facebook.com/celine.charuau

 

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Teacher Profile: Donna Greenberg

Donna Greenberg

Donna Greenberg

Whether I am working on jewelry or sculptural vessels and wall hung art, my greatest interest is in combining diverse designs, colors, textures and materials in unexpected ways.  Pairing smooth, dull surfaces with a coarse piece of glittering pyrite; delicate pearls perched in a volcanic explosion of highly textured polymer; low end man made materials paired with the luxury of silver or bronze are the kind of studies that gets my heart beating loudly. The thrill for me is in balancing these diverse elements into a cohesive statement. The biggest compliment I can receive is when a viewer tells me my work looks like something they might find near the ocean, under a tree or perhaps on some other planet.

I discovered polymer in 2010 and have found it an ideal material suited to my aesthetics and tactile sensibilities. My background in painting, and ceramics has given me a great jumping off point into working with this very modern material as I continually discover new avenues when working with it.

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Donna Greenberg

donna@donnagreenbergarts.com

http://www.donnagreenbergarts.com/

 

Donna's Synergy4 Workshop

Tidal Pool Pendants

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Christine Dumont

Teacher Profile: Christine Dumont

Christine Dumont

Christine Dumont

Belgian-born and based in the United Kingdom, Christine has been working with polymer clay since 2008. She is a passionate artist and teacher. As the founder of Voila!, she has developed resources and creativity courses that have helped many polymer clay artists in their journey to creativity. She travels on a regular basis to deliver workshops across Europe. She’s been on the planning board of several Synergy events and a judge for the IPCA Awards.

Contact

https://voila.eu.com
http://www.allovercreation.net
cdumont@allovercreation.net

 

 

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Teacher Profile: christi friesen

Christi Friesen

Christi Friesen

Christi Friesen is an award-winning artist, specializing in polymer embellished with gems, pearls, beads, fiber, found objects, artifacts, metal and other media. Her work has been showcased in books, magazines and exhibits. She is the author of twelve how-to books on creating with polymer clay.

She teaches throughout the world, using humor and positive energy to encourage students to stretch their creativity, technical skills and artistic confidence.

When she is not traveling, Christi lives with her family in California, and enjoys time in her studio creating pieces ranging from small sculptural beads to larger sculptural work, vessels and wall pieces.

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christi friesen

christi@christifriesen.com

http://www.christifriesen.com

 

 

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Teacher Profile: Lindly Haunani

Lindly Haunani

Lindly Haunani

Lindly is a founding member of the National Polymer Clay Guild. Along with Pierrette Ashcroft, she is the author of “Artist’s at Work: Polymer Clay Comes of Age.” Lindly’s latest book was written with Maggie Maggio. “Color Inspirations” has become the reference manual for the polymer community and for artists in other media as well. She has produced several video workshops and been featured in many magazines.

She began teaching workshops in 1990 and enjoys traveling to lecture and inspire artists. She is known for her gentle and empowering teaching style.

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Lindly Haunani

Lindlyh@aol.com

http://www.LindlyHaunani.com

 

Lindly's Synergy4 Workshop

Sagacious Sumptuous Color Inspired by Nature

Lindly Haunani Workshop Sample

Lindly Haunani Workshop Sample

Teacher Profile: Ana Belchí

Ana Belchí

Ana Belchí

Ana Belchí is a contemporary jewelry artist specialized in the use of polymer clay, glass and silver as a means of artistic expression.

She has spent fifteen years designing custom accessories for individuals and runway events like three shows of Francis Montesinos for Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week, for fashion designer Carlos Haro or La Fierecilla Domada for Valencia Fashion Week.

Her designs have a minimalist look, with very pure lines and natural colors. She assures that she can’t design without a previous concept and makes a strong emphasis on the psychological treatment of its parts.

In addition to her passion for design, Ana is in love with teaching, and she has carried out that passion in various fields for over sixteen years. Focused now on teaching polymer clay, she became the first person in Spain that has led polymer clay to an Official School of Jewelry Arts (EASD Murcia).

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Ana Belchí

ana@anabelchi.es

http://www.anabelchi.es

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Teacher Profile: Melanie West

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Melanie West

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Melanie lives in the woods of Maine, surrounded by a plethora of wild life, including moose, bob cat, fox, coyotes, lots of song birds, wild turkeys and of course, ravens.

What drives Melanie’s current work with polymer and mixed media is a life long fascination with Nature’s use of extravagant forms, colors and patterns. Nature never ceases to amaze, and she has always been compelled to answer that amazement in her work.

Melanie’s vessels and wearable art express a very personal, sensual experience, using a dream like impression of Melanie’s unique vision of Nature.

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Melanie West

ravensclay@gmail.com

http://ravensclay.com

 

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