Claudia Rubinstein’s Polymer Clay Embellished Teapots

Claudia Rubinstein Polymer Clay Embellished TeapotVideo #523: An Australian artist who’s doing wonderful things with polymer clay and vintage silver teapots (among other things).

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • This is a special PcT Roadtrip feature segment, brought to you from Melbourne, Australia AND White Rock, BC Canada.
  • Claudia Rubinstein is an artist and PcT members who came to visit with us here in Canada, before we could go see her in Australia.
  • As it turns out, we actually graduated from the same High School separated by several years. Claudia’s sister was even in the same grade as Doug’s sister. And to think we have all just met up now, because of polymer clay!
  • Claudia is a mixed media artist who started out with drawing and painting, and has expanded into children’s book illustration and 3 dimensional polymer clay embellished Silver teapots.
  • Claudia has a colorful, whimsical style based on nature, but more fantasy and magical.
  • Started polymer because she wanted to start embellishing her paintings, and began by taking a class at a shop in Australia called the Whimsical Bead, wear she learned to cover ceramic teapots.
  • Moved onto Silver Teapots as a more substantial base to work on.
  • Has shown her work in Incinerator Gallery in Melbourne in an exhibition called… “The Ostentatious Hiding Spot.”

Claudia Rubinstein… “The Ostentatious Hiding Spot” Exhibition… Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Jocelyn C, 29 May, 2014

    This is a fabulous interview! So enjoyed the Victorian perspective and the magic of her poly clay work.

    Hope we can count on more of the same in the future.

  2. Fran V, 29 May, 2014

    Wow, what amazing, beautiful work. I really enjoyed the exhibition video. So creative. And I really enjoyed seeing how she took flight from from some of your work, Cindy, and melded it with her own.

  3. Anna Sabina, 30 May, 2014

    OMG, what spectacular work. Quite an inspiration. I am in the process of covering wood cigar boxes and journal covers, sometimes I get stuck on how to pull it all together. More importantly every side does not have to a perfect variation of the others, Having a consistent color pallet will help with cohesiveness. I just ripped a boring unbaked sheet of clay off a box. I forgot the the base does not have to be solid. Hey, I can use paint to embellish.
    I have said this before, I love this site becasue I can always go back and get inspiration.

    Congrats on 1 MILLION views on your You Tube Channel !!!!

  4. Julia G, 30 May, 2014

    Cindy and Doug,

    I want to say a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS for having your MILLIONTH view on your YouTube channel. What an amazing milestone!! I have come to you so late, but already know that because of you I will have the chance to re-find polymer clay after many years away from it. I think that everything you do ( think I’ve seen a huge amount of it) is WONDERFUL, helpful, useful, fun, inspiring etc. etc. You have made such a difference in my creative life, and I am not fooled by how easy you make everything look! And as a teacher myself, I can FEEL all of the work you have both had to do to make the videos you do. THANK YOU so much, and what better day to say this than the one that tells me you’ve had a million views! Please know that this really, truly, absolutely, requires no response . Use the time it would take to respond to this to crack open a bottle of champagne and raise a glass to your success!

  5. Melodie Fairburn, 30 May, 2014

    Wow… your millionth view is pretty cool, but not surprising. You have a wonderful place where like minded polymer clay artist can learn amazing things. You offer amazing, well put together tutorials, tips, tidbits, etc. For such a small cost, and many videos for free too.

    I am so grateful I am a member of your site and learn so many interesting, fun, cool things every video from Polymer Clay Tutor. Thanks!?

  6. Joy Davis, 15 June, 2014

    Hi Cindy & Doug,
    This is way too much fun! I’m sure it’s a dream come true for you guy’s! Maybe one night you stayed up too late, maybe dreaming about this great idea you collaborated on and now it’s this wonderful reality! How many in the Polymer clay community are shouting, “I wish I would have thought of that” when in reality there is a small percentage of really, really successful businesses, yet I’m sure there are many more out there and plenty more for people like me who just love the flexibility of this medium, you’ve heard it, we all have, “Is there nothing that you can’t do with this stuff”
    I think the answer is still a big NO! and it’s the same with successful business people like you that are just coming up the next best thing in the polymer clay arena.
    So, what do you have? Well in my eye’s, a well oiled machine not unlike working with the clay itself, there are all levels of professionalism and you two are the tops! Your neatness level is clearly a 10! Your work area, Doug’s incredible video work, Cindy’s idea’s, voice clarity, well just too much to mention but I have this studio and I love it to be neat and clean and if I do a piece that isn’t perfect, I put all my clay into hibernation, sad but true, I think I get scared of my medium, yikes, so then I go on YouTube one night looking for micro mosaics, (and found them) and bingo, it’s hard to stay away now, all I can say is Bravo Cindy and Doug you’ve got me back in my chair! You deserve all the success in the world and here is to you’re second millionth viewer on YouTube!

  7. Cindy Lietz, 16 June, 2014

    Thank you so much Joy for saying all these kind things!! You really made my day!

  8. Dixie Ann, 30 May, 2014

    Cindy and Doug, thanks so much for bringing this amazing artist to us in your video format. I see a lot of Cindys tutorials incorporated into her 3D artwork on the teapots. She has done a wonderful imaginative job with the polymer clay in the two short years working with it and no doubt will inspire a lot of us who endear this medium.

  9. Jocelyn C, 30 May, 2014

    A fabulous experience. Loved her work. More more more, lol.

  10. Marianne O., 30 May, 2014

    So very beautiful and creative, does she bake the clay on the teapots? It is very interesting. I give the video 2 thumbs up!
    Off topic, do you know anything about PMC clay or anything related to it?

  11. Cindy Lietz, 03 June, 2014

    Hi Marianne, hopefully Claudia will pop in here with her answers, but yes she would be baking her clay right on the teapots. As far as PMC clay, I myself have not yet worked with it. Maybe one day… it goes so wonderfully with polymer clay!

  12. Claudia Rubinstein, 30 May, 2014

    Cindy thank you to you and Doug both for a wonderful welcome , a beautiful day , and the opportunity to share my creations with the polymer clay community. Also wonderful to meet members of the Vancouver Guild. I really enjoyed your interview , and feel so fortunate that I am able to learn from your fabulous videos:) look forward to seeing you and Doug here in Oz one day!

  13. Freda K, 31 May, 2014

    Just finished watching the Road Trip again! Loved it and paused at different places to get a better look. I’ve thought about covering regular teapots but don’t think I’d have nerve to do a silver one. Of course, there aren’t many silver teapots floating around my area. Thanks for bringing an interview with her and her work to us.

  14. Fran V, 02 June, 2014

    Cindy & Doug,

    If you have a video on YouTube but we watch it here and click “like”, do the viewing and the “like” get registered on YouTube as well?

  15. Doug Lietz, 02 June, 2014

    Yes Fran… clicking on the Like button on our site does get registered over at Youtube, as does the view. Thanks for asking.

  16. DeShawn M, 02 June, 2014

    Claudia Rubinstein’s work is absolutely amazing. And I loved the music that accompanied the video of her exhibition. Do you or anyone happen to know what that song is?!?!

  17. Claudia Rubinstein, 04 June, 2014

    Dear, Deshawn the song was selected by the video artist, I don’t know the name of it, however I will find out for you. Thanks for your kind words C

  18. Trevor Phillips, 03 September, 2014

    hi Claudia, thank you for including me with this presentation. i’m blown away with your talents.
    your work is so colourful and detailed which is obviously a reflection of yourself. I feel so privilege
    to know you , Trev.

  19. Adilva Amaral, 30 September, 2014

    achei lindo pela primeira vez admiro essta arte há mais de 20 anos e vendo o seu nada se compara com o que eu estou vendo hoje que DEus de abençoe por ter lhe dado este dom

    TRANSLATION: thought it was beautiful the first time iss admire art for over 20 years and seeing her nothing compares with what I am seeing today that God bless you for giving her this gift

  20. Claudia Rubinstein, 01 October, 2014

    Dear Trevor and Adilva

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel very blessed living such a creative life.
    Thank you once more Cindy and Doug for the opportunity to share my work and congratulations on your millionth view. deShawn I still am waiting for word on the music… I can tell you it was created for purchase so videographers can put their films to music.

  21. DeShawn M, 01 October, 2014


    Thank you so much for your diligence and for following up! Please, don’t put any more effort into finding the music. As nice as it would be to know, it’s not critical. It is beautiful music, and I certainly appreciate your efforts thus far!

    Thank you very much!

  22. Peg Carter, 17 December, 2014

    I am blown away by Claudia’s talent. I know there are artists and craft’s people and she is definitely an artist. What beautiful pieces she brought to share! And Cindy, I could see your influences all over the place. Actually seeing these pieces would have been overwhelming for me. I would probably be speechless, only able to stutter “ba dee, ba dee, ba dee.” Lol Thanks to both of you for sharing.

  23. Claudia Rubinstein, 18 December, 2014

    Thank you Peg for that wonderful compliment! Im in a fortunate position where I am able to create most days. At present we have summer in Australia and I’m doing a lot of outdoor projects, including oversized mushrooms with birch tree stalks. I’ll put them on my website soon. Best wishes, Claudia Rubinstein

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