Visiting Artist Series


Micromosaic in Polymer Clay with Cynthia Toops


We are thrilled to welcome back Cynthia Toops, award winning jewelry artist and instructor well known for her figurative micromosaic pieces. Inspired by Roman micromosaics Cynthia has combined her long developed experience using polymer clay with classical micromosaic techniques, creating her unique process. Not only is polymer clay much more user friendly than glass, eliminating the need for torch work, but you have the advantage of an infinite color palette of filatti, giving richness and subtle color variations to the work.

In this weekend workshop you will make a small pendant. The entire micromosaic process will be covered, from conditioning the clay and mixing colors to creating the filatti, embedding, firing and grouting the finished piece.  No previous experience with polymer clay nor mosaic work is required although patience is a definite plus. Returning students also welcome.

Class includes:

  • Techniques for working with polymer clay, including conditioning the clay, mixing color and creating filatti
  • Design techniques for working on the micro scale
  • Options for finishing the piece, including firing and grouting

Date: Sat & Sun Jun 22-23 10-5 (Note: Date has changed!!)
Level: All levels
Cost: $350 – all materials included

Please contact us for any questions.


CynthiaToops_webCynthia has been working with polymer clay since the 1980s. While she is known for her figurative micromosaic pieces, in the last few years she has been concentrating on thin sheet work, creating the cone and claw necklaces and the rolodex series. Most of her work is inspired by ethnic jewelry and ancient beads which she and her husband collect. Cynthia has a BFA in printmaking from the University of Washington and a BA in Biology from Drake University. She spends long hours researching and planning work with Dan Adams, her husband and collaborator. Besides her jewelry work and teaching, she enjoys sushi. Please see more examples of her gorgeous work on her website.