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.
Denise Peck demonstrated wire techniques.
Arlene preparing for a screen printing demo
Karen Woods at the screen printing round table discussion.
And a game of Left Right Center made more fun by some libations and some <ahem> unconventional poker chips.
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.
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!
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
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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