Student Master Canes from Shake Rag Alley, 2011

Cane by Beth Ackley

I’m finally back home after several weeks of traveling and teaching. I’ll be writing about my teaching adventures as well as other topics in upcoming posts. Both Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN and Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, WI were wonderful venues for teaching.

Cane by Laura Blakely

While I finish unpacking, you can read about the workshops and see more pictures in some of the students’ blogs. (Cynthia Blanton just finished writing about about her Shake Rag Alley experience and Julie Samara has written about her time at Maureen’s.)

Cane by Debra Davis

My Facebook page also has lots of images from my 6-day workshops. By the way, I picked the canes on this page for their striking color combinations. They are all gorgeous!

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7 Responses to Student Master Canes from Shake Rag Alley, 2011

  1. Hazel says:

    It’s good to see you posting on your blog again – I missed my doses of colour and canes šŸ˜€ Hope you had a great time teaching.

  2. Stan Coloff says:


    Great to see your polymer clay art talents flourishing…your work is amazing. I hope the wildfires around Ft. Collins have not been a threat to your home. Please let me know.


    • Carol Simmons says:

      Hi Stan,
      It is great to hear from you! We were evacuated once for the fire and nearly evacuated a second time but our neighborhood is unharmed. The fire is about 7 mi away and mostly moving the other direction. We feel very fortunate. Several of our friends have lost their homes.
      Hope you and your family are well.

  3. Debby says:

    It always makes me happy when I see all the beautiful. Work and the colors. I’m happy your home is safe. My son if a fireman in Lyons and Longmont. He and some other men went to help on that fire. I’m proud of him. I’m living in New Mexicoand having to watch the news and worry about him and everyones homes is hard when I’m so far away. He had been sending me text telling me how big this fire and send pictures. I didn’t hear from him for a few days and the only thing that helped me calm down was working with my clay. I was use colors from the colors of the fire in the pics he sent me. I finally got a message from. That he was fine and loving the work. Is very hot but I’m having a blast so don’t worry. Oh don’t worry, right any way I thought it would tell you this story to show how we all connect is some way or another in this big world. Ill send some pictures soon on my cane so you can see how the flamed show up that I didn’t plan. It must of been my way subconsciously of dealing with the worry. Its cool. Sorry for the long post.

    • Carol Simmons says:

      What a great story. We connect in curious ways, don’t we? I’m glad your son is safe and the fires are under control. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Debby says:

    Me again I hope you understood all that and I’m sorry for all the type o’s. I’m on my android phone and can’t always see what I’m typing. Thanks again for sharing an teaching your beautiful work.

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