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 I might be one of the luckiest people ever, because I get to play with “play dough” for a living!  I not only make art that makes people smile, but I hope to make art that subtly reminds us of reality, yet makes us see the world in new ways.

Layl mCdill


Layl McDill

I’ve been creating a series of life size and larger mixed media wall pieces of animals.  So far I’ve made a rhinoceros, beaver, great blue heron, giraffe and a bison.  Each one has a theme or story with an interactive component.  For instance the Great Blue Heron is about migration and immigration and it has movable suitcases attached to it with magnets.  Its wing feathers are made of maps and model trains and more.  I’ve been exploring ways to use mixed media with each piece I create.  

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International Polymer Clay Association



Go Big & Go Crazy

When working with mixed media and polymer clay you might think you have two limitations- melting temperature and size of your oven but there are ways around both of these issues.  I will talk about the various types of surfaces that don’t melt that I have baked clay on to in my many creations over the years and then spend more time on the trickier or un-bakable materials such as wood, some plastics, frames and styrofoam.   I will also talk about how I’ve experimented with baking mixed found objects into pieces that do melt just a bit- like light bright pegs and game pieces. 

Then, I’ll share my techniques for building large scale pieces that do not fit in the oven.

Registration for PAS is open through July 31 with a finite number of spaces available.

Examples of Layl’s Work

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