My Pivot Beads

Here are my pivot beads from the exercise in Polymer Clay Color Inspirations. The top pictures show the pivot color variations mixed according to the directions in the book. You apply thin sheets of the colors over thin sheets of the stripes. One of the purposes of the exercise is to show what effect stripes of black, white and gray have on the  layers of color applied over them. Even though I took a Watercolor Technique class with Maggie Maggio some time ago, what I learned there is starting to make more sense.  On to color collages!

To see some of my interpretations of the Watercolor Technique, press here, here, or here.

This just in!   I was thrilled to see that  Seth Savarick  has an article in the latest issue of  Art Jewelry Magazine on how to make his distinctive, lightweight bangle.  I have taken two classes with Seth and he has taught me so much about craftsmanship-an area where I can aways improve.  He also inspired me to learn how to burn my own screens for printing on polymer clay.  I wrote two articles explaining the process that appear in the Fall 2007 and Winter 2007-2008 issues of  Polymer Cafe.  You can order the back issues to  find out how to do it with a Speedball kit and some inexpensive equipment.   And if you have the chance to take a class with Seth, don’t pass it up!

Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild

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?