Lynn Yuhr - The Marriage of Metal and Polymer Clay
Bio: Lynn Yuhr’s art is inspired by 2 things: a love of nature and the vivid colors that surround her living in Miami. She uses them as a focal point in her contemporary jewelry, art journals and mixed media endeavors.
She loves being creative and is passionate about polymer clay. Exploring possibilities and overcoming obstacles in the construction of a project are her favorite parts of the creative process. Her diverse experiences directly influence her artistic life where she developed a playful yet distinctive style and a strong curiosity that propels her to follow the ‘what ifs’ and try new things.
She holds a firm belief that the act of creating something softens one’s heart and opens one’s mind. With this philosophy, she readily shares her creative techniques and teaches both locally and nationally. Never at a loss for inspiration, Lynn’s past and current work can be found on her studio blog, Flying Squirrel Studio (www.theflyingsquirrelstudio.wordpress.com), as well as Instagram (@lynnyuhr). She also shares many of her polymer experiences, travel and other artistic endeavors on these platforms.
Workshop Description: This workshop focuses on bringing polymer clay and metal together using simple but effective cold connection techniques. Both polymer clay artists and metal smiths are invited to join me for this exciting union of materials.
If you are a polymer clay artist, we will explore how to incorporate metal in your work using simple but effective techniques such as embedding metal, riveting, tab settings and prongs. We will use both purchased and hand-made wire findings. Learning to create your own findings for ear wires, clasps, bails and pin backs will give you the opportunity to take your designs to the next level.
If you are a metal smith and want to explore polymer clay we will focus on the three major attributes which makes polymer clay a perfect medium for personal expression – color; malleability and multiple bakings. I will then introduce several techniques for applying this material in your work (such as veneers, cabochons, three-dimensional organic elements).
Daily lectures/demos will be held in the morning and afternoon followed by bench time. I will be available to work out steps in construction, demo alternative techniques or troubleshoot your individual projects. Everyone is encouraged to build upon their unique skill set. I will gather information from each student prior to the workshop to make sure specific topics of interest are covered.
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