Summertime News    July 13 2016
I recently returned home from a two week teaching trip to Maryland and Virginia. Had a great time back East and managed some sightseeing and museum stops in DC which was fantastic and inspiring. Loved the folks in my classes...just great energy. Thank you to those who participated. I have finally managed some time in my studio to create a few new pieces and am happy to say that Pop Gallery in Santa Fe, NM will be carrying my work. When I visited Santa Fe in May, I stopped in the gallery and just felt it might be a good fit with some of my work....and the owners seemed to think so too! So nine pieces are en route as I type this! I have also been trying to get a few things done for Art Unraveled which takes place the first week of August in Phoenix! I am doing the vendor show which has always been a good show for excited to be teaching and vending once again. Ok, that's it for now....enjoy your summer!

On Air!    May 18 2016
I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Cleveland to appear on a new PBS show called Make it Artsy with host Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. The focus of this new show is mixed media and I will appear on three segments demonstrating three different techniques using polymer clay (what else??)! It has been many years since I did HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast and DIY's Craftlab. I had forgotten how much fun it is to be a part of all the cameras, lights and action! The show will begin airing on September 29, 2016. Stay tuned!

Marching along.....    March 24 2016
Since last posting, I taught at Art Retreat in the Desert in Tucson, Art and Soul in Portland and at Katherine England's studio in Fullerton! The new year is starting off with a bang and is not letting up anytime soon! I am now gearing up for the SAMA (mosaic)conference which will be held in San Diego the first week in April. I have a piece in the Mosaic Arts International exhibition which will be held at the Women's Museum in Liberty Station. I will also be teaching a class called Mosaic Mandalas at the conference on Monday and Tuesday and will be taking a class given by Sharra Frank on Wednesday. It will be a busy but exciting and enlightening week coming up. This will be followed by Artwalk in Little Italy the last week of April. It's been a few years since I have exhibited at Artwalk and I am so looking forward to being there again. I will be on Fir Street in spot 726. (right around the corner from Dick Blick) Hope to see you there! Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring!

A new year!    January 16 2016
Wow, the holidays blew by and we are well into the new year. So far we all think it is already going by so fast! I am just at the beginning of a very busy year with a lot of teaching engagements on the books. At the end of the month I head to Tucson to teach at Art Retreat in the Desert during the fabulous gem show in Tucson. A great time to be there. That is followed by a trek to Prescott to teach at Kat Kirby's studio. Both of these events are listed on my workshop page in case you would like to join me! I have been busily cleaning and reorganizing my studio and can't wait to actually carve out some time to start creating some new work.

Dia de los Muertos    November 13 2015
We just recently returned from our annual art retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Please visit my blog for pics from this amazing event. Fortunately everyone arrived on time which was amazing because hurricane Patricia blew through the day before we arrived! Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an incredible time to be in Mexico. San Miguel has a variety of events and parades associated with this holiday which is a celebration of the passing of loved ones. Visiting the cemetery on November 1st is always very moving. The grave sites are freshened up with marigolds and other flowers. They also place small replicas of foods and drinks that their loved ones were fond of on the grave site. It is very touching to see family members huddled together around the small, simple burial sites, singing, laughing and crying. The parade of the Calacas or skeletons is a sight to behold as well. It really is a magical time to be in San Miguel de Allende. Our participants this year made incredible Santos figures and learned a variety of techniques that included sculpting with paper clay and pewter metal repousee. Almost everyone wants to return next year so I know we will sell out quickly! Lastly, I am in the process of getting ready for two upcoming local shows, The Talmadge art show and Carmel Valley Artists, please visit the Events page for more info! Happy Thanksgiving to all.....

Happy Fall    October 06 2015
We actually had rain today here in Southern California! Loved it...and it certainly puts me in the creative mood that's for sure! First off, I wanted to mention that the 2016 Polymer Clay Adventure is almost ready to launch. It is a GREAT deal at 99.00 for a whole year of online classes by amazing teachers. I am teaching a class called Tiny Tin Shrines. You can find out more information if you to go to my Workshop page, it is the first listing. In other news, we are getting ready to head to San Miguel for what has become our annual retreat for Day of the Dead. It is such a fascinating place to be during this very special time of year. We are teaching our collaborative project which is called El Santo Real, The Royal Santo (saint). We sold out super early this year but email me if you would like more info or to be put on the interest list for 2016.

The end of summer    September 06 2015
How can it be that Labor Day is upon on us and the summer is soon to be a distant memory! The fall always brings lots of travels and this year is no exception. I will be heading off to Minneapolis to teach at Art is You next week. The retreat runs from September 17th-20th. There is still time to register! There is a link to this retreat on my Workshops page for more info. That is quickly followed by a trip to the Institute of Mosaic Art in Berkeley, Ca. the first weekend in October, but more on that later. I have been busy in my studio working on a few new projects including a large mosaic inspired by my recent trip to Europe. I love cathedrals and especially the tympanums-the area that surrounds the large portals, so this piece incorporates a handmade tympanum! I was also inspired by the astronomical clocks inside a few of the cathedrals we visited so those influences are present as well. I will share pictures of this piece in progress on my blog.

Summer news update    June 11 2015
Just returned from a very inspiring 5 weeks in Europe! I shot tons of pictures and have plenty of ideas for a few new pieces. Now I just need to get in my studio to start creating! I also wanted to announce the release of my new line of stencils from Stencil Girl! I designed three sheets of border stencils which are fantastic to use on the edges of canvas, birch panels and on polymer clay itself! Please contact me for more information on buying them if you are interested! The Polymer Clay Adventure where I am teaching my first online class has over 1000 registered attendees! It has been wonderful and I have enjoyed the classes that I have been able to take. There is still time to sign up for this great event....there is more information on my Workshops page. Hope your summer is filled with plenty of sunshine and good times!

Marching on.....    February 24 2015
It has been a rough couple of months with the passing of dear family members....but it is also a reminder to cherish each day and to hold tight the ones we love. I have been away from my studio for many a week but am just now returning and getting ready for Art and Soul in Portland which begins on March 2nd. It is at times like these that I am so grateful for the healing power of art and the artist community that has been so supportive. I am looking forward to more studio time to be creative and to see what comes next.....

Happy New Year    January 05 2015
It's been a whirlwind few months and I am happy that we are now in a brand new year! I just updated my workshop page and will be adding to that as the year progresses. I have decided to cut back a bit on my teaching schedule but will redirect my focus onto digital content/classes and to getting in my studio to create some new work. Please check out the workshop page with the link to my first online class. First "real" teaching gig is in Tucson (art retreat in the desert) next month during the BIG gem show. This is the first time teaching here and I am looking forward to it! Some great classes are being offered. Check it out!