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THE CLAY NEWSVol. 2, No. 1September 2002Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay GuildWelcome Back!Schedule of MeetingsSeptember 15, 2002October 20, 2002November 17, 2002December - No MeetingJanuary 19, 2003February 16, 2002March 17, 2002April 20, 2003May 18, 2003June – Retreat Date TBAJuly – No MeetingAugust – No MeetingMembership Renewal and New MembersUse the form on the back of this newsletter. Remember, you get a discountIf you pay before the first meeting!InsideWhat’s Going on at the GuildMember NewsNew Titles in Our LibraryDiscover our Yahoo GroupStores, Suppliers and Publications of InterestReview: Dotty McMillanReview: Kato PolyclayUpcoming Shows and Classes1

September MeetingWire working with Rai NelsonRai has studied with some nationally known wire artists. She is going to show ushow to encase beads in wire to create elegant and unusual pieces of jewelry.Although Rai usually works with silver wire, she recommends copper wire forbeginners and will have wire for sale at the meeting. You should also bring at leastone ¾ inch bead for wrapping (it can be polymer) and tools if you have them.Suggested tools include chain nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.If you have an idea for a class demo or want to teach one, contact Martha Aleoor Ellen Marshall.Remember, demos start at11:00 AM sharp!Master Class with Lindly HaunaniLindly will be available to teach a master Class in November. A class description,pictures and complete information including cost will be available at the Septembermeeting.4

The RetreatMany thanks to the members and friends who made our first annual retreat a success! We spenttwo days playing with clay, eating, shopping, watching demos, trying new products, learning newtechniques and getting to know one another. Special thanks go our to our guest artists and silentauction contributors:Rob and Wilma Yost of Polymer Clay ExpressConnie SheerinMina KissellPatti DoughertyDonna KatoFord and ForlanoHot Off the Press Publications5

Interweave PressMargaret MaggioElise WIntersAnd to all the Guild members and vendors who worked so hard to make this event a success.What’s Going on at the GuildWe meet the third Sunday of each month from 11:00 am to 3:00 PM at the SidneyHillman Apartment Building, 22 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA. The security deskof the Hillman Building can be reached at 215 635-6378. For more information,contact our membership coordinator Toby Troffkin at 215-635-6378 or go to our webpage marf/polymer.htmlMember NewsLinda Kamholz is teaching classes inmetal and paper in her studio in Cherry Hill,NJ Ellen Marshall and Rai Nelson continueto teach polymer clay classes at Create anImpression in Ardmore, PA. See schedule ofclasses section for more information.Techniques and Materials, RockportPublishers, 2002.Martha Aleo contributed an article onGeometric Canes to the August 2002 issueof the online publication, PC Marshall contributed a project tothe new book, Polymer Clay, Exploring NewNew Books in Our Library6

Bead and Fiber Jewelry by Helen and SallyBanesfiles and pictures. Our groups’ address er-clay/Having the group will allow us to have anonline calendar, members’ galleries, hostchats, keep in touch easily betweenmeetings, network with other artists, postquestions and receive answers. conductpolls, view guild documents, list links to claysites and maintain a list of classes in thearea.The Group is moderated by me, and is“member only” meaning that I mustapprove every member and all posts tomake sure that no spam slips by and that allmessages stay on content.The Group is easy to join, especially if youalready have a Yahoo membership. If youare already a Yahoo member just follow theinstructions on the group page to join. If youare not a Yahoo member, the membershipto Yahoo is free and they give you a freeemail account and lots of other free onlinetools. Anyone interested in joining the groupand/or Yahoo that needs help joining cancontact me and I’ll send you out detailedinstructions on how to do so and/or guideyou through the process. My email and my phonenumber is listed in the member directory.Joining Yahoo also gives you access tohundreds of other polymer groups andthousands of other groups on every topic.Having the group will be a great tool for theguild as long as members aren’t afraid totake this one step and join.The Sculpey Way by Various ArtistsPhoto Keepsakes by Suzanne McNeillMaking Animal Characters in Polymer Clayby Sherian FreyThe Polymer Clay Source Book bySuzann ThompsonCharming Handmade Clay Crafts by SusanAlexander.New Videos in Our LibraryMarriage of Materials: PolyShrink, RubberStamps and Polymer Clay with Mari O’DellWearable Vessels with Gwen GibsonRubber Stamps and Polymer Clay with TerryLee ChechnowsiLibrary PolicyThe library charges members 1 to borrowbooks and 2 to borrow videos. There is alimit of two library items per person permonth. There is a 1 per item monthly latefee. Borrowing privileges are suspended if amember has any outstanding items or fees.Borrowing privileges are suspended for 3months if a member holds materials morethan 60 days without getting clearancefrom the librarian.-Sherman ObersonNew PublicationsDiscover Our Yahoo GroupPolymerCAFÉ Magazine is a new quarterlyprint magazine dedicated to polymer clay.The Guild Has formed its own Yahoogroup. Yahoo Groups are a free service ofYahoo that allows people to set up anonline site for posting messages and sharingThe first issue is scheduled for October 2002.7

To subscribe, send your name, address,email and a check or money order for 14.95 payable toPolymerCAFÉ Magazine4640 Nantucket DriveLilburn, GA 30047inclusions, faux, caning, surface treatmentsand the like.What makes this book so enticing is that itcontains lots of projects we've all seen andheard about but may not have had thechance to try. Most polymer clay peopleare already familiar with Dotty's expertise inimage transfer techniques andkaleidoscopes. They are covered here indetail with clear directions and illustrations.There are also directions for rock purses,finger rings, and those wonderful banglebracelets that have a piece of elastic inthem so they fit anyone.New Polymer Clay SuppliersThe Clay Alley75 Kinsey DriveGettysburg, PA 17325-8440www.clayalley.comBook Review-Martha AleoProductReviewKatoPolyclayWhen I was asked to do a review for KatoPolyclay I was more than happy to comply.I have been using the clay for a while nowand have found it to out perform all others Itried. The clay is available in 17 colors,including the spectral colors, neutrals,metallics, pearl and translucent. I do mostlysculptural work, so my experience with theclay is within that realm. The clay is difficultto condition initially, but once it has beenconditioned it is wonderful to work with andreconditions easily.The colors are intense and mix well. Themetallic and pearl have more mica thanany other brand I’ve used. I have beenmixing the clay in equal amounts withPremo and getting very good results andsome great colors.The clay is wonderful to work with; sharpdetails are easily achieved. The clay is notsticky or hard to handle at all and stays firmthrough heavy handling. The clay seems tonot take fingerprints easily. I have donetransfers with the clay and they seem crispercompared to other clays with the sametransfer.There are some minor problems: the claydoes seem to have a stronger odor. Also, ICreative Ways with Polymer Clay by DottyMcMillan, Sterling Publishing Company,2002.144 pp. 16.95 Softcover.There are so many polymer clay books onthe market now that whenever a new onecomes out, my first question is whether itcontains new ideas or a rehash of the old.In the case of this book, new projects andtechniques abound making this a worthyaddition to your polymer clay library.The book contains useful information onsanding, reducing canes. buffing andfinishing, and a chart of the thickness of claysheets at different pasta machine settings.There is a section on basic information,safety, tools and clay, which is useful if youare a beginner. There are also instructionsfor basic techniques- mokume gane,8

work on several projects at once and theclay cracked on several occasions whenleft out on my work surface prior to baking.So if you are slow to finish things I’drecommend putting projects in airtightcontainers.I’d strongly recommend this clay to anypolymer artist.11th Annual Harvest FestivalSeptember 28-29Salem County Fairgrounds, Woodstown,NJ Fiber Art classes anddemonstrations.For more information, call (856) 935-0613, (856) ObersonShows and ClassesLapidary JournalBead Fest 2002Linda J. Kamholz offers classes in her studioin Cherry Hill, NJ in silver jewelry (includingsilver art clay) the paper arts andbookbinding.For the fall schedule of classes, contactLinda at 5 and 6, Fort WashingtonConvention Center, Fort Washington, PA offexit 26 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.Show Entry Fee is 10.00 per day or 15.00for a two-day passThere is a link to Linda’s schedule of classeson our web page. Simply click on “links,”then “member pages” to go to Linda’s website.Louise Fisher Cozzi is teaching a class inpolymer clay. For information on this andother class listings, call(610) 964-6300Or go to www.lapidaryjournal.comOur web site marf/polymer.htmlTerrific Tubes with Ellen Marshall, September15, 12-3.Stores to Check OutSophie’s Yarns2017 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103(215) 977-9276.They have a wonderful selection of yarnsand they hold classes on knitting and fiber.Call for a class schedule.Polymer Clay 101 with Rai NelsonSeptember 19, 10:30-1Mokume Ganewith Genesis PaintsKiva Rubber Stamp Store#2 Church Street,Mount Holly, NJ 08060.(609) 267-2828www.kivastamps.comwith Rai Nelson September 22, 12:30-3:30All these classes will be held at Createan Impression, 56 East Lancaster Ave. Ardmore, PA19003. For moreinformation, call (610) 645-6500.Look for future classes there by Ellen Marshall9

Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild336 Waring RoadElkins Park, PA 19027email Toby Troffkin Membership Director towa@fast.netWeb Site marf/polymer.htmlNameAddressCityDay PhonePhoneEveningEmailFaxCheck appropriate item:NEW 30.00/year (25.00 if you pay bySeptember 15)RENEWAL 30.00/year (25.00 if you pay bySeptember 15)Guild meetings are held the third Sunday of each monthfrom 11:00AM-3:00PM at the Sidney Hillman ApartmentndBuilding second floor community room, 22 South 22Street, Philadelphia, PA. No meetings in December, Julyand August. Non-members are welcome to attend onemeeting as a guest. After that, you must join or pay 5.00per meeting.Clay NewsMartha AleoSuite 1417, 1301 Filbert StreetPhiladelphia, PA 1910710

Vol. 2, No. 1 Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild September 2002 Welcome Back! Schedule of Meetings September 15, 2002 October 20, 2002 November 17, 2002 December - No Meeting January 19, 2003 February 16, 2002 March 17, 2002 April 20, 2003 May 18, 2003 June – Retreat Date TBA July – No Meeting August – No Meeting

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