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Try a Little Tenderness

with Kate Church

All Welcome
Monday - Thursday, Jan 16 - 19
10am - 4pm

About the Workshop

In this four-day workshop we will work with polymer clay, cloth, and simple small forms. You will learn the basics of working in polymer clay while creating a face and hands for a figure. A cloth body form will be provided, ready to be detailed. Several ways of approaching this will be demonstrated. All basic materials are included.

Paint Brushes

Material List

Your choice of fabric for clothing cover (wool suggested), acrylic paints (optional), Sculpting Tools (Sculpey Style and Detail Tools suggested), needles and thread, Exacto knife.


Your Instructor

Kate Church

Combining the line and form of sculpture with anima has been my work for more than 25 years.

During my time as a textile and costume associate with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia I began to create the figurative work I eventually called ‘Sculptural Puppetry’.

I am proud to have created figures for Cirque du Soleil which were sold in their shops and at their shows around the world.

From 1993 - 2013 I presented an annual collection at the One of a Kind Show from which I earned my livelihood. 

In 2011 I began to travel and teach enthusiastic groups of makers. 56

2014 - 16 I conceived and created a public gallery show “BALANCE POINT”. My artistic works as both artist and maker of fine craft. The result was to be filled with vision and desire for the future. 

In 2017 my life became consumed with the discovery and treatment for stage four breast cancer. A halting yet humbling time stretching over two years. 

Now, fully recovered, I work within a cherished space … quietly, gently and, at times, explosively engaging the emotional place I work from. 

Recovery has been a repeating thread throughout my life. 

Art and artistic practice has been my source of strength and recovery. It has fueled and served my life. 

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