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Contemporary Clay Instructors Certification Program

Contemporary Clay Instructors Program - CCIP

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.

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
  • Social Media Support for classes being offered by CCIP graduates
  • Project Worksheets
  • Discounts for attending sponsored Retreats where new products/ techniques and other information is shared
  • Advice and information on conducting workshops
  • Advice on contacts/leads for new classes

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 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 sixth Contemporary Craft Retreat in October 2018. 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 14 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 Contemporary 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.

Contact: Email

Class dates and information:

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 - NSW/QLD

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 where she happily taught Polymer and Metal Clay for a number of years. She returned to her roots in the West for family reasons and also spent a few idylic months in Bali. Luckily for us Mel is back in the East teaching and is based in Brunswick. Mel is defintely a free spirit and has traveled extensively around Australia. She plans to continue soaking up the beauty that is Australia, travelling around teaching in her fabulously refurbished Campervan and also house sitting when opportunities arise. Mel is a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher. She has taught at the Fremantle Art Centre, Grafton Artfest and Bellingen Camp Creative as well as the Contemporary Craft Retreat in Canberra. Mel took a few years off from teaching but we are delighted to welcome this gifted artist and teacher back to the Contemporary Clay fold as a Senior Instructor. Mel is very multi talented and has written a book, "Buddha in a Red Dress", which is well worth a read. Mel will be teaching a fabulous Metal Clay/ Polymer Clay multi media project at the Contemporary Craft Retreat in Canberra in October 2018. She will be teaching both Precious Metal Clay and Polymer Clay around the Byron Bay area, Brisbane and up north towards Maleny. Please contact us if you are interested in Precious Metal Clay and or Polymer Clay Classes in Northern NSW or Queensland.


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 Accreditation, please watch this space, there are some interesting and exciting prospects on the horizon.

If you are an EXPERIENCED Metal Clay or Polymer Clay Teacher in Australia and would like to be placed on our teacher network database, please contact Jennifer Tattam Email giving details of your experience and expertise. We are looking for more teachers in all states but especially in SA, QLD, NT, TAS and NSW.