Patty and I headed up to Connecticut this week to attend Clay ConneCTion 2016, sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild. We left Philadelphia and the Democratic National Convention behind us as we sailed up I-95 to the Connecticut College campus, replete with beautiful trees and the occasional skunk.
We had a big work room with plenty of space to spread out. Demos, and there were plenty of them, were held in a separate space. Pasta machine motors are allowed at the Connecticut retreat which, although I didn’t bring mine, is fine by me. The room was so large it hardly mattered. Someone thoughtfully provided ear plugs. Another thing I love about the Connecticut retreat is the Oven Anarchy. Anarchy does not mean no rules, only no government. So there were no oven monitors, no baking schedules, and everyone was responsible for his or her own project. I think this is the best way to handle baking at a retreat. Some might disagree: I know that ovens lose heat when you open the door, but oven heat cycles when the door is shut too. But unless you are baking a temperamental soufflé or a wedding cake, it hardly matters and it is certainly not mission critical to a successful polymer baking. Besides, retreats are supposed to be relaxing and fun. So, there.
I tried my hand at making a Bottle of Hope and I made some geometric cane tiles for the Left Right Center game on Saturday night. I met some lovely new people, rekindled relationships and hung out with old friends.
Here are some pictures
Thank you Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild!