Newsletter 7

April 2017



This has been a busy and fun month. School holidays meant that there were lots of kids at a loose end and I'm happy to say that I helped to tie them up.

During the course of the month, no less than 40 dragon pendants were made in workshops with me! Wow, it's quite amazing when I think about it!

At one of my sessions there were eleven kids one of whom was "three, going on four". Fortunately his mom came with him, otherwise I think conditioning clay would have been an absolute nightmare! As it is, five and six year olds tend to need a lot of help getting the clay ready to work with.

The intention with that particular workshop was to make pendants depicting dragons curled around little coloroured glass cabochons. These little dragon pendants are really a hit for people to make. They are relatively simple in the basic design but absolutely open to interpretation when making them unique. In my classes, I show the basic construction of the dragon and then leave the rest to the imagination of the person creating their creature.

My word! What beautiful dragons were made! From the tiniest tot to the biggest, most mucho boy (aged around 10-ish), the most gorgeous and inventive dragons were created. Even my darling daughter (who has steadfastly and almost agressively avoided getting drawn in to playing with my clay) made a fantastic dragon. With dragons being mythical beasts, there is absolutely no limit to the interpretation of what they could look like.

Towards the end of the month, I met some new and really cool home schoolers. Together with a family I have known for a long time, we made, (can you guess?), that's right, MORE dragon pendants. Yes, more awesomeness with wonderfully imaginative dessigns!

In another workshop, we made various creatures. Somehow, the kids doing the workshop chose to make dragon pendants but they also made a fox, a playful dog, some bunnies, owls, and I can't even recall some of the others. I love it when people get excited about the medium and make all kinds of sweet things.

Anybody who is a friend of mine on Facebook will know that I have a new obsession with making dragon eggs. It started off innocently enough with an intention to make decorative Easter eggs and somehow evolved into dragon eggs instead. They really are awesome to make and then awesome to have. If any of you have ever done any Zen doodles or Zentangles, this is exactly that but IN 3D!!! How cool is that? I'll tell you how cool it is. It's WAAAAY cool!

Naturally, I can't keep such awesomeness to myself and so I had to present a workshop for making these too. It was quite an interesting class with mainly teenagers as participants. It seems that at this stage of development, it is embarrasing to be creative. One of the boys made hhis entire cretion under the table so that we would not see what he was doing. When I eventually coaxed it out of him, he had made a startlingly gorgeous egg!

Another boy somehow managed to turn his egg into a rocket. The concept of how dragon eggs can be rockets was beyond me, but you can believe me, I have seen it with my own eyes.

One of the participants decided to make an egg from "Game of thrones" but when it didn't turn out exactly as she had envisioned, she turned it into a hedgehog. One of the awesome things about this medium and the human mind. Things can be changed and transformed mid creation.

Could it be possible that I am the only one who sees the creation of dragon eggs as an exercise in 3D doodling....

A lady who attended one of my workshops owns and runs a Holistic Healing Academy. Her name is Lee Davenport-Brown and she runs a wonderful centre in Florida North. It's called "Reiki Gauteng Holistic Healing Academy" and you can see more about it here.

She came to the workshop with the intention of learning how to enhance her crystals and semi-precious stones that she sells. I mentioned to her that I have an insatiable need to create and then end up with tons of stuff all over the house. As a result, we have tentatively agreed that I will start making things for her to sell on consignment from her "Workshoppe". I'm very excited about this. Not only will I have a real outlet for my craving to create, but I will also automatically learn more about crystals and their healing properties as I go along. This can only end well.

Another piece of exciting news is that I have made my first polymer clay sale from my Etsy shop. My set of cat decorated teaspoon and cake fork jetted it's way to Massachusetts during April. I was so inspired by the sale that I made two new sets. What can I say, I really love cats. You can have a look at what I've listed on my shop over here: Mudd Craft Etsy shop. I'll be adding more items soon and often, so feel free to pop back every once in a while

Please drop me an email or send a Whatsapp so that we can set up a workshop for me to show you how much fun this medium is. You can also pop onto my website and see if there is a workshop you would like to attend. The link to take you directly to the workshops is: Workshops and the link for my upcoming schedule is here: Workshop schedule.

If you would like to host your own polymer clay workshop at your home, drop me a line and let's see what we can put together. I'm always open to suggestions of what you would like to do and would really love your feedback.

Don't forget to go have a look at my sweet little advert on Jozikids and spread the word to all and sundry. Mudd Craft is alive and kicking and making art!  Mudd Craft Jozikids advert

In conclusion, polymer clay is a super fun and very enjoyable medium to work with and ClayologieTM is my clay of choice. Not only is it manufactured in South Africa, but it is also of very high quality and has a fantastic range of colours and other clay related products. I'd love to get the chance to show you if I haven't done so already.

Also, remember that as a facilitator and stockist, you can buy any of your polymer clay supplies from me. 
Kind regards, The Mudd Craft Staff