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Some pictures  from the May 17  meeting of the year of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Guild.23

Eugena Topina was guest artist and demonstrated her polymer clay Openwork technique to a very appreciative crowd.

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Eugena’s web site has links to her gallery where you can ooh and aah over her delightful creations.  You can also purchase tutorials for  many of the polymer clay techniques she has developed. 

Eugena is constantly working to improve her tutorials so it’s well worth it to follow her blog.  On May 19, she announced that she had made improvements to the procedures to make Openwork bracelets and pendants.  Best of all, those who have already purchased these tutorials can get the updates at no extra charge.  Click  here for more information.

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May 5 at 10:12 AM

We are changing our name, and the tools we use to “Meet Up” (thanks to Meetup.com!), but we are the same enthusiastic group of polymer artists.  If you haven’t joined our group on Meetup.com, take a moment now so you don’t miss a thing.  You can find us HERE.

I am looking forward to seeing some of you at our Meetup in May with Eugena Topina.  That will be the last Meetup before the Summer hiatus, and the last Meetup I will be organizing for this group.

This group has been meeting for almost 20 years, and I expect we will still be going strong 20 years from now!  We want to keep having our Meetups about 6 times a year at Hillman, but we will need a Polymer Artist volunteer to organize each meeting.  Volunteers can organize one or more meetings.  The organizer can be an individual or a team.  You decide!

The organizer sets the agenda for the meeting and organizes a guest artist or demo for the day.  The organizer also commits to answer any emails about that meeting (they come through the Meetup.com site) as well as agrees to arrive a little early to Hillman to set up and stay through until the end of the meeting.

Organizing the meetings is made easy with the tools at Meetup.com.  Once you let us know you want to organize a Meetup, we will make sure you have the permissions to post your Meetup.  It will automatically be added to the Greater Philadelphia Polymer Artist Meetup Calendar, and members will get an email announcement.  As you have seen, people will RSVP for the Meetup, so you will have an idea about attendance.  Our Meetups have typically been 20-30 attendees.

We recommend that you charge between $5-$10 for the Meeting.  (There will no longer be dues, so this is a flat fee.)  We ask that the organizer collect the fee from the participants and then send half to the organization via PayPal to cover expenses of rent, Meetup.com fees, etc. The organizer keeps the other half of the fees collected

And what about rent and the venue?  That’s easy too.  We are reserving the Hillman house on the Third Sunday of the months of September, October, November, January, March, and May.  Meetup.com will keep the calendar current.  An organizer can choose one or more of these months and post their chosen Meetup date at any time.  If the organizer has another venue or event they want to plan of interest to Greater Philadelphia Polymer Artists, that is good too.

So if you have some ideas for a Meetup, drop us a line!  Help keep the tradition going and growing.

Sarah Sorlien

Greater Philadelphia Polymer Artist Meetup

(formerly Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild)


REMEMBER:  We have no Meetups scheduled for April.

Our Next Meetup (and last Meetup til the Fall) is Sunday, May 17.  Eugena Topina will demonstrate from her tutorial on polymer “Openwork:  Under A Microscope”  This amazing technique has been featured on Polymer Clay Daily, and it will be a treat to learn some of the ins and outs of this unique technique from the artist herself.

Eugena has this and other tutorials on her site http://www.polymertutorials.com.  Those who know they want to learn this technique may want to purchase the full tutorial ahead of time HERE and take advantage of the meeting to ask your specific questions.

This and all future Meetups are announced and scheduled on our Meetup.com site.  We are the Greater Philadelphia Polymer Artists Meetup Group.  If you want to stay in the loop, join 80 other Polymer Artists and create your free account at http://www.meetup.com and join our group!

The May Meetup is announced and  described HERE at Meetup.com.

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Originally posted on Ornamento:
Photo by Sarah Sorlien I taught a wire class at for first Greater Philadelphia Polymer Artists Meetup on March 15. I was actually substituting for Olivia Surratt, who developed the class, chose the tools and materials, and provided excellent handouts (illustrated by Trish’s Pfaff) for the students. I have learned a great deal about…


I will be teaching a class at our first meeting that is following the  Meetup format.  The class is called  Using Wire to Enhance Your Design and was developed by Olivia Surratt who was not able to be with us.  Olivia and Trish Pfaff prepared handouts which you can download at the link below.

Download Class Materials

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