Last weekend I took a 2-day class with polymer clay artist Laurie Mika. What a joy! It was so fun to step out of my comfort zone and do something different. It had nothing to do with dolls or Halloween crafts!
Laurie teaches a mixed-media technique where you make small polymer clay tiles, and you assemble them together with lots of other pieces of jewelry, glass, beads, and any other various "doo-dads" that you can come up with. It's part mosaic, part collage.
This class was about making a Gothic-style Triptych. (A Triptych is a 3-sided piece where 2 sides are hinged to close and open) So, we had the choice of decorating all six sides!
Here are some photos of the class work-in-progress:
As you can see, we are making tiles and assembling the pieces to fit on the wooden form. The clay tiles we made are stamped with texture, painted, be-jeweled, layered, then baked. So many elements!
Here are some of the almost finished pieces:
And, here is my effort:
My goal was to embellish each and every tile with as much texture and jewelry and I could pile on. But, Laurie suggested I don't do every tile, so it would give the viewer's eye a rest.
Mine is still not finished (have to add some texture to the background, and need to add a few more tile to the bottom), but I'm happy with the results.
Laurie is a great teacher and artist, and we were honored to have her come to Albuquerque to teach us.
(I'm the one with the beard. Laurie is sitting to my left, with red hair)