ClayConneCTion 2012

This year, I finally got to go to ClayConneCTion, the semi-annual retreat of the Southern  Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild.    The SCCG knows how to throw a party-er-retreat.  Besides plenty of work space in a brightly lit room, they had a full schedule of interesting demos in a quiet room with an overhead camera,  a fundraising auction,  a bead contest, a bottle of hope challenge and more.  You could participate as much or as little as you wanted.    There was lots to learn and lots of eye candy.   The facilities on the Connecticut College campus were conveniently close to one another and there was easy access to workroom, dormitory cafeteria, parking and a clown complete with funny shoes and a big red nose.   Now for the pictures.

Best Demo Set Up Ever!

Work Room

Lynne  Ann Schwarzenberg

Darleen Bellan

Sherman Oberson

Throw in a side trip to Wolf Myrow  in Providence RI with Sherman and Patty (and meeting the rest of the people there with the same idea) and my joy was complete.

Stay tuned for the big reveal!

What I learned at Clay Carnival Las Vegas 2011

I learned that Las Vegas is stranger than I remembered

I learned that normal people will pay a lot of money to get married standing in a fake gondola floating in a man-made canal.

I learned that grown men with beer bellies become Roman Gladiator impersonators if they stand in the chilly night air clad only in underpants (briefs-not boxers), the appropriate helmet and sandals.

I learned that I do not have to go to Hawaii to see a volcanic eruption, and that I can even drive past the volcano while it is going off.

I learned that in Las Vegas, there is an impromptu Elvis Impersonator convention every day of the week.

I learned a lot about polymer clay from a great bunch of teachers. I  met  wonderful people from all over the world.  I had a marvelous time.  OK, OK, maybe I didn’t do shots with  some Japanese guys I met in a restaurant like someone I know.   But I did have fun.

And I learned some new polymer clay techniques including how to built a sturdy hollow form (Beach Bangles); how to make a pendant that is also an elegant closure (Sorbet Pendant); and a cool way to combine baked and raw clay (Desert Brooches).       No disrespect to Elvis, but this is the real reason I went to Las Vegas. At any rate, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The pictures below show what  I made in the classes.  Some projects turned out better than others,  but I learned a lot in Las Vegas-including that it must be hard work standing on the Strip at night in your underwear.  No, I really hadn’t known that!

Judy Belcher Spring-y Bracelets

Leslie Blackford Le Carnival Box

Kim Cavender Wood Gone Wild

Natalia Garcia de Leaniz Funky Desert Brooches

Donna Kato Squash Blossom Pendant

Daniel Torres Mancera Beach Bangle

Sylvie Peraud Colorful Pendant

Bettina Welker Sorbet Pendant

For descriptions of the Clay Carnival Las Vegas 2011 classes, go to the Clay Carnival Blog.

Tutorials for some of the classes are available on-line at CraftEdu.com

Next Week: A short video on Clay Carnival.

Clayathon Wrap Up with Pictures

 

Clayathon is a place to relax, mix with great people, see the work other people’s work in progress and watch demos of  polymer and non-polymer techniques.  I saw demos on caning, faux dichroic glass,  soldering solver bezels, metal fold forming, and I gave a demo on drilling glass and making ring clasps with copper washers.  Lisa Clarke of Polka Dot Creations was there with the latest books and videos and Wilma Yost was there with the latest products from Polymer Clay Express  including their Shape Frames  that Wilma showed everyone how to use.  We had a cane swap and worked on a group cane too.  To sum it up, we had a blast.

Here are some pictures. 

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!

Synergy One Last Time

It’s been  a rough week.  More on that later.  But for now, be sure to check out the latest issue of PolymerCAFE.  I have an article there on the Synergy conference, but there are lots of great projects articles too. My favorite is the Blue Bowl by Keith Brown AKA Canespinner.  Definitely worth your time.

I’m at Polydelphia!

I’m at Polydelphia this weekend!!! To check out my newly designed web site, press HERE. See ya later!

Polydelphia this Weekend

I can’t wait. There’s still room for walk in registrants. Check out the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild’s Website. In the meantime, here is my entry for the 3 1/2 in square tile challenge.

Polydelphia 2008 May 3 & 4

     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.