Over the last 75 years a synthetic, innovative modeling compound called polymer clay has come to be used widely by artists around the world for its versatility. In our next #OMGDeepDive we will explore this medium in one of its many applications: Jewelry.
Sara will explain the best work surfaces for cutting and sculpting and the basic tools necessary to begin working with polymer clay, as well as tools and techniques that are recommended for professional use. You will then be given the opportunity to experiment with the material before moving on to create a piece of your own.To guide you, Sara Amrhein an American artist based in Florence, who uses polymer clay as the main component for her creations. She will begin the three and a half hour workshop with an introduction to polymer clay, its basic characteristics and a presentation of its various uses. You will learn how to adequately work and condition your clay to avoid problems later in the process as well as how to mix colors and create effects though color pairing.
She will show you how to create textures and techniques that will make using them easier and more effective. You will also learn how to perfect your work before firing to reduce post-firing clean up. After creating your own flower pendant, you will be shown how to properly fire your pieces.
Finally you’ll be guided through the process of turning your creation into a pendant using basic jewelry making techniques.
Sara Amrhein creates bold, colorful statement jewelry using polymer clay as its main component. Her pieces are whimsical yet sophisticated handmade using both traditional techniques as well as new, contemporary methods. She has been studying art and design for over 20 years and began working with polymer clay in 2008 when she began her jewelry line.
In addition she is also the co-founder and creative director of Creative People in Florence, an artists group, which organizes meetings, collaborations, studio visits, and group shows for contemporary artists and designers living and working in Florence ItalyShe attended the Fine Art program at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles California where she graduated with honors and received her BFA. In 2013 she opened her first studio in Florence in the Sant ‘Ambrogio neighborhood. In the summer of 2016 she moved into her current location on Via dello Sprone where you can find her working everyday.