Posted by: doras_explorations | July 10, 2008

Learning from a Master

This week I’ve been busy conditioning several pounds of clay and rolling it into sheets. Why?  Because starting tomorrow, I will be attending three days of workshops with Sarah Shriver.   Just about anyone who has spent any amount of time working with polymer clay has heard of Sarah Shriver and seen her jaw-dropping amazing cane work.   Since caning is my polymer clay ‘thing’, she has long been at the top of my list of polymer artists whose workshops I’ve wanted to take. Now  I’m finally getting the opportunity.  I’m excited and a little nervous too.  I feel like Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in Wayne’s World.  Remember when they meet their idol and all they can repeat is “I’m not worthy ! I’m not worthy!”


     The Bead House in Bristol, RI is hosting the workshops.  In addition to their ‘in-house’ workshops, they have booked an all-star lineup of guest instructors in beading and wire work as well as polymer clay.  It is worth taking a look at their website to see all  they have to offer.  Tomorrow Sarah will be showing us how to make a Celtic Knot cane.  On Saturday and Sunday, we will learn to make those incredibly complex kaleidoscope canes  that are her claim to fame…By Sunday night I will probably be brain dead and will  need to crash for a couple of days!


     Once I have recovered, I plan to share my workshop experience, and maybe even a few photos, so I hope you’ll drop by !     


  1. Oh – I envy you so so so much – I’m green eyed with envy! You are so fortunate! Do show us what you create! Have fun. Kylee

  2. How exciting!!! You can always spot a cane learned from her. I’m sooooo jealous!!! I hope you can take tons of pics. Have a blast!

  3. How exciting for you Dora! It will be so cool to spend time with her and get into that intricate cane brain of hers!

  4. Have a fabulous time, Dora! I know this is a dream come true for you. I’m looking forward to reading about your experience.

  5. ok Dora….post the pictures! I want to see all the fun you guys had!

  6. The pictures will be forthcoming, Kathi, I promise ! I just finished editing and cropping them and now I have to come up with some brilliant commentary to go with them, LOL !

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