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!

San Miguel    November 16 2014
First off, the biggest news of the year! I am a grandma, wohoo! My first grandchild, Emilia, was born yesterday on November 14th! She is the best "creation" ever! We fortunately returned home from Mexico in time to be a part of the birthing process. Our time in San Miguel was just fabulous. We had a great group of thirty gals join us during Day of the Dead. They created some beautiful Totems of Life while there and everyone took part in all of the festivities that happen during this special time of year.Now that I am back home for awhile with my hectic teaching schedule behind me, I am hoping for some studio time to catch up! Looking forward to that and to the upcoming holidays that will be all the more special because of the newest member of the family! So much to be grateful for this year.....So to you and yours, I wish you all the warmth of the Thanksgiving season.

Busy October!    October 09 2014
Back from Petaluma and off to Stamford, CT for another Art is You retreat. October will be a very busy month with lots of travel culminating in our Day of the Dead workshop at the end of the month in charming San Miguel de Allende. After that, things settle down for the rest of the year (becoming first time grandparents in November!)I also wanted to mention that I am part of an online virtual retreat that begins January 1st. I just added this link http://www.bit.ly/PCAlauriemika2015 on my workshop page where you can find out all the details and sign up. I will be teaching with 21 other polymer clay and mixed media artists. I think this will be a great retreat that you can do in the comfort of your own home!

Forward into Fall....    September 11 2014
Seems hard to believe that we are well into September...doesn't feel much like fall around here that's for sure! I am heading into my last few teaching events for the year with a trip to Petaluma for Art-Is-You. This is always such a fun event in a wonderful city in Califonia. I will also be doing the vendor show and have completed quite a few new pieces to take with me. Some of what I have been busily creating is posted on my blog (the link is on the home page). I can't wait to grab a few minutes in my studio to try out some ideas that have been percolating in my mind! On another note, I shipped off five pieces to Carthage College in Wisconsin for an exhibition there called "ReEnvisioning Polymer"which is being held in conjunction with the Racine Museum of Art's polymer exhibition. Should be an incredible exhibition and if you live in the area, check it out!