Shared from my blog.
Who remembers discovering polymer for the first time and maybe running out and scoring a copy of The New Clay? The Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild was lucky enough to have The New Clay author and polymer innovator Nan Roche at a recent meeting where she recalled her introduction to polymer and how she came to write a classic work on polymer techniques and art.
In the 1980’s Nan was a hand weaver and had a studio at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Someone, Nan didn’t recall who, came back from New York city with with a fascinating necklace from the Julie: Artisan Gallery in Manhattan. The necklace made from an material that no one could identify until ceramic artist named Kathleen Dustin, who also had a studio at the Torpedo Factory, recognized the material as Fimo. Dustin remembered Fimo from when she had lived abroad…
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Another Clayathon has come and gone. Laura Tabakman shared her techniques and explained her design process and sources of inspiration. I didn’t make many items this year but got to try my hand at making hollow triangle beads and other hollow geometric forms. We made a trip to the Shore Diner and the family-owned Athenian Garden where the service is slow but the food makes it more than worth it. I brought a bottle of Tullamore Dew to share and it went rather quickly because so many people got to enjoy it. My brother and sister-in-law came to hang out on Sunday. I made new friends, saw old friends amd enjoyed a drink before the fire on the Stocktom Seaview lobby.
Here are some pictures.
It was great to see Lisa Clarke who hasn’t been able to make the last few Clayathons. Read her blog post here.
For those of you who took the wire class, here are links to my favorite wire working resources and artists.
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 wire working from Olivia and also from Beading Yoda Jeri Schatz who introduced me to working with a torch and fine silver wire. But I have not taken any other classes and am basically self taught. And I know that not everyone has access to good teachers or the time or money to invest in a class. So here are links to information and tutorials I have found helpful.
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Here’s what Martha does at Clayathon!
I don’t know what I enjoyed more: watching Wilma Yost of Polymer Clay Express demonstrating the Dream Machine and trying it out for myself, watching Melanie West’s demos, catching some of Arlene Groch’s enthusiasm or having uninterrupted time to continue working through Polymer Clay Color Inspirations.
I clayed, drank whiskey, sat up until 7:00 am one night (morning?) claying and chatting, made new friends and saw old ones.
Everyone had a wonderful, relaxing time. See you in 2011!
From the Movies to the Circus – more Clayathon memories from Martha!
This is the second collaborative piece made at Clayathon 2013,
Sherman Oberson(Dancing Clown), Patty Pickup Clown with Blue Feet), Patti Underwood (Bearded Lady), Lois Rosenthal Seal), Robin Milne (Elephant), Martha Aleo (Juggling Balls and hands), Sue Springer (Spinning Plates and Hand), Mary Frederici (Dancing Dog), Arlene Groch (Clown Shoes), Denise Pettit (the Bear in the Cage and the Giraffe) . Please leave a comment as to who else contributed to The Circus and I will update the post. We have a Ringmaster, the Balancing Teacups, the Giant Octopus, the Gag Flower, the platforms and who painted those lovely boxes anyway?
Clayathon time is here again. I will pack up my stuff and head to beautiful Galloway Township NJ and the Stockton Seaview Hotel where I will meet new and old friends and have a chance to play with my clay for as long as I want. Clayathon is a friendly gathering of creative people who enjoy playing and claying together. Clayathon can be a time to set goals and try new things, or a time to make birds. Lisa Clarke has attended most of the Clayathons and written about them. Robin Milne designed a great logo for this years’ event. And Arlene Groch and her team of volunteers have made Clayathon one of the best clay events of the year.