South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild Invites You To A Free Workshop On June 30! Find Out Why So Many People Love Claying Around!

The South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) has been in existence since 2006.  The members, with various backgrounds, promote polymer clay as an art form by sharing their individual knowledge and ideas of polymer clay with others.  You are invited to a free “Newbie Workshop” on SundayJune 30. Members will share their expertise to educate those who might be interested in working with polymer clay but know little about it. The Rickie Report shares the details about the free workshop, SEFPCG, and shares some photos of previous projects by members.  











10 am – 3 pm



Kings Point Art Room**

7000 W Atlantic Ave.    Delray Beach Florida







PLEASE    RSVP    By June 25  




RUBY JACOBS: 561-732-3744   or email:




Polymer Clay Pendants with alcohol inks by Tristina Dietz-Elmes



We will teach you basic Polymer Clay skills including conditioning clay, skinner blends and & other techniques using polymer clay.



All materials will be provide by guild.

Just bring a container to bring your project home.




Each month, SEPFCG offers a forum for guild members to share their experiences with each other during a Monday night demo meeting; a Wednesday evening mini workshop; and a full day Sunday workshop for our members. Two or three times a year, our guild engages professional polymer clay artists from all over the world to teach at each one of our Sunday workshops.  Most recently, we had the privilege of hosting polymer artists Anna Shaw, Christi Friesen and Suzanne Ivester.  Each came to our guild and taught at a thrilling, educational Sunday workshop.  Our Membership dues are $36 a year, and you may attend one workshop for free before joining. SEFPCG is focused on bringing the art of polymer clay to new people.



Polymer clay beads with different cane work, by Liz Heller


We are fortunate that our Guild meets three times each month:

  • 3rd Monday of every month
    • 7PM to 9PM – General meeting & demo 
    • at Kings Point Art Room (7000 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach FL)
  • 2nd Wednesday of every month
    • 6PM to 9PM – Free Workshop for all skill levels
    • at the Weisman Community Center (7091 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL)
  • Last Sunday of every month
    • 10AM to 3PM – Member Workshop
    • at Kings Point Art Room (7000 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach FL)





Polymer Clay Fish by Ruby Jacobs




**Must have photo ID to enter gate to Kings Point 

(At the gate, state that you are coming for the Polymer Clay Guild Meeting in the Art Room)

RSVP BY JUNE 25, 2019



RUBY JACOBS: 561-732-3744   or email:

Kings Point, Delray Beach Club House Art Room 7000 West Atlantic Ave   Delray Beach, FL 33446    561-499-0464

Manned Main Entrance Gate 561-499-7751 Club House (website home page)

(Sorry, Kings Point does not allow children in the Club House.)

Driving Directions:

• From Rte 95:

  1. Take Rte 95 to the W ATLANTIC AVE EXIT (Rte 806) in Delray Beach.
  2. Go WEST 5 miles (toward the FL Turnpike).
  3. Continue WEST until you cross Jog/Power Line Rd.
  4. Go to next lights and turn LEFT into the main manned security gate of Kings Point, Delray Beach.
  5. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and that you are to park in the East EndCafé Parking Lot.
  6. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  7. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your auto license or an ID at the guard desk and to pick it up when you leave.
  8. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

• From FL Turnpike:

  1. Get off at the W ATLANTIC AVE (Rte 806) EXIT in Delray Beach and go EAST.
  2. Go about 2 miles EAST past Oriole Plaza on your left.
  3. Cross Cumberland Drive and turn right at the next lights into theKings Point Delray Beach AdultCondominium Main Security Gate on your RIGHT. (If you reach the Jog Rd lights you have gone too far by 1⁄2mile so make a U turn and go back to next lights and turn left into gate).
  4. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and will park in the East End CaféParking Lot.
  5. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  6. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your car license or an ID at the guard desk and pick it up when you leave.
  7. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

Entry to Kings Point Community and Club House Directions: To gain entrance to the main club house;

To Enter at the back Club House Guard Desk. A member, who is a Kings Point Resident, will be available to bring non-residents into the Art Room.


    For more information about The SEFPCG:


RUBY JACOBS: 561-732-3744   or email:







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Lori Axelrod’s “No Boundaries – Experimenting With Color And Shape” One Woman Show At Artisans On The Ave

Artisans On The Ave Gallery has one of the largest selection of community-based artists that work in a variety of disciplines and mediums in Palm Beach County. Artisans On The Ave is featuring Lori Axelrod, one of those talented artists,who has found her creative spirit and voice through polymer clay.  Lori’s experiments with polymer and other mixed media form special combinations you will never see again.  Her jewelry is truly one-of-a-kind.  Celebrate and learn more about this amazing art medium at this One Woman Show on Saturday, November 21st.  The Free Opening Reception starts at 6:00 pm with refreshments.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some peeks at Lori’s creations here.  This is a great opportunity to remove some of the misconceptions about polymer clay and highlight the wonders of working with this medium!







Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162    561-582-3300


You Are Invited:






“No Boundaries”-

Experimenting with color and


Opening Reception:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free And Open To The Public

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week

Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm




Artisans On The Ave Gallery has one of the largest selection of local artists that work in a variety of disciplines and mediums located in Palm Beach County.  Lori Axelrod is one of our 40 talented artists who has found her creative spirit and voice through polymer clay.



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“Creative Spirit” Hand made polymer clay flowers 

by Lori Axelrod

As Lori expresses, “I love exploring new color palettes, and I hope that others will experience the same delight that I get when they see my work!  It is my connection with color and pattern that drew me to polymer clay as the perfect medium for my creative outlet. It is the intensely saturated colors and the details that I can achieve with polymer clay, combined with the wonderful tactile experience of the clay that has me hooked”.




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“Creative Spirit” Polymer Clay Pins with Necklace Converter

by Lori Axelrod




Lori’s 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 reveals a pleasant surprise!





Lightweight “Squiggle necklaces” by Lori Axelrod





Lori started to experiment with all of the mixed media products and incorporated the polymer clay with the mixed media.  There are no boundaries or limits to what additional items you choose to incorporate into the polymer clay to tell your story.




Multi-color polymer clay bracelets by Lori Axelrod




Lori tells us, ” I use the polymer clay flowers and fiber as my focal point which adds the dreamy iridescence near the center of the flowers. I then layer with gauze, gelato pens, acrylic paint, stamped images, pigment ink, embossing powder and additional mixed media. I’m always challenging myself and experimenting with new techniques and styles. Polymer Clay has allowed me to find the creative spirit within. My drive to create is fierce and strong as I passionately put my heart into all of the art I create”.



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“Grow Where You Are Planted” Mixed Media with

Polymer Clay and Fiber by Lori Axelrod





Lori is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association and the
Southeast Florida Polymer Clay Guild.

To see more of Lori Axelrod’s artistry please visit:

or email




Lori Axelrod will be giving workshops in the art and technique of polymer clay at The Craft Gallery. 

For workshop information please call Betty Wilson at 561-762-8162


For more information about being part of Artisans On The Ave, please contact
Betty Wilson or Linda Manganaro





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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Christi Friesen, World Renowned Polymer Clay Expert Offers Local Workshop

The South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild anounces a polymer clay workshop with world-renowned polymer clay artist Christi Friesen.  There are limited seats available.  This is open to the public.

Workshop will take place Monday, February 27th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Beads on the Ave. in Delray Beach, FL.  

Cost per person is $60.00.  Advanced reservations and payment are necessary.

Send check made out to “Karen Leeman” to:  7370 S.Oriole Blvd. #A106 Delray Beach, FL 33446.   Please include: Your name, phone number, cell phone, email  and snail mail address.

One focus of the workshop will be:   “Green Goddess & Eclectic Sprites”

In this workshop we will create a goddess or a sprite, which can be a pendant, wall piece or sculpture.  We will explore using armatures, creating a face and figurative sculptural elements, as well as incorporating mixed media embellishments.  Oh, and we’ll have a blast doing it!

Sprite Goddesses

The other focus will be “Beautiful Blooms”

Drama! Movement! Beauty! This class will bring these elements to your sculptural experience.  You will create a stylized flower and leaves, accented with beads and other embellishments.  No matter what your skill level, you’ll learn new sculpting techniques, design & composition skills and embellishment tricks.


Christi Friesen’s Materials List 

Bring as manyof these items you have — I will be bringing items to share, and some for purchase.

·        polymer clay (of course):  I use and recommend Premo brand polymer clay.  You can use your favorite clay instead, but if you have Premo, bring it!  For the Goddess/Sprite class you will need a flesh color clay (like beige or ecru) and colors for wings and clothing – I suggest some white and whatever your favorite colors are (your favorite colors would make nice clothing!).  For the Blooms class you will need green clays (how about several different greens!) as well as gold and floral colorsyour choice.

·        beads for accents: any beads – assorted sizes, colors and shapes – anything that can go in the oven — so glass, crystal, natural pearls, stone, metal, ceramic (no plastic or acrylic beads).   I will have some beads in the ‘bead soup’ for sharing, as well as some bead mixes available to purchase.

·        other interesting things for accents:  if you want, you can bring fun stuff, vintage jewelry findings, dichroic glass, glitter, metal foils/leaf, metal bits, found objects, vintage gears and steampunk stuff – anything that you think would look good (as long as it can go into the oven).  I’ll bring some goodies too!

·        28 gauge wire:  you won’t need much, but bring it if you have it (I’ll have some to share).

·        20 gauge wire:  bring your favorite color metal since some of this will be visible in the final piece. You’ll need about 8 inches or more.

·        headpins (optional):  bring a dozen or so, if you want to.  Any size, color, thickness.

·        tools: bring your favorite sculpting tools, as well as needle tool and cutting blade, we’ll use pliers and wire cutters (I have some to share).  Needle nose tweezers are very useful.  If you have a pasta machine, bring it!

·       glitter and mica powder: if you have some, bring it!  I’ll have plenty to share!

·       Container to safely transport projects home for baking

·       Basic polymer clay supplies and equipment  kit (work surface, pasta machine, tissue blades, needle tool, clean up wipes, spray cleaner and paper towels to clean tables, Glad Plastic Wrap, wax paper to protect table from clay pieces and residue, polymer clay,  and wire cutting tools)

·       Lunch, snacks, and beverages

Driving Directions to Beads on the Ave:                                                                                (in the Pineapple Grove District) 151 NE 2nd Ave      Delray Beach, FL 33444            561-278-6977  

Take Rte 95 to Rte 806 or E ATLANTIC AVE.     EXIT in Delray Beach.     Go EAST toward the beach 1.4 miles and pass the Delray Beach Tennis Center and then Old School Square on your left until you are in the area where diners eat out on the sidewalks.  Turn LEFT onto NE 2ND AVE / PINEAPPLE GROVE WAY   (Note: not NE 2nd Street and not NW 2nd) .  Go north about 0.2 mi and watch for the store on your right just after the 1st St and before the 2nd St.  Intersections.  Park on the street or directly across the street from the store in the private parking lot (ignore the valet parking signs and park toward the front of the lot).  Other parking exists up the street on the right in a public free parking lot.  There is also a parking garage but there is a charge.  You have gone too far if you pass the Delray Camera Store on your left or arrive at a traffic circle.

If you have any questions please contact Rickie Leiter:  or 561-537-0291.

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Meet Pamela Carman

Pamela Carman works in many different mediums, but her specialty is designing in polymer clay.  She remembers back to the 1980’s when polymer clay was available in only one color-white.  TRR interviewed Pam in her Jupiter, FL studio.

TRR: What were your early influences in taking this artistic career path?

PC: I  idolized and still do my older brother who was always drawing and doodling. I wanted to emulate him as well as my Mom, who was super creative. There was no project she would not attempt to conquer.  She was the original “do-it-yourselfer” and I always helped her on projects.

TRR: Did you know that you wanted to have an art career when you grew up?

PC: Art has always been my minor. When I was growing up I thought I would operate a plant nursery because I loved to watch things grow.  Then I realized I didn’t have a green thumb.  In high school, I loved my art class but when I went to University of Florida I knew I should be more realistic, so I chose art as a minor.  My major was anthropology.  I thought that after college I would join the Peace Corps and be able to use that knowledge wherever I was placed.

I grew up in this area since I was in fifth grade. My family owned a marina and hotel business in Palm Beach Shores.  In fact, my father was mayor at one time.  I worked retail, hospitality, and reservations.  In 2004 our family sold the business and I became a stay-at-home mom.  It was then that I was able to really pursue my art passion.

TRR:  What drew you to this particular medium?

PC: I loved the immediacy and the  “no surprise” factor of polymer clay vs. earthen clay and how it changes as it is cured in the kiln.   There are always some surprises with polymer, but that spontaneity allows me to experiment more and not be so worried about wasting supplies.

TRR: Tell us about your favorite  as well as challenging  parts of your business.

PC: My favorite part is the  creativity. I find marketing myself the most challenging part of this business,  being involved in the administration and doing the paper work after I have made  something.

TRR: Do you have any tips for  beginning artisans?

PC: Allow yourself to explore and  make mistakes.  One of my friends cites  this quote often, “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you  expect.”  You should follow your  heart.

TRR: Do you belong to any guilds  or professional associations?  How does  this influence your work?

PC: I was working with polymer  clay before the internet made it easy to access other artists, so being part of  the South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild, the North County Artists  Association, and the Village Artist Studios, an artist coop in Tequesta, has  really fueled my creative juices.  I find  the camaraderie of other artists, even if they are using different mediums, helpful.  We share ideas.  And I am grateful for their openness to share these “breeding grounds of creativity” with me.  I feel an eagerness and  a need to share when I am part of these  groups to enrich and stimulate our mutual creativity.  It becomes a synergistic experience and the  results are greater than the sum of the individual parts.

TRR: What story does your art  tell us?

PC: I seem to have recurring  themes, mainly animal motifs, especially birds.   There are many levels of symbolism with my birds. Some are earth-bound  while others might fly.  Some are  whimsical. I see myself and other people’s lives through nature. I like to  imagine what is like to be some creature other than myself and express that
experience through my sculpture.  It allows me to escape from everyday life and put myself in my creations.

TRR: Take us from the beginning  of an idea to a finished piece of work.

PC: I feel an emotion and  consider what the creature is feeling – the motion and the emotion.  Then I sketch it out in pencil on one of my  many notepads. Next I consider the color palate I will be using. Then I start  building the armature base using solid pieces of clay as well as scrap clay.  I never throw clay out.  Now it is time for the decorative layer of clay, chosen from hundreds of clay canes I have already made, or making new ones as I go.  Polymer clay must be cured by baking, after which I may polish  and buff the piece using from 400 to 1000 grit sandpaper.  Some pieces are coated with liquid polymer and baked again.  It depends on the pieces and its purpose.

TRR:  You spoke earlier about marketing being one of your challenges. How do you market your work?

PC:  I have taken part in a number of juried shows including Howard Alan and American Crafts Endeavors.  My work is sold at the Village Artists Studios Coop in Gallery Square North in Tequesta, FL and their sister store, Original  Elements and at Local Treasures in Tequesta.  I teach classes at the Ocean  Reef Art League in Key Largo and I offer classes here in my studio for  beginners to intermediate level students ages 5 years old and up.  When I teach, I focus on projects that are  achievable in a day.  Everyone likes to go home with a completed piece.  My  classes are intimate with 4-8 people so everyone gets a lot of my attention and sharing our ideas with each other is an aspect that all of my students appreciate.

TCC:  Tell us how you manage to balance your role as  an artist with your  responsibilities as a wife and mother.

PC: It is challenging at  best.  I have notebooks in every room of  the house, so when I think of an idea, I can just jot myself a note and go back  to whatever I was involved in doing. That way,  I don’t worry that I may have lost the creative concept and at the same time,  I don’t feel I am  ignoring my family’s needs.  Because my husband is so supportive,  it makes everything more enjoyable.  He literally built this studio as an addition to our house!  Actually, he decided to build it after the designated areas of one bedroom and the garage were overflowing into the rest of the  house.  He still doesn’t have his garage  space totally back yet.

TRR:  How do you invigorate your creativity ?

PC: I often go back to the  masters to help me with color palate and will look at books of artwork in other  mediums. Being part of the COOP and guilds as well as participating in artist’s  challenges helps me recharge.  I find  that having the intention of making a specific item at the beginning of a  project tends to make for a far more satisfying outcome, even if the design may  deviate from my original path.

TRR: How do you define success?

PC: Being able to keep my  family’s needs and my artistic desires in balance.

TRR: When does  “will this sell?” start influencing  your work?

PC: When I am preparing for shows  I try to strike a balance between what is coming from my heart, which for me  is making the canes themselves and deciding what sculptures to create.  At first, I was only producing barrettes and  salt & pepper shakers.  Then I  started to make the creature sculptures, which my husband was sure would not  sell.  Well, I brought one of them with  me to be part of my display and a woman could not put it down. She had to have  it!  Once that happened, it was clear
that there was room for me to market my more “creative side” and I  have never looked back.  The salt &  pepper shakers and barrettes are my “bread and butter” while my  sculptures are from my heart.

To reach Pamela Carman for more  information about her polymer clay creations or classes,  call her at: 561-748-3746

Pictures of the Polymer Clay Creation Process

Initial sketch for a sculpture

Building an armature

Adding base clay

Decorative layer baked and finished

Packages of polymer clay

Canes of clay

Conditioning the clay

Forming the canes

Cane pieces used to design sculpture

Pam and Rickie in the studio

Some of Pam’s polymer clay barrettes

Two of Pam’s sculptures for sale

Pam’s special ingredient

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