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Clayathon Day 2: Alev Gonozar, Guest Artist

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They say that a picture is worth  thousand words.  It certainly is in the case of Turkish artist Alev Gonozar who uses polymer in her sculpture and installations.

Alev gave an revealing talk about the evolution of her work, her creative process and  the challenges she has faced in doing large installations and commissions for building projects.

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Take a look at the gallery of here work here.

 

 

Clayathon 2015 Has Started!

What’s on tap for today?  imageGoody Bags!

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Demos and  a Wear Your Art reception.

See you tonight?

The Deer Clayer Revisited

Arlene Groch, AKA The Deerclayer is also the founder and main force behind Clayathon which just celebrated its 10th year.   Philly Guild Cheerleader Sarah Sorlien asked the attendees to make animals covered with houndstooth canes and put them on Arlene’s workspace when she wasn’t looking. As Arlene tried to figure out who left a figurine, another one would appear. Finally, we got together and had a ceremony where Arlene was formally declared The Deerclayer and crowned with a deerstalker hat.

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Enjoy the pictures!

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Thanks Arlene!!

Start Making Travel Plans for this Sunday

This months’ meeting is all about texture and we are pleased to have member Kate Clawson share her ideas and techniques.  This is a meeting you don’t want to miss!  Which is why you need to start thinking about travel plans for Sunday. 
Philadelphia is hosting the Philadelphia Marathon this weekend which will make traveling to the meeting and parking  a little more challenging than usual.  On-street parking will be limited because there will be a lot o people in town.  Some streets will be closed because of the marathon.
 

Sunday, November 17

  • Kelly Drive to Ridge Avenue will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway (including cross streets) will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The 22nd/23rd Street entrances from Route 676 will close on Sunday morning (5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.). Please plan alternate routes to the start.

There is absolutely NO PARKING along the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon course on Sunday, November 17, beginning at 5:00 a.m.

The marathon route is at

http://philadelphiamarathon.com/files/Certified_Marathon_Map.pdf

The Philadelphia Eagles play the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday too and the game starts at 1:00 PM.  So make plans accordingly.

Need a parking lot?  These will be crowded too but you’ll find it easier to find parking in a lot than on the street.  Press HERE for a list of nearby lots.

Clay Play Day

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Guild member Maisha Sullivan’s  many community projects have sent her around the world.   So how does she find the time to found and run a  multimedia crafting group?  It must be a labor of love because it lets her combine her passion for community activism with her other passion, art.

Maisha  organizes a crafting workshop every four months as therapy for a group of women  who are social activists in Philadelphia.  The next one,  which will be held on September 14,   is a Clay Play Day.  These women, who  deal with some tough social issues,  enjoy a place where they can can kick back, relax, learn about a new craft and enjoy a pot luck lunch.

Each workshop has a minimum of thirty women  and girls participating and a minimum of four different craft projects with preference given to projects made from recycled materials. Participants demonstrate for one another.

Tomorrow, Ellen Marshall and I will crank up our pasta machines and head to West Philly to demonstrate polymer clay techniques for the group.

Read more about Maisha’s involvement with the community here and here.  To learn about Maisha’s art, press here.

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College  Prep Classes and College Tours

A Birdhouse in Sue’s Soul

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If you had been paying attention in your ornithology class, you would already know that there are more than 150 species of owls flying around the planet. That means that Sue Springer won’t have any shortage of models for her latest obsession: recreating owls in polymer clay.  Here are     some of her latest creations.  Click under the pictures to see the real-life owls that served as inspiration.

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Sue builds her owls on a polymer clay tile with a wire attached to the back for hanging.  She fashions the owls
 from her ever-growing  collection of canes  she designs to  suggest the different feathers of  the inspirational owl.
Sue employs complex Skinner Blends, translucent clay and color mixing  to good effect,  achieving  a look of depth to the feathers despite the limited color palate.

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Sue builds more colorful canes for the eyes but employs  similar  subtle shading that  gives the eyes dimension and a lifelike quality.
Don’t you feel like he’s staring at you?

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Sue and Wilma
The Polymer Clay Avengers
Sue and Wilma
Now that I have your attention, here is some  Owlish Trivia
You can find owls on every continent but Antarctica.
Owls have three eyelids and zygodactyl feet
and asymmetrical ears.
Owls can’t pivot their eyes
but they can turn their heads 270 degrees.
Owls’ feathers make them noiseless fliers
which is good because they’re predators.
Not all owls hoot
but some can bark.
A flock of owls
is called a Parliament
and the largest owl fossil ever found
was over three feet tall.
Be careful Sue when you venture out into the forest.


Find out more about owls here

Scenes from Clayathon

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Wilma, Gwen, Jacqueline and Mary

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The workroom

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Patti and Terri

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Guest Artist Jacqueline Cherie 

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Mary and Sherman

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