Bonnie has been pushing the polymer envelope since 1987, winning dozens of awards, featured in articles, and exhibiting in major museums for the fine studio furniture she with her woodworking partner J.J. Syron. She rarely teaches her unique polymer techniques to guilds. We are fortunate to have her share her talents with us for two days in September.
During Bonnie’s Saturday workshop she will teach the “marquetry” techniques she uses to create large and small veneers polymer clay for jewelry and furniture.
Students will explore these techniques by creating a series of 4 small marquetry tiles or pins and will explore progressively more complex techniques with each pin or tile. Students will learn how to achieve definition in the imagery and then to create designs that have depth and overlap, foreground and background. Bonnie will address creating large and small surfaces, applications in furniture and jewelry, firing techniques, adhesives, finishing and inspirations.”
Here’s what Bonnie tells us about her Sunday Guest Artist Demonstrations: “I will discuss and demonstrate the use of translucent-based cane layering to create luminous depth and lacy detail on both small and large work. Based on the groundwork of my marquetry techniques I will give specific instruction on process, cane building and provide a boat load of samples to discuss and explore. Bring scrap clay, white, translucent and your favorite colors so we can experiment .
Having studied under Bonnie for several days in Maine last summer, I can assure you that you’ll learn a great deal from Bonnie and be inspired by both her work and her warm personality. Sunday will NOT be a repetition of Saturday, so you won’t want to miss either day’s teaching. Take a look at web site J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff and I think you’ll agree.