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Clayathon Day Three Demos and Left Right Center

imageDenise Peck demonstrated wire techniques.

image Arlene preparing for a screen printing demo


imageKaren Woods at the screen printing round table discussion.


imageAnd a game of Left Right Center  made more fun by some libations and some <ahem> unconventional poker chips.




An Interview with Lisa Clarke

pdclrc01Ok, ok, it took me all year to get to this, but here it is.  Thanks  Sue and Lisa!   Don’t forget to check out Lisa’s web site,  Polka Dot Cottage.  It’s loaded with good stuff.

Bonnie Bishoff Guest Artist at September Meeting

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Acclaimed  polymer clay veneer maven Bonnie Bishoff made a rare teaching appearance in Philadelphia last week teaching a marquetry technique class on Saturday and demonstrating how she makes her signature veneers at the guild meeting on Sunday

Bishoff GA1Hard to believe it’s all just polymer clay

Bishoff GA2

Bishoff GA3

Bishoff GA4

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Bonnie Bishoff Coming in September!

Are you ready to start off your 2013/2014 PAPCG year with a rare and fantastic claying experience? If so, sign up now for Bonnie Bishop’s Saturday, September 21st, 2013 one- day workshop, and don’t miss Bonnie’s Sunday, Sept. 22nd FREE -TO-GUILD-MEMBERS-ONLY Guest Artist Demos.

Bonnie has been pushing the polymer envelope since 1987, winning dozens of awards, featured in articles, and exhibiting in major museums for the fine studio furniture she with her woodworking partner J.J. Syron. She rarely teaches her unique polymer techniques to guilds. We are fortunate to have her share her talents with us for two days in September.

During Bonnie’s Saturday workshop she will teach the “marquetry” techniques she uses to create large and small veneers polymer clay for jewelry and furniture.

Students will explore these techniques by creating a series of 4 small marquetry tiles or pins and will explore progressively more complex techniques with each pin or tile. Students will learn how to achieve definition in the imagery and then to create designs that have depth and overlap, foreground and background. Bonnie will address creating large and small surfaces, applications in furniture and jewelry, firing techniques, adhesives, finishing and inspirations

Here’s what Bonnie tells us about her Sunday Guest Artist Demonstrations:
“I will discuss and demonstrate the use of translucent-based cane layering to create luminous depth and lacy detail on both small and large work. Based on the groundwork of my marquetry techniques I will give specific instruction on process, cane building and provide a boat load of samples to discuss and explore. Bring scrap clay, white, translucent and your favorite colors so we can experiment .

Having studied under Bonnie for several days in Maine last summer, I can assure you that you’ll learn a great deal from Bonnie and be inspired by both her work and her warm personality. Sunday will NOT be a repetition of Saturday, so you won’t want to miss either day’s teaching. Take a look at web site
J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff and I think you’ll agree.

Arlene Groch

What Barbara McGuire Taught as a Guest Artist


When  ARTSY.SCIENCY  put out the call for the handout that Barbara McGuire provided when she taught her distinctive mokume gane technique as part of the guild’s Guest Artist program, I got to thinking.  And that’s always dangerous.   The handout was only for people who were paid members at the time of the workshop as was ARTSY.SCIENCY and, to paraphrase,  her “peeps came through.”

But it’s such a great technique that I found Barbara’s short demo video and  put it on the Guild’s YouTube channel   And while I was doing that, what to my wondering eyes should appear but this new DVD!  Click on the image for ordering information.    Thank you A.S for the inspiration!



Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger

2012 Showcase Fundraiser

Thank You

to the Vendors & Artists who so generously

contributed to our

2012 Showcase Fundraiser

benefitting our Guest Artist Program:

Jana Roberts Benzon janarobertsbenzon.com
Best Flexible Molds bestflexiblemolds.com
CF Originals (Christi Friesen) www.cforiginals.net
Clay Alley www.clayalley.com
Clay Factory (Marie & Howard Segal) www.clayfactoryinc.com
Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com
Maggi DeBaecke Studio www.zhibit.org/profile/maggidebaeckestudio
Fire Mountain Gems www.firemountaingems.com
From Polymer to Art www.frompolymertoart.com
Jacquard Products www.jacquardproducts.com
JHB International www.buttons.com
Kabela Designs www.kabeladesign.com
Doreen Kassel www.doreenkassel.com
Make Your Own Molds www.makeyourownmolds.com
Objects and Elements www.objectsandelements.com
Pan Pastels (Colorfin) www.panpastel.com
Poly Clay Play www.polyclayplay.com
Rings ‘N Things www.rings-things.com
Shades of Clay www.shadesofclay.com
Sweet Connections www.sweetconnections.biz
The Polymer Arts Magazine thepolymerarts.com
Viva Decor viva-decor.us

Not a Member? You Should Be.

Jana Roberts Benzon is teaching a Master Class for the guild in Organic Sea Sculpture on Saturday April 14. The class is sold out and has a waiting list.

Jana is also Guest Artist at the guild’s regular meeting on Sunday April 15.   This  members only event is  presented at no added  cost to any  member who wants to attend.  If you were a member, you could attend.   Not a member? You should be.
Press here to find out more about the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild


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Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger

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