The "Wee-Kins" On-Line Workshop

Begins January 1, 2018

I will be teaching my brand new On-Line workshop called The “Wee-Kins” through Polymer Clay Adventure! These are small, quirky figures that you will fabricate using polymer clay and other mixed media materials.  Standing about 3-4” in height, they are huge with personality and charm!  In this workshop I will guide you through the basics for sculpting your own original rustic faces for these figures that will portray one-of-a-kind expressions and characteristics. 

The abstract bodies are simple forms and will be the dimensional canvas for the two surface styles we will explore.  The first is an opulent Faux Raku technique with or without crackle.  There are many variations of Faux Raku on polymer and mine is an amalgam of bits and pieces of those I have worked with for over 10 years. 

The second surface treatment I will demonstrate is the gorgeous, unpredictable lacy patterning representative of the shellac-burn on wax. Yes, folks, we will be playing with fire!  Wax on clay is sumptuous to the touch, and its luminous translucency invites you to look to see what lies beneath the surface. 

But you aren’t limited there… alcohol inks, acrylic paints, metallic powders, chalk, gilding pastes,  silk screens, or any combination of the above can all contribute to your surface design.

The techniques you learn will easily translate to other projects in figurative sculpture and mixed media.  Join me for a class filled with creativity and inspiration!  This  class is part of the Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat- one price includes my workshop and 23 additional workshops- all on-line and in video format! 

Click here:  PCA 2018

The "Wee-Kins" On-Line Workshop, by Lisa Renner  January 2018   

The "Wee-Kins" On-Line Workshop, by Lisa Renner  January 2018



I am so excited to be teaching again in Albuquerque, NM in 2018!!  The wonderful Annie Hooten will be hosting me and will be accepting sign-ups for my TWO-DAY TEACHING EVENT!

I will be guiding you through two, full-day workshops on Friday September 14th and Saturday September 15th, 2018:


This is a one day mixed media workshop where you will pull out all the creative stops to make a whimsical little creature called a Bird Peep:  Little bird bodies designed with “human” personas instead of beaks.  Working with polymer clay, inks, paints, wire and other materials you will build your Peep, just bursting with sweetness!  Experiment with the application of alcohol inks, enjoying their translucency, blend-ability and plethora of colors.  Your sculpture is designed to stand on its own two legs and the finished size will be approximately 4 to 5 inches tall.   You will have the option to make a sparkly “crown” using beads and crystals, and with its hand-formed heart you will find your Bird Peep simply irresistible.   


Albuquerque, NM September 2018


In this one day workshop you will experiment like an Alchemist with powders, pigments and polymer to construct a beautiful choker-style necklace comprised of colorful, organically shaped and layered discs.  You will make your own custom palate to be used as the basis for your Faux Enamel process, combining shimmery and/or matte pigments in your desired colorway to either textured and/or smooth polymer discs. 

We will work with a torch to make ball-tipped head pins to capture crystals, pearls and beads which will adorn the discs, adding contrast and just enough glitz to catch anyone’s eye!   The necklace is designed to exhibit fluidity and movement when worn by using wire and jump-ring connections. Copper wire will be shaped and hammered as a design element to suspend the necklace on each side, and copper or brass-colored chain completes the assembly.  Skills learned can be applied to other jewelry-making and mixed media projects.


For information on this two-day event in Albuquerque that will include both of these classes, please contact Annie Hooten at