Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Artist Lionell Smith to Demonstrate Polymer Clay Jewelry at Kentucky Artisan Center Aug. 29

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 25, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859-985-5448, ext. 230

On Saturday, Aug. 29, jewelry artist Lionell Smith will demonstrate her polymer clay jewelry from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

A native of Woodford County, Smith lives and works in Louisville as a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Kentucky and in 2003 received her degree in veterinary science from Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

While her veterinary career keeps her immersed in science, Smith has continued to pursue her love of the arts. In 2009 she established Dragon Hill Handcrafted Gifts and began making a line of jewelry from fused dichroic glass and mixed media. She set up a studio at Louisville’s Mellwood Arts Center and has since moved her studio to her residence, focusing her work on a line of polymer clay jewelry.

Polymer clay is a low-temperature fired medium made with a type of plastic along with a liquid plasticizer that can be shaped.  It contains no clay minerals and is only called “clay” because its texture and working properties resemble clay.


Polymer Clay earrings by Dragon Hill artist Lionell Smith 


Smith is inspired by her love of animals, nature, her Kentucky roots and Irish heritage. Her new series of earrings are hand-painted, and the polymer clay allows a broad choice of design, durable color, and for the wearer, feather-light comfort.

For her demonstration Aug. 29, Smith will show how she creates her jewelry by pushing polymer clay into molds created from antique buttons. Smith has also created stamps that she presses into the surface to create a variety of patterns and designs. 

Dragon Hill Jewelry by Lionell Smith is regularly available at the center, located just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The center features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-turned Works by Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Sept. 12. For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at, or go to the center’s website at

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.