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Melanie West: A Unique Way of Organic Caning – Full of Depth and Color!

Workshop Description

This is a technique based workshop, not a project specific workshop.

In this workshop, students will gain a solid understanding of how to make the canes I use in my current work, using hand pigmented, translucent polymer clay. Different materials for pigmentation will be covered, and the different effects one can achieve. I will also show the best ways I’ve discovered to laminate with these translucent canes (using simple polymer clay armatures we will make in the workshop). The goal of this unique cane technique is to add depth and movement in polymer cane work, as well as gain control of the colors one uses. I pack as much as I can into my classes, so be ready to soak up as much as possible! Students may not finish a project, but that is ok! They will leave this workshop with a head full of ideas and inspiration, and a nice collection of canes to play with.

My approach to teaching is to help my students reflect on their own creative process, raise issues that are important for the creative soul to survive and grow, and ultimately… help students find their own unique voices.

Registration Information


Sunday, August 13




$125 USD

Number of Students

Maximum 20


Intermediate to advanced

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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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