Euro Clay Carnival 2016 Athens

OK people I told you I was new at this!! This article was supposed to be up two weeks ago, but obviously I messed up! So here it is now…


For days I have been trying to find the right way to describe my feelings about this exceptionally organized event. Then I realized that if you are not there you will never feel the same excitement, you will never have the same ideas floating around in your head, and you will not form the same bonds with all the new and old friends from around the world.

ecc_2702_2So I decided to just give my dues to the people who deserve it first. The organizing team! The people that worked tirelessly to prepare the clay for our classes, to make the arrangements for our registrations, to make sure nothing was amiss during the classes and make sure all the attendees were content and comfortable. Thank you Gabi and Maddalena and Fotini and Maria and Manuela, you were irreplaceable and amazing!

And then let us talk about the instructors. The six lovely and unique ladies that traveled from around the world to bring to us the lights of their knowledge, their smiles and good humor, to share their imagination and hard work, give us their techniques and little bits of wisdom, that will make our work more easy and fun!


DONNA KATO  “La Donna” of clay!

Donna Kato is not just the name behind the brand; she is also a charismatic artist, author and a brilliant teacher! Showing of her Ethos, she starts by addressing the great Judith Skinner and how her idea about color blending changed our polymer clay world. Patient and with steady hands she showed us the ways of sculpting and cutting the clay into beautiful geometrical shapes and combining them in accordance to a classic color scheme. Black – white – red!

I loved her way of teaching and her unexpected genuine humor!


BETTINA WELKER the curly haired Goddess of design!

Space, color, shapes and composition! With a background in graphic design Bettina has the apt mind to address her unique design styl
e. Every piece of jewelry she makes is recognizable by sight! Also her perspective on constructing a piece of jewelry is unique. The bracelet design that she instructed was detailed, every single piece had a purpose and did not just look pretty.

JANA ROBERTimag0405S BENZON the color in her eyes…

A magical class… You might imagine how it is made or not, but you will definitely be surprised! I have used alcohol inks before and worked in similar
techniques but the concept of it all it is mind blowing!!

It was a very refreshing class and provided me with an unimaginative for me way of constructing a jewelry with so much movement and lightness.


SYLVIE PERAUD usefulness and elegance!Sylvie.JPG

Sylvie has a subtle way of mischievousness! She will get you when you list
expect it and she did get us! She found use in recyclable materials and used them in her design process in order to make her piece of art more refined in structure and elegance.

She opened our minds into shading, small details and patience in creating…

EVA HASKOVA circling around beauty! imag0426

With the speed of light and with nimble fingers Eva inspired us with the sheer beauty of the skinner blend and the simplicity of a circle!

How simple things and techniques can look amazing? How careful consideration in construction and sizes can improve your design?

Attend a class with Eva and your questions will be answered!

I always had a fascination with circles. I always thought of them as the perfect shape. Eva added to my craziness! I see circles everywhere!!

GABI SIMIGDALA the natural beautygabi

Her way of replicating natural looking coral, stone and decayed metal is almost up to perfection!

She took into consideration the weigh, the natural shades of colour and discoloration and created a class worthy of any! Taking care of the basics and the difficult, the delicate and rougher aspects of nature Gabi took us on a journey on a magical beach and brought us back with a lovely, sea relic necklace!

And last but not least the brilliant participants of the event! Each and every one I thank you for your generosity, your good spirits, your swap gifts, your laughter and most of all your friendship! I was fascinated by your ideas. I was and inspired by your creativeness. I was honored by your friendship! See you soon my dears!

Till the next time, be good to one another!


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