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


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