Joan  Huck

Dr. Joan, as her students often call her, received her doctorate in 1992 in Human Resource Development from VPI. She then ran a successful management training/consulting business focusing on TQM for over 20 years. In addition, she was a management professor at UMUC and was the primary designer for their web-based management courses. She says while in the past she used her creativity to improve organizations, she now channels her creativity into jewelry making. After retiring in 2008, she began teaching herself wire and other types of jewelry making. Then in 2011 she discovered WHLS and as they say, the rest is history. She has attended several times a year ever since and has taken multiple classes in silver, flame work glass, polymer clay, enameling, cold connections and Precious Metal Clay. However, in addition to taking classes at WHLS, she has had classes with almost all of the well-known polymer clay artists. She is now considered a multimedia jewelry artist where she often combines several media to make jewelry. She teaches jewelry making classes locally and is a member of GAPCG and BRPCG (polymer clay guilds) and WESCAGEM (a gem society) in Greenville, SC. Her jewelry is sold in several local shops and at a number of festivals each year.

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Polymer Clay - Joan Huck
This class is geared towards the beginner to intermediate working with polymer clay. It will focus how to mix and blend color as well as simple cane techniques such as: Skinner blends, bulls eye and spiral canes. We will then learn how to combine different types of canes to make leaves, flowers and kaleidoscope canes. We will also use acrylic paints, mica powders, foils, and pan pastels as we structure, texture, mold, shape and finish items such as beads, bracelets, earrings, pendants and miniature bowls. We will use only KATO clay during the week because it is the best for making canes. All clay will be provided as well as a clay blade, a mini acrylic rod and a few other items. I will also provide many tools and other supplies for your use during the class. Extra supplies will be available for purchase. You will need to have a pasta machine and a clay roller. If you want to bring any of your own clay, please bring only KATO. If you have other polymer clay tools texture sheets, shapes, etc. feel free to bring them, but I will also have them for your use during class.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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