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Cindy Pankopf
Art Clay Senior Instructor - Master Emeritus

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Studio: Contact Information:

Cindy Pankopf's Creative Place
625 NW Everett Street #105
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: (714) 446-9000
Art Clay Classes Offered:Areas of Specialty:
  • Introductory
  • Specialty
  • Level One Certification
  • PMC to Art Clay Crossover Certification
  • Senior Level Certification
  • Art Clay Silver
  • Art Clay Copper
  • Certification
  • Metal Clay Foundation Skills
  • Advanced Metal Clay Composite Pieces
  • Kits and Supplies
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Cindy’s 15 year career as a graphic designer is the foundation of her current profession as a jewelry designer / instructor / author. Cindy began in the beading world by interpreting traditional off-loom stitches in new ways. Now she is very honored to be one of only seven certified Master Art Clay Silver Instructors in North America, and especially enjoys creating new designs with this amazing material. She loves sharing the freedom to create pure silver objects of virtually anything that can be imagined using metal clay.

For the last several years, Cindy has been teaching classes of her own designs in beading and Art Clay full time. Her goal is to broaden the scope of her techniques and continue designing, teaching and sharing with others every day. One of Cindy's priorities is helping students achieve confidence by giving them the skills and techniques they need to grow. She recently opened her own shop Creative Place in Fullerton, California. She enjoys teaching there as well as nationally at the Bead and Button Show and other venues. Cindy is very excited about expanding her teaching to the virtual classroom with her video course "Kiln Fired Silver Metal Clay" on

Cindy has received several awards. In 2010, she placed 2nd in Bead Dreams and was a Finalist in the Toho Emerging Bead Artist competition.  Cindy is the author of "Beadmaille: Jewelry with Bead Weaving & Metal Rings", and her latest book, "The Absolute Beginners Guide to Metal Clay Jewelry" was released in  October 2011. Cindy has also been featured in numerous publications, including several articles in Art Jewelry and Bead & Button magazines as well as the recently released book "Metal Clay in Color".

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Cindy opened Creative Place so people would be able to learn and shop in a comfortable, well appointed space. Giving people the skills that they can apply to their own work in the future is key. Creative place offers workshops, supplies and kits for metal clay adventures. Creative Place is in Orange County, conveniently located near the 91 and 57 freeways in Fullerton, CA.

Creative Place also offers “Creative Access”, a membership program which allows people to come in work with equipment like kilns and tumblers as well as having access to personal project coaching and technical advise.

Another fun offering are Lilly Ollo jewelry making parties. Book a date with a few friends and come down to make your own custom jewelry in about an hour. Guests can make charms, earrings or a pendant with absolutely no experience at all! If the hostess gathers 6 friends to participate, she will get her jewelry FREE!!

Artist Philosophy: 
Inspiration and education are two of the primary components of Cindy’s teaching philosophy. She believes in helping people to discover their own talents by encouraging and challenging them to grow, and sharing with students many of the things that are possible with metal clay. The flexibility, ease–of–use, and versatility of this medium make it an ideal means of creative expression and problem solving. Cindy likes to teach classes focusing on techniques, rather than creating identical projects, as much as possible. She believes that demonstrating specific things in great detail will give her students a greater understanding of specific techniques/products which she hopes will translate into general knowledge that her students can use in future projects. It gives her great satisfaction to see her students create and explore on their own.
BS in Graphic Design 1989, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Third Place – 2007 Metal Clay World Conference Mystery Brown Bag Contest, Las Vegas, Nevada
Finalist – 2008 Bead Dreams Competition, Metal Clay
Second Place – 2009 Metal Clay World Conference Mystery Brown Bag Contest, Illinois
Finalist – 2009 Silver Accessories Contest
Second Place – Bead Dreams Competition, Beaded Objects and Accessories
2011 – Rio Rewards PMC Certification
2011 – Art Clay Silver Master Instructor
2012 – Craftsy Course, "Kiln Fired Silver Metal Clay"
3rd Place – 2013 Bead Dreams Competition Metal Clay

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