How to Sculpt Nighttime Creatures in Polymer Clay
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About the course
Shhhh! What was that sound?! Whoosh! Flap! Buzz! A breeze moves the air by your ear on an otherwise still, dark night. Could it be a bat? Was that an owl? Or perhaps it was just a large moth fluttering by? Actually it’s all three!
Join polymer clay artist Melissa Terlizzi this September for 3 days of sculpting night flyers. In a new 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 will make this class a must-see for anyone who loves creating animals—whether they have been sculpting with polymer for years or have yet to crack the plastic on their first packet of clay.
In this course, we will learn to:
- Create, texture and bake a bat with the option for open or closed wings
- Learn simple techniques for making feather canes; learn how to place feathers and “build” an owl
- Combine clay into moth wing canes, and use the slices to make a moth magnet, brooch or mini wall hanging
- Add paints to our creations to bring out textures and add depth and interest
About The Instructor
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.”
Melissa lives in Virginia with her husband, 4 kids, 2 cats and 2 turtles. Her polymer clay critters move out as soon as their paint dries—and live in collections around the world!