Lightweight Polymer Forms

Course Description

About this course

Add color and texture to jewelry! In one day, students will be taught how to create symmetrical and irregular hollow forms in polymer using natural, found and miscellaneous household objects. This course will also explore embellishing forms with surface techniques using canes, metallic foils, clay additives, and carving. Expect to leave with a finished piece or two.

No prior experience is necessary but students with experience can pursue more challenging projects with instructor guidance. Methods for building hollow forms can are also applicable for metal clay construction.

Meet the Instructor

Pamela Cole

Pamela began her adventures with metal clay and polymer clay in 2003 when she learned it was more fun to make beads than to string them. Starting with a private, introductory lesson with polymer clay artist, Kim Otterbein, Pamela accelerated her self-taught, experimental approach, by attending classes in both polymer and metal clay with many of the internationally-known polymer and metal clay artists. She spent the next 6 years "riffing" on techniques and designs in the two clays, producing "beads, buttons and bangles" at a furious rate. In 2009, she was Rio-certified in PMC and began teaching classes at the Bead House Studio in silver clay, base metal clay and polymer clay. She is currently enrolled in Hadar Jacobsen's accreditation program, looking to explore the design possibilities of polymer with bronze, copper and steel clays.

Pamela shares her passion for creating in polymer clay everywhere she can. Friends on Facebook get to see the new explorations as they emerge from her studio. Examples of her work can be found at:

Materials & Tools 

The instructor will provide additives, tools and templates/forms. Students will need six 2.0 oz packages of Premo clay in several complementary colors (~$15 dollars).

Students Can Bring:

  • A selection of polymer clay will be available for purchase at the class, but students are welcome to bring their own if they prefer. We suggest at least six 2.0 oz packages of Premo clay in several complementary colors, including one metallic color.
  • Tools are provided for use at class, but if students who already have the following can bring them if they wish: clay blades—one rigid, one flexible and a clay roller



Materials Cost



Pamela Cole


August 4, 2014


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

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