How to Sculpt Shoes in 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.

In this course, we will be covering how to make different kinds of shoes, sneakers, sandals, high heel shoes, and more. From sculpting to painting techniques, as well as laces and buckle applications. A shoe is an essential part of any doll. If you enjoy working with polymer clay and sculpting you are going to want to check out this course. 

How to Sculpt Nighttime Creatures in Polymer Clay

Melissa Terlizzi is an “accidental” polymer clay artist. She stumbled onto the material in 2011 while looking for a way to create her own buttons and brooches for her handknit scarves. Something clicked inside her—all other hobbies fell away and she began to focus full time on creating polymer art. Today Melissa is well known in the polymer art community for her whimsical nature-inspired wall pieces and small sculptures. Her subjects are often the creatures she calls “overlooked”—reptiles, amphibians, bugs and birds that are familiar to most of us, but not necessarily beloved. With polymer clay, she can satisfy her curiosity about science, and share what she’s learned with the people who enjoy her art.

Melissa works with the colored clay, blending and combining different colors into complex, patterned “canes,” which are then sliced and textured to become everything from a beetle’s wing or turtle shell to a shaggy piece of tree bark. Finished creations are enhanced with oil paints. Her work is detailed and lifelike, but almost always whimsical. Melissa doesn’t take herself too seriously and believes her art shouldn’t either!

Melissa loves sharing her passion for polymer through teaching. She teaches workshops and at a summer camp near her home in Virginia, and has published online tutorials on the “Polymer Clay Universe.” Her work is featured in galleries in Virginia and Europe and has received numerous awards. Her art has also been profiled in several publications: the “Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review” (2017), “Polymer Week Magazine” (2018), “Polymer Journeys 2019: The Art & Craft of Polymer” (2019), and the popular online blog, “Polymer Clay Daily.”

Join polymer clay artist Melissa Terlizzi for 3 days of sculpting night flyers. In a new art course perfect for spooky autumn crafting, Melissa will share how she makes 3 of her most popular clay creatures: an upside down-hanging bat, a sweet-faced owl, and a mysterious green luna moth. Straightforward tips and techniques on working with polymer clay will make this sculpting class a must-see for anyone who loves creating animals—whether they have been sculpting with polymer clay for years or have yet to crack the plastic on their first packet of clay.

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.