Browns Bay polymer clay artist, Claire Fairweather, is thrilled to have received grant funding from Creative New Zealand towards travel costs to attend EuroSynergy 2014. This conference from 30 April to 3 May, organised by the International Polymer Clay Association, will have seminars presented by the world’s leading polymer clay artists and practioners.
Claire also has one of her polymer clay artworks, a three part sculpture titled “Spring Trio”, selected by the jurors for the 2014 International Polymer Clay Awards Exhibition. The photo exhibition will be displayed and prizes awarded at the Eurosynergy Conference.
“Polymer clay is still in its infancy as a creative medium in New Zealand” says Claire, “I have started teaching others how to use polymer clay but there is so much more for me to learn as I am self taught. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to meet and learn from the masters, to improve my own skills and knowledge, which I can then pass on here in New Zealand”.
You can see “Spring Trio” and other examples Claire’s polymer clay artwork in her solo exhibition running throughout April at Beach Café at 1a Beach Front Lane, Browns Bay. It is a great place to have a coffee or food from the tempting menu, whilst enjoying the sea view and the artwork on the walls.
If you want to try it for yourself, Claire will be teaching polymer clay workshops and classes at Glaze, 17c Vega Place, Rosedale, North Shore (http://www.glaze.co.nz/craft-art-classes/polymer-clay-classes/polymer-clay-intro-class.html) and at the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna (http://www.lakehousearts.org.nz/calendar/adult-weekend-workshops)