Is the Guild for Professionals only or are Beginners welcome too?
- We welcome everyone. We were all beginners once and some members still are. Our mission as a guild is to provide our members an opportunity to share our expertise, to encourage each other as we develop our skills and to schedule classes/workshops with master polymer clay artists from across the country. We welcome you to come to a Guild meeting even if you’ve never used polymer — all you need is an interest in the medium and a yen to find out what the possibilities are.
Do you teach basic techniques to beginners? – Does the guild have more advanced classes?
- Every meeting features at least one demonstration on some topic and the guild also hosts master classes several times a year with visiting artists. These classes/workshops, while not covered in your membership dues, are an excellent way to learn many techniques and are for all skill levels. We are also joined by Guest Artists from time to time which is a terrific free benefit of Guild Membership. Best of all you gain access to many people who all share a love of polymer and are more than willing to share knowledge and help out someone new to the medium.
Where and When are the meetings — and what happens when we get there?
- We meet the third Sunday of each month at Blue Santa Beads, 1165 West Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063. Blue Santa owner Sara Caldwell kindly volunteered her wonderful shop. There is a great workroom to meet in and Sarah will be offering our members a discount on her products. Blue Santa is stocked with a wide range of beads, polymer supplies and much more. The shop has a parking lot parking and is easy to get to by car or public transit. Get directions here.The other big change is that we are going back to membership instead of a pay per meeting system. For the low price of $40 a year, you’ll get all the benefits of membership. For more information, go to our website, here.
What should I bring?
- Your enthusiasm and interest in art and polymer clay! Members bring clay tools to work on their own projects or to take part in the techniques being demonstrated.
- A basic tool set includes a work surface, clay blade, acrylic roller and/or pasta machine, a needle tool and an assortment of clay. You can bring a lot more than that! Check the blog to see if there is a particular theme or if a guest artist suggests particular materials. Bring your finished work, and any items you want to “Freecycle.” The Guild has a convection oven to cure your work while you are at the meeting.
- Time flies at meetings but we always break for lunch! You can bring your lunch and snacks or you can join the other members who get take out at nearby restaurants or markets like Trader Joe’s. There is always a group of people who go to a local Chinese restaurant and new people are welcome.
What are the benefits of joining the Guild? Are there any restrictions?
- Guild members are entitled to attend meetings which occasionally include well-known Guest Artists at no additional fees. Guild members have priority to sign up for Master Classes before the classes are offered to non-guild members(additional fees are charged for Master Classes). Members can post their work on our Guild photo website. Guild members also receive Members Only newsletters that contain news of other polymer events often before that news hits the Internet. The minimum age for membership is 18.
- Registration for Master Classes opens for Guild Members about 60 days prior to the scheduled class. We use PayPal for our class payments. Payments can be reversed completely within 60 days in the event a class needs to be canceled.
- Membership dues are $40 for the Guild Year that runs from September to September. Dues paid after May 1 are good through August 31 of the following year. All dues are paid either at a meeting or through our PayPal account.