Ardington School of CraftsArdington School of CraftsArdington School of Crafts
Ardington School of CraftsArdington School of CraftsArdington School of Crafts
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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Polymer Clay Decorations for Christmas
Course Dates: Wednesday 29th November 2017 to Thursday 30th November 2017
Category: China & Ceramics
Price: £160


Take a creative break from the hectic lead-up to Christmas and make some unique decorations for your home or as a gift on this exciting new course

Further Detail

You will create several projects, including a sweet(!) little gingerbread house, hanging Christmas decorations, a stained-glass effect nightlight holder and some festive jewellery for the big day too. In fact, you may solve all your Christmas present problems on just this course!  No previous experience is necessary. Polymer clay is a material available in small blocks in a rainbow of pure colours and also with inclusions giving glitter, pearl, stone and metallic effects. Additional media such as glitters, metal leaf, inks and paints can be used with this versatile material before it is cured in a domestic oven.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • Properties of polymer clay and how to condition it

  • Cutting clay

  • Texturing and imitative techniques

  • Finishing techniques

  • Extruding clay

  • Finishing techniques

  • Construction

  • Applying surface decoration

  • Texturing and imitative techniques



Beginner & Intermediate


Materials are not included in your course fee.

  • All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £20, payable to the tutor during the course.


We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor

Please bring with you:

Please bring with you:

1.         At least 6 x 6 inch large, flat ceramic tiles (no embossed pattern)

    or a sheet of glass or marble chopping board as a smooth cutting surface.

2.         4” square smooth ceramic tile (for curing pieces in the oven).

4.         Acrylic (clear plastic) roller/brayer/mini rolling pin (not wood).

5.         Ruler.

6.         Tapestry needle or large sharp needle (for making holes in beads/pendants etc).

7.         Wet wipes (to clean hands).



Tutor Profile

Sally is a freelance beadwork and polymer clay designer and tutor. She has been making jewellery for 25 years using a fascinating variety of materials: including glass beads, Australian lead crstals & pearls, semi-precious stones, polymer clay, fabric, silver, copper and wire. She is a member of the Beadworkers’ Guild and Creative Breaks and exhibits her work at shows and galleries nationally. She loves to share the excitement and playful attractions of polymer clay with beginners and those who have already caught the bug and want to learn more.

She often sources one-off pieces of semi-precous stones or artist-produced glass to act as a focal point around which she creates an unrepeatable, unique design. She loves her work and is constantly inspired by the world around her like her lush garden or the Wye Valley countryside. Her love of the diverse and inspiring Renaissance and Impressionist art is a big influence on her work 'with a touch of Gustav Klimt for good measure!'

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Complimentary fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS - Lunch: We can cater for vegetarians. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please bring your own sandwiches. Teatime: If you would like gluten/dairy free cake, just let us know when you arrive.