This year Arlene Groch’s son Mike asked her to convert a steer skull (yes…it’s only resin, not real) into an object d’ Arte for his foundation’s fund-raiser auction during San Diego’s Gay Pride festivities this weekend. Here’s a close up so you can appreciate Mr. Steer’s fine mica shift ghost image coat. (Fans of Barbara McGuire will recognize her wonderful Klimt designs.) Other photos show a few stages of the process and the finished object.
Mr. Steer is a bit smaller than last year’s Mr. Deer, so he probably won’t bring in as much as the $700 Mr. Deer raised for this worthy cause, but Arlene is hoping he’ll also find a good home.
Sue Springer came up with the wonderful idea that the Clayathon attendees would collaborate on a mirror to raffle off for a fundraiser to benefit Clayathon and the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild. Sue provided the mirror, templates for the individual shapes, and suggested the color scheme. We got to work and gave Sue our contributions, each one numbered on the back so they could be arranged and glued on the mirror. The finished product is above and detail pictures are below. Thanks to Sue and everyone who helped!
Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 11-13), Emily Squires Levine will be exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Show on Rittenhouse Square in Center City Philadelphia. Stop by and see her latest work and that of 140 other talented artists. You can find her in booth #108 (same location as last May), near the intersection of 18th Street and Rittenhouse Square South. Hours are 11 am to sunset.
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
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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.
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