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.
Acclaimed polymer clay veneer maven Bonnie Bishoff made a rare teaching appearance in Philadelphia last week teaching a marquetry technique class on Saturday and demonstrating how she makes her signature veneers at the guild meeting on Sunday
Hard to believe it’s all just polymer clay
Show and Tell
Are you ready to start off your 2013/2014 PAPCG year with a rare and fantastic claying experience? If so, sign up now for Bonnie Bishop’s Saturday, September 21st, 2013 one- day workshop, and don’t miss Bonnie’s Sunday, Sept. 22nd FREE -TO-GUILD-MEMBERS-ONLY Guest Artist Demos.
Bonnie has been pushing the polymer envelope since 1987, winning dozens of awards, featured in articles, and exhibiting in major museums for the fine studio furniture she with her woodworking partner J.J. Syron. She rarely teaches her unique polymer techniques to guilds. We are fortunate to have her share her talents with us for two days in September.
During Bonnie’s Saturday workshop she will teach the “marquetry” techniques she uses to create large and small veneers polymer clay for jewelry and furniture.
Students will explore these techniques by creating a series of 4 small marquetry tiles or pins and will explore progressively more complex techniques with each pin or tile. Students will learn how to achieve definition in the imagery and then to create designs that have depth and overlap, foreground and background. Bonnie will address creating large and small surfaces, applications in furniture and jewelry, firing techniques, adhesives, finishing and inspirations.”
Here’s what Bonnie tells us about her Sunday Guest Artist Demonstrations: “I will discuss and demonstrate the use of translucent-based cane layering to create luminous depth and lacy detail on both small and large work. Based on the groundwork of my marquetry techniques I will give specific instruction on process, cane building and provide a boat load of samples to discuss and explore. Bring scrap clay, white, translucent and your favorite colors so we can experiment .
Having studied under Bonnie for several days in Maine last summer, I can assure you that you’ll learn a great deal from Bonnie and be inspired by both her work and her warm personality. Sunday will NOT be a repetition of Saturday, so you won’t want to miss either day’s teaching. Take a look at web site J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff and I think you’ll agree.
Wilma, Gwen, Jacqueline and Mary
Patti and Terri
Guest Artist Jacqueline Cherie
Mary and Sherman
See the work of an eclectic mix of 30 artisans. Crafts range from woodworking to up-cycled glassware, textiles to decorative housewares and accessories, from Judiaca to beautiful jewelry. There will be live music performed by a klezmer-style band and delicious baked goods and refreshments offered for sale. Plus, our very own Denise Petit will be selling her unique mixed media jewelry and artwork.
Chanukah Craft Fair Extravaganza
542 S. New Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063
Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:30 am – 1 pm
Click here for info
Denise will also be exhibiting and selling her work at
Friday, November 23
6 – 9 pm
Saturday, November 24
10 am – 4 pm
Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050
Click here for info
When ARTSY.SCIENCY put out the call for the handout that Barbara McGuire provided when she taught her distinctive mokume gane technique as part of the guild’s Guest Artist program, I got to thinking. And that’s always dangerous. The handout was only for people who were paid members at the time of the workshop as was ARTSY.SCIENCY and, to paraphrase, her “peeps came through.”
But it’s such a great technique that I found Barbara’s short demo video and put it on the Guild’s YouTube channel And while I was doing that, what to my wondering eyes should appear but this new DVD! Click on the image for ordering information. Thank you A.S for the inspiration!
Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger