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Sherman in a Landslide

The Philadelphia Guild’s very own Sherman Oberson  recently became  President of the American Regional Board of the International Polymer Clay Association.  Congratulations Sherman!  Sherman is also President of our local guild and one of the forces behind Clayathon which had a record 80+ attendees this year.  When he is not teaching polymer clay classes  at one of the many  art centers around Philadelphia,  Sherman  is busy consulting and designing for Penn State Industries who chose him to help them expand their marketing reach from wood crafts to polymer clay.  

Sherman’s work is pretty spectacular too.  To have a look, press here and here.  

Here is a video Sherman made for Penn State Industries. 





Join Julie Eakes on the Silk Road This Weekend!


The Guild is excited to announce its first master class in a long while.  This Saturday, the  talented Julie Eakes will teach her class on Silk Road pins this (June 18) and join us as a guest artist for our  monthly meeting on Sunday June 19.

Where: Sydney Hillman building, second floor
22 S. 22nd street Phila. Pa. 19103

From Julie about the class:

My “Silk Road” series of jewelry gives the feeling of vintage object. In this one day class students will create a pin in this style using color, surface techniques, textures and cane work.


Master class with Julie Eakes June 18- Silk Road pins.  Class starts at 10:00 am
June Meeting with Guest Artist Julie Eakes – June 19.  Meeting starts at 10:00 am

Where: Sydney Hillman building, second floor – 22 S. 22nd street Phila. Pa. 19103

Cost to attend: Master class – $ 110

Cost to attend Sunday meeting with Julie as  guest artist- $20 (the guest artist meeting is free if you sign up for the master class)

Reminder – changes in the works
Starting in September we are eliminating using meetup.com and switching back to membership dues of $40 dollars a year.  Until September meetings with no guest artist will be $5 and meetings with a guest artist will be $20. 
We are in the process of updating the blog and calendar and will be posting updates there and on our facebook page. 


Clayathon Day 2: Alev Gonozar, Guest Artist


They say that a picture is worth  thousand words.  It certainly is in the case of Turkish artist Alev Gonozar who uses polymer in her sculpture and installations.

Alev gave an revealing talk about the evolution of her work, her creative process and  the challenges she has faced in doing large installations and commissions for building projects.


Take a look at the gallery of here work here.



Clayathon 2015 Has Started!

What’s on tap for today?  imageGoody Bags!


Demos and  a Wear Your Art reception.

See you tonight?

The Deer Clayer Revisited

Arlene Groch, AKA The Deerclayer is also the founder and main force behind Clayathon which just celebrated its 10th year.   Philly Guild Cheerleader Sarah Sorlien asked the attendees to make animals covered with houndstooth canes and put them on Arlene’s workspace when she wasn’t looking. As Arlene tried to figure out who left a figurine, another one would appear. Finally, we got together and had a ceremony where Arlene was formally declared The Deerclayer and crowned with a deerstalker hat.


Enjoy the pictures!

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Thanks Arlene!!

Start Making Travel Plans for this Sunday

This months’ meeting is all about texture and we are pleased to have member Kate Clawson share her ideas and techniques.  This is a meeting you don’t want to miss!  Which is why you need to start thinking about travel plans for Sunday. 
Philadelphia is hosting the Philadelphia Marathon this weekend which will make traveling to the meeting and parking  a little more challenging than usual.  On-street parking will be limited because there will be a lot o people in town.  Some streets will be closed because of the marathon.

Sunday, November 17

  • Kelly Drive to Ridge Avenue will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway (including cross streets) will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The 22nd/23rd Street entrances from Route 676 will close on Sunday morning (5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.). Please plan alternate routes to the start.

There is absolutely NO PARKING along the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon course on Sunday, November 17, beginning at 5:00 a.m.

The marathon route is at


The Philadelphia Eagles play the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday too and the game starts at 1:00 PM.  So make plans accordingly.

Need a parking lot?  These will be crowded too but you’ll find it easier to find parking in a lot than on the street.  Press HERE for a list of nearby lots.

Clay Play Day


Guild member Maisha Sullivan’s  many community projects have sent her around the world.   So how does she find the time to found and run a  multimedia crafting group?  It must be a labor of love because it lets her combine her passion for community activism with her other passion, art.

Maisha  organizes a crafting workshop every four months as therapy for a group of women  who are social activists in Philadelphia.  The next one,  which will be held on September 14,   is a Clay Play Day.  These women, who  deal with some tough social issues,  enjoy a place where they can can kick back, relax, learn about a new craft and enjoy a pot luck lunch.

Each workshop has a minimum of thirty women  and girls participating and a minimum of four different craft projects with preference given to projects made from recycled materials. Participants demonstrate for one another.

Tomorrow, Ellen Marshall and I will crank up our pasta machines and head to West Philly to demonstrate polymer clay techniques for the group.

Read more about Maisha’s involvement with the community here and here.  To learn about Maisha’s art, press here.


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