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Digital Drop-in: Jewelry-Making with Clay

Tue, Apr 6, 2021

Sign on for a live, artist-led tutorial on experimenting with craft and design processes to create unique polymer necklaces and earrings. During this fun and informal workshop led by MAD Artist Studios resident Jen Dwyer, participants will learn Dyer's lace patterning and painting techniques for her ceramics and apply them to making jewelry using polymer clay. 

MAD’s Digital Drop-ins are for participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Following the demonstration, participants will have time to independently work on their project and share with “neighbors” in the virtual class.  

All Digital Drop-ins are 45 minutes. Registrants will receive an email 24 hours in advance of the program with instructions for accessing the workshop on Zoom.   


  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin (or something to roll out clay with) 
  • Piece of paper  
  • Pencil 
  • Scissors  
  • Sharp tool (needle tool, mechanical pencil, pin, etc.) 
  • X-acto knife or sharp knife  
  • Pliers 
  • Earring components (such as posts or hooks) 


  • Materials above 
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrushes (for painted beads) 
  • Glass or bowl of water (to clean paintbrushes) 
  • Paper towel 
  • Chord or chain for necklace 


Jen Dwyer’s playful ceramic sculptures and otherworldly installations evoke dreams, fantasy, and the desire to escape to a world of one’s own creation. Through ceramics, painting, and installation, Dwyer creates a uniquely powerful, caring, and intimate feminine world, underscored by the artist’s study of Paleolithic talismans, the decadent Rococo aesthetic, and contemporary girlhood culture. Dwyer earned her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Notre Dame and her BFA from the University of Washington. She has shown locally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include a solo booth at Spring/Break Art Fair in New York City, Maxon Mills Gallery in Wassaic, and GAA Gallery in Provincetown. 

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