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Makin's Clay® Design Team

We are proud to introduce the 2017 Makin's Clay® Design Team!  

Design Team Leader CINDI BISSON McGEE specializes in creative design with a focus on unique combinations of mixed-media; She enjoys working with paper, clay, resin, fabric, paint, metal and more.  Her wearable art, home-decor, paper crafts and upcyled projects have
been featured in books and magazines, at events and trade shows, and online in craft TV programs. Her polymer clay projects have been frequently published in Polymer Cafe Magazine.  Cindi can be seen regularly on www.WhenCreativityKnocks.com where she is Co-Host and Associate Producer of the web TV craft show When Creativity Knocks.  You can also find her work on her blog - Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™ Cindi is active on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Linked-In. An experienced media spokesperson, educator, project and product designer and more, Cindi's style is diverse and ever evolving. If you are looking for an artist who “dares to be different” - you’ll find her BEHIND THESE EYES™.




STEPH ACKERMAN - My name is Steph Ackerman and I live in New York with my husband, our son, and one very photogenic pup.    I have been creating in some form for as long as I can remember.   I love the creative process, am very versatile and love to create an assortment of projects from canvas wall hangings, to tags and  cards to mixed media projects and more.    My day is not complete if I haven’t spent some time in my craft room.  I have a dedicated studio where I play and create.  I  also teach a wide variety  of paper crafting and tool related classes in my studio and my local craft stores and I encourage my students to play with their products and tools.   I believe that only by playing can you unlock your potential and the potential of the products you are working with.   You have no idea what you can create if you don’t take time to play and explore.

I am a CHA Designer Member, have the pleasure of being on a number of design teams and have had my work  published in a number of magazines.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Makin's Clay® Design Team.


DARLEEN BELLAN - I have been a polymer clay artist for over 35 years. I love all areas of the medium from sculpting to jewelry making, the possibilities are endless due to the nature of the medium. I have been published in several books including CF Originals Steampunk, 1001 Jewelry ideas, SJ Helms book Polymer Clay Masks, Polymer Cafe and several local newspapers. I also appeared on HGTV’s Thats Clever. I was the host of an afternoon short segment on our local news station in the afternoon called A Touch of Style that demonstrated a various craft project in a 10 minute slot before the news. I have had a lot of fun in my life because of my art and have met many other fellow artists that share my same passion. That is especially true with the polymer peeps!

As far as my areas of design…I would have to say sculpting would be my favorite, but usually whatever inspires me at the time I am sitting with my supplies is what I attempt first unless given specific ideas or suggestions!




BEA GROB - I'm a Mixed Media Artist and formerly handweaver from Switzerland. Color was, and is, always the reason for me to work, whether with threads, on canvas, with paper and what not. I have passed several Fibre and Art related educations, but also commercial school or the latest addition Educations for Educators Level 1.

I'm also the president of the association Handwerkkunst, which runs every year one of the biggest Art & Craft shows in Switzerland with about 60 to 70 artists in a old Knightshouse.




PATRICIA KRAUCHUNE - My partner and I live in central Massachusetts, in the most historical small town in America. Our home is called Liberty House…I have over 1500 Statue of Liberty items, hence the name of my blog Art4liberty.wordpress.com. I have always been a crafty person.  In the 70’s I carved realistic song birds professionally. I also made custom bird houses. Tried scrapbooking for a short time, but it did not hold my interest. And now and then I do some bookbinding and other paper crafts.

I first tinkered with polymer clay back in 1970 making heart shaped pendants to hold ashes of loved ones. I really did not know much about conditioning or other properties of the clay but was happy making reliquaries for friends.  Then in 2003 I started reading about polymer clay and expanded my knowledge of the product by taking numerous classes from artists like Laurie Mika, Christie Friesen and any other classes I could attend on polymer clay. The rest of the story is about hands on self learning and reading. Plus I received tips from various artists that I had written to who were generous enough to help. I have also dabbled in PMC, precious metal clay…but polymer is my muse.  I love Steampunk design, up cycling found objects and creating ideas that just pop into my head. Most of my art is given to friends and family, that is what I love doing. I have been published in “Just Steampunk” magazine numerous times, will be in the 2015 Spring edition of “Just Jewelry”, and had my art displayed at the Buell Museum in Pueblo Colorado in 2014.


CAROLE MONAHAN - Carole started working with polymer clay almost by accident in 2010. She and her daughter Cathryn were cleaning the house and they discovered some craft supplies which included some polymer clay. Well… not much cleaning got done that day after this discovery! 

It all started with a little bird, Wort the Worry bird. He was made to cheer up a friend who was going through a really tough time. Carole told her Wort would help her with all her woes. Everyone who saw this little bird Wort: aka the blue bird of happiness HAD to have one as well! Then Wort was joined by his cousin LUCKY DUCKY. Lucky was made for the sole purpose to raise funds for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society. 
Carole was diagnosed with MS in 2003, she has found that working with the clay is great occupational therapy and cognitive therapy to help with the hand and muscle cramps that come with her illness. 
She has been working with clay ever since her first encounter with it. She has since authored several tutorials for Polymer Café, Her first was Bambooya beads April 2012 and Mobious Mass October 2013 issue and her latest tutorial is Primarily Twisted.
Her mixed media pieces have also been featured in Just Steampunk Magazine for the last several years.
Carole has also won several awards for her designs. 
In 2014 Carole was named one of Sculpey ‘s design squad members. 
Carole never gets bored with the possibilities of clay and feels “Compelled” to keep working with this medium because her well of ideas never run out!


PAT ROBERTS-THOMPSON - Although I am fairly new to Polymer Clay, I have been involved in the Arts for over 40 years. By far, working in clay has been the most interesting and fun! I am looking forward to see where this new passion will take me.


IRIS RODRIGUEZ - Iris lives in the Washington DC metro area. Iris has always been creative creature, when she was child she would make sculptures or draw the world that lived in her head with whatever objects she found at home or school. Iris has never not met an art medium she did not like. Iris has knowledge of a wide variety of art media including clay, acrylic paint, texture medium, paper, and metal. She enjoys sculpting in clay, collage, painting, assemblage, jewelry making, and soldering. Her style ranges from modern, Shabby to Steampunk/Industrial. 



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