Newsletter 13

April 2018



March and April saw me hosting my first workshops at Clearwater Crafters Market. The first was Easter themed and the second the ever popular dragon pendants. Okay, so one of the dragons came out looking suspiciously like a turtle, but who's judging? They were all super cute anyway.

I really love it when adults jon me in my workshops. Although polymer clay is a wonderful medium for children to express themselves, it is not play doh to be enjoyed exclusively by them. It is a very relaxing and creative material and should be enjoyed by all ages and, dare I say, all genders. There is little else that can beat the stress relief of conditioning clay. It is also such and extremely versatile and pretty hardy material that the decorative applications are almost limitless. 

For this reason, I have decided to offer a workshop exclusively for adults. We will be embellishing wine glasses at Clearwater Crafters Market on 10 May. I have chosen a weekday morning so that you can drop your kids off at school and then come over and enjoy some clay play. Although I've aimed this at adults, homeschool kids are welcome to join as well. You can check out the Jozikids event I created for this workshop here. I'd really love to see you there so please book your place. Space is limited.

I put in a lot of effort decorating a large wine glass a while back. It had metallic leaves with vines winding along a covered stem. I really loved the glass with it's simple elegance.

You can imagine my horror when a couple of weeks later I dropped something on it and broke it! I was utterly devastated. I thought that there surely were equivalent breaks in my own heart... I couldn't bring myself to throw it away and so just put it away in a cupboard.

A few days later, I had a brainwave. I decided to upcycle the broken glass into a little sculpture. I turned it into a strange little alien habitat and made an alien little creature to inhabit it. I made loads of mushrooms and strange little pseudo foliage in pinks, blues, greens and yellows. I also added a rather alien snail to the top to give the whole piece a bit more height. In general, I just had tons of fun creating and making the best of a broken object. Now I am as happy as anything that I managed to break the glass. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out in the end.

I presented quite a few workshops this past month doing the ever popular dragon pendants, piggies at a Peppa Pig party and general animals at more than one.

Polymer clay is a super fun and very enjoyable medium to work with. It's very versatile and the application possibilities are practically endless. 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. 

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.

Also, remember that as a facilitator and stockist, you can buy any of your polymer clay supplies from me. 

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

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Kind regards, The Mudd Craft Staff
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