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Happy New Year!

Class dates coming soon!

I have a Basics class running on Sunday 23rd January 2011 from 10am until 4pm.

$70 plus materials.  My new email contact is here.



Due to popular demand there will be a second PMC class at the Bead Society of Victoria Expo in November.  Please note that there is already a waiting list and there is limited vacancies available so act quickly!

Saturday 13th November, 12.30 till 4.30

Bookings through the Bead Society webpage

Term 4 Classes - 2010

The year has flown by, here are most of the classes listed for the remainder of 2010.

I am in the process of confirming venues in the central metropolitan and western areas of Melbourne, so more dates will be going up shortly.

*****Arrange a classs for 6 people in your area and get your class for free! (Material fee still applies)*****

PMC Basics


In this four hour class you will learn the basics of handling PMC3. We fire the PMC with a torch, and cover basic gem setting and hand finishing techniques.  You may either undertake the class project  or (as many people prefer to do) design and fabricate your own piece utilizing the Makin's Creative System.
All tools are supplied for your use on the day, and the class fee includes tea, coffee and written notes for your future reference.

MACEDON 10am - 2pm
Saturday 25th September
Tuesday 5th October
Saturday 16th October
Tuesday 2nd November
Tuesday 30th November
Sunday 12th December
Bookings here

MOORABIN - Melbourne Bead Expo
Sunday 14th November. 
But many more amazing classes still available at the Expo

WHITTLESEA -Kaleidoscope Neighbourhood House
Sat December 4th, 10am until 2pm.
$80 plus materials ($30 for 10g PMC3 or $50 for 16g PMC3)
Bookings here. 


Exploring FASTfire BRONZclay and COPPRclay


The BRONZclay and COPPRclay brands of metal clay have given me excellent results consistantly.  Both clays are of a high quality and have their own unique characteristics.  Once you have mastered how to handle them, you can continue at home and if you don't have your own kiln you can return them to me for firing ($2 per 10g or part thereof + return postage if required)

In the Exploring class you may either choose the textured pendant and clasp project illustrated above, or undertake your own free choice.
FASTfire BRONZclay projects are completed on the day, COPPRclay projects can also be completed in a day, but require a longer firing (which can make for a nice liesurely lunch, or you may work on more projects!).  In this class we cover how to use the clay, inclusions, firing processes and finishing options.  As with all of my classes, you receive written notes and I supply tea and coffee and snacks, but you will need to supply your lunch.

Class time 9.30 until 4.30 unless stated otherwise.

Email me

MACEDON - Either clay
Saturday 30th  October
Thursday 11th November

Saturday 27th November
For full details contact Lex at  Art Dolls By Lex
$165 all inclusive
(CCIP members $145)

Saturday 11th December
For full details see The Whimsical Bead


Contemporary Clay Instructors Program.  Please contact me for more information, or see earlier blog entries on this program.


News from The Gallery:
Upcoming events:

 Pearly Shells at Paramoor Farm
.  Sunday October 10, 12.30.  An afternoon of delightful music and some of the best  food and wine you'll find in the Macedon Ranges. 

Once again I'll be having an open studio as a part of Artists at Work.  Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 October, 10 - 4pm.


And finally, I am lucky enough to be involved in ART4ASHES. The official opening is at 2pm at TJ Scotts, 5 Piper St, Kyneton on Sunday November 7, all are welcome.

Best wishes to you and yours!

Update on Classes - Term 3, 2010

During the next few months I am fairly busy with events at The Gallery, so I am running fewer classes throughout the Autumn and Winter.  If you wish to undertake any classes other than those listed in this update please contact me.

I am delighted to have been invited to teach PMC at The Victoria Bead Society Expo on Sunday November 14, VBS member bookings are open now, bookings will be open to the public shortly.


Saturday August 21- PMC3
Sunday August 22 - Exploring COPPRclay
Contact Lex for full details  
Art Dolls By Lex

COPPRclay.  One of the new generation of the metal clays, this clay is easy to work with and a piece can be made in a day. Sunday August 1.
****BOOKED OUT****
 Contact Dani at The Whimsical Bead 

PMC Basics:
This is a popular class that serves as an introduction to Precious Metal Clay.  Pupils learn the characteristics of PMC3 and gain hands-on experience of some of the uses of silver clay.  The clay is then fired by hand using a gas torch.  This is a four hour class that challenges you to design, fabricate and cure a piece in a fully supported environment.  All tools are supplied and you receive written notes for your future reference.

Tuesday 20th July
Saturday  14th August

The Basics Classes at the Macedon Studio begin at 10am and finish at 2pm.


Events at The Gallery Mount Macedon!

The Creative Palettes 2010 - Keeping It Green exhibition is on over the June long weekend in Woodend. The opening is at 11am on Saturday 12th June. A simple palette becomes a canvas for any media in this quirky exhibition.  This year there is a People's Choice Award, so please come and cast your vote, and several local schools will be taking part in the exhibition as well.  Entries are now open, contact me  for an entry form and more information. Palettes are supplied.

Along with a few Guest artists and fellow Macedon Ranges Arts Collective Members I will have several jewellery pieces in the Winter Wearables Fashion Parade on  Wednesday July 21st at Jubilee Hall, Smith Street, Macedon from 11am.

My mother, Pat Blyth, will be having a focal exhibition in The Gallery in August.  I will have a few works in the exhibition, as will my sister.  The opening is at 2pm on Saturday August 7 at
The Gallery.

and also

The Red Umbrella Gallery, Anslow Street Woodend. 
 An exhibition of dolls from the very best dollmakers of the Macedon Ranges district.
 Cloth dolls, porcelain dolls, huggable dolls, first edition dolls
 Jahne's crazy creatures, Beverley Mc.Leans fairies, one of a kind original dolls by Lara Le Reveur, authentic reproductions by Patricia Blyth.

 *** August Preview JULY 25 ***

Best wishes to you!

PMC Classes - Dates in March 2010

PMC classes up and coming!


Date: Saturday 6 March

This is a popular class that serves as an introduction to Precious Metal Clay.  Pupils learn the characteristics of PMC3 and gain hands-on experience of some of the uses of silver clay.  The clay is then fired with gas.  This is a four hour class that challenges you to design, fabricate and cure a piece in a fully supported environment.  The cost for the class is $70 plus materials (around $30).  All tools are supplied and you receive written notes for your future reference.
The Basics Classes
at the Macedon Studio begin at 10am and finish at 2pm.  The class will be postponed if it is a day of Total Fire Ban.

For bookings please click here


Intermediate PMC - Hollow & Ceramic Covered Beads

Date: Sunday 14th March

Time: 10.00am (sharp) until 4.30pm with a short break for lunch.

Cost: $175 - includes all your materials (unless you have time and choose to make bigger or more pieces) - approx. $100 worth of materials. Also includes use of tools, tea, coffee and light lunch. Please note, does not include jewellery findings.

This workshop will take place The Whimsical Bead's Healesville studio (just a few minutes from Main street). Address given on booking.

Bookings are essential!  One place left!


Term One Classes - 2010

Welcome back after the festive season!  Australia Day is upon us already, and Easter will be here before we know it! I hope you are all refreshed and ready for a year of clay fun and excitement!

***Please note that on Total Fire Ban days all classes scheduled at the Macedon Studio will be postponed to a later date*** 

Puddin' Pal components, Premo! ploymer clay
photography www.sportswaps.com.au

Term One, 2010

All classes can be run by appointment outside of the following times and dates, either at the Macedon Studio or at your local community centre.  Organise a class of 6 and get yours for free.



Thursday 18 March 9.30am - 3 pm.

Three projects in a day!  We use Premo! polymer clay, Makin's airdry polymer and PMC3. Suitable for both the beginner and more experienced clay artisans.



This is a popular class that serves as an introduction to Precious Metal Clay.  Pupils learn the characteristics of PMC3 and gain hands-on experience of some of the uses of silver clay.  The clay is then fired by hand using a gas torch.  This is a four hour class that challenges you to design, fabricate and cure a piece in a fully supported environment.  The cost for the class is $70 plus materials (around $30).  All tools are supplied and you receive written notes for your future reference.

The Basics Class
 at the Macedon Studio run beginning at 10am and finishing at 2pm.  This is a busy class and there is only time for a quick cuppa so try to eat before you come, bring a sandwich for when you finish or try out our great local cafe, Sitka. Woodend has the best fudge shop too...

Sunday 14 February
Thursday 25 February
Saturday 6 March

Come and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful rural surrounds of Textile and Mixed Media artist Jackie McMasters' light and airy studio in Chewton, near Castlemaine.  The classes I reach there are usually held on a Saturday, but the next will possibly be mid-week. Please contact Jackie on 03 5470 6703 jackie@gcom.net.au to register your interest.


Dani at the Whimsical Bead is once again hosting me this year in her wonderfully stocked Beading and Polymer studio.

PMC for Beginners.

Sunday February 21st, 10 am until 4pm.

For full details and bookings, please see:
A longer workshop, suitable for beginners, great for first time users of precious metal clay.  We make either a pendant or a pair of earrings.
We cover setting gems and use the tumbler to give a high finish to the silver.

HEALESVILLE: Bead basics.

Sunday 14th March, 10am until 4pm.

For Full details and bookings please go to:
This is an intermediate day long workshop that further broadens your clay skills and consolidates what you will have learned in any of the beginners workshops.
We make hollow beads, coat some bisque beads and look at using cork clay as a bead base.



Bronze or Copper. 
Two day workshop, Thursdays February 18th, 10am until 3pm and February 25th, 10am - 1pm.

These exciting new clays allow you to explore the possibilities metal clay presents, at a fraction of the cost of PMC. 
100g of clay, firing and full use of tools and studio equipment are included.  We look at sculptural techniques and also
utilise the Makin's Creative System to fabricate one of a kind pieces of Art Jewellery.

Steel and stainless steel clays are also being formulated, and should become available commercially in 2010!


If you have completed at least one PMC or Metal Clay class and are wanting to go on with a project, but are lacking the space, tools or confidence to get going on your own, here is the solution for you.  The Macedon Studio is open for Drop In classes on Wednesdays from March 3, 11am until 3pm.  The cost is $25 plus materials, bookings are essential! 0424 599 168.



MACEDON: Polymer Beginnings.
$30.00 plus materials (approx $15.00)
See more examples earlier in the blog.

Thursday March 11, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Saturday March 27th,   10am - 4pm

Polymer Clays are available in an amazing range of colours and cure quickly at a low temperature in the oven. Polymer clay can be used as a sculpting medium, can be combined with other clays and objects, or used by itself to make fabulous focal beads. These one day workshops cover the basics of using the clay, from conditioning to simple cane construction, skinner blends, baking and finishing. You will make several beads that can be strung into a fabulous necklace. All tools are supplied.

MACEDON: Puddin' Pals.
$30.00 plus materials $25.00
Saturday 10th April, 10am until 4pm

Intermediate. This is a fun little project where we build several canes and shape them using kaleidoscope techniques to create components for small decorative dolls that can be hung as a keepsake around the house or turned into attractive pendants.

MACEDON: Sculpting Classes.

Tuesdays during Term time, 10 - 12.30 $25 per class (usually 4 classes)

Learn the basics of sculpting with polymer clays, from small fun critters right up to building an armature to use under the clay.  You can take it home and keep on going at your own pace, or drop in weekly to finish your creation.  Material fee varies, clay component $10 for a figure up to 30cm. 
Paverpol compatible clay is also available to add dimension to your Garden Artistry.  Please call and check for seat availability.


Contemporary Clay Instructors Program (CCIP) Cert 1 and 2 - by appointment.

Certificate One:  Seven Projects $715
Certificate Two:  Seven Projects $760

These two programs run for three days each, and covers basic, intermediate and advanced elements of techniques using PMC3, Sculpy Premo! and Makin's Airdry Polymer Clay.  All materials are included and on completion of six exam pieces you will have received the Makin's Creative System, extra Makin's clay to use for consolidating your skills, membership of the CCIP Instructors Forum and ongoing discounts on Makin's, Premo!, Metal Clay and PMC products from MetalClay Australasia.  

If you have already done the Introduction to the Contemporary Clays workshop with any of the Senior Training instructors in Australia, you receive a $100 credit towards Certificate One.

For profiles of the Senior Training Instructors please see:

Please contact  Lara at furthur@iprimus.com.au for full details regarding this certification in Victoria.


Contemporary Clay Program 1 and 2 - by appointment - AVAILABLE SOON

Program One:  Five projects $565
Program Two:  Four projects $580

This is a variation of the CCIP, aimed at people who don't necessarily want to teach, but still want to broaden their skills at using Precious Metal Clay, Polymer Clay and Makin's clay. These two programs are of two days each in duration, include all of the materials and you will also receive the Makin’s Creative System for you to keep.

For all classes, more information and bookings please contact Lara at furthur@iprimus.com.au or on 0424 599 168. 

And finally:

Coming up so far this year with The Gallery:
Opening of the Autumn Exhibition by Collective Members Saturday March 6 - 2pm
Macedon Ranges Arts Collective -Creative Palettes
- June long weekend
and also
Pat Blyth (my Dear Old Mum)- Exhibition
- August

Open Studio 2009

This year I am taking part in The Macedon Ranges Arts Collective Open Studio weekend.  It is being held on Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25.  Eight studios will be open to the public with a wide range of disciplines being exhibited by 22 local Artists.  The Studios will be open 10 am until 4pm both days.  A wood turner, Dale Leach, will joining me in my Studio and displaying some of his work.

There is a map and listing of the artists here:


I already have a few students coming out to say hello.  For those of you that haven't taken a class at my Studio at Macedon, here is your chance to come and visit and see where it all starts!   Come on by and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat and enjoy the country ambience before heading onto another studio or one of the plentiful cafe's the area has to offer for lunch!

Polymer Clay class in Ringwood 2009

New date for polymer clay!

Saturday November 21st, 10 am until 2pm.

We cover basic techniques like conditioning, caning, blending and safe sanding and baking.  You can make beads, cover an object, or make a 2D figure (as above).

Contact Eleanor eprout@optusnet.com.au or on 0423 728 864

See http://www.ssclc.websyte.com.au/ for further details

Sculpture class HEALESVILLE 2009

Makin's ClayPremo Polymer Clay

I will teaching a face sculpture in polymer clay early next year in Healesville.  Date to be advised.

Details and bookings to Dani at http://www.thewhimsicalbead.com.au/ 
 There will be sculpture classes at the Macedon Studio throughout the New Year.  Enquiries to me at furthur@iprimus.com.au

Magical Melbourne and The Skyfish.

When I first moved down to Melbourne I was lucky enough to be left with enough time to get settled comfortably in our new house in Caulfield and set up a studio before Son Number 2 arrived.  And again, luckily enough, he did sleep a fair bit when he was younger, so I took up painting.  My good friend Von was a wealth of information (she was teaching as a Design Sessional at Monash Uni so it was like having my own private tutor for not much more payment than tea and bikkies!) and we would spend any spare time 'playing' in my front room.  We mucked around with cloth dolls, painted cushions, explored polymer clay and more.  All the time the buzz of the city was with us; in the endless hum of the tram rails, in the food, music and the ever shifting streetscape of gig posters.

Our house was on Balaclava Road, a double fronted cream brick Victorian with an outside dunny where the cat always slid under the door and cornered unsuspecting souls for attention.  It had high ornate ceilings (the house, not the dunny), deep skirting boards and door frames, real picture rails and it nearly bankrupted us the first year we had to heat it.  Gas central heating - being the most wonderful thing in the world second only to  chocolate - made all the difference, and (eventually) we happily lived there for five years and expanded the brood to three.

On one visit, Von suggested I upped my scale for a change.  I'd been painting studies of the fire place tiles, eyes, horses and doodlings inspired by Mirka Mora.  The huge walls were really too beckoning to be ignored, so I pinched the kids sidewalk chalks and drew a huge Skyfish in the dining room.  The first one had come about after I'd done one of those random google searches you do when something interests you when you have a little time (but don't know for how long) and it led me to a site, The Skyfish Project.  Now sadly defunct (the current site only carries a bunch of links now) the original site hosted the Recognition of Responsibility, see  http://greenoptions.com/tag/skyfish-project  One thing I read there has always stuck with me, that all children have a right to a clean earth.  Skyfish began to appear everytime I worked. The patterned glass above the front door had simple but elegant stars, and these sometimes became the background for a creature who was always first to emerge when the creative mood set in.  Eventually, of course, he became a doll (well, a puppet or a toy to be more precise, but I think the people involved with the National Original Doll Artists Association of Australia 'got' the idea, as he was so well-received).  He lives on the mantle now, occasionally taking the odd lap of the lounge with a child in tow.

There was a bit of a nose thing going on at the time, too...

The Skyfish seemed out of place when we made the move to Macedon.   The rainbow wall-version at Caulfield was washed clean by a bloke who looked at me in a queer fashion as I loaded the last of my pot plants into the car for the final trip out of town to the hills.   Certainly, the kids loved him and were a bit sad to see him go, as was I, but all good things must come to an end.  I built one last Skyfish here in the garden; a cairn of rocks now eroding away with the activity of dogs, small children and gum leaf litter. Nice and organic and timeful.  There are numerous frogs about at where he lies, always met with delight by whoever discovers one.  Only now am I beginning to understand what I have to teach my kids; how they need to protect the fragile web of life they are lucky enough to be a part of, and how they will need to tackle the challenges we have created for them.  And I know the Skyfish is still out there, zipping through the stratosphere, drinking deeply of the cosmic winds and sharing my enjoyment of my childrens daily discoveries.

Japenese paer clay