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Educational Programme - CCIP

Contemporary Clay Instructors Certification Program

Metal Clay Australasia are proud of this exciting and distinctive Certification Program.
The CCIP education concept is unique because it combines a variety of the most recogniseable modern or contemporary clays.  Air Dry Clay (Makins) Polymer Clay (Premo - Sculpey) and Silver Metal Clay (Precious Metal Clay) This is a Quality, Affordable Certification.

Why Certified Contemporary Clay Instructors?

Demand for adult and children's craft classes is constantly growing.  Schools, Colleges, Tafes, Clubs, Aged Care Facilities, Camps or everyday people are searching for a creative outlet or an interesting new craft class. The modern or contemporary clays have that exciting, inspiring "wow" factor and they all attract attention. Acquiring the depth of skills necessary to work with a variety of contemporary clay products, will expand the opportunities available for those wanting to improve business opportunities with individual skills or those interested in conducting their own workshops and classes for adults or children.

What to Expect.

Quality Training and Instruction provided by Training Instructors who are experienced and at the cutting edge of creativity and skill with the included contemporary clays.
CCIP Certification One and Two - on completion of the course
Start Up Kit of Makin's Clay Products, PMC and Premo valued at over $1000+ (Certificate 1 and 2  kits combined value)
Discounts off products used in the program - Makins, Premo Sculpey, PMC and Paverpol
Social Media Support for classes being offered by CCIP graduates
Project Worksheets
Discounts for attending our sponsored Retreats where new products/ techniques and other information is shared
Advice and information on conducting workshops
Advice on contacts/leads for new classes

Who may be interested in CCIP Certification?
Creative, enthusiastic, motivated and craft orientated people. This is a program for those who want to have fun, be creative, be independent, learn new skills, earn money and meet other imaginative, innovative individuals. Anyone who has ever wanted to step outside of the square, do something exciting, challenging and pleasurable will love this program!
How do I find out more about becoming a CCIP Instructor and the costs involved?
For more details and the costs involved with our CCIP Certification, please contact 
Instructor Metal Clay and we will forward your enquiry to a Training Instructor in your area.

Who are the CCIP Training Instructors?

The Contemporary Clay Instructors Program teachers are recognised as the "cream" of Australia's Contemporary Clay Artists and Teachers. The CCIP educational program has been operating for 17 years and was created by Jennifer Tattam (Senior Art Clay Silver Instructor, PMC Instructor and Accredited Base Metal Clay Teacher) together with eight experienced, talented and multi skilled artists and teachers. This program is not only unique and comprehensive, it is exciting, covers a wide range of skills and is special!

        Lex Sorrentino - Senior Instructor ACT

Lex was our first Training Instructor. She was instrumental in initiating and helping to establish the original CCIProgram in 2006.
This dynamic and exciting contemporary clay artist continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the contemporary clay world.  Lex is Canberra based. She is a Senior CCIP and Paverpol Instructor, a Diamond Gold Seal NODAAA Member and Organiser, Adult Education Teacher Silver Metal Clay and Polymer Clay CCIT Canberra, Cordinator of the annual Contemporary Craft Retreat, Canberra.
With a combined 27 years of Polymer Clay Sculpting, Metal Clay and Air Dry Clay experience, Lex offers weekly classes and workshops in Polymer Sculpting and Caning, Silver Metal Clay and Air Dy Clay sculpting in Canberra. She also holds regular workshops in Paverpol Garden Sculpture.
Lex began working with and teaching a unique liquefied form of Makin's Air Dry Clay dipped in fabric. The results were spectacular and Makins Clay USA purchased a number of Lex's exquisite sculptures and wall hangings for various trade shows around the USA
She has won numerous awards for her Polymer Clay work including winning the Australian Doll As Art Judges Choice Award - twice!
Lex is proudly self- taught. She credits her early lack of formal instruction and freedom from any preconcieved constraints to her ongoing, uniquely wild and imaginative approach to creativity.  After 27 years, Lex still believes that ignorance can be bliss and that a lack of prior knowledge can be liberating and imaginatively constructive, particularly in a medium as adaptable as clay.
Over many years, Lex's tutorials and inspirational work have featured prominantly in multiple publications both locally and internationally. Australian Publications : Australian Doll and Bear News and Dolls Bears and Collectables, Australian Beading Magazine.   International Publications : Polymer Café, Mixed Media & Steampunk and Passion for Polymer Magazine.
Lex is one of only 3 Australian Artists featured in the prestigious international publication, Polymer Journeys Book 2019.  She also placed second in the International Polymer Clay Society - Sculpture Section in 2022.  In the 2023 IPCA Global Exhibition Lex placed First in 2 dimensional Work and Second in 3 Dimensional Work.

Lex's Website

      Lara LeReveur - Senior Instructor VIC

Lara Le Reveur was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia with her family, just before her first birthday. She has been involved with the Arts and Crafts movement in Australia at some level for most of her life. Lara grew up as the youngest member of an actively creative family and worked for 13 years in her familys Canberra porcelain dollmaking business. Lara played an important and intergral part in helping to establish the original CCIProgram in 2006.
Lara has been living in Northern Germany with her husband and family for the past 5½ years but will be returning to Australia and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria in 2024.  Living outside of Australia has been described by Lara, as an eye opener! It has presented lots of opportunity for study and further exploration, both in terms of artistic endeavour as well as defining her own culture and her role within it.  
Lara is a certified PMC Artisan and an Accredited Teacher for Hadar's Base Metal Clays. She holds a certificate in Jewellery Design and teaches the CCIP Eduscational Program, metal clay and sculpting workshops. Lara has remained an Absentee Member with the Gallery Mt Macedon while living in Hamburg.

Lara's Website

         Pam Annesley - Senior Instructor WA

Pam studied Art, Painting and Photography in England. She taught Art in High Schools before migrating to Australia.
Pam's passion for creating is evident in her work and her extensive teaching experience with Art and Craft both Domestically and Internationally, spans many years. Pam 
was an important part of the talented group of artists and teachers who established the original CCIProgram in 2006.

She currently holds workshops and shares her wealth of knowledge and experience with anyone who wants to learn new skills and techniques. Pam specialises in Polymer Clay, Metal Clay and Mixed Media but has a wide range of other creative interests.
Pam was invited to present a paper on Precious Metal Clay at the 2017 World Bead Conference in Borneo. The Precious Metal Clay paper was also published in the Journal ‘Our Universal Beads”. Pam was a finalist in the mixed media section of the USA 2006 National Polymer Clay Guild's International Juried Exhibition. She has always been an innovative trailblazer and incorporated Polymer Clay into her textile work way back in 2005 where she finished fourth in the Fashion Fantasia Exhibition. Her exceptional screenprinted Polymer Clay Journal was so special, it featured in Sue Heaser's USA "Polymer Clay Techniques" Book.
Pam’s exquisite silver jewellery is inspired by nature and is in great demand around WA and is currently available in her local gallery.
This amazing artist and teacher's wide repertoire of skills and enthusiasm continues to expand. She most enjoys sharing and encouraging her students to stretch their imagination, experiment and ask the question - "What if?"

Pam's Website

       Melanie Dilday - Senior Instructor - NSW/QLD

Mel was born in South Africa and moved to WA in Australia with her family as a young child. Her love of art has been a main stay throughout her life.
She has a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and has been a Senior Instructor for the Contemporary Clay Instructors Program (which she helped to design and establish) for almost 2 decades. Mel has travelled extensively around Australia teaching at TAFE colleges, the Fremantle Art Centre in WA, Grafton Artfest NSW, McGregor School Qld, Territory Arts and Crafts NT, Community Arts Bribie Island Qld, Contemporary Craft Retreat ACT, Byron Community College and Camp Creative Bellingen NSW. She runs meditation and dance sessions as well as Playful Painting (intuitive painting) classes on a regular basis in her home town of Mullumbimby NSW.
Mel still travels several times a year to teach at art retreats all over Australia.

Mel's Face Book


Metal Clay Australasia Pty Ltd invites you to attend the tenth Contemporary Craft Retreat in September 15 - 17  2023. Meet some of our skilled CCIP Senior Instructors, talented CCIP graduates and other skilled Artists and teachers who will be offering a variety of exciting projects. This is the perfect opportunity to mix and meet with like minded people and enjoy a creative, fun-filled weekend away from the madding crowd!

Craft Retreat Canberra


If you are interested in attending individual Metal Clay, Air Dry Clay or Polymer Clay Classes please 
contact us giving your area code and the nearest big centre to you.
We have Metal Clay and Polymer Clay teaching contacts around Australia and will do our best to put you contact with an active teacher.
If you are interested in Metal Clay Accreditation, please watch this space, there are some interesting and exciting prospects on the horizon.

If you are an EXPERIENCED Metal Clay, Air Dry Clay or Polymer Clay Teacher in Australia and would like to be placed on our teacher network database, please 
contact us giving details of your experience and expertise. We are looking for more experienced teachers in all states.

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