Author: Sylvie peraud

Mixed Media

So it’s not that I didn’t work last week, but one of my light bulbs let me down and bad light means bad pictures.

So here is the last necklace I made mixing metal and polymer in purple, and a pair of earrings to match the first necklace made this way.

Then I made little cute mushrooms on two brooches…

I went on with this mixed media idea and added wood. What essence of wood? No idea, I picked this root up several years ago either on the beach or in a river and used it to decorate my table when at a fair. Any way I decided to cut a slice of it just to see what the inside looked like. Surprise…that wood is hard as rock and it took me quite a while to cut it. But I managed and after a whole afternoon of sanding a little oil revealed the pattern! Such a beautiful wood deserved to be enhanced and the association with metal and polymer is magic.

Yesterday, I cut a second slice, sanded it, oiled it, cut out a piece of metal…the idea started to grow in my head…and this morning I added the clay to it. I wanted something very light, like butterfly wings. I dont know if this piece will be a necklace or a brooch, but I’m quite happy with it.

Inspirational breakdown

If there is one thing that every artist dreads but that happens to be inevitable, it’s the lack of inspiration. I’d like to say that in my case this is cyclical; about once a year I have an inspirational blackout.

When this happens to me, no use getting to the studio table and trying to make anything because it’s a loss of time. What I do is run out of the studio and find something different to do that requires all my attention. I need to empty my head of anything concerning clay and the clay environment. This year again I fled the blackout by diving into our corridor renovation: scraping the ugly salmon stucco chosen 20 years ago from the walls, plastering them back, sanding and painting them in a nice neutral soothing color. Redoing the ceiling, painting the doors and cabinet doors and finally retiling the floor to match the rest of the house. In short, an occupation that kept me away from the studio for over 2 months!!!

But every evening, I would surf on the internet and reconnect for a short moment. Every day I enjoyed Melanie West’s posts on world wide artists working in so many different mediums. Her posts are always a great source of inspiration, Thank you Melanie!

This time again it « TILTED » when discovering this creation from a Japanese artist named Jiro Kamata living in Munich.


Jiro Kamata

The overlapping pieces, like thrown on top of each other struck me and it has been in the corner of my mind since. So when time came to get back to work, I knew where I was heading to.

Of course it doesn’t come at once. You have to try, try again, improve it, take a new path, digress to start to see it come to life as you had felt it deep inside.

The first try was made of neutral colors and imitations of raw materials. When seing it, my son said it was lacking colors but he liked the faux slate because of the dimension it brought.

Second and third try: color jumps in, but still the feeling it is lacking some punch and volume.

From volume to 3D there was just one step. Add a brilliant and warm color and there you are. It makes sense, it’s nice to look at, the construction issues are settled and I’m off for a mini collection.


Of course the need of sizing it down to make matching earrings came and here they are! The earrings are light, comfy so 3 new pairs are in the making.

I don’t know for you, but personally I don’t really fear the inspirational blackout because each time it feels like coming back to life and it’s a wonderful feeling. I just need to find something else to renovate in the house for next time… Gosh I have no idea!!!

For those who might be interested I will be teaching two workshops at Clayathon 2020 in NJ. It’s still time to join in…


Clayathon 2020

Wow I am thrilled to be teaching for the first time at Clayathon next year. I will be in good company with dear friends and artists new to me: Kathleen Dustin, Lindly Haunani, Loretta Lam, Jeff Dever, Jana Roberts Benzon, Donna Greenberg and Helen Wyland-Malchow. The event is organized by Arlene Groch, thank you for the hard work!

Here is the flyer created by Arlene. I hope to see you there!!!

If you want to sign up for my workshop(s) they have been added in my store Here

Early Registration is open
for Clayathon 2020
Retreat & Workshops
at the Seaview Hotel
Galloway Township, NJ
February 12-20, 2020

Clayathon 2020

Guest Artist:

Kathleen Dustin

Your $115 Clayathon Registration Fee includes
  • 6 hours of demonstrations by Kathleen Dustin [described below]
  • Your own 6′ Ballroom workshop table for 9 days,
  • Buffet lunches on Sunday and Monday
  • Friday evening Welcome Party,
  • Saturday evening Meet and Chat with the Artists
  • Sunday Auction
  • Monday evening Game Night
On February 15, 16 and 17,
Kathleen will Demonstrate
Tribal Texturing, Carving and Hinging in Polymer with Silver Wire
Studying her collection of tribal and ethnic jewelry, Kathleen has realized that spontaneity and improvisation are key elements in tribal design. With this in mind, during the weekend days of the Retreat [February 15, 16 & 17] Kathleen will demonstrate layering and carving cured polymer clay as well as making hand-applied patterned impressions in uncured clay.
As she explains, however, making jewelry requires the artist to think functionally as well as aesthetically. So, using silver wire Kathleen will demonstrate bending, hammering, imbedding, and hinging to join polymer pieces together in a simple straightforward way, enhancing tribal design. If time allows, she will also demonstrate making personally designed chain links.
NOTE: In addition to these included Demos on Feb. 15, 16 and 17, Kathleen will also teach a 3 day Workshop on February 18, 19 and 20, for which the fee is $330. See Workshop description below
Options: You can register for the Retreat only, for Workshops only, or for both Retreat and Workshops. Your Retreat Registration includes a 6′ table in the Ballroom from from Feb. 12 through Feb. 20. That way you will have the option of working independently in the Ballroom while others are taking Workshops.
Wait list: If Retreat registration is filled when you try to sign in, send me an email,, and I’ll p$330] ut you on the Wait List. [For workshop wait list issues, contact the workshop artist directly.]
Retreat Registration is limited to 126 spaces, so procrastination is not a wise plan.
To Register for the Retreat: Click on the “Register for Retreat HERE” button at the top. Then, fill out the form, pay the $115 Retreat fee by Pay Pal [much preferred] or by check to Elaine Rankosky at 14 Manchester St
Galloway NJ 08205-3680, and you will be registered for the 9 day Clayathon Retreat. [Registration for workshops is separate]
To Register for Workshops, click on “Contact ________ here” in each artists’ section below.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Corrections? – Please call me at
609-646-9447 or email me at


Polymer clay enables us to make containers in any shape we wish so why do we feel limited to making a little inro to wear around our neck or a larger box that is rectangular?
In this intensive 3-day workshop, Kathleen discusses shape design principles and leads students through making an interior reusable mold. Then through multiple bakings, students make a container with inside rim and attached handheld or shoulder cord. Students design their own shape, colors and embellishments under Kathleen’s guidance.
Kathleen Dustin Workshop
Polymer Purse: A Lightweight, Flexible Personal Vessel That Makes a Statement
TU, W, TH 2/18, 2/19, 2/20
$330 fee includes Viton rubber cording for each student.


Sylvie Peraud
Concrete and Rust Earrings
A One Day Workshop
Tuesday, February 18
Buy Now on to secure your spot on her Web Shop: Here
All level clayers welcome
 In this class students will build geometrical earrings. The innovative building technique is simple and opens the way to many more shapes. Once they are baked and quickly sanded, students will learn how to give these shapes a faux concrete look and touch. The earrings will be enhanced with coated wire that mimics rust and adds interest to the faux concrete texture and the hand made findings will be added.


Sylvie Peraud
Reversible Hollow Pendant
A One Day Workshop
Wednesday, February 19
A One Day Workshop
Buy now to secure your spot on her Web store Here
In this class students will build a hollow lentil pendant with openings on each side. Both will be carved and textured. Colors will be added with alcohol inks and other materials. The inside of the lentil is an imitation of concrete made with polymer clay. The pendant and dangling piece are attached with wire pieces that allow it to rotate in order to show either side. Students will learn how to play with a special clay mix and use it to cover metal wire.

Lindly Haunani
Joyous Color: Veneer Sampler
TU, W, TH, 2/18, 2/19, 2/20
Join Lindly Haunani for a joyful exploration of color and
  • Increase your color mixing agility
  • Learn to embrace fluorescents when mixing colors
  • Perfect your skills when combining colored patterns
Master the art and finesse of creating bright, vibrant color schemes using custom mixing primaries spiced up with fluorescents. If you prefer making a more restrained color scheme, Lindly will walk you through that option. Five useful strategies to enhance harmony will be presented as you prepare a set of colors destined to become a set of coordinating veneers.
Experience the magic of creating the illusion of glow in your veneers by combining two ombre blend stripe sheets while making your veneer patterns. There will be dozens of illustrative color samples on display and plenty of time for individual attention while you make your color choices.
Six new veneer patterns inspired by a glorious summer flower garden will be presented during this workshop including: nestled gladiola petals, a tessellated interlocking cane, a fun plaid and color blend checkerboards. Lindly will walk you through her behind the scenes thought processes that she uses when designing new veneers. Experience the excitement and joy of designing your own polymer fabric inspired patterns.
In this three- day workshop you will be making a polymer quilt wall hanging based upon a disappearing nine –patch. Learn how to sequence and audition your elements to create a harmonious balance in your design while using multiple elements. At the end of the session we will brainstorm as a group on how to incorporate what you have learned in your future projects: including scaling things for jewelry design, incorporating veneers into sculptures and ideas for exploring designing new patterns.
 Join Lindly Haunani, a nationally recognized colorist for a fun and illuminating three- day workshop. While you may know just what colors you like, and exactly how to mix them, using them in harmonious combinations can be challenging. Learn how to add impact to your polymer clay work with increased color confidence and agility.


Loretta Lam
Finding Your Balance
Th, F, 2/13, 2/14
We all know when a design is out of whack. We can feel imbalance in our bodies. Visual equilibrium is necessary to establishing harmony in a work of art. But how do you choose which type of balance to use?
In this workshop, Loretta will share the strengths and weaknesses of four types of balance – symmetry, modified symmetry, asymmetry and radial balance. All design elements have visual weight, direction, and energy. Learning to identify these things and use them consciously will lead to greater control over your design. When your design is strong, the work is fresh, contemporary, and dynamic. You will be delighted to see how easily you can accomplish this with a few key choices.
In this class you will:
  • Discover the effects of four basic types of balance
  • Learn how to use color, texture and form to support balance
  • Pick up tools to help you resolve design obstacles
  • Design & Create a beautifully balanced piece of jewelry


This three-day intensive will survey the exciting array of delicate, yet strong, jewelry forms achieved with this innovative technique. Through the use of fabrication, layering, and multi-cycle curing we can create a variety of delicate pieces for use as jewelry or whatever else you might imagine.
A sampling of Jeff’s work will be shared to illustrate some of the possibilities with this technique. The focus of the workshop will be on construction methods; but students will also explore surface ornamentation, finishing and joining multiple forms.
This is a technique workshop that is not project-specific; but it will enable students to create their own individual designs. Participants should have a basic working knowledge of polymer clay, and be comfortable working with other materials.  (A small materials fee will be charged)
Jeff Lloyd Dever
Reinforced Armature Techniques for Jewelry
W,Th, F, 2/12, 2/13, 2/14


Jana Roberts Benzon
Ominum Gatherum,
Polymer Style
W,Th, 2/12, 2/13
Geometry and nature gracefully commingle when Ominum Gatherum, a “miscellaneous collection”, take form in my latest Master Workshop, one that includes many new and exciting never-before-taught techniques.  I’ve always adored contrasts in design (color, texture, patterning, and form, and I’ve indulged that fondness in this workshop. Combining my “Geo Form” geometric grid patterning surface ‘treatment, with colorful Cabbage Roses and Fluttery Leaves, is one example.
We will explore the world of texture, contrast, form, and balance as you create several different elements which you will combine into an arrangement – as jewelry or décor, whatever you’d like. Using your clay color palette of choice (and a few light touches of alcohol inks), you’ll learn to make all of the elements you see in these photos. Click here for more details about these elements.
Along with the many skills acquired while creating and assembling the varying elements, you will learn my methods for quickly and efficiently adding a backing to your piece, applying a professional bail and pin back, creating handmade earwires, and properly curing your work to avoid surprise breakages.
I looking forward to sharing my arsenal of polymer how to’s, solutions, tricks, tips, and aha-moment-worthy gems!  Please join me!


Donna Greenberg
A sculptural approach to the hollow vessel form.
W,Th, F, 2/12, 2/13, 2/14
The dome, the orb, the sphere are some of the strongest forms in architecture which is why we see so much of them throughout history and why we utilize them for this class.   Starting with hemispheres, students will explore the structural and artistic possibilities of creating 2 part organic lidded bowls, bottles and vase forms in polymer clay without the need for interior support.  It’s a great way to create a larger piece even when you have a small oven!  The finished vessels will be approximately 5-6 in. tall and are deep enough to hold a small container of water to hold flower buds or greenery. They can also hold an LED battery light for a nice evening glow.
  Days 1  and 2 – Students will construct a 2 sided interlocking sphere that will ultimately appear as one visually continuous piece.  I will demo a wide variety of additional sculptural effects such as  bottle necks, pinched, fluted openings or fungi like protrusions so students will be free to explore their own design direction.  Many interesting peek- a -boo effects can also come from piercing the clay and cutwork with an X-acto blade.  I will also show textural effects such as dappling, lichen, craters and coral that add organic interest and help unify your piece. Most importantly, I will show how to cure each piece in the oven for maximum strength to avoid breakage and distortion.
 Day 3- Once your vessel is constructed and cured, there are numerous surface finishes that can be applied. I will demo my own Liquid Clay glaze formula for flowing ceramic like interiors and also show how I apply Genesis Heat Dry oils to add luminous color and depth to the surface.  If you are a caner or love Mokume gane you can apply those techniques as well to your future vessels!  It’s all very compatible. One of the many benefits from working with these forms is our limitless ability to add our own sense of style, aesthetics and surface design to create a dynamic, integrated piece.
Material fee- $5.00 per student for teacher provided oil paints, liquid clay,  artist brushes and  acrylic varnishes to be shared during class.
Skill Level: Intermediate- Experienced Artist


Helen Wyland-Malchow
Origins of Mokume Gane
A 1 Day workshop
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
All levels welcome
Cutting custom Plates based on your original designs
Discussion on finding your voice / the inspirations found in nature.
Use of a Sketchbook, drawing roughs based on inspirations
Understanding the importance of design: Visual weight and movement
Elements and Principles of Design will be discussed in demos, yak abouts, walk abouts and student led group critiques
  • Cutting plates
  • Making the Billets
  • Pressing the Billet and
  • Back filling,
  • Cutting the Billet
  • Using the positive and the negative veneers


Helen Wyland-Malchow
Hollow Form Slab Pendants
A 1 Day workshop
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
All levels welcome
Create Hollow forms with no interior armatures, using the slab method of construction
  • Use of a Sketchbook
  • Use of templates
  • Understanding the importance of design: Form vs Function
  • Composition, Elements, and Principles of Design will be discussed
  • Student led group critics
  • Making veneers
  • Slab Construction
  • Use of findings
  • Finishing techniques


Happy Holidays !

Merry Christmas to all !

In a few days the old grey man will bring a little happiness to all of us under the tree. To help him with this huge task and because ideas of gifts are sometimes hard to find…



I offer you 25%

discount on all my classes

using the code  XMAS18

until January 6th, 2019.



Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all!

Did I miss the beginning of the school year?

Yup, I got carried away by the kitchen renovations, but I have a good excuse though. The renovation concerned new tiles on the floor, redoing the ceiling, new kitchen elements and a new cooking island, that didn’t exist, with electricity for the oven and the stove. Add to that the fact that the kitchen and dining room are an open space which meant tiling much more than just a kitchen size room. Changes brought more changes so we also decided to renovate the walls of the dining room…

In a word, the kitchen is done apart from the counter top for the cooking island that hasn’t been delivered yet. Tiling is also finished but the new walls for the dining room will have to wait. Holidays are over, back to work!!! Monday morning I finally went back to my studio.

Next month Olga and I will be in Madrid with our Elegant Connections for the last time (unless for a special offer)… I had to dive into that very rich technique to make sure I hadn’t forgotten the « how to ». I seem OK!

Then I also got back to my new tryptic brooches that I will present for the first time next January in Belgium with my dear friend Liselot Henderyckx (still a few spots left by the way). I reduced their size and like them just as much.

And since yesterday I have been working on a new model of bracelet matching the earrings scheduled for Bristol next March. It is very light, full of angles and the technique is so thrilling that I have a second one in the oven already!

I think I did well for a first week back, didn’t I ?



A painting on your neck

Just before deciding to entirely redo our kitchen (by the way next time I have such an idea, please shoot me…) I had time to play with an idea (much more reasonable this time) that had been on my mind for a while.

I had imagined a brooch that would look like some of the tryptic paintings and wall hangings you can see. They are most often composed of several elements of variable shapes that succeed one another and sometimes even overlap each other. I also wanted to dig further into the interchangeability of these elements as this is a topic dear to my heart.

I first had to work on paper templates to see if this was doable. Then I used the computer and my « Silhouette » machine to cut them in plastic so they would be reusable. Last I could get to the clay table, the nicest part of the process.

So here are two brooches that can be worn as necklaces, thanks to Bettina Welker’s tip. Each piece can change places and be turned upside down as wanted.

I find them captivating like mini Modern Art paintings and this is really what I had in mind.

Sorry, I have to go now, the tiles, ceiling and paint are waiting for me…(Help!)

Almost ready

OMG things are going so fast! I feel like I came back home from Rome yesterday but I am leaving again next week. This time it will be for Maribor, Slovenia for the Art Trade event hosted by the delicious Mihaela Vindis. I will be honored to hold three workshops there.

Polymer on metal
Polymer on metal, mismatched earrings

As soon as I come home, off I go to Normandie for a workshop with the sweet Olga Nicolas, organized by the sparkling Karine Lucas.

This is why it has been so busy in my studio the past three weeks and why I have lacked time for taking pictures of all this work…

But now that I am almost ready here are a few pictures straight from the factory. There are new things and less new that I had to remember how to do before handing it over to my students…

Elegant Connections
Hollow earrings
Hollow ring

See you soon!


Variable geometry?

It’s after seing a folded metal bracelet that I created the bracelet I will be teaching in Rome next February. The most difficult in this project was to find a baking support easy to make and use so that I could teach this.

Later this bracelet led me to creating hollow geometrical earrings as well as this architectural ring. I realized the possibilities were endless when thinking of various new shapes.

But it is only recently; when seeking new shapes for earrings or hollow beads that I came up with this new bracelet with captivating geometrical lines.

I remain fascinated by the incredible possibilities this building technique offers and I wonder if it has an end… I think the only way to know is to keep searching. That sounds like a fine program for the end of the year!!!

I’ll grab this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Evolution or revolution?


By nature, we are constantly evolving even though it is often barely perceptible. It reflects in our view of things that is no longer that of our teen age years, in the way we dress, behave, in our work…
It shows up in a desire for a change of visual appearance, of home, of furniture, of people we frequent. And in all this there are the changes that are provoked and those that are undergone.
The brutal stop of CraftArtEdu is one of those that we suffer. But since the news was sad enough, I thought I had to react and make it a positive change. So, pushed by the gentle but so combative Olga and my encouraging husband , I too took the bull by the horns. And if a change was to be made why not start from scratch to make this new place closer to my desires and especially to your expectations?

I changed everything, well almost: the name of the site, its url, its aspect, its functions. But I kept the essential, its memory. You will find there all the articles of the old site but also:

-a picture gallery organized by collections,
-a calendar of my trips,
-a translation for english speaking polymer clayers (and that I will try to update as often as possible),
-and finally a shop in which I will have the pleasure to offer you all my old and future classes.

Of course all this is a huge job of setting up, hours of downloading, and it will take me some time for you to find here what was to be found on CAE.

I hope you’ll enjoy discovering this new site  just as I enjoyed arranging it to make you feel good.

See you soon…

Elegant connections again…

Long before polymer clay,  it was the painting that occupied my time. I did a lot of watercolors, then acrylics and some oil attempts. Essentially still lifes or landscapes. Modern Art? Not too much, until three or four years ago, walking in a wide known french decoration store. There I discover a canvas that left me open-mouthed. The colors, the material the movement, in short I liked everything . So much so that my darling offered it to me for my birthday (yes he’s a darling and I’ll keep him).

This canvas inspired me a bracelet a few years ago and more recently the latest necklace of the collaborative collection with beautiful Olga Nicolas.

Well believe me or not but it happened again. I was searching the net to see new canvases of the said store (which hardly does any more) and so I googled “Modern Art” and landed (smoothly enough) on Pinterest on This painting:

and I fell in love…ouch this time it hurt!

First thought??? What would it look like on pieces of the Elegant Connections? Well here is what it looks like:

I have the impression that I am reconnecting with my youthful loves by painting with polymer, no ?!

Don’t forget that Olga and I offer two courses on the Elegant Connections series in June. Below are two posters with the information. We are impatiently waiting for you.