Hollis artist holds polymer clay workshop

Friday, May 3, 2013


Staff Writer

HOLLIS – Artist Alene Sirott-Cope, of Hollis, works in various traditional mediums, from pottery to photography, but she is hoping to get polymer clay recognized as an art form. To that end, she held a polymer clay workshop April 27 at the Town Hall Community Room. More than a dozen people participated in the workshop, from as far away as Windham, and Arlington, Mass.

“I want to inspire people to look at polymer clay as an art medium as opposed to a children’s craft project,” she said. “There is some beautiful art jewelry and fine art mixed-media artwork out there that have inspired me immensely. The vases are the most fun however: anyone can create them, you do not have to be an artist. More than half of the participants in my workshop class thought they were not creative, yet the vases they produced said otherwise, and they all had a great time.”

Linda Bard, president of the Hollis Arts Society, attended a previous workshop by Sirott-Cope, and had so much fun she invited her to hold one in town.

“People who have no art experience just love this,” Bard said.

Participants were asked to bring a glass vase, jar or bowl to decorate. They used a pasta roller to roll out the clay as well as cookie cutters to create shapes, before applying beads, glitter and jewels to complete their one-of-a-kind decorative piece.

Patti Sullivan traveled from Arlington, Mass., to participate, having heard about the workshop from a local friend. She said she found the process of rolling out clay and being creative to be a good stress reliever.

“I worked hard for tax season,” said Sullivan, who works as a tax preparer for H&R Block, “and this was my reward. I was looking forward to something fun.”

Deb Caveney, of Windham, said she read about the workshop on and thought it would be interesting.

“I’m a complete novice,” she said, “but this is readily available. Anyone can go to the store and buy clay, a jar and decorate it up. You can’t make a mistake with clay.”

Sirott-Cope has several upcoming polymer clay workshops in the area, including a free demo from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 4, at the Wild Salamander in Hollis, and a vase workshop from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the League of NH Gallery, 98 Main St., in Nashua. For more information on polymer clay go to

A graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Sirotte-Cope has worked as a professional graphic designer, potter, mixed-media artist, photographer, art director and art educator in several universities in the New England area. She uses her expertise with graphic design concepts, including color, shape and texture in all of her pieces. She enjoys experimenting with assorted production techniques and tries to find new combinations that produce interesting 3-dimensional, mixed-media art pieces. For more information, visit her website at

She is also passionate about dogs, and has designed wine bottle labels for the Humane Society. Her new line of pet products including gift items, portraits, cards and photography is “Paws for Thought” and can be found at

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