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The View from My Hotel Room
Some of the other things I enjoyed at Synergy were Jana Roberts Benzon’s Dimensions in Polymer Clay workshop, Tim McCreight’s Design Decisions, Good, Better, Best presentation, Blogging workshop with Cynthia Tinapple, Susan Lomuto, and Alison Lee, Craft in America lecture with Art Historian Jo Lauria. I hear they are already thinking about Synergy 2010. Enjoy the slide show!
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.
Why, it ‘s Melanie West who is on a bracelet making rampage. Just when you think they can’t get any more intriguing, she tops herself. You can see her latest creations on her blog, Raven’s Caw. Betsy’s no slouch either. Go to Stonehouse Studio to see her mouth watering work.
More Synergy pictues to come.
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.
Counting down the days before I leave for Baltimore Md for the National Polymer Clay Guild’s Synergy I Conference. In the meantime, here are two copper bracelets I am donating to the auction. One has polymer clay beads and the other is made with my lampworked beads.
If all goes will, I will post a slide show of pictures when I get back. Stay tuned!