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No Meeting in November

The bad news-we will not be having our previously-scheduled November 19th meeting.  This is a busy time of year for most of us and our plans for a demo and a meeting simply fell apart.  We are always looking for people to volunteer to organize meetings and to demo.  If you are interested, please leave a comment and maybe we can pull off a meeting in January

The good news is that the newest issue of The Polymer Arts  came out today and look whose work is on the cover: Emily Squires Levine !  And I had the good fortune to interview Emily (who lives within walking distance of my house) and write the article. If you can’t wait for your printed copy, you can order a digital issue here.

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Into The Forest Opens This Friday

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Into The Forest,  the long-awaited collaborative polymer installation spearheaded by Laura Tabakman,  Julie Eakes and Philadelphia’s own Emily Squires Levine.  opens this Friday at the Spinning Plates Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. 

I can scarcely believe that it’s been more than a year since Laura announced the project at EuroSynergy in July, 2016 and requested contributions from the polymer  community.  They responded with enthusiasm: polymer artists from 27 countries around the world and 37 States around the US sent  an abundance of hand-fabricated floral and faunal elements inspired by their geographically-diverse environments.  It is a celebration of diversity and unity. A virtual global forest.

Into The Forest had its first public showing in Philadelphia as part of a larger “Constructing Organics” show which ran at the Park Town Place Gallery from September 2 to December 30, 2016.    Emily, Laura and Julie have spent  this past year working…

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In November

There are a lot of things of interest happening in November.

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Terri Powell (ArtSci Designs ) is showing at the Dominion Hills Fall Craft Show, Arlington, VA on November 4.   For more information, press here.

 

 

 

Into The Forest opens in Pittsburgh on November 10.  For more information press here.

The regularly scheduled guild meeting is November 15.  The Demo artist informed us she is not available until January.  Does anyone have any ideas?

Liz Swartz and Denise Pettit  are showing at the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Holiday Show on November 18 and 19.  For more information, press here.

A Riff on Maggie’s Necklace at the Next Meeting

Our next meeting is October 15 from   10am-4pm  at the Hillman Apartment building  22 S. 22nd street  Take the to the second floor,  make a right and go through the rec. room to the union hall.  Liz Schwartz will be demonstrating a bracelet making technique that she describes as  “a riff on Maggie Maggio’s split ring chain necklace, these bracelets are simple and versatile. They can be made in different sizes and covered, carved, colored. Well, you can see where we’re going here… sky’s the limit. Very comfortable to wear, too.
E_Swartz_140.JPGBring your clay supplies and something for show and tell.

Textures! Textures! Textures!

Our next meeting is Sunday, September 17 and the  theme is, you guessed it, Textures!  We’ll demo how to make your own texture plates,stamps and texture wheels. After lunch we’ll use all the textures we created in a variety of ways. Bring your favorite texture sheets, stamps and cutters and some scrap clay to play along. Don’t forget show and tell as well.

When: Sunday September 17th 10am-4pm
Where: Sydney hillman 22 S. 22nd street
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Future Meetings

October 15: Liz Schwartz demos bracelets

November 19: Gloria Davis demos paper clay

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What I Learned in Claire Maunsell’s Class

Another great class sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild!

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11.ClassI learned how to make hollow stacked beads and hollow pod-shaped beads.

I learned that hollow pod-shaped beads were only a starting point and that I could take the clay wherever I wanted it to go.

I learned how to assess whether a given paint would work with polymer clay.

12.PaintsI learned that Claire is an incredibly generous teacher who prepares illustrated handouts bursting with information, ideas, resources and more.

I learned why Pan Pastels look so ##@&^#$@ gorgeous on polymer and I discovered that I need to buy them in all my favorite colors.  Like right now.  Or sooner.

I learned different techniques to crackle, seal, antique, enhance, texture,  carve, wax, paint, emboss, finish and (whatever else you can think of) polymer clay.

I learned about some new software that just might change my life. (Ok, that’s an exaggeration but Repper is pretty cool.)

If I have to  stop…

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Midsummer News from Sherman

There will be no July or August Meeting. Things resume in September. Have a great summer, I hope to see some of you at  Synergy .   In the meantime,  here is some polymer related news of interest.

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Three Workshops with Leslie Blackford  at CharmdImSur Studio in Mechanicsburg, PA.

CharmedImSur has accommodations for overnight guests.  Click here for more information.

Guild Master Class with Claire Maunsell  September 9-10.  Surface Design and Hollow Forms. Additional information including cost and registration is forthcoming.

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Synergy 4 conference comes to King of Prussia this summer. If you haven’t signed up yet now is the time.  Hotel rooms must be booked by July 20th to get the discount rate.

The International Polymer Clay Association Conference will be in the Philadelphia area this August.  There will be Seminars and master classes, a gallery of work for sale as well as supplies,  an auction and gala and much much more. You’ll get to meet polymer clay artists from around the world and some of the biggest names in Polymer. You won’t want to miss out.

For more information about this exciting event Click Here.  Besides the conference there is also a Retreat plus option. Our members get a discount for either option. to get the discount code please Contact me.

in addition their are now day passes available.

Membership  – Join now 
We were able to keep the membership fee to the low price of $40.00. Being a member helps support the guild and gives you the benefit of access to Guest Artist meetings which are member only, it also gives you a first shot to sign up for a master class and a discount at Blue Santa Beads in Media. Members also get a discount for the Synergy 4 conference.
Please sign up today using the PayPal link below.

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