Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners

27 videos, step by step, beginner cane workshop beginner Cane Tutorial What people are saying about this tutorial. jennifer rose Just finished this first workshop on how to make canes, and I must say I learned so much. This is exactly what I have been looking for, someone who could explain cane making in a step by step that process that I could replicate. I watched the videos, went into my studio and began to create all of the canes Alice showed. I finally have results I can be proud of, and I say thank you so much for doing this workshop. My only question now is when do we get more workshops. If you are only going to take one online class let it be this workshop. Thank you Alice for your hard work, and your dedication to helping others learn the joys of polymer clay.

Online Workshops with Alice Stroppel


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Stopping by Marie Gibbons’ evb studio in Denver


When I was in Denver last month with Artybecca, we stopped by Marie Gibbons’ evb studio early in the morning on our way into town from our two day stay with Ann Kruglak in her absolutely gorgeous home in Boulder.   Marie wasn’t there, it was still early, but after a quick phone call, she invited us back the next night to visit with her Mud Club women. What a fun group and what a great idea. They meet regularly and get to enjoy each others company while expressing themselves in clay. You gotta love it.

We wanted to get a picture of her fabulous window. She always has something inventive and so cool in her window, not only her work but other simple, time consuming, but simply spectacular ideas for her windows. You should see what she’s doing with cardboard toilet paper rolls.

Isn’t this the greatest picture? Thanks Rebecca for the picture and being a great traveling buddy. I think I might have to frame this one, it’s so artistic. The picture above you guys….. not the one of me below.


Rebecca got this picture of me in front of the window but we both failed to take a picture that night. I do that all the time, get too busy talking and looking that I don’t take pictures.


I did get to buy this head rattle from Marie while we were there. I think it’s so funny and enjoy him laying around on my desk.


Marie Gibbons - head rattle

Here’s a picture from last year when Meisha and I stopped in to visit in 2011, it’s turning into an annual thing.  I am thinking about a class with Marie when I go to Denver next year. If you’re ever in Denver, you should stop by the studio and enjoy.

I’ll be on the road again and teaching in Jordan, MN at Maureen Carlson’s Center For Creative Arts. If you’re close by, come on a take a class, we always have fun. Give Maureen a call at 952-492-3260

Cane Mapped Mosaic Fish Featured on Polymer Clay Daily

I was thrilled that my cane mapped fish slides were featured on Polymer Clay Daily last week. Thank you Cynthia! And I was so happy that all my swap buddies liked the little guys. But they couldn’t have liked the fish as much as I love each and every slide that I got to bring home with me. Thanks to all the swappers…..is that a word?

I would have posted this thank you sooner but I was without phone service and internet off and on. But oh what a wonderful time of just clay and friendship spent in a beautiful place.

I also spent two days after our retreat in Denver with Meisha Barbee. Meisha doesn’t have a website or blog but you can see her work on Polymer Clay Daily. We had the best time exploring galleries and museums and getting to know downtown Denver. It’s a beautiful city with lots of great places to eat and shop.

We visited Pismo Contemporary Art Glass Gallery where Meisha’s work is featured. It is an incredible gallery full of the most fabulous glass and jewelry, put it on your list if you’re going to Denver. We walked over to Show of Hands and what a wonderful shop it is, just my kind of funky, fun place with lots of interesting things to tempt you. Both places are so friendly and welcoming.

We also went to Boulder for a wonderful visit with Polymer clay artist Ann Kruglak and her husband Ivan in their gorgeous mountain home, thank you guys.  Talk about view envy, what Ann gets to look at everyday out her windows is truly amazing.

Meisha and I  made time to visit Marie Gibbons who is one of the featured artists on my other blog The Figurative Artbeat. I was so glad to get to see her studio and spend some time with her.  I was delighted to be able to take pictures of her new work and add another piece of her fabulous swimmers from her Float series to my collection. I’ll be featuring Marie, her new work and the story of her swimmers in the next week or so on The Figurative Artbeat so check in often.

I’m back and full of inspiration and ideas that I can’t wait to get to. But first things first, I had to go to the grocery store first thing yesterday because…….. there was not one thing in the refrigerator, seriously! Then I decided to take just a small little nap and slept for hours so that today I am rested, excited and ready to get to work. The clay is calling me, I can hear it.

I have the best husband, he had such a wonderful surprise for me when I got home! I’ll share pictures tomorrow, think black and white checks.  Thanks for checking in with me and to all those who signed up for my newsletter in the last couple of weeks, I’ll be sending one out in the next week or so.

I had the best time, but there is no place like home . (Clicking my ruby reds)