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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Teacher Feature - Kristin Morris

Kristin Morris Clay and Ceramic Artist

Teaching Tea Cup Creatures at:

 April 25-28, 2019 - Columbus Ohio

Kristin grew up in Springfield, Ohio to a mother who is a potter and a geologist father.  She has always loved art, especially painting and sculpture, and has worked with clay as far back as she can remember.  

Kristin graduated from the College Of Wooster with a major in Studio Art, and later attended The Columbus College Of Art And Design where I focused on 3D Illustration.  I have had jobs sculpting props and "corpses" for haunted houses and working on animals for a water park.   She also holds a Master's degree of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University.

 “Art it is my first love!” 
She is currently is working full time as an artist.  Creating art is her passion and she loves to tell stories with her work! 

Kristin loves Halloween
My dolls are usually on the more  "playfully macabre"

Kristin's works are often made from old recycled spindles or bits of wood and found objects; which she enjoys altering with Apoxie Sculpt and paint.  As a member of the Guilded Lilies Art Doll Club her dolls are usually on the more  "playfully macabre" end of the spectrum! 

         Tim Burton and his many eerie films, as well as Halloween, Jim Henson's characters, and pop surrealism are major influences for her.  More often than not Kristin is inspired by edgy, thought provoking or "dark" art that is bordering on creepy.  You can see it in everything she does. 

Kristin finds herself drawn to pieces that have their roots in carnivals, folk art, or Day of the Dead. 

          In the past she has sculpted for haunted houses, worked for a costume shop, and been employed by a studio making animals for an amusement park ride.  In the past summers she has  taken ceramic workshops and have fallen in love with hand building in ceramic clay!  

"I love the feel of the clay in my hands.”

More recently she has been working in ceramics. Below you can see a few of her art works from a recent Art Galley Show 

“By The Sea” 

If you would like to see more from this show and other art works visit her web site.




Kristin is teaching a 1 day classes this spring

"Tea Time in Wonderland"

She is open to your own interpretation of the Tea Time characters
 Here are two of her versions of the Cheshire Cat 

 Artistic freedom in Kristin's workshops is welcome.

She is also teaching the March Hare and the Dormouse
Check out her workshops at 
Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay

Kristin is excited her artistic journey!

check out her workshops:

Teacher Feature - Layl McDill

Presenting Layl McDill 

Polymer Clay Artist

Workshops coming to:

Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay April 25-28, 2019 Columbus Ohio

Curious Clouds Crept Above - sculpture by Layl McDill

Layl McDill grew up in Gillette, Wyoming where she began creating things at a very young age. Her first Story Boxes were dollhouses and even an entire Smurf Village in the basement

Crow with Keys Pitcher
2 day Clay Bird Vessel class
When Layl was 17 she saw modern art for the first time on a family trip to Washington DC and New York City. She was extremely excited about the endless possibilities of mixed media when she saw pop art that used everyday objects and oil painting and whatever else. Suddenly her creativity was unleashed, art was more than just painting and drawing. She could make ANYTHING! Her senior year of high school was spent making numerous sculptures that were both 3D and 2D at the same time- a lot like pop up sculptures that are always popped up.

Goddess with image Transfer - 1 day class
After a year of creating an attic full of sculptures she decided to be more practical and choose a major that had actual job prospects. She majored in illustration in art school at the Columbus College of Art and Design with plans to write and illustrate children’s books but the mixed media materials she used in the community outreach programs she taught continued to intrigue her. Layl did illustrate three books for a small publishing company in Columbus, Ohio but the restraints of working on a flat surface were too frustrating.
Polymer Clay Goddess with Image transfer- see more Click Here 
samples of 1 day workshop taught at AFICC

Polymer Clay Bird Vessels- see more Click Here
samples being taught at AFICC
When Layl found success selling her art at arts festivals even when she was still in art school she began to realize conventional illustration was not her real love. She found she could actually make a living making what she really loved to make. Layl made Story Boxes, Story Quilts, Story Scraps, and Story Vests made of fabric, found objects, and polymer clay. Over the years polymer clay has become her dominant medium. 

In the past few years she has worked primarily in clay creating series of work that tell stories about her life as a mother. She still uses mixed media objects as accents and enjoys working with kids using her collections of found materials. Even though she is not creating the work herself it’s exciting to see a pile of stuff transform into creatures, settings and to see the stories come to life.

To sign up for Layl's Classes at AFICC click here
Layl now lives and creates in Minneapolis with her two daughters and husband. In 1999 she and her husband, Josh Blanc, opened their studio and showroom, Clay Squared to Infinity, in North East Minneapolis. Here she sells her work and Josh makes and sells tiles. She still does many festivals throughout the year and teaches artist-in-residencies and after school programs. 

Contact me anytime for more information Cyndy Sieving 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

5 Featured Teachers 10 Workshops

Learn more about these Five artist and the 10 classes they are offering at AFICC convention.  Each artist has their own style.  With 10 cloth classes offered in both dolls twist and fabrics there is a lot to learn.  To see more pictures and additional information on each of the following classes, go to click on "WELCOME" 

 Christine Shively-Benjamin

     If you you take a class from Christine you will be able to draw faces for evermore.  She takes you through the art doll making process step by step.

Christine is not without whimsy!  
Her class; 
 Pull up a Fish and Sit Down is a playful chair.  Created from fabric, felt and different types of easy to obtain items from your local craft store. 

Adorable dolls by: Suellen Odell
From Left to Right Darling Dot, Sweet Bunny and Kitty Kat
Here is one example of the faces you will be learning to draw. To see more pictures of the faces and costuming each figure is taught as a one day.

Check each class out!


Dying it is a interesting and fun process.  It can be done on fabric for pennies Using what nature has to offer. 

Elf Queen or Fairy

If you enjoy that class you might want to consider her other one day class: Elf Queen or Fairy.

 It is all about taking existing fabrics you have dyed or purchased and altering the fabrics with different techniques.  Use those very fabrics to cover a pre-cut poster board paper doll.

The icing on the cake is the face.  Choose to do a face transfer of you or someone you love OR use one of Stephanie's Clay faces.

Barbara Schoenoff
Workshops in Fine Fabric Sculpting & Face Drawing

Take your time and look these work shops over. the faces are finely sculpted and techniques are used in attaching the limbs along with instruction on how to adorn the body in applied costuming.  These classes are for all levels.  Barbara's classes with close ups pictures and details can be found
at the web site. 

Marla Niederer

Three day workshop for intermediate to advanced students.  If you thought you have learned everything  about Fabric Figurative Art Sculpting then this is class is for you.  Fabric Art Sculpting with many extras.

 to see all these classes and more!

If you have questions contact me any time
Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay is a Production of:
Cyndy's Dolls, LLC

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Teacher Feature - Cody Goodin

Photography & The Magic
With: Cody Goodin

Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay
Columbus, Ohio  * April 20-23, 2017

    Is your artwork photo ready for publications?
Do you think that you need a complex studio and lighting to take high quality photos?
     Cody Goodin is ready to teach you all the Magic! Learn to take great photograph using your own digital cameras and smart phones.
Techniques you need. Get your art work in print.

What is the best lighting when taking a picture to feature the art work?
Having outstanding pictures is the key to publication.

How to add curiosity to a photo
A great photo shoot can get you into galleries

Add Drama to a picture. Turn your art work into Photograph Artwork.

How to set up a photo shot with minimum expense.

Learn more about Cody and his Classes

Lighting is everything and so easy to do if you know how.

And as a special feature:
If time permits in class learn how creatively alter your work by digital manipulation:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Teacher Feature - Natalie Hamade

Natalie Hamade
Making the Past New Again!

Due to Natalie's  great response on her
1 day class on Friday April 21, 2017
We have made a booking change!

SweeT Pea

It is now being offered on 
Saturday April 22, 2017 also.

Artistic Figures In Cloth & Clay
Columbus, Ohio
April 20-23, 2017

Natalie Hamade, has taken the premise of the old rag doll and made it a all new delight.  Her use of color, artwork and added features such as custom glass eyes turned this one day class into such a hit we are offering it an additional day!

Learn More about Natalie and what this class has to offer at

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Teacher Feature - Kristin Morris

Learn to Sculpt with:

Professional Award Winning Artist
Kristin Morris

Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay ( AFICC )
Columbus, Ohio
April 20-23, 2017

2 day class - Nut Cracker Makeover

Kristin Morris has been featured in many Gallery setting in Ohio.
She is a professional Artist and creates all her own designs. 

I have taken classes from Kristin several times.
She is a wonderful teacher and a great source of knowledge and inspiration
2 Day Class

The class gives you a base to work with (The Nut Cracker) so you can take the time to learn the more important basics, like form, texturing, painting, adding detailing.

That is just a little too intence for you?  Then jump in and enjoy the day with her on Sunday

Peter Rabbit
Learn to use Apoxie - Sculpting, Texturing, Painting on a smaller scale.

Learn more about this fabulous artist and her class

Teacher Feature: Debra Klopp

Here are some of the
Cloth art classes offered this year at
Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay
April 20-23, 2017
Columbus, Ohio 43204

Debra Klopp is back with her awesome talent and  wacky humor.  Enjoy spending a day with Debra. Allow her to be your guide. You become the creator. Debra will steer you through her process and help you create your own characters.

See full 3 pages of this 1 day class at

Start with drawings of  your art move on fabric. Learn basic painting and then shading while making your own design!  It isn't magic it is just a matter of stepping outside the box and seeing what you can do when you let yourself go!


Debra does not teach often, so don't miss your chance to take a class from this ALL Star Artist


1 day class at Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay