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Class Description and Registration
Class # CS1                                        October 2 - 8, 2011

Class Title:

Kaleidoscope Pendant Intensive
Instructor: Carol Simmons
Type of Class:  Technique Class

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 Class Description:    Details


A Kaleidoscope Pendant Intensive 

Have fun developing your personal color palette and style while learning Carols unique approach to kaleidoscope design and pendant  construction.  Topics will include:

  • Selecting a color palette you love for your master cane

  • Color mixing to achieve color harmony and strong value contrast within your selected palette

  • Ways to modify/control your clay for better caning results

  • Applying a painterly approach to component cane design (using new and old Skinner Blend techniques)

  • Component cane types, ranging from simple to detailed, and how to construct them (level of difficulty and types of canes will depend upon interest and experience of participants)

  • Strategies for complex cane design (how to use different cane types to create rhythm, balance, emphasis, contrast and flow in the master cane)

  • Constructing and reducing the master cane.

  • Slicing the cane with the “Simmons Slicer”

  • Information on how to store/transport/handle the slices.

  • Making and using angle templates

  • Combining sections of slices to produce a wide variety of beautiful, unique but coordinated  designs

  • Creating base forms from scrap clay

  • Applying veneers to base forms

  • Finishing a pendant (making holes, firing, sanding, buffing)

  • Finishing a coordinating adjustable cord.

  • Earring construction techniques (if time and interest)

There will be several opportunities for participants to complete short projects at different stages in this process. These will be entirely optional; the overall balance of activities will be determined by you, the participants. 

Note: One or two slicers will be available for use by participants. They will be available for purchase after the workshop.

To see some of Carol's work, go to http://carolsimmonsdesigns.com/index.html and http://clsdesigns.wordpress.com/


Date: Sunday, October 2 - Saturday afternoon,  October 8, 2011

Time: Begins at 4:00 on Sunday, October 2, 2011

Class time each day will be 9: 00 - 4:00 with evening studio time

Experience Level: Intermediate and advanced

Format: 6 1/2-day class

Class Minimum: 4
Class Maximum:


Class Fee: $660

Dorm Fees: Variable, see Dorm Info







Click above photo to see
the Korean embroidery
which was Carol's inspiration
for this series of beads.





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Registration Form
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To Register by mail
, please use this printer friendly form.
To Register by phone, call:
                   952-492-3260 at Maureen's
                   952-447-3828 at Wee Folk Creations Home Office
                   or, if outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area, toll-free 1-888-933-3655
To Register on-line, click "Class Registration" below
Both class and dorm are subject to availability.  We will contact you after we receive your registration.


Maureen Carlson's Center For Creative Arts
102 Water Street
Jordan, MN 55352
Center: 952-492-3260
Home Office: 952-447-3828

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