to teach a polymer clay class to the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild. I was fortunate enough to take the class in micro mosaics and other techniques. What I learned is that you don’t have to be able to cane The Last Supper to be a great polymer clay artist. Cynthia Toops makes simple components, but she assembles them with virtuosity and imagination. And superb craftsmanship.
And she works simply. I took a lampworking class with her husband, Dan Adams, a few years ago. He told us that for the first several years, her only tools were a drinking glass and a single-edged razor blade. Her class materials list was short, but the instruction was intense and personal. I came away with some mediocre work and the realization that I had a long way to go. But I had fun and I am already thinking how to integrate the techniques I learned into my own work.
I fooled around with some techniques in these little pins and then I poured clear resin over the elements, leaving some of them poking out.
To see pictures from the class, go to the Philadelphia Area Guild’s blog. Cynthia Tinapple took the class too, and put up some images on Polymer Clay Daily. To see a video with Cynthia Toops explaining her work, press here.