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We have so much great information on the Blog that it is now our front page! Scroll down the page to read the posts from the Guild Reporter.

We have a new meeting place, Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA.

We meet the third Sunday of each month at  Blue Santa Beads, 1165 West Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063.   348sBlue Santa owner Sara Caldwell kindly volunteered her wonderful shop. The shop has a parking lot parking and is easy to get to by car or public transit.  Get directions here.



We have a new web address, too!   It’s the same blog and website, but our new address is Phillypolymerclayguild.com.

Go to our Welcome Page to learn more about us and how to contact us. Follow this link to the FAQ file for everything you need to know about our meetings. You will find a clickable calendar of upcoming events HERE.

Enjoy the most up to date news on the blog, or check out the rest of the site. Hope to see you at a meeting soon!


June Guild Meeting
Where: Blue Santa Beads
1165 W. Baltimore Pike, Media Pa. 19063
(610) 892-2740
When: Sunday, June 17th – 10am to 4pm
Cost: Free to members
Join fellow polymer artists and enthusiasts for a day of claying and fun. Bring some clay and basic tools and clay along.
Sherman Oberson will demo faux cloisonne and faux ceramic.
if you wish to clay along with the demos bring
white clay, black clay, scrap clay, gold mica powder, pastels, acrylic paints, clear packing tape, small paintbrushes.
if you don’t have all the supplies don’t go buy anything I’ll have some on hand.

Don’t forget your show and tell as well.

if you plan on attending please RSVP by clicking HERE so we have an idea of how many people to expect 
The best-laid plans sometimes falter at first. The last two months have been a good example of that. We were unable to have our April and May meetings due to scheduling issues and me dealing with some family issues. Things are back on track now and the next few meetings are scheduled.
Join us for our June meeting at Blue Santa Beads where we’ll be demoing two faux techniques. Check out the newsletter to find out all the info on the meeting and for information on upcoming retreats.

Why A New Meeting Space?

We have moved our meetings from the Sydney Hillman building. Hillman no longer meets our needs for a variety of reasons. We to find a new space in Center City that would work but had no luck. Luckily for us, a longtime friend of the guild Sarah Caldwell was kind enough to offer us the meeting room in her lovely bead store Blue Santa Beads in Media. While the space is smaller than our old space it has many advantages including free parking, easy access to public transportation, shopping and more.  There are coffee and dining choices in the same complex and a clean well lit room to meet in. It’s my hope that this change will help to revitalize the guild. March’s meeting was a huge success. I hope you’ll join us at this months meeting to check it out.
Upcoming Meetings!!!!!
We are back to our normal schedule of meeting the third Sunday of the month.  We never met in the summer in our old space partly because the air conditioning didn’t work much but since that is no longer an issue we are meeting through the summer.!!!  Our next meetings are
June 17th Theme: Faux techniques
July 15th  Theme: TBA
August 19th  Theme: TBA
Membership  – Join now 
We were able to keep the membership fee at $40.00. Being a member helps support the guild and gives you the benefit of access to Guest Artist meetings which are member only, it also gives you the first shot to sign up for a master class and a discount at Blue Santa Beads in Media.
Please sign up today using the PayPal link below

Clayathon 2019 Save the Date  

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have moved Clayathon 2019 from our normal dates in February.
The New Dates are April 4th to April 10th. Mark those dates on your calendar and stay tuned for registration info once it’s available.
Clay Connection Retreat   

The Southern Connecticut Polymer clay guild is holding it’s retreat on July 26th -29th in New Haven Connecticut. There are still some spaces available. Many of our members attend, if you haven’t signed up yet here is your chance.  Click Here for more info.

Enjoy these pictures from our March meeting where the theme was flowers.

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Clayathon is Coming

The holidays over and the dark frigid days of January have descended and parked themselves at our doors for a few bitterly cold weeks.

But behind the facade of ice, snow, and despair, Arlene Groch and her Polymer Army are working like nervous beavers to make Clayathon 2018 a reality.

If winter’s here, can Clayathon be far behind? (Apologies to all the usual suspects.) 

Here are some pictures to tide you over.


No Meeting in November

The bad news-we will not be having our previously-scheduled November 19th meeting.  This is a busy time of year for most of us and our plans for a demo and a meeting simply fell apart.  We are always looking for people to volunteer to organize meetings and to demo.  If you are interested, please leave a comment and maybe we can pull off a meeting in January

The good news is that the newest issue of The Polymer Arts  came out today and look whose work is on the cover: Emily Squires Levine !  And I had the good fortune to interview Emily (who lives within walking distance of my house) and write the article. If you can’t wait for your printed copy, you can order a digital issue here.


This gallery contains 18 photos.

Originally posted on Ornamento:
Into The Forest,  the long-awaited collaborative polymer installation spearheaded by Laura Tabakman,  Julie Eakes and Philadelphia’s own Emily Squires Levine.  opens this Friday at the Spinning Plates Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.  I can scarcely believe that it’s been more than a year since Laura announced the project at EuroSynergy in July, 2016 and…

In November

There are a lot of things of interest happening in November.


Terri Powell (ArtSci Designs ) is showing at the Dominion Hills Fall Craft Show, Arlington, VA on November 4.   For more information, press here.




Into The Forest opens in Pittsburgh on November 10.  For more information press here.

The regularly scheduled guild meeting is November 15.  The Demo artist informed us she is not available until January.  Does anyone have any ideas?

Liz Swartz and Denise Pettit  are showing at the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Holiday Show on November 18 and 19.  For more information, press here.

Our next meeting is October 15 from   10am-4pm  at the Hillman Apartment building  22 S. 22nd street  Take the to the second floor,  make a right and go through the rec. room to the union hall.  Liz Schwartz will be demonstrating a bracelet making technique that she describes as  “a riff on Maggie Maggio’s split ring chain necklace, these bracelets are simple and versatile. They can be made in different sizes and covered, carved, colored. Well, you can see where we’re going here… sky’s the limit. Very comfortable to wear, too.
E_Swartz_140.JPGBring your clay supplies and something for show and tell.

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