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About Our Meetings

UPDATE:  Website changes.  We have transitioned completely to this blog as our web presence.  We also rely heavily on our monthly newsletter using ConstantContact.   You can subscribe at the link on the side menu of each page.  This blog (Latest News) always has the most up to date information.

Our new contact email: info@papcg.org!  June, 2014 (It’s back!)

Is the Guild for Professionals only or are Beginners welcome too?
We were all beginners once. Our mission as a guild is to provide our members an opportunity to share our expertise, to encourage each other as we develop our skills and to schedule classes/workshops with master polymer clay artists from across the country. We welcome you to come to a Guild meeting even if you’ve never used polymer — all you need is an interest in the medium and a yen to find out what the possibilities are.Do you teach basic techniques to beginners? – Does the guild have classes?
Every meeting features at least one demonstration on some topic and the guild also hosts classes several times a year with visiting artists. These classes/workshops, while not covered in your membership dues, are an excellent way to learn many techniques and are for all skill levels.  We are also joined by Guest Artists from time to time which is a terrific free benefit of Guild Membership.  Best of all you gain access to many people who all share a love of polymer and are more then willing to share knowledge and help out someone new to the medium.

Where and When are the meetings — and what happens when we get there?
    We meet each month (except February, June, July, August and December) from 10AM-4PM at the Sydney Hillman Apartments at 22 S. 22 Street.    Hillman is directly across the street from the Mutter Museum.  Sign in at the reception desk (tell the guard you are attending the PAPCG meeting) and take the elevator to the second floor. Make a right off the elevator and we are in the conference room at the end of the hall behind the double door.  You can’t miss us.   Any cancellations for inclement weather or any reason will be announced on our blog by 7 AM on the day of the meeting.

Where do I park?
There is a parking lot on 21st street just off of Market behind the Mutter Museum. To find your way to Hillman, exit the rear of the parking lot, walk past the side of the Mutter Museum and the Hillman building is across the street. There is a parking lot at 23rd and Market but tell the attendant you will be leaving the car in the lot until after 4:00. Street parking is metered and we recommend you use the lots.  There is a 20 minute unloading zone in front of building if needed.  When there is a major downtown event, parking can be more difficult.  Radio station KYW-1060 will announce traffic pattern changes.

PARKING UPDATE 2014:

Well we used to have a sweet deal and, usually, have free parking behind the Mutter Museum with a short walk across 22nd Street to our meeting place at Hillman House.  Automation has come to that lot, so here are some updates on places to park discovered by our members at the September Meeting.

1.  The Lot behind the Mutter Museum has convenient parking.  You enter on 21st Street just below Market.  Pay at the automated Kiosk.  It should offer you the price of $12 for the day.  If it doesn’t cancel and re-start the process.  That is the weekend daily rate.
2. The bargain hunters willing to cross Market Street can park for $7 at   the lot on 2126 Market Street.  This is a valet lot where you leave your keys.

What should I bring? 
Your enthusiasm and interest in art and polymer clay! Members bring clay tools to work on their own projects or to take part in the techniques being demonstrated.  A basic tool set includes a work surface, clay blade, acrylic roller and/or pasta machine, a needle tool and an assortment of clay.  You can bring a lot more than that!  Check the blog to see if there is a particular theme or if a guest artist suggests particular materials.  Bring your finished work, and any items you want to “Freecycle.”   The Guild has a convection oven to cure your work while you are at the meeting.

It is a busy day, and time flies by.   It is good to plan for lunch and snacks.  You can bring your lunch or join other members who pick up something at Trader Joe’s or enjoy one of the many area restaurants for lunch.

What are the benefits of joining the Guild?  Are there any restrictions?
Guild members are entitled to attend meetings, including those with visiting Guest Artists, attend Master Classes (additional fees), and can post their work on our Guild photo website.  Guild members also receive Members Only newsletters and have first priority for Master Classes.  Minimum age for membership is 18.  

REMINDER:  Registration for Master Classes opens for Guild Members about 60 days prior to the scheduled class.  We use PayPal for our class payments and they can be reversed completely within 60 days in the event a class needs to be cancelled.

You are welcome to attend as our guest one basic meeting (i.e. no Guest Artist).  Additional meetings require membership. Membership dues are $40 for the Guild Year that runs September to September.  Dues paid after May 1 are good through August 31 of the following year.  All dues are paid either at a meeting or through the PayPal link in each E Mail Newsletter we send out.   You can subscribe to our newsletter from the link on the side menu of this website.

Comments on: "About Our Meetings" (8)

  1. Linda Tomassioni said:

    I only found out about PAPCG this evening from a friend. I was telling her about the Witch pendants I made, I am somewhat new to this craft. L.T.

    • Come join us at our meeting in November. Sign up for the newsletter and you will get all the info.
      Sarah
      PAPCG Head Cheerleader

  2. Linda Tomassioni said:

    I did sign up earlier. Looking forward to it.

  3. Members of the Guild get this info from our newsletters. I am not sure when it goes live on the Clayathon blog itself. I am forwarding your request to Sherman so he can add you to the Clayathon email list. You can sign up for the Guild email newsletter on the side of this page if you don’t receive that already.
    Hope that helps!
    Sarah

  4. Chia-Ying (Sophia) Pan said:

    I am totally new to this craft but am very interested in learning more. I am thinking about taking a class. What is the best way to proceed? I am thinking about joining to be a member but worrying that I am too new to this area that I won’t be able to do much…thoughts and suggestions? Happy holidays! :)

  5. Hi,
    I have just learned a lot about Polymer Clay at the Craft Show in Baltimore. I currently make braided jewelry with fibers which is wide and bulky. I have been unable to find end caps that I really like. It was recommended that I can do my end
    caps in Polymer Clay. I am interested in becoming a member and also locating a person who can work with me one on one for this specific challenge I have. I am so happy I discovered you.
    kate

  6. Anyone interested in joining, but not sure? Just sign up for our newsletter on the sidebar menu. You will see what is coming up each month. We have 2 or so open meeting per year where membership is not required so you can try things out. The newsletter comes out once a month with all the upcoming events.

  7. Lynn Congo said:

    Omg I use to belong to this guild years ago and lost touch can’t wait to attend…Always had a nice time with everyone learning new things.

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