Metal clay, Polymer clay,               
Air Dry clay,Paverpol,                    
Doll Art & Mixed Media.                 
 OCTOBER 28th to 30th, 2022      

 Greenhills Conference Centre       
 Cotter Road, Canberra, Australia

                        Contemporary Craft Retreat Instructors

  Meet the talented Instructors from Australia 


Gill Scott ( Jill with a "G") is a Polymer Clay artist specialising in beads, jewellery and pens.

Gill has always been involved in creativity all her life, from painting, sewing, cake decorating, beading, silver smithing, macrame etc.

Since discovering Polymer Clay approximately 9 years ago, she has found a medium that she is passionate about because of its endless possibilities.

Gill has been a teacher for most of her life, and during more recent years, has taught polymer Clay techniques and pens across Australia.

You can find Gill's work on the following socials.....


Janice has been creating Art Dolls and sculptures for several years at her previous Victorian studio and most recently in her new studio "STONECREST CREATIONS" at Murrumbateman just north of Canberra. Her work has been featured in several National and International Craft and Art magazines. Over the years Janice has worked with all sorts of mediums, including Paverpol, Apoxie Sculpt, Makins Clay and Polymer Clay to name a few, however recently Pal Tiya and ceramic Clay have been favoured.

Over the past couple of years "Gourd Art" has started to feature and been included in her designs. Gourd Art is becoming popular in Australia and Pyrography, (wood burning), is an enjoyable and satisfying form of art. "It is important to know how to prepare and use the gourd" Janice says.

Janice feels very humbled to be invited again to join all these talented ladies at the Contemporary Craft Retreat, Canberra. It is probably the highlight of my craft year to be able to teach and also learn, surrounded by so many talented people.... "it is wonderful and such fun"!!

A Certified Instructor for Paverpol,  a Gold Seal member of NODAAA and also the CCIP (Contemporary Clay Instructor Program).

Lex Sorrentino
This dynamic and exciting contemporary clay artist continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the contemporary clay world. Senior CCIP and Paverpol Instructor; Diamond Gold Seal NODAAA Member based in Canberra. 
Lex has 26 years of Polymer Clay Sculpting experience and holds weekly classes and workshops in Polymer Sculpting and Caning, Silver Metal Clay and Air Dy Clay sculpting. She also holds regular workshops in Paverpol Garden Sculpture.

 Lex recently started working with and teaching a liquefied form of Makin's Air Dry Clay dipped in fabric with spectacular results.(The Makin's Clay Company have purchased a few of these sculptures.)
 She has won numerous awards for her Polymer Clay work including winning the Australian Doll As Art Judges Choice Award - twice. 

Being self- taught,  the minimal training leaves her free to approach clay sculpting with no preconceptions as to how it ought to be used. Ignorance can be genuinely constructive, particularly in a medium as adaptable as clay.

Her tutorials and amazing work have featured in multiple publications including the Australian Doll and Bear News and Dolls Bears and Collectables, Australian Beading Magazine and the USA Publication Polymer Café, Mixed Media & Steampunk, plus Passion for Polymer magazine.
 Lex is one of 3 Aussies published in the Prestigious Polymer Journeys Book 2019




Sara Feeny- Marks

Arts and Crafts have always been a passion of mine, for as long as I can remember, but I lost touch with it until the late 1990's where I re-established my love of all things crafty as a form of therapy. 

I quit the IT industry and established my Craft and Wedding Stationary business. I also taught within the Mental Health Industry, teaching various crafts as therapy to help patients find a sense of self gain after illness or major personal trauma.

Working with mixed media I find inspiration in everything I see and do. 

Some of my favourite mediums are Friendly Plastic, Angelina Fibres and Tyvek.

I have dabbled in Jewellery making and cards, also making mirrors, photo frames and Funky Wonky clocks.


Bronwyn Stuart

   Throughout her life Bronny has enjoyed dressmaking and clothing design with a keen interest in free machine embroidery, crochet, and knitting. Other crafts she has dabbled in include paper weaving, silk painting and collage.

A chance meeting at a workshop with an old boarding school buddy, Lex Sorrentino,  introduced me to Paverpol. It took a couple of years before I came back to it after this but have been enjoying using Paverpol and clay and in 2018 bought the Paverpol Australia business. 





Pamela Annesley

Pam is creative; she constantly works with her mediums to produce innovative work. She is a mixed media artist and jewellery designer using metal and polymer clays. She is interested in promoting culture and creative pursuits and also sharing her vast knowledge and experience with her students.  

Pam, a former high school art teacher and Art Lecturer at TAFE College, helped in the development of the national certification program, the CCIP or Contemporary Clay Instructor Program and is a Senior Instructor and a Precious Metal Clay Level 1 Artisan.  Her work has been published extensively in Quilting Arts & Australian Beading Magazines, Polyformer, Encyclopaedia of Polymer Clay Techniques by Sue Heaser, Mixed Metal Jewelry and The Handbook of Metal Clay, Textures and Forms by Hadar Jacobson and Textiles Now by Drusilla Cole.

Pam has attended the International Polymer Clay Synergy Conferences in Malta 2014 and Bordeaux 2016. She also taught polymer clay classes in the UK and Greece.

In 2017 Pam presented a paper on Metal Clay at the Borneo International Bead conference,  as well as teaching classes.

Pam lives in the coastal town of Two Rocks, just north of Perth, where she holds weekend retreats and studio workshops and classes.




Melanie Dilday

Having taught mixed media and polymer and metal claying at various art centres for many years (Fremantle Art Centre WA, Grafton NSW Artfest, Bribie Island Qld Community Arts, McGregor Arts Retreat Qld, Bellingen NSW Camp Creative, Territory Craft Katherine NT and the Contemporary Craft Retreat in Canberra) and involving herself with personal growth throughout her life, Mel has the technical experience and warm communication skills needed to be a good teacher. Her positive energy helps stretch peoples creativity, technical skills and artistic abilities.

We are ALL creative. Producing beautiful, unique work is just a matter of having the right tools and  instructors and getting out of your head! Oh, and practice. The more you do it, the better you become and the easier it is to be in the zone. Being creative is so good for the soul.

Mel exhibited in The Great Southern Art Trail of WA and at specialty Art and Bead Shops. Creative Beading magazine and Australian Beading magazine regularly featured her tutorials and her mokume gane pendant featured on the front cover of Australian Beading magazine.

Mel is a free spirit and has lived and travelled extensively around Australia and throughout the world. She plans to continue and will be soaking up the beauty that is Australia, in Snoopy, her converted Hiace Campervan, teaching classes as she goes.





Linda Misa.... having a break in 2022

Bunbury, WA 6230


I am a West Australian based, mixed media artist, sculptor and teacher who has been creating since I was a child. My desire to create and my inspiration has always been from the visual way I see the world I live in.

My background training is a combination of makeup artistry, clothing design, dance teacher and many and varied arts practices both taught and self-taught. I completed most of my initial training while living in Sydney in the late 80’s but have always kept on learning and stretching myself over the years. Teaching others also rewards me with lots of learning given back to me from my students!

Enjoying the process of making art is of uppermost importance to me - the bonus is the positive response my work has on others. My sculpting, textile and painting practices allow me the freedom to create without boundaries and the opportunity to use all those little things I have collected over the years! I strongly encourage my students to reuse and recycle where they can and base most of my Art around this principle. With a few tools and some clay, and lots of practice, you can make almost anything!

The last 15 years I have been travelling to the US and around Australia to teach workshops. I find the mixed media world is such a happy place to be for a tactile person. Colour is paramount to my work and the same basic art principles transcend all mediums, making my journey so much richer as my practices are combined together.

I hope that the passion for what I do can inspire others to follow their own creative journey...and if I can do that, then I have achieved something worthwhile!



LARA LE REVEUR  .... having a break in 2022

Lara lives in Northern Germany. She has been a familiar face at the CCR many times. After thirty plus years of teaching Crafting, she is currently working on pursuing more structured skills to finally decide on what she wants to be when she (finally) grows up.

She was born in New Zealand grew up in Canberra and will return home to live with a menagerie of pets and boys in the Macedon Ranges, which is very similar in climate to what she calls Home.  

Lara has been involved with the Arts and Crafts movement at some level for most of her life, as she grew up the youngest member of an actively creative family and worked for 13 years in the family business where porcelain doll making and other associated crafts were taught. During that time Lara was lucky enough to have had exposure to several excellent sculpting teachers, which is her preferred method of expression and also travelled to the US to study antique doll conservation and restoration.

In early 2014 Lara returned to the US and completed two Metal Clay accreditation programs.

2015 was a particularly exciting year for Lara as she attended the Borneo International Bead Conference to lecture and run polymer clay workshops.  Sarawak, Borneo, is one of the most fascinating places that she has ever visited and there she met many interesting historians and archaeologists who have kindled her interest in looking at the bead as an object with much more significance than being purely decorative.


Michelle De Groot.... having a break in 2022

Hi, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Michelle de Groot, I've in rural Victoria near Ballarat

on a 70 acre hobby farm. I have a studio to work in which is 14 x 6mt in length and width.

I have been sewing since I was a child, all sorts of projects from latch hook rugs to tapestries and

cross stitches, at school and at home I was taught how to sew clothing and make my own

clothes from patterns and home made patterns that my mother and I had changed to suit my

height, being 6 foot tall has its disadvantages when growing up :)

While in town I saw a patchwork shop and walked in amazed at the lovely quilts on display and

thought straight away, “I can do this”. And I did. I started like most people with the basics, early

on sewing my quilts together by hand piecing and hand quilting. I then progressed to machined

sewing as I realised I wasn't going to live long enough to make all the wonderful things I wanted

to make.

After realising I had found a new love and addiction, I then wondered how I was going to quilt

them, hadn't tried that part of it at that point! So I started taking classes and practiced a lot at

home and after 4 years of constant practice I began to quilt my own quilts, saving me a fortune!

Once this was achieved, me being the forever wanting a challenge, I decided to try my hand at

textile arts. And WOW did I love that! I then set about learning and learning and learning, making

sure I didn't miss anything, always striving to be better at what I was doing. Once I found myself

at a point where I had found my niche I then decided, after many people asking me to teach

them to do what I did, that it was time to start teaching what I had learnt over many years.

And here I am today, a textile artist, professional quilter, artist and tutor in my own right!

Kind Regards

Michelle de Groot

Michelles Patchwork




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