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CLAY BACK EAST!

Remember Clay Carnival in Las Vegas ?  Donna Kato and her team of fabulous teachers are moving east to the Jersey Shore area.   Clay Back East runs from June 12 to 15, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey at  Bally’s Resort and Casino.

The cost is $500 for four days of polymer immersion, includes four classes, clay and a party,  Hotel rooms are a reasonable $89 a night (excluding resort fee and taxes)  Parking $5 for your entire hotel stay.

The class lineup is fantastic!  Spain’s Fabiola Perez Ajates is teaching in the US for the first time.  She’ll be joined by Germany’s Bettina Welker, and France’s Sylvie Peraud.  Leslie Blackford Donna Kato   round out the teaching roster.  I’ve never taken a class with Fabiola (although I have salivated over her work).  I have taken classes with Donna, Bettina, Sylvie and Leslie.  They are all skilled, friendly, generous teachers.  You’ll learn so much!   Bettina, Sylvie and Fabiola will teach one-day classes.  Leslie and Donna will teach half-day classes.

Fabiola Perez Ajates Collage of Polymer

Bettina Welker Snap!  Bracelet

Sylvie Peraud Origami Diamond Earrings

Donna Kato Surfboard Earrings

Leslie Blackford Vintage Animal Jewelry

But wait there’s more
As if getting to learn from and hang out with all these amazing instructors isn’t enough Donna has made the deal even sweeter by giving every student a gorgeous example of her work. On top of that there is a store with work for sale from all the teachers as well as all sorts of tools and clay and supplies.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PRESS HERE.  TO SIGN UP, PRESS HERE.

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. 

 

 

 

 

Clayathon Day 2: Alev Gonozar, Guest Artist

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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.

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Take a look at the gallery of here work here.

 

 

The Steer Clayer

 

This year Arlene Groch’s son  Mike asked her to convert a steer skull  (yes…it’s only resin, not real) into an object d’ Arte for his foundation’s fund-raiser auction during San Diego’s Gay Pride festivities this weekend.  Here’s a close up so you can appreciate Mr. Steer’s fine mica shift ghost image coat. (Fans of Barbara McGuire will recognize her wonderful Klimt designs.) Other photos show a few stages of the process and the finished object.
 
Mr. Steer is a bit smaller than last year’s Mr. Deer, so he probably won’t bring in as much as the $700 Mr. Deer raised for this worthy cause, but Arlene is hoping he’ll also find a good home.

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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

http://philadelphiamarathon.com/files/Certified_Marathon_Map.pdf

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.

Bonnie Bishoff Guest Artist at September Meeting

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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

Bishoff GA1Hard to believe it’s all just polymer clay

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A Birdhouse in Sue’s Soul

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If you had been paying attention in your ornithology class, you would already know that there are more than 150 species of owls flying around the planet. That means that Sue Springer won’t have any shortage of models for her latest obsession: recreating owls in polymer clay.  Here are     some of her latest creations.  Click under the pictures to see the real-life owls that served as inspiration.

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Sue builds her owls on a polymer clay tile with a wire attached to the back for hanging.  She fashions the owls
 from her ever-growing  collection of canes  she designs to  suggest the different feathers of  the inspirational owl.
Sue employs complex Skinner Blends, translucent clay and color mixing  to good effect,  achieving  a look of depth to the feathers despite the limited color palate.

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Sue builds more colorful canes for the eyes but employs  similar  subtle shading that  gives the eyes dimension and a lifelike quality.
Don’t you feel like he’s staring at you?

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Sue and Wilma
The Polymer Clay Avengers
Sue and Wilma
Now that I have your attention, here is some  Owlish Trivia
You can find owls on every continent but Antarctica.
Owls have three eyelids and zygodactyl feet
and asymmetrical ears.
Owls can’t pivot their eyes
but they can turn their heads 270 degrees.
Owls’ feathers make them noiseless fliers
which is good because they’re predators.
Not all owls hoot
but some can bark.
A flock of owls
is called a Parliament
and the largest owl fossil ever found
was over three feet tall.
Be careful Sue when you venture out into the forest.


Find out more about owls here

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