Orlando Clay Fandango 2019

The all inclusive Lake Yale 5 day/4 night retreat. Meals and lodging are included. The instructors are Maureen Carlson, Lynn Yuhr and Toni Ransfield. Retreat Demos by various artists.
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Orlando Clay Fandango Options:
  • The All Inclusive Workshop Option:
  • (One day with each Instructor)
    Lynn Yuhr
    "Making Your Mark with Kandinsky"

    Playful mark making is used to create designs inspired by Kandinsky.

    We will explore mark making tools (purchased, found, up-cycled, etc) for polymer clay. Surface coloration is added using pan pastels, small polymer bits and acrylic paint for a patina. The layering of color both below and above the marks creates a cohesive design. The polymer design is then used to create disc beads with embedded findings. The funky designs provide a bracelet that will be sure to make an artful statement. A polymer clay toggle clasp will be designed to finish the bracelet. You will have an option to purchase a wooden component toggle from Banyan Bay instead.

    Toni Ransfield
    "The Art of Pen Making"

    Have you ever wanted to make a professional looking pen, something beautiful, more than the usual Bic Pen? Challenge yourself with this class by first learning how to make 2 Millefiori canes. I will make it easy, promise!! No need to fear this class. I know you can do it!! I will guide you the whole step of the way.

    You can either bring canes already made or purchase a kit for the class, which will contain the necessary items to make a pen with or without a cane. The canes need to be pre-made, so they are firm. The ones we make in class will be too soft to use. I will show you how to slice them thin to apply them to the brass tubes, sanding as well as polishing the blank. Next you will assemble your pen kit. All the mysteries will be revealed in this class on how to create your pen masterpiece. You will leave this workshop with 2 canes and a finished pen.

    Experience level: All skill levels welcome.


    Maureen Carlson
    "Figuratively Speaking with Dorothy"

    6-Inch tall mixed-media Dot is a Dorothy wannabe as she loves rainbows, little black dogs and grand adventures. She even dresses the part in her gingham fabric-over-polymer dress. However she didn't quite make the cut in the local play as she can't sing, thus her wistful expression. She can dance, though, as her polymer clay arms and legs are jointed with eye pins at the knees and elbows. For those people who are intimidated by sculpture, this project will be done in stages, concentrating on one part at a time, which is where the magic comes in. The first stage will be making the polymer clay feet, face, body and pantaloons. Molds will be available to help with the face. The second stage is the back of the head, the shirt and the laminated fabric-over-polymer dress, which is way easier than it looks. The precut pieces of fabric control the size and the soft polymer backing helps the gathers stay in place. The third stage is making the arms and adding the ruby-red slippers. After she cools from the final bake, her arms and legs will be attached and her wool roving hair will be glued in place, then tied with a silk ribbon.

    Skills learned will be the practicality of baking polymer clay in stages, working with wire armatures, laminating fabric over polymer clay, "sewing" with clay, making shoes, sculpting winsome faces, making basic hand shapes and creating simple wigs.

    Advanced Option - A Walking Stick class by Maureen Carlson. The cost is an additional $60.00 dollars. There is only 4 spots left for this option. If you are interested in this class, email me at zevacat@gmail.com

    A walking stick can be useful, decorative or symbolic, but it is always very personal. It is the personal element that will be the focus of this mixed media class with Maureen. She will guide students through a process of forming an intention for their walking stick, then, over two days, will help them bring that intention into reality. The accompanying composite photo shows just a few of the ideas that might be incorporated into a walking stick. To accommodate the fact that students may be traveling from a distance and not able to travel with a walking stick, the decorative parts will be created as units. These will be removable and can be reassembled securely at home. This will also allow for maximum use of our oven space! There will be a Materials Fee of $8.00 for the hardware plus a portion of Apoxie Sculpt.

  • 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. The three night option will complete two projects. 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.