General Session: Creativity Takes Courage

Henri Matisse said ‘It has bothered me all my life that I don’t paint like everybody else.’

Following your own creative path can be daunting, lonely and downright scary. How do we know our authentic path and how do we find the courage to keep going?

Hear the stories and strategies used by your favorite polymer artists and art jewelers to keep themselves going on their artistic journey.

Tuesday, August 15 – Afternoon

Presenter: Loretta Lam


I grew up in upstate New York, in a tiny village surrounded by horse, dairy and apple farms. My family spent each summer at the Connecticut shore. I love the northeast; from Cape Cod and the Berkshires to the Hudson River Valley. The inviting, gentle beauty of this area has greatly influenced me. I was born with a strong aesthetic sense and the hands of a maker. As a child, I could always be found drawing. I taught myself to paint, bake bread and refinish furniture. I’ve done just about every craft and…of course, jewelry. Read More…






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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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