A Thousand Canes, Deborah Anderson

Background I started working with polymer clay in 1993. Before that, I made custom-fitted footwear, handbags, and accessories out of leather. I am a member of HIA, The National Polymer Clay Guild, and a founding member of the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild. I currently teach workshops, write articles for craft magazines, design products, and sell at craft fairs.
Art and Soul Retreat Portland, OR   February 2004
Taught “Faux Porcelain Beads” and “Faux Bone and Ivory”
Corpus Christi Polymer Clay Guild Corpus Christi, TX   October 10, 2003
Taught “Making Tiny Shoes/Purses in Polymer Clay
Ravensdale 2003 Issaquah, WA   August 3-10, 2003
Taught 4 classes
Southbay Polymer Clay Guild San Jose, CA   May 2002
Double-Sided Hollow Beads Workshop
Southbay Polymer Clay Guild San Jose, CA   March 2002
Layered Surfaces on Polymer Clay Workshop
Peninsula Stitchery Guild Sunnyvale, CA   Sept. 19, 2001
Potpourri of Techniques in Polymer Clay workshop
Resource Area for Teachers San Jose, CA   June 23, 2001
Rubberstamping on Polymer Clay Workshop
South Bay Polymer Clay Guild San Jose, CA   May 20, 2001
Making Wire Beads, Components, and Clasps Workshop
South Bay Polymer Clay Guild San Jose, CA   Sept. 17, 2000
Making a Cat Face Cane Workshop
Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild Saratoga, CA   Sept. 9, 2000
Lecture and slide show on my leather and polymer clay work
Assorted Polymer Clay Techniques Workshop
Ravensdale 2000 Olympia, WA   August 6-13, 2000
Making a Cat Face Cane Workshop
Making Tiny Shoes and Purses Workshop
Embellishment 1999 Portland, OR   July 16-18, 1999
Making Tiny Shoes and Purses Workshop
Harker School Saratoga, CA   April 15, 1998 thru June 7, 1999
Taught 4th thru 8th grade students, afterschool art program to
Ravensdale 1998 Olympia, WA   August 9 -16, 1998
Faux Leather on Polymer Clay Workshop
Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store Bay Area, CA   June 1997 to August 1998
Taught beginning to intermediate level polymer clay classes
Los Gatos School District Los Gatos, CA   Sept. 1996 to present
Taught 3rd thru 5th grade, afterschool art program to GATE students
Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley San Jose, CA   April 1994 to present
Taught 5th thru 8th grade, Polymer clay and paper arts workshops
Demonstrations AMACO San Jose, CA   July 26, 1998 to present
Demonstrated FIMO Polymer Clay/Assorted Techniques
Button Society of Santa Clara Valley Sunnyvale, CA   Feb 7, 1999
Talk/Demonstration on Polymer Clay
University Art Store San Jose, CA   December 7, 1996 to present
Demonstrator of Assorted Polymer Clay Techniques
University Art Store Palo Alto, CA   November 8, 1996 to present
Demonstrator of Assorted Polymer Clay Techniques
Contests Gleaming Treasures/Embellishment 2000 Polymer Clay Buttons Best of Class Award
“Anyone for Shoes?”
Sonoma County Fair 2000 Necklace Best of Class Award
“Never Enough Shoes”
Gleaming Treasures/Embellishments1998 Necklace Finalist
“Shoe Heaven”
FIMO Jetting to Germany 1998 Honorable Mention
Sponsored by AMACO/Crafts magazine
Exhibits Show for Shoes-Virginia Breier Gallery San Francisco, CA   November 15 – December 15, 2001
Shoe Show/City Museum St. Louis, MO   Jan. 15-Sept. 15, 2000
“Shoe Heaven” Necklace and a shoe book
14th Annual Valentine Invitational Exhibit San Jose, CA   1998
Shoe Pin
American Museum of Quilts & Textiles Silent Auction San Jose, CA   1996 & 1997
Television Premier Episode of “Jewelry Making” on DIY Network 2004
Polymer clay shoe earrings
Lynette Jennings Show/Discovery Channel 2000
Polymer clay shadow box
Gallery American Museum of Quilts & Textiles San Jose, CA 1996-present
Virginia Breier Gallery 3091 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA   2001 – April 2006 (gallery closed)