I learned that Las Vegas is stranger than I remembered
I learned that normal people will pay a lot of money to get married standing in a fake gondola floating in a man-made canal.
I learned that grown men with beer bellies become Roman Gladiator impersonators if they stand in the chilly night air clad only in underpants (briefs-not boxers), the appropriate helmet and sandals.
I learned that I do not have to go to Hawaii to see a volcanic eruption, and that I can even drive past the volcano while it is going off.
I learned that in Las Vegas, there is an impromptu Elvis Impersonator convention every day of the week.
I learned a lot about polymer clay from a great bunch of teachers. I met wonderful people from all over the world. I had a marvelous time. OK, OK, maybe I didn’t do shots with some Japanese guys I met in a restaurant like someone I know. But I did have fun.
And I learned some new polymer clay techniques including how to built a sturdy hollow form (Beach Bangles); how to make a pendant that is also an elegant closure (Sorbet Pendant); and a cool way to combine baked and raw clay (Desert Brooches). No disrespect to Elvis, but this is the real reason I went to Las Vegas. At any rate, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The pictures below show what I made in the classes. Some projects turned out better than others, but I learned a lot in Las Vegas-including that it must be hard work standing on the Strip at night in your underwear. No, I really hadn’t known that!
Judy Belcher Spring-y Bracelets
Leslie Blackford Le Carnival Box
Kim Cavender Wood Gone Wild
Natalia Garcia de Leaniz Funky Desert Brooches
Donna Kato Squash Blossom Pendant
Daniel Torres Mancera Beach Bangle
Sylvie Peraud Colorful Pendant
Bettina Welker Sorbet Pendant
For descriptions of the Clay Carnival Las Vegas 2011 classes, go to the Clay Carnival Blog.
Tutorials for some of the classes are available on-line at CraftEdu.com
Next Week: A short video on Clay Carnival.