The Philadelphia Polymer Clay Guild just hosted Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes who taught their class, The Cutting Edge of Polymer Clay.
If you get a chance to take a class with them, do not hesitate.
On the first day they covered their mokume gane techniques and on the second day, they covered their caning techniques. Did I say no reduction and hardly little waste? And they made it so easy!!!They gave us directions and handouts on how to make literally scores of canes. One of our members who said she never caned is going to start because of what she learned in the class.
Their twist on Mokume Gane was similarly thought provoking. So many new ideas. So many new ways to do things. SO many things you never though of that seem so obvious one you've learned them.
They had hundreds of clay swatches and samples. They let us photograph everything so we could try the techniques at home. They were incredibly generous with their knowledge.
I sure got my money's worth. Besides all the caning and mokume gane,
they gave us tons of ideas for making tools.
I think the best part of the weekend was that they encouraged us to play with the clay. They provided a framework for our imaginations to fill in. There is no way I am going to be able to make the kind of stuff they do, but what I learned is going to help me make my own work better.
I know there had been a little controversy about their class earlier this year. I just wanted everyone to know about our experience in Philadelphia.