The wait is over. Canadian artists Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes (pictured above with their son Griffin) finally have their beautifully designed website up and running. Dan’s work can be whimsical or serious, colorful or monochromatic; it is always sophisticated and masterful. Press here to see polymer clay like you’ve never seen it before. I am hoping to see some work from Tracy soon. We might have to wait a few years for Griffin. Don’t forget to check out the blog and sign the guest book!
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!
I have been a member of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild for over ten years. Joining the Guild is one of the best deals around.
Aside from offering an extensive library of books and videos, clay days, field trips to Polymer Clay Express, and loads of good people ready to enable your clay adiction, the Guild has a twice-yearly newsletter, The Clay News, a Blog, a Flickr site, and our yearly retreat held in May, Polydelphia.
During the time I have been a member, I have taken guild-sponsored classes with Gwen Gibson, Maggie Maggio, Lindly Haunani, Elise Winters, S.L. Savarick, Donna Kato, Grant Diffendaffer and Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes.
And don’t forget the Guest Artist Program, the only one if its kind. Nationally known artists give classes on a Saturday to Guild members who pay tuition. The the artist attends the regularly scheduled Sunday Guild meeting and teaches and demonstrates for the entire Guild. Or maybe the teacher comes to the meeting only, as a guest teacher. The artist fees come out of member dues and Guild fundraisers. How cool is that? To learn more about this great program, click here, and read the story in the September 2007 issue of The Clay News on page 4.
If you want to join us, check out our web site. Dues are only $30.00 a year. At that price, how can you afford not to join?