Upcoming Events

2017 Events

2nd Annual Retreat with guest artist Jana Roberts Benzon - October 27-29, 2017 at Heartland Center

We will begin taking deposits and have more information later this summer.

Alice Stroppel Workshop – June 24-25, 2017 at Hampshire Square Clubhouse

Sign up now – don’t delay!  Contact Donna Harryman at

The cost of the 2 day workshop is $175.00 for members and $199.00 for non-members. This includes lunches both days.

Day 1 – Build Your Cane Inventory

This is what Alice states about Day 1 
If you like my style of work, I want to assure you that my canes are easy, fun and not at all precise. I don’t make large canes and I use every little bit of clay to make some interesting accent canes to use in all sorts of projects.

I firmly believe that you will be delighted at how much more creative and productive you’ll become if you have your cane inventory waiting for you when an idea hits. If you have to stop and make each component cane before you can begin, most of the time you won’t even start.

I’ll show you my dot, dot, dot cane, some cool extruder canes and we’ll use the scraps to make coordinating Stroppel Canes.

This class is for all levels of expertise, the only requirement is that you know how to make a Skinner blend and that you come to class with your Skinner blends and plugs already made. I’ll provide you with the instructions ahead of time.

Day 2 – Cane Mapping

This is what Alice says about Day 2
If you love mosaics and polymer clay, if you love the look of complex canes but simply don’t want to create a giant cane, if you love one of a kind pieces, and if you have tons of left over canes, or canes you just made in my cane class…..this is the class for you! This is an intermediate class and skinner blended canes will make your designs pop. We’ll learn the basics by mapping a fish or butterfly portrait like the ones pictured here. Or bring a drawing of your own. I’ll be bringing patterns and black matboard to fit 4”x6” or 5”x7” frames. You supply the frame. We might have time to complete two pieces. A great place to buy frames is Ikea. They come with a white outer mat. Ribba is the brand name of the frames I use. Michaels has some with mats as well and we all know about Michaels sales.

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Carol Simmons Workshop – Flowers and Totems: A Feast for the Eyes – March 17-19, 2017 at Hampshire Square Clubhouse

We had so much fun making fantasy flowers!  A great workshop!IMG_7303

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2016 Events

1st Annual Retreat

deb hart turtle and owlDeb Hart was our guest artist at our 1st Annual Retreat held on August 12-14, 2016.



We were at Bead Blast!  May 14 & 15, 2016


Dayle Doroshow - April 1-3, 2016