Dimension and Movement in Metal Clay

Stephanie is a jewelry maker and instructor. She is a diverse artist, proficient in many jewelry mediums. Her go-to and preferred medium is Precious Metal Clay (PMC). The metal clay process enables Stephanie to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry. While working in the mixed media art industry she took her first class in PMC, was instantly hooked and has been working with metal clay since 2008. After being certified through Rio Grande in 2010 Stephanie began teaching. Stephanie has continued to perfect and share her craft by teaching others how to make their own jewelry and art. She believes we each have the capacity to be inspired creators. Many people just need a safe, fun, environment to explore their own creative limits and that is what she provides and shares, bringing people to the joy that she knows in her daily craft.

This course will take you through a series of techniques and projects where you’ll learn to create pieces with 3-D dimension and movement. During this course, you will learn: Create walls, Boxes, Lockets, Hinges, Bails, …and much more!

Needle Felting Open-Winged Birds

Kiyoshi Mino is a needle felt artist based in Rock Island, IL. He discovered needle felting by accident when he and his wife were attending a yearlong organic farmer training program before starting their own farm. Kiyoshi immediately fell in love with it. He loved to draw as a kid but had never tried any form of sculpture before. It was very exciting for him to be able to draw in three dimensions with nothing but a needle and a clump of wool. He has always loved animals of all kinds and because wool is a type of animal fur itself, it is the perfect medium for realistically sculpting mammal fur and bird feathers. In his work, he focuses on wild animal species which he tries to render as faithfully as possible. Kiyoshi believes that almost all animals have unique personalities and emotional complexity just like humans and his goal when depicting wild animals is to try and convey this idea by capturing these unique personalities. He has given workshops in the US, China, Chile, and the Netherlands. His work has been exhibited in Shanghai, Boston, and New York City and featured in Fiber Art Now, Fast Company Design, and New York Magazine.

This course will provide students with the knowledge and techniques required to sculpt birds with open wings using wool and felting needle. Students will learn to use basic bird anatomy to construct a bird wing out of individual needle felted wool feathers and they will learn how to increase the detail and realism in all of their needle felt animal sculptures.

Sculpting Santas with Polymer Clay

Karen Baker was born in Southern California, she has always been an artist but discovered polymer clay about 10 years ago, hooked on how detailed you can get with the medium she started making human figures. Her dolls are in collections all over the world and she enjoys teaching classes as well. She currently lives in Utah with her husband and 16-year-old son, two cats, and one horse.

Just in time for Christmas! Come learn how to make your own Santa! This class will employ the same techniques we used in the “How to Create Elves in Polymer Clay” but with more emphasis on his character face, how to apply a beard and mustache, creating his fat little *bowl full of jelly*, right down to his boots. This is a full three-day course and it’s going to be lots of fun, hope to see you there!

Sculpting and Painting Realistic Cats in Polymer Clay

Qingyu Li is an animal figurine artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He initially got into the field when his old cat passed away and wanted to make a sculpture in memory of him. To his surprise and delight, the journey only started there. Gradually Qingyu Li learned to make all sorts of animals in polymer clay and acrylic paint, and it is his great joy to bring them in front of the world as a reminder of either the beauty of nature as in wildlife or our emotions devoted to our companion animals. Qingyu Li personally believe animals are most beautiful just the way they are and try to represent them as realistic as possible, which is also a good way to show the resemblance and uniqueness of different species. He hopes through his work, people can learn about and appreciate the animals on our planet and will want to preserve the biodiversity in this world where it is increasingly hard for real-life wildlife encounters. The replicas of his work have been sold all over the world to collectors and animal lovers.

In this class, Qingyu Li will teach you step by step how to use polymer clay to sculpt a realistic feline and paint it. Polymer clay is a widely used medium for creating different styles of sculptures and miniatures. You will learn the basic cat anatomy used in art and learn to compare and transfer the knowledge to creating other animals. You will learn how to depict different kinds of fur and the tools applied. We will also do a little discussion in feline facial expressions and their various fur pattern. This is great for artists and hobbyists of all skill levels to learn more about realistic cat figures.

Dimensional Art with Paper Clay

Rogene Mañas retired from her international card company, PhotoTidings, in 2006 to focus on art-making. She studied at the University of Oregon and worked with numerous professional artists in the Pacific Northwest, Mexico, Italy and France in developing her skills. After becoming an accomplished plein-air landscape painter, she made a sudden departure in style and materials after spending winters in Mexico. Inspired by the allegorical nature of Latin American folk art, she shifted her focus from the external world to the internal one. Now as a contemporary folk artist, she makes art about her own thoughts and feelings, often combining nature images with human forms. In her book, Artful Paperclay, published by North Light Books in 2016, Rogene shares the unique and inventive paper clay and mixed media techniques that make her work stand out. She teaches workshops in Oregon and Mexico, and her work may be seen in galleries in Oregon, California and at her website, www.rogenemanas.com. In 2011, she was featured on Oregon Art Beat, a regional program on PBS showcasing Oregon Artists. In this course with Rogene, you will learn how to create bas-relief images that have the look of carved wood and leave people wondering how they were made. Paper clay is an easy-to-use, air-dried clay that holds amazing detail is non-toxic, and does not require baking or firing. It comes out of the pack ready-to-use and is available at most art supply and craft stores. This unique and innovative process is fun, flexible and forgiving, making it perfect for beginning and advanced students alike.

If you want to check out how to create paper clay art, you can get lifetime access to the course at Curious Mondo’s Instant Access Courses.

The Magic of Double Weave on a 4-Shaft Loom

Deanna has been taking classes continuously for the past 40 years and has been teaching for 30 years. She taught weaving at the University of Utah for eight years. She has shown her work and won awards throughout the intermountain area. Because of all her practice and knowledge, there is nobody else that you would want to teach how to do a double weave and make it on a 4-shaft loom. The course will go into more detail about Deanna, she will tell you the material and tools needed as well as the books that she likes. She will help explain ways to make the warping faster and easier as well as different threadings and why Deanna changed her way of doing it. She help to describe to you basic lifting to get two layers, shuttle manipulation to put in folds, tubes and openings, and weaving a double (triple) width piece and how to keep the fold smooth. There are so many different possibilities when it comes to using the double weave to your advantage. You can make a piece that is double the width of your loom, a tube that can turn into a bag or a pillow, pick up a pattern or design, and many more possibilities. Anyone who is interested in weaving, fiber art, or anyone who is looking to start a new hobby or career. 

If you want to check out how to create a beautiful double weave on a 4-shaft loom, you can get lifetime access to the course at Curious Mondo’s Instant Access Courses. 

EP 50 – Joshua Von War-Bear – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Joshua Von War-Bear about leather work, creating art, life as an artist, cosplay, playing with tools, and much more!

EP 49 – Roxanne Vigos – Natural Dyeing – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Roxanne Vigos about natural dyeing, creating art, life as an artist, eco-dyeing, playing with fibers, and much more!

EP 48 – Lisa Pavelka on Resin – Creativity in Focus – Jewelry Series

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Lisa Pavelka about making jewelry with resin, creating art, life as an artist, mixed-media jewelry, and much more!

Lisa produces beautiful pieces with Polymer clay and her branded techniques and Magic-Glos. She has taught several classes on Curious Mondo!
Check Out Lisa Pavelka’s Classes

EP 47 – Asia Raine – Jewelry Series – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Asia Raine about jewelry making, creating art, life as an artist, organic jewelry, and much more!

Asia is also one of our instructors at Curious Mondo, Check out her How to do Etching with Electricity class!

EP 46 – Jana Benzon – Polymer Clay Series – Creativity in Focus

Today it’s all about polymer clay mushrooms with Jana Benzon! Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Jana about sculpting, creating art, life as an artist, polymer clay, and much more!

Jana’s work is so realistic, and and can be widely incorporated in the polymer clay sculpting work or used as Jewelry! She has taught a class showing how to make her realistic mushrooms on Curious Mondo!
Check it out!


EP 45 – Erik Jensen – Painting with Computer Keys – Creativity in Focus

Today it’s all about upcycled art from computer keys with Erik Jensen! Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Erik about upcycling, creating art, life as an artist, and much more!