Saturday and Sunday
August 5-6, 2006
Columbus, Ohio
Cultural Arts Center
Known to go overboard, polymer clay authors and instructors Judy Belcher and Kim Cavender practice their escape.

They enjoy editing newsgroup postings and sampling the latest bourbon ball recipes in their spare time.

Polymer Pastiche Two-Day Workshop
Kim Cavender and Judy Belcher

A Somewhat Hysterical/Historical Retrospective of Polymer Clay

write Valerie Wright for details

Pastiche noun of French origins (pa-steesh')

In art, a picture is called a pastiche when it manages to catch a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek imitation of another's style; although jocular, it is usually respectful.

As the Oxford English Dictionary puts it, a pastiche is "a medley of various ingredients; a hotchpotch, farrago, jumble." Pastiche is the French version of Italian pasticcio, which designated a kind of pie made of many different ingredients.

Could we have chosen a better word?

We are light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek girls showing you how to do loads of techniques originated by other people, paying total honor and credit to them, all the while making a hodge podge journal cover and telling funny stories!

This exciting two-day workshop is so packed full of fun and interesting tips, tidbits and techniques that it would be sinful to list them all. Kim and Judy will lead you through an entire weekend of fun, frivolity and more information than you could possibly ever want to know about polymer clay.

You will create a one-of-a-kind (OOAK to those savvy on-line creative types) art journal with a spectacular clay cover and fill the pages with the priceless information you’ll learn in this workshop.

Bring your sense of humor, an extra pair of Depends, and the enormous list of materials needed. Really, you will need all that stuff. Well, ok, we will share, but you must bring what you have and then you can use some of ours but only if you bring us a big bag of Peanut Butter M & M’s.

Okay, brace yourself, here’s the materials list:

  • Conditioned clay
    9-10 oz. white clay,
    2-3 oz. translucent clay
    2-3 oz. black clay
    2-3 oz. each of three other colors that you love and that look nice together
    2-3 oz. pearl metallic clay (if you’re using Kato, remember to mix the pearl with translucent in a 50-50 ratio.
    Example: If you want 2 oz. of metallic pearl Kato, you would mix 1 oz. of pearl and 1 oz. of translucent together. The result would give you 2 oz. of clay.
    Don't forget to condition!
  • Work surface
  • Pasta machine (you can bring your motor, we are really loud!)
  • Acrylic rod or brayer
  • Clay blades (the sharper, the better)
  • Metal leaf (silver or gold)
  • Liquid clay and brush to apply it
  • Old toothbrush or other stiff brush
  • Your choice of a mold release (cornstarch, water, Armor All, etc.)
  • Any kind of sculpting tools like Clay Shapers, toothpicks, or dental tools (nothing fancy is needed)
  • 400 and 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Paper towels and wipes for cleanup
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Your favorite rubber stamp with words on it
  • Your favorite pc quote from a newsgroup
  • Your favorite book or magazine (you don’t need to bring ours, we have plenty we’ll try to sell you)


  • small cheese or spice grater
  • 3 to 4 colors of alcohol inks
  • Small hand-held punches (like the Fiskar’s brand)
  • Pearl powders (just 2 or 3 colors)
  • Decorating chalks
  • Large knitting needle
  • Craft knife
  • Oval or circle cutters ( large nesting type)
  • Needle tool
  • Body part mold (preferably a face)
  • Disposable rubber gloves and apron (we’ll be getting a bit messy the first day)
  • A handful of q-tips
  • Peanut butter M&M’s (did we mention that already?)