Let Arlene Groch’s story be a warning to all of you. “My totally out of control addiction to polymer clay had such an innocent birth in September, 2004”, she recalled. “I bought some clay and a couple of books to share an activity with my 8 year old grandson. He was mildly interested; I was hooked. Within a month I had decided to give up my 30 year career as a trial attorney so I could devote most of my time to playing with clay and attending workshops and classes. I set myself a one year goal of learning enough to be able to begin to develop my own style.” To see more of Arlene’s one of a kind Mezuzah cases and jewelry, go to her site,PolyGemDesigns.
I’m at Polydelphia this weekend!!! To check out my newly designed web site, press HERE. See ya later!
Can it be that this will be the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild’s 6th retreat? It seems like only yesterday that my guild co-chair Ellen Marshall suggested to me, “Let’s put on a show,” and I said, “OK” without thinking. Now the reins of Polydelphia are in the capable hands of others. including (but by no means limited to) Sue Springer and Sarah Fisher. The good news is that you can can still go. But you’d better hurry. For information, go the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild’s Website
In the meantime, enjoy this slide show of pictures from retreats gone by.
Ok, so that’s a bad joke. But there were a lot of new and interesting products at the Synergy Vendor Fair. Jeweler Thomas Mann was there with his Studio Flux products. Eberhard Faber brought Efaplast, a microwavable modeling clay that looks very intriguing. I got to examine some of the cured stuff. It seems buoyant, almost cork-like and they say you can carve it and paint it. They recommend you use a dedicated microwave for this product.
Polymer Clay Express was there with their new Bracelet Angle Jig Kits. Wilma demonstrated making bracelets for six hours! Ann and Karen Mitchell were there displaying products for Amaco and had a new pendant roller that I’m definately going to get.
Dan Cormier was there with Cutting Edge Peelers and new tools he developed to expand your Skinner Blend repertoire. Kato PolyClay was there with new liquid clay colors I don’t see on the website yet. Robert Dancik sold Faux Bone and a neat beveling tool to cut it with. I bought one and am going to try it on cured polymer clay.
Here are a few pictures from the fair.
The only problem with claiming that you took more than 300 pictures is that not all of them turn out. But never mind. There are some more pictures of old friends and new acquaintances all having a good time at Synergy. And I still have more to come. But someone is going to have to tell me who that is sitting with Melanie West. It’s a great picture of Melanie and I forgot who the other gal is!
The highlight of the Banquet on the last night of the conference was Cynthia Tinapple’s keynote speech, Watch Where You’re Going Effects Ripple Out. You can see the slide show from the speech on her blog, Polymer Clay Daily.
The conference organizers asked us to bring items to decorate the banquet tables. Aside from the occasional snapshot of someone wearing something interesting (“Please, would you mind if I took your picture?”) these are the only pictures of polymer clay I took at the conference. I will post more pictures soon, but you can feast on these for a while. And yes, the dessert was as good as it looks.
The National Guild asked Synergy attendees to bring memorabilia to pin on a giant bulletin board in the back of The Big Room. The idea was to commemorate milestones in polymer clay. If I’d been more attentive, I would have noted things like Marie Segal adapting the pasta machine and Judith Skinner’s invention that ranks up there with antibiotics and air conditioning. But I didn’t. I was having too much fun. This is what I got. I hope these pictures bring back some memories for you.
Polymer clay came into use before the Internet and before pasta machines, tissue blades and the other tools we now take for granted. Kathleen Dustin was there from the beginning, so she was well qualified to deliver a talk at Synergy on the history of polymer clay in bead making. (Most of us know that it was originally developed as a doll making material). If you want to see some of the pictures from the slide show, they will be posted soon on the Polymer Art Archive
In the coming days, I plan to put up slide shows from the pictures I took at the Synergy conference. Keep checking for updates. The most convenient way is to add this blog’s feed to your news reader. You can also subscribe by email using the tools in the bar on the right hand side.
Arlene Groch and the South Jersey Polyaddicts have done it again! I had three days of clay, friendship and whiskey in a Days Inn on Tilton Road in Pleasantville New Jersey. I had so much whiskey I can’t remember everyone’s name, so I left the pictures unlabled. The cute figurines are by Sherman Oberson. The beautiful caned bowls are by Emily Levine. The Zen Earrings are by my roomie, Patti Claypal Underwood. I am sorry I don’t remember everyone’s name. If you made something and would like people to know, please leave a comment. Oh, yeah. The guy wearing the skunk on his head is Rob Yost. I think the skunk was dead. Rob’s long suffering wife Wilma came to hang out and demo some nifty new products from her business, Polymer Clay Express.