Clayathon Goes to the Circus!

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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?

Collages and Color Choices

In my post on Clayathon 2010, I mentioned that I continued to work through Polymer Clay Color Inspirations while I was there.

I went armed with a notebook filled with collages I put together in a collage making frenzy a few weeks before. I’m not going to mention how many I made, but I had so much fun experimenting with different colors and palates that I will probably die with collages.

I read the Ruffle Spiral Brooch project and started making Skinner Blends. Then I decided to diverge from the book and started making twisties and turnies from the colors I mixed to go with the collages. I don’t plan to do anything with them; I was simply trying to stretch beyond my color comfort zone and see if I could mix colors that looked happy on the collages. Here are the results.

Here are a few of the Tasting Tiles I made.    Betcha can’t make just one.

I’ll put up more pictures of the exercises as I work my way through the book.

Clayathon 2010

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!

I’m a Craftster Best of 2009 Winner!

Craftster Best of 2009 Winner

Here’s a picture of the winning project

Craftster  is a wonderful online  crafting community where members post thousands of tutorials and DIY projects every year on every craft you could imagine.   It’s one of the first places I go when I want to learn something about a craft.  It’s an honor and a surprize to have been named a 2009 winner.

See all the  Best of 2009 winners here and the Spoon Bracelet project here.   Here is some more information and comments.

And now I’m off to Clayathon!  Here are pictures from Clayathon 2008 and Clayathon 2009.

Clayathon 2009

If you want to see even more Clayathon pictures, click on The PAPCG Guild Reporter. Thanks to Arlene Groch and all the other wonderful South Jersey Polyaddicts for making the Clayathon such a success!

Arlene Groch: Polyaddict

 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.

Who’s that Gal with Betsy Baker?

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 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.

South Jersey Polyaddicts Clayathon 2008

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.