Orlando Clay Fandango 2018

The all inclusive Lake Yale 5 day/4 night retreat. Meals and lodging are included. The instructors are Christi Friesen, Donna Greenberg, Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell. Retreat Demos by various artists.

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Orlando Clay Fandango Options:
  • The All Inclusive Workshop Option:
  • (One day with each Instructor)
    Christi Friesen
    "The Art of the Vessel"

    Creating art vessels from polymer and mixed media

    The vessel is a time-honored form for artistic expression. In this workshop we will explore and create an art vessel using polymer with mixed media.  Emphasis is one design, composition, individuality and mastery of armatures, embellishments, accents and surface treatments.

    Sounds like work? NAH! It's FUN! You will have lots of choices and your finished vessel will be WONDERFUL!

    Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell
    "Engineering and Construction for Polymer Jewelry Design"

    Are you in the mood to make something exotic, vintage, steampunk, or culturally inspired? An assortment of interesting materials lie in front of you- where do you go from here? How do you plan the design? How do you make the individual elements connect successfully for visual impact and wearability?

    This workshop highlights the benefits of using polymer for the successful design progression and completion of an original mixed-media jewelry piece. We will feature methods for building jewelry elements that can be assembled in various configurations, adding stable loops for connections and drops, and utilizing chain as a functional and decorative material. The engineering of a piece of jewelry is as important as the surface treatment. Your own interpretation and integration of the techniques demonstrated will help personalize your design.

    Some basic bead jewelry making techniques will be reviewed. Since there are multiple baking steps involved, the creation of elements and assembly will occur continuously throughout the class. This is a comprehensive workshop aimed not only at creating spectacular designs, but also is focused on incorporating liquid and solid polymer techniques seamlessly into jewelry design resulting in elegant, sparkling, and vintage-inspired pieces. We bring to you our 25 years of experience as mixed-media jewelry designers, liquid clay innovators, and mad scientists in polymer clay integration techniques.

    Experience level: All skill levels welcome.


    Donna Greenberg
    "Coral Clusters Sculptures"

    Small in stature but big on charm, these hand held clusters are a wonderful way for students to explore hand modeling texturing and sculpting as well as painting skills to achieve the depth and glow of luscious translucent colors.

    Donna has developed effective methods using simple tools to make organic forms such as openwork coral tubes and cups. No molds are used , just ingenuity and imagination. Students can also opt of create a clay ‘stone’ like pedestal for their piece . Design and color theory are discussed during class helping each student create their own individual work of art.

    Design and color theory are discussed during class helping each student create their own individual work of art.

    Skills: 3d sculpting methods, hand applied textures, painting and translucent color glazing and construction design to pull it all together.

    Potential: All methods learned in class can easily be applied to larger sculptural work as well as jewelry such as rings, necklaces, cuffs and earrings

  • Retreat Only Experience Option
  • (No workshops included)

    If you are looking for a relaxing weekend and would like to pickup some new tips, tricks and techniques, this is the perfect option! This is just an overview of the Retreat Only Experience.

    • Clay on your own, in a relaxed atmosphere
    • Attend demos.
    • Use of Lake Yale Campgrounds
    • Attend Fandango events

  • Beginner Option
  • (No workshops included)

    Beginner Class: Are you new to polymer clay? Would you like to learn the basics in a comfortable class setting? Then come to our beginner class. We will provide you with a basic tool kit for a small fee or a supply list and you can shop for the supplies yourself. We will contact you after you register about your options.

    Everyone who attends our new to polymer clay class will receive a one year free membership to the Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild. If you are outside the Orlando Area, we will give you the contact information for a guild near you.

    The class will cover mixing clay, creating blends, molds and canes. Each student will leave with a finished project. The two night option will complete one project, covering an altoid tin. The three night option will complete two projects, a blade holder and an altoid tin. The 4 night option will give you extra time to work on the skills learned and more time to complete your projects. To sign up for the Basic option on the next page scroll down to the heading Beginner's Basic Workshop. The Beginner's Basic workshop can only be taken once.