80 participants from 13 different countries, 6 international tutors and a wonderful team of helpers descended upon the tiny village of Luc-sur-Orbieu in the Aude department of France. For four days the village buzzed with polymer clay enthusiasts from all four corners of the globe. The event was organised by Kylee Milner of Lunes Bijoux & Corbières Créatives.
The range of workshops offered were of an excellent quality and the overall feedback was of overwhelming success. Kim Cavender delved into the world of twigs and stones, Donna Kato had participants bowled over with her big beads and everyone just couldn’t get enough of Julie Picarello’s take on mokume gane. Not to mention Bettina Welker’s fabulous brooches using the Tear Away technique. Carol Blackburn amazed people with her intricate and precise application of Rorschach beads and last but not least Natalia Garcia de Léaniz showed everyone just what could be done with household objects as texture pieces – the effects were stunning.
The event was the first of its kind in France and Kylee was determined to open the doors to the French public and include them in the weekend’s festivities. The Discovery Evening was of particular success – the sense of urgency to be the first through the doors to buy the tutors work was amazing! The tutors could not believe the response from not only the participants but also the public who had turned up en mass to see for themselves the beauty of their creations! Local wine, cheese, charcuterie, bread and seafood producers were all on hand to sell their delicious offerings. Polymer Clay Express were also on hand to reveal the delights of the D.R.E.A.M machine and many of their other wonderful gadgets – the evening was a great success.
So Euro Clay Carnival France is over and now Kylee is turning her attentions to Clay Corbières Créatives 2010 – with two dates planned. The March event is almost full to capacity – and once again Luc-sur-Orbieu will be ready to welcome international clayers & friends alike.