Metal Clay are proud of this exciting and distinctive Certification Program.
The CCIP concept is unique because it combines a variety of the most recogniseable modern or contemporary clays Air Dry Clay (Makins), Polymer Clay (Premo -Sculpey) and Silver Metal Clay (Precious Metal Clay) in a Quality, Affordable Certification.
Demand for adult and children's craft classes is constantly growing. Schools, Colleges, Tafes, Clubs, Aged Care Facilities, Camps or everyday people searching for a creative outlet - are always on the lookout for interesting new craft classes. The modern or contemporary clays definitely have that exciting, inspiring "wow" factor and they all attract attention. Acquiring the depth of skills necessary to work with a variety of contemporary clay products, will expand the opportunities available for conducting workshops and classes for both adults and children.
Creative, enthusiastic, motivated and craft orientated persons. This is a program for those who want to have fun, be creative, be independent, earn money and meet other imaginative, innovative individuals. Anyone who has ever wanted to step outside of the square, do something exciting, challenging and pleasurable - will love this program!
For more details and costs involved with CCIP Certification, please contact: Jennifer Tattam Email or Telephone - see Metal Clay contact details below or one of our Training Instructors in your area (see below)
The Contemporary Clay Instructors Program includes the "cream" of Australia's top Contemporary Clay Artists and Teachers as Training Instructors. These amazing, talented, skilled and mega creative people have assisted Jennifer Tattam (Senior Art Clay Silver Instructor, PMC Artisan and Accredited Base Metal Clay Teacher ) in putting together a program that is not only unique and comprehensive - but also very exciting and special!
Metal Clay Australasia Pty Ltd invites you to attend the fifth Contemporary Craft Retreat in October 2017.
Meet our skilled CCIP Senior Instructors and other talented CCIP graduates who will be teaching a variety of
exciting projects. This is the perfect opportunity to mix and meet with like minded people.
Enjoy a creative, fun-filled weekend away from the madding crowd!
Lex Sorrentino - Senior Instructor ACT
Lex was our first Training Instructor and was instrumental in getting the CCIP started.
Her enthusiastic support, input and belief in the program has never waned. Lex has a preference for making unusual or "weird and wonderful" things. She has always been creative and her amazing talent began with costume design, wedding dresses and evening wear.
Lex's adventure with clay began 16 years ago when she was a stay at home Mum caring for her gorgeous girls Carly and Serena. Sculpting Dolls in Earthenware Clay progressed to Polymer, Paperclay and Air Dry Clay. Lex is a member of NODAAA and has received their Diamond, Gold Seal Accreditation.
Lex has won numerous awards for her Polymer Clay work including winning the Australian Doll As Art Judges Choice Award - twice. Her projects have featured in multiple publications including the Australian Doll and Bear News, Dolls Bears and Collectables and Australian Beading Magazine.
She has been teaching Polymer Clay and Air Dry Sculpting in Canberra for over 13 years and has added Paverpol Sculpting and Precious Metal Clay into her remarkable repertoire of accomplishments and teaching skills. Lex has been the Polymer Clay Dolls as Art Section judge in both Brisbane and Sydney and is a regular Polymer Clay Dolls Section judge at the Royal Canberra Show.
Contact Lex: Email
Lara LeReveur - Senior Instructor VIC
Lara was born in New Zealand and moved to the beautiful city of Canberra just before her first birthday. Lara now lives with her family of boys in the Macedon Ranges, in Victoria which is very similar in climate to what Lara calls ‘Home’.
Lara has been involved with the Arts and Crafts movement at some level for most of her life. She I grew up as the youngest member of an actively creative family and worked for 13 years in the family business, Blithe Bebes, where her family taught porcelain dollmaking.
Lara feels very lucky to have had exposure to several excellent sculpting teachers. She also traveled to the US to study antique doll conservation and restoration. Lara has completed several commissions in porcelain for convention workshop pieces, shopping centre Nativity Scenes, and a set of ¾ life sized puppets in porcelain.
In 2001 Lara's husband’s job moved them to Melbourne. Since then she has been working predominantly with polymer clays, metal clays as well as honing her ceramic mould making skills. Lara has also been a very active participant in the development of the national certification program utilizing Contemporary Clays - the CCIP or Contemposrary Clay Certification Program.
She is a member of the National Original Doll Artists Association of Australia (NODAAA), is a PMC Artisan with the RIO Rewards Program and an Accredited Teacher for Hadar's Base Metal Clays.
Lara teaches part time and since joining The Macedon Ranges Arts Collective in early 2009 she continues to develop her Jewellery design and production skills. Lara has also begun exploring the possibilities of lamp worked glass.
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Pam Annesley - Senior Instructor WA
Pam studied Art, Painting and Photography in England. She taught Art in High Schools before migrating to Australia.
Pam's passion for creating is evident in her work and her teaching experience with Art and Craft spans over thirty three years.
She currently holds workshops and shares her experience with anyone who wants to learn new skills and techniques. Pam specialises in Polymer Clay, Metal Clay, Textiles and Mixed Media.
Her jewellery can be found on sale at numerous galleries around Perth. Pam was a finalist in the mixed media section of the USA 2006 National Polymer Clay Guild's International Juried Exhibition. Her entry was a hand dyed, textile bag with stitched Polymer Clay panels down the sides. The handles were made of textured Polymer Clay. Pam also incorporates Polymer Clay into other aspects of her textile work and she was placed fourth at the 2005 Fashion Fantasia Exhibition with a spectacular garment embellished with Polymer Clay textured beads. Pam's exceptional screenprinted Polymer Clay Journals was featured in USA author - Sue Heaser's "Polymer Clay Techniques" Book. Pam has extensive teaching experience around Australia and Internationally. Her repertoire of skills and enthusiasm continues to grow with Encaustics and all of the Metal Clays now included in the wonderful classes she offers.
Pam enjoys sharing and encouraging her students to experiment and ask the question - "What if?"
Contact Pam: Email
Melanie Dilday - Senior Instructor - Visiting Artist
Melanie Dilday was born in South Africa. She moved to Australia in 1964 and enjoyed an idyllic childhood in various country towns in West Australia.
Melanie worked in a number of jobs in finance and sales before she discovered ceramic clay in 1995. She then studied Wheelwork and Dimentional studies at Tafe and exhibited at the Moores Building in Fremantle in Western Australia in 1996 and 1997.
Melanie moved on from Ceramic Clay to Polymer Clay "because of it's incredible diversity", Makins Air Dry Clay "because kids love it!" and Silver Metal Clay "because it adds that delicious 'BLING' to my jewellery work".
In the early years Mel taught Polymer Clay techniques privately and at Tafe Colleges in West Australia and at the Fremantle Arts Centre. She exhibited in The Great Southern Art Trail of WA and at specialty Art and Bead Shops Australian Beader Magazine (2006) featured Melanie's Polymer Clay/Silver Metal Earrings and she earned "runner-up" in their Australian Summer Competition. Creative Beading Magazine featured a four page Millefiori Tutorial by Melanie in their second issue. Mel's fabulous Pillow Bead Tutorial and personal profile was featured in the June 2008 edition of Australian Beading Magazine and since then Mel has been a regular contributor with a variety of stunning projects. .
Melanie moved to Byron Bay Hills, NSW in 2006 for a few happy years but has since returned to her roots in the West. Mel is a free spirit and has travelled extensively around Australia. She plans to continue and will be soaking up the beauty that is Australia, in her fabulously refurbished Campervan. Mel has taught at the Fremantle Art Centre, Grafton Artfest and Bellingen Camp Creative and the Contemporary Craft Retreat in Canberra. It is our great loss that Mel now has a Personal Development business and will be spending much of her time focusing on that plus her other passion, writing books! Check out her new book on Amazon,"Buddha in a Red Dress", it is well worth a read. When we can pin her down, Mel will still dabble with Contemporary Clay and has recently had a wonderful time playing with her first love, Ceramic Clay.
If you are interested in attending individual Metal Clay or Polymer Clay Classes in other areas of Australia not mentioned, please contact us, giving your area code and the nearest big centre to you.
We have Metal Clay and Polymer Clay teaching contacts around Australia and will do our best to put you contact with either an active teacher or a teaching facility.
If you are interested in Metal Clay Certification, please watch this space, there are some interesting and exciting prospects on the horizon.