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Lyle Rayfield
Art Clay Master Instructor

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Studio: Contact Information:

Cortaro, AZ

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
  • Base Metal Clays

After many years of various jewelry ventures, Lyle discovered the world of metal clay and expanded her love of teaching into the metal clay community. She is a studio jewelry artist and currently offers classes on a regular basis at her home in Tucson, AZ, as well as through neighboring art centers. Lyle has also taught at several national jewelry venues, including the Metal Clay World Conference, Glass Craft and Bead Expo, the Bead and Button Show, and Vivi Magoo’s Art Retreat in the Desert. Lyle is a working member of the Desert Artisans Gallery, a locally owned co-op gallery in Tucson.

Lyle’s inspiration stems from the wonders of nature…earth, sea, and sky. She works with silver, as well as copper, bronze, and steel, and often complements her pieces with gemstones and beads. Her work was honored at the 2006 and 2008 Art Clay World North American Design Competitions. She is also a regular contributor of step-by-step jewelry tutorials for Metal Clay Today, an online jewelry e-zine.

In her own words: “As a teacher, I love to nurture a student’s artistic talents and guide them in opening unknown doors to their creativity. In creating jewelry, my desire is to enhance life’s experiences with beauty and celebration in the form of personal adornment.”

Artist Philosophy: 

From an artist’s perspective, my philosophy is to stretch the boundaries of who we know ourselves to be through the expression of our individual creations. Integrating this with my love of teaching, my goal is to expand the creative spirit of my students in a way that leaves them inspired to continue the exploration of their own creative talents. I also think it is important for us to continue to educate ourselves, regardless of our level of expertise, and to relish the opportunity to meet and share our experiences with others in our field.

  • 2006 North American Design Contest – Honorable Mention: "Dreaming Nymph"
  • 2008 North American Design Contest – Honorable Mention: "Looking Forward, Looking Back"
  • PMC Guild Certified Artisan
  • Art Clay Silver Senior Instructor

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