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Yetta, Yetta, Yetta! (And Ellen Marshall, too!)

Ellen Marshall led this month’s meeting with a session on necklace design.  Ellen brought in some of her early work and pieces by Kathy Amt and Maggie Maggio to illustrate  design principles and explain how to solve design dilemmas. Members brought in their own work and we had a lively and friendly discussion.  And we were graced with the presence of the inimitable  Yetta Colodne who brought three necklaces for Show and Tell.

Thanks to Ellen for such an instructive and inspirational  presentation.  If you would like to read the article by Ronna Savaras Weltman that Ellen recommended,  “Principles of Good Design,” in the December 2010  Step-By-Step Wire Jewelry, press here.

Special thanks to Sarah Sorlien for arranging for members to park in the Hillman garage instead of having to look for scarce street parking on Philadelphia Marathon day.    And congratulations to Sarah on her election as guild president!

It was a great end-of-the-year meeting.  But we’ll keep the blog posts coming during the break.



Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger

More Show and a Little Tell

We keep hearing that artists should develop a personal style, but the details of how that’s done are often vague and ethereal. So we were fortunate to have Kathleen Dustin as our Guest Artist at Sunday’s meeting. She spoke and used slides to tell us the story of how she developed her style  and gave us a mini story of her life in the process.  Of course the pictures were beautiful and the talk was fascinating.  This meeting was open to our membership at no extra cost.

Kathleen  came to the guild earlier in the week to teach a two-day master class on building vessels.

The show and tell pictures have some of the projects students made during the class and  other items.

Just Say Moo

When Sherman Oberson came to the September 2012 meeting with a stack of
custom business cards he’d ordered from Moo Designs, they got everyone talking. Each card had a great looking picture of his work and a cool color scheme.

Business cards from Moo Designs are perfect for artists and craftspeople because you can use your own pictures and color schemes on the cards and design them yourself. Or you can choose from the many design templates Moo has to offer. Moo’s philosophy is that business cards should be a conversation starter and something the recipient can act on. Imagine being at a show and having a customer who admires something but is not quite ready to buy. What could be better than the customer taking your business card with a picture of the piece and your contact information? Moo’s Printfinity option allows you to print a different image on every business card in the pack at a reasonable cost which making it a marketing tool you can put to use.

Moo offers a selection of premium papers and finishes and takes orders for small amounts of cards. You can design full color double-sided cards at no extra cost. For something different, they offer a mini business card. Robin Milne brought some of these to a meeting a few years ago and they were very intriguing.

Moo says, “Don’t let your cards let you down when it’s so easy to make something great!” And they offer discounts if you refer a friend.


Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger

Highlights from Clayathon

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Diane Villano November Guest Artist

Diane Villano taught a class in Contemporary Jewelry Inspired by Ethnic Art on November 19 and was Guest Artist at our monthly meeting on November 20.

Why, is that Donna Kato posing with Diane?  No, it’s Patty Pickup wearing her Halloween costume.

Here are some pictures of the meeting including show and tell pieces by the members, including Patty’s pieces from Clay Carnival Las Vegas.

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