Contemporary Clay Instructors Program - CCIP

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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 (PMC)
in a Quality, Affordable Certification.

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  • Why Certified Contemporary Clay Instructors?
    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.
  • What to Expect.
    Quality Training and Instruction provided by Training Instructors who are experienced and at the cutting edge of creativity and skill with contemporary clay.
    CCIP Certification One and Two - on completion of the course
    Start Up Kit of Makin's Clay Products, PMC and Premo valued at over $750
    Discounts off products used in the program - Makins, Premo Sculpey, PMC and Paverpol
    Website Support
    Project Worksheets
    Ongoing refresher training courses and new product/ technique information
    Advice and information on conducting workshops
    Advice on contacts/leads for new classes
    Discussion Forum
  • Who wants CCIP Certification?
    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!
  • How do I find out more about becoming a CCIP Instructor and the costs involved?
    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)
  • Who are the CCIP Training Instructors?
    The Contemporary Clay Instructors Program has 6 of 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) in putting together a program that is not only unique and comprehensive -
    but also very exciting and special!

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Metal Clay Australasia Pty Ltd invites you to attend the second Contemporaray Craft Retreat in October 2012.
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!

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 images/gallery/CCIP Instructors Graphics/Lex Sorrentino.jpgLex 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 11 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 mutiple publications including the Australian Doll and Bear News and Dolls Bears and Collectables.

She has been teaching Polymer Clay and Air Dry Sculpting in Canberra for over 8 years and has added Paverpol Sculpting 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 the current Polymer Clay Dolls Section judge at the Royal Canberra Show.

Contact Lex: Email

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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), and a member of the PMC Guild.

Lara teaches part time and since joining The Macedon Ranges Arts Collective in early 2009 has further developed her Jewellery design and production skills, and also begun exploring the possibilities of lamp worked glass.

Contact: Email

Class dates and information:

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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.

Pams passion for creating is evident in her work and her experience with Art and Craft spans over thirty years.

She currently hold workshops and shares her experience with anyone who wants to learn new skills and techniques. Pam specialises in Polymer 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. More recently one of Pam's exceptional screenprinted Polymer Clay Journals was featured in USA author - Sue Heaser's "Polymer Clay Techniques" Book.

Pam enjoys sharing and encouraging her students to experiment and ask the question -
"What if?"

Contact Pam: Email

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Hector Vera is a Mixed Media Artist/Teacher based in Bellingen, NSW. Hector works with Polymer Clay, Precious Metal Clay, Air Dry Clay, Mixed Metals and Glass Seed Beads. Hector has been a Jewellery Designer and Artist since 2006.and he publishes the free quarterly "Coffs Coast Polyclayers" e-newsletter. Hector holds Polymer Clay, PMC and CCIP classes in his home Studio in Bellingen and also spends a week every month teaching in Sydney. He teaches Polymer Clay Art Classes at a local High School and in the Hunter Valley. Hector regularly exhibits his Sculptural Art & Jewellery at the Nexus Community Art Gallery, Bellingen and also sells his handcrafted Jewellery online, in Sydney and at the Old Butter Factory Cafe, Bellingen. Hector is a Certified Contemporary Clay Senior Instructor and a PMC Certified Artisan.

Contact Hector: Email

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Rachel Azulie - Senior Instructor Queensland

Rachel Azulie, the artist behind the Sparks Studio, creates unique and intricate work across many disciplines. Growing up surrounded by the diversity of London's cultural and ethnic mix, nurtured Rachel's passion for experimentation and her constant need to push traditional creative boundaries. During the early 1990's, Rachel studied fashion design where she was able to explore traditional techniques in bead applique and the many possibilities of jewelled apparel. This ultimately led her away from fashion and towards jewellery design, which better suited her natural abilities in sculpture and her fascination for mixed media. In recent years Rachel has also been rediscovering the creative possibilties of the contemporary clays (air dry, polymer and precious metal) particularly as applied to jewellery, mask making and mixed media art. Rachel is a certified Contemporary Clay Senior Instructor and her distinctive Makins Air Dry Clay masks have become highly sought after and are held in private collections across the globe. Now living in Maleny, high on the ranges of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Rachel's work continues to be an ongoing journey of self expression and experimentation. Since becoming a CCIP Instructor in 2008, Rachel teaches across a number of disciplines to both adults and children. Currently she teaches workshops in mask-making, polymer clay, bead weaving, origami and CCIP Certification.

Contact Rachel: Email


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Melanie Dilday - Senior Instructor - Visiting Artist

Melanie Dilday was born in South Africa in 1958. 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 - around 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 and more recently to Myocum where she has been tutoring and exhibiting in the Byron Bay and general Northern Rivers area of NSW, Mel has travelled extensively around Australia and has taught at the Fremantle Art Centre, Grafton Artfest and Bellingen Camp Creative. Mel has recently started a new Personal Development business and will be spending much of her time focusing on her new venture. In October 2011 Mel will be teaching at the Contemporary Craft Retreat in Canberra. 


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