Claire Kelly Visits Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts For 3-Day Event March 19, 20, 21 – Enjoy Dinner With The Artist, Live Glass Blowing Demo, And Family Day

World renowned glass artist, Claire Kelly, is coming to Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts from March 19 – 21. The public is invited to a Meet The Artist Dinner (Thursday, March 19), a Glass Blowing Demo with live music and refreshments (Friday, March 20), and a free Family Day (Saturday, March 21).  KUDOS to Benzaiten, located in Lake Worth, for bringing these gifted visionary artists to our area!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Make Your Reservations for the Dinner to hold a space!  





At  the  Center

1105 2nd Avenue  S.    Lake Worth, FL

 561-508-7315     Email:

Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10AM – 5PM




“Obliquity” by Claire Kelly











World Renowned Glass Artist



March 19, 20, 21, 2020





Claire Kelly’s body of work examines the relationships we have with animals and their larger presence in our world and the current environment. The result is a series of fantastical microcosms, which bring a consciousness and introspection to their decorative appeal. These glass sculptures tell and reveal a story about the fragility and preservation, within these small worlds, where the animals dwell, while presenting their role in the grander scheme of life.







Glass creations by Claire Kelly





Thursday, March 19, 2020

6 – 9 PM


An elegant sit-down dinner limited to 40 people is set up in Benzaiten’s beautiful gallery. Claire will give a talk about her work, techniques and what inspires her ending with an Interactive question and answer session.   $100 per person

Make Your Reservations now:

Call the center at 561-508-7315

or email




Claire has been an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Centro Fundacion del Vidrio in Spain.  She has been a resident artist at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and received the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Recently, she was an artist-in-residence at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass where she created a new body of work using specialty glass from Effetre, a glass company based in Murano, Italy.



Claire Kelly Artist Demo



Friday, March 20, 2020

6  – 10 PM

Claire will demonstrate the difficult and complicated techniques of blowing with murinies over a period of four hours accompanied by a live band with appetizers  and two drinks. Only $15 at the door




“Circumstellar Sky Blue” by Claire Kelly


Saturday, March 21, 2020

2  – 5 PM

Claire will demo for 3 hours





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Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts
Lake Worth, Florida






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Lori Axelrod Teaches Polymer Workshops At Bootz Culture Camp

Lori Axelrod spends most of her day working in the technology field, but once she is ready to create, Polymer Clay has become her go-to medium. Polymer clay is plastic, but until it is cured, it is a very malleable plastic.  Lori uses polymer clay as only part of her mixed media approach.  The layers and intricacies you see in her jewelry are not painted! Each color, dot and line is a different color of the clay she manipulates and forms.  Lori will be offering  a 6 week course at Bootz Culture Camp. Supplies and baking are included! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up quickly, as the Opening Workshop begins Nov. 2nd!




Bootz’ Culture Camp, Inc.





6 Mondays:

Nov. 2nd

Nov. 9  

Nov. 23

 Nov. 30


  Dec. 14th

NOTE:  No class on Nov. 16th




6 – 9 pm

$270. Includes all supplies and baking

420 South SR 7    Suite 120      

Royal Palm Beach, FL 33414


​Explore the world through the arts!






Lori Axelrod will be leading 6 workshops to teach polymer clay, beginning Nov. 2nd at Bootz’ Culture Camp in Royal Palm Beach.  The workshops take place from 6 – 9 pm and all levels are welcome.  The workshops include all of your supplies and baking your creations!  They take place from November 2nd through December 14th.  Lori is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association and the 
Southeast Florida Polymer Clay Guild.




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Polymer Clay, Multi-colored pins/pendants by Lori Axelrod



Artists and hobbyists alike love polymer clay for its brilliant colors, its ease of use, and the incredible range of possibilities it offers. The clay can be formed into any shape imaginable-from detailed miniatures for doll houses, to striking vessels and wall hangings, to beads of every description.




Lori Axelrod tell The Rickie Report, “There are no boundaries, no limit to what you can use to tell your story. I used the polymer clay flowers and fiber as my focal point and then I layered with gauze, gelato pens, acrylic paint, stamped images, pigment ink, embossing powder and probably some additional media”.





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Mixed Media Flowers using Polymer Clay by Lori Axelrod




Polymer clay is essentially PVC, polyvinyl chloride. It is plastic, but until it is cured, it is a very malleable plastic. It can be shaped and reshaped a multitude of times without deterioration. As long as it is stored away from excessive heat and direct sunlight, polymer clay can sit unused for years and still be workable (though it may require softening additives if left for very long).
Unlike earthen clay, it doesn’t have to be fired in a kiln, nor will it dry out at room temperature, like other clays will do. Polymer clay cures at significantly lower temperatures than earthen clays, so it can be easily hardened in a home oven or toaster oven. (In fact, the high temperatures in a kiln would ruin polymer clay and release potentially dangerous fumes.) Though it varies slightly by brand, most polymer clay must be cured at 265°F to 275°F (129°C to 135°C) for at least 15 minutes per ¼ inch (6mm) of thickness.




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Polymer Clay Flowers by Lori Axelrod

Polymer clay is available in a variety of brands (each with its own characteristics) and a rainbow of colors. There are several specialty clays, as well, including liquid clays. Different brands of clays can be mixed together to create a limitless palette of colors.




Lori was born and raised in South Florida and has found her creative spirit and voice thru Polymer Clay. As her children grew up and went off to college she found that she had some time and energy for herself.  She shares, “I started to read magazines, poked around the internet and then I went to the craft store and bought some colored pencils and paper. Next I started to sign up for local workshops and classes. But I still couldn’t find the media that caught me. Somehow or another I found polymer clay and bought a few bars. That was it, I was hooked, I finally found my media to work in! Finding my artistic voice however, came much later… I look back at those beginning pieces and I smile at how much my art has developed. I’ve learned so much from the many artists who have shared their talent and knowledge”.





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Multi-Color Polymer Clay Necklace by Lori Axelrod 





Lori tells The Rickie Report, “My weekdays are spent working in a technical field so it is in my  free time that my imagination is given full reign. I love exploring new color palettes, but usually find myself going back to the colors that speak to me. I hope that others will experience the same delight that I get when they see my work.  My polymer clay canes are created by combining custom made colors and shaping them into sheets or rods of clay to make patterns or images. When the cane is sliced, the image or pattern is revealed and it is such a pleasant surprise”.






Lori explains, “It is my connection with color and pattern that drew me to polymer clay as the perfect medium for my creative outlet. The intensely saturated colors and the details that I can achieve with polymer clay, combined with the wonderful tactile experience of the clay has me hooked”.



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“Red Flower, Grow Where You Are Planted”

Polymer Clay by Lori Axelrod




“I started to experiment with all of the mixed media products that I was reading about and found my rhythm by telling myself to conquer my apprehensions and doubts and allocate lots of time to play.  I love mixed media because there are no boundaries, no limit to what you can use to tell your story. I used the polymer clay flowers and fiber as my focal point and then layered with gauze, gelato pens, acrylic paint, stamped images, pigment ink, embossing powder and probably some additional media. There are pieces of fiber which adds the dreamy iridescence near the center of the flowers”.







For more information about Lori’s Polymer Clay creations, please email:

Or Visit:

Stop by:

Artisans On The Ave, where her artistry is on display

630 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460




Broward Art Guild 3280 NE 32nd Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 
(In the North Beach Restaurants and Shoppes Plaza)


For more information about Bootz’ Culture Camp:

Jeanne Bootz Brown, Chief Creative Officer 

420 South SR 7     Suite 120    Royal Palm Beach, FL 33414             561.290.2753







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