Polymer and Metal Clay Workshops

Example of work by students

Having taught mixed media and polymer and metal claying at various art centers for many years 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 people’s creativity, technical skills and artistic abilities.

See the slide show to the left for examples of work created by students during a polymer clay workshop at Camp Creative in Bellingen. Keep in mind that most of the class had never used polymer clay before and were able to produce such amazing results for newbies.

Mel is based in Northern Rivers (Brunswick Heads, near Byron Bay NSW) and is teaching workshops locally but as you will see from her bio below, she is also very flexible and will go just about anywhere for the opportunity of meeting new people and teaching workshops in mixed media, polymer and metal clay.

BREAKING NEWS: Brisbane Silver Clay Workshop coming in May. See link for details http://livelifehappy.today/brisbane-silver-clay-workshop/

Example of Mel's work

The Workshop Venue

Since Mel is such a gypsy soul, she travels everywhere. She spends some time every year on her fella’s yacht on the East Coast and some time with her elderly parents on the West Coast. The rest of the time is generally spent travelling Australia in her Hiace Campervan, teaching and claying and writing.

That’s why she is so flexible with the venue of her workshops. She can hold workshops at your home or choice of venue.

The Value

Her classes are very reasonably priced (i.e. $15 per hour per person for class of 3 or more, $20 an hour for one-on-one personal teaching) because she is interested in reaching people from all walks of life and all economic backgrounds. “Art is about playing and having fun. About getting out of your head and into your heart. Creative workshops should be something everyone can afford!”

She is also developing an online metal clay and mixed media jewellery school which will be offering free and paid video tutorials.

Write or speak to her today if you would like to be on the waiting list for these tutorials or are interested in doing a live workshop with her. She can be contacted here: http://livelifehappy.today/contact-me/

Melanie Dilday

Melanie Dilday was born in South Africa. She moved to Australia in 1964 and enjoyed an idyllic childhood in various country towns in West Australia.

Mel worked in a number of jobs in finance and sales before she discovered ceramic clay in 1995. She then studied Wheelwork and Dimentional studies at Tafe and exhibited at the Moores Building in Fremantle in Western Australia in 1996 and 1997.

Melanie moved on from Ceramic Clay to Polymer Clay “because of it’s incredible diversity”, Makins Air Dry Clay “because kids love it!” and Silver Metal Clay “because it adds that delicious ‘BLING”.

In the early years Mel taught Polymer Clay techniques privately and at Tafe Colleges in West Australia and at the Fremantle Arts Centre. She exhibited in The Great Southern Art Trail of WA and at specialty Art and Bead Shops. Australian Beader Magazine (2006) featured Melanie’s Polymer Clay/Silver Metal Earrings and she earned “runner-up” in their Australian Summer Competition. Creative Beading Magazine featured a four page Millefiori Tutorial by Melanie in their second issue. Mel’s fabulous Pillow Bead Tutorial and personal profile was featured in the June 2008 edition of Australian Beading Magazine and since then Mel has been a regular contributor with a variety of stunning projects. She was happily surprised when they featured her on the front cover of the Australian Beading Magazine with her Mokume Gane Pendant.

Mel has taught at the Fremantle Art Centre, Grafton Artfest, Bribie Island Community Arts, McGregor Arts Retreat, Bellingen Camp Creative and the Contemporary Craft Retreat in Canberra.

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.