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I am so excited to be hosting international artist Laurie Mika at my home studio in NW Calgary. Laurie is a well known artist, author and instructor. Over the last two decades, Laurie developed a unique and original style utilizing handmade polymer clay tiles to create narrative mosaics. You can see more of Laurie’s fabulous art on her website :

http://mikaarts.com/ and read about her teaching and travel adventures on her blog http://mikaarts.com/wordpress/

or purchase some of her marvelous creations on her etsy store

Tiny Totems-Sunday August 27, 2017, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (only 8 seats available) 

In this non-traditional approach to totem making, we will use polymer clay to create our totems. A totem is an object representing family kinship and can also be an entity that watches over and assists people. A myriad of mixed media techniques will be employed to create wall sculptures that explore personal myths and magic. Some of these polymer clay techniques include rubber stamping, painting, layering clay, collage, transfers, metal leaf and embedding objects into clay.

Student Supplies -Please bring :

  • Your lunch and indoor shoes.
  • Six small packages of either Sculpey III or Premo polymer clay, with three being the same color and the other two of your choosing AND one package of white or ivory clay (for transfers). Make sure the clay is somewhat soft before buying it by pressing a thumb into it. If it feels rock hard, don’t buy it! Please condition clay before class by kneading it until soft and rolling into balls, then place in a baggie to store it.
  • Assorted paintbrushes to include a fine detail brush and a one-inch flat brush
  • Doo-dads/ephemera-just a few objects to embed in the clay like charms, beads, rhinestones, rhinestone chain, ball chain, jewelry parts, crowns, halos, buttons, metal findings, wings and found objects


  • Collage sheet images with preferred faces-I will bring lots of “female” figures but if you would like animals or men, bring them!

Details :

Date : Sunday, August 27, 2017

Time : 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Where : NW Calgary Home studio -once you have registered I will email you the address

Cost : $ 160.00 CAD

Skill Level : No experience required-beginners welcome!

Where: NW Calgary Studio ( I will email you the address once you have registered)

Registration is now open.  To reserve your seat you will be required to mail Elitia a postdated cheque for August 1, 2017 to reserve your seat.   Unfortunately, no refunds on cancellation after August 7, 2017 – a credit will be applied to future workshops at my home studio.

To reserve your seat and check on availability please send Elitia an email at harts@shaw.ca