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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.

Sherman Oberson is Teaching Polymer at the Mount Airy Learning Tree!

Sherman Oberson Sculpting Demo 9

The class is perfect for beginners.  Those with more experience will benefit from Sherman’s vast storehouse of tips and tricks.  And anyone who is interested in sculpting should not pass this class up.  It starts  on October 12 at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree.  For complete information, press here.

Clayathon Day Three Demos and Left Right Center

imageDenise Peck demonstrated wire techniques.

image Arlene preparing for a screen printing demo


imageKaren Woods at the screen printing round table discussion.


imageAnd a game of Left Right Center  made more fun by some libations and some <ahem> unconventional poker chips.




Two Upcoming Art Events

On October 10 – 12,  member Emily Squires Levine will be exhibiting at the PA Guild of Craftsmen Fine Crafts Show in Center City Philadelphia.  Come see her  new work and that of 140 talented artists.  You can find Emily in booth #101, a new location just down Rittenhouse Square South, 8 booths from the corner of 18th Street. Hours are 11 – 6  (Friday and Saturday), 11 – 5 (Sunday).     For more information about the show, check out the PA Guild Web Site  here.




   Emily will also be participating in t the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour on October 25 and 25,  sharing the studio of the talented ceramicist Peter Cunicelli at 915 Spring Garden Street Studio, Studio 111.  This  former warehouse is the home to artists’ studios,  many of which will be open for you to tour and to speak with the artists.

The weekend tours are free, self-guided, and run from 12 pm – 6 pm   For more information about this event, visit POST’s website.




The studio tours will be going on all over Philadelphia during the weekends of  October 11-12 ( West of Broad Street) and October 24-25 (East of Broad Street) Click on the image below to check out the schedule and add some more studio visits to your list!



Thanks to Emily for sharing this information.








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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The Mirror We Made at Clayathon


Sue Springer came up with the wonderful idea that the Clayathon attendees would collaborate on a mirror to raffle off for a fundraiser to benefit Clayathon and the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild.  Sue provided the mirror, templates for the individual shapes, and suggested the color scheme.  We got to work and gave Sue our contributions, each one numbered on the back so they could be arranged and glued on the mirror.   The finished product is above and detail pictures are below.  Thanks to Sue and everyone who helped!

An Interview with Lisa Clarke

pdclrc01Ok, ok, it took me all year to get to this, but here it is.  Thanks  Sue and Lisa!   Don’t forget to check out Lisa’s web site,  Polka Dot Cottage.  It’s loaded with good stuff.

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