Highlights from the Event

In this workshop, you will learn how to create your own polymer clay trinket dish inspired by painter Nelson Stevens’s triptych, Unity. Polymer clay is a lightweight, colorful clay that can be hardened in a home oven. Learn about Steven’s work and the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists, or AfriCOBRA, a collective formed in 1968 to create uplifting art relevant to Black communities, while forming your own trinket dish using colors and patterns inspired by the painting.

Your ticket includes the cost of all materials needed for the activity, hands-on instruction, and a presentation by a NMAAHC curator. Materials kits will be shipped to participants in advance of the program.

  • Materials include:
  • Polymer clay
  • Acrylic roller
  • X-acto knife
  • Tissue blade
  • Wet/dry sandpaper
  • Super glue
  • Bowl mold

Participants will need to provide parchment paper, a cookie sheet, cutting board, and a home oven to finish their dish.

Ticket price: $20 per person

About Rock Paper Plant & Fresh Pear

Rock Paper Plant is a creative, women-of-color-owned business based in Washington, DC that specializes in botanical workshops and creations using live plants, cork, and fiber. The company was founded in 2017 by Alicia Mazzara and Cielo Contreras, two non-profit workers by day and makers and teachers on nights and weekends. We firmly believe that everyone can benefit from tapping into their creative side. In 2020, Alicia launched our sister brand, Fresh Pear Jewelry, a line of handmade earrings using polymer clay. You can find us at rockpaperplant.com and freshpearjewelry.com or on Instagram @rockpaperplant and @freshpearjewelry.

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