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LINE – A Worksheet For Creativity

Some Line Examples

Helen Wyland-Malchow has been teaching the guild design elements at the Zoom guild meetings..
She started with LINE. Download the Worksheet here.  (was sent out with the June NAN).
She went over different elements/attributes of Line.

Take something you love and represent it as LINE and do the exercises on the worksheet. The pictures are examples that Helen showed to explain the different concepts. Play with it and have some fun!

We will share our worksheets at the ConneCTion Challenge Zoom meeting on July 3.
Looking forward to seeing all we do!

"The Horizontal and Vertical Ovals show the Contrast between the Straight Static Lines and the Movement at the Ends Created by the Curvilinear Lines" ~Helen

"When you feel the urge to mindlessly scroll through Facebook, take out the worksheet and play with the exercises" ~ Carole

Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings until Further Notice

We will be hosting our guild meetings via Zoom until further notice.
The link, meeting ID, and password will be in the newsletter that will be emailed out a few days prior to the meeting.
Hope to see you there!

And (for those like me who are a little vain) here is a zoom youtube link from Libby that has good lighting tips: https://youtube/ACNGhPKnmok 

Also another tip - (I'm SO Vain!!!!...) You can go to Zoom -> Preferences -> Video and in "My Video you can check "Touch up my appearance" which softens up everything 😉

Weekend of Clay March 14 & 15, 2020

Class Pictures for WEoC2020

Weekend of Clay at the Foxon Firehouse, 1420 North High Street, East Haven,
March 14th and 15th.  (Located at the corner of Rt 80 and High St in East Haven)
Classes BY Members of the guild FOR Members of the guild.

Sat am - Butterfly Koi Fish in Polymer Clay -  Debbie Jaffe
Sat pm - Grunge Roses - Denise Fitzsimmons
Sun am - Insert YOUR Style Here - Carole Monahan
Sun pm - Illuminated Resin - Christy Sherman
Times are 9:00 - 12:30 and 1:30-5 each day Please set up between
(the workroom will be open Saturday evening for extra clay time)

Class fees are $15 each class, payable to the Guild.
Carole will take your payment at the WEoC.

Membership dues will need to be paid to take the classes.
Materials fees paid directly to the teacher on the day of the class.
You can take all 4 classes or any of them.

For Class Descriptions Please Click Here!
(This was emailed to members on 3/4/20)

Weekend of Clay – Class Proposals Needed

Class Proposals Needed

Weekend of Clay class proposals are needed.

For our newer members not familiar with our WEoC - they are classes taught BY SCPCG members FOR SCPCG members. It is a great way to "get your feet wet" if you want to try teaching. The classes are varied and not just polymer. If you have any questions, please email us.

Weekend of Clay 2019

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24

Location: Foxon Firehouse, East Haven, CT

Classes are typically 3 hours: 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30. If a class really needs 4 hours, we have room for one 4 hour class on Saturday afternoon.

Payment: Class fees are $15 so we will pay teachers $150 for up to 10 students, and $15 a head for numbers over 10. You can set a maximum class size if necessary. Materials fees over and above the class fee go directly to the teacher.

PROPOSALS DEADLINE - Due to Carole Monahan at [email protected] by January 15th. We need to get everything together so that the vote can happen by the end of January, and we can publicize and start sign-ups.

Class proposals must be your own original design. Topics can be any polymer clay technique or project as well as non-polymer clay options, multi-media etc. Pretty much any topic you think our guild members would find interesting. Past class

es have covered topics such as beading, basic metalworking, mixed-media play, metal clay, bookbinding, kumihimo etc. as well as various polymer clay techniques or projects such as canework, vessels, transfers, sculpting ...

Class proposals should include a short description of the class as well as a couple of photos. PDF format is greatly appreciated, but word documents are fine.

Clay ConneCTion ’18 Prize Winners

We were so fortunate to have so many prizes to share with our lucky attendees.

Our goodie bags were filled with many samples of clays from Polyform, Apoxie Sculpt, clay and cutters from Makin's, and generous coupons from Makin's, Sculpey, Marvelous Molds, ComposiMold and Craftcast.
They were generous and also donated items for our raffle. Other donations were given by R J Crafts and many of the attendees. Thanks to all of you for making this such a successful and fun retreat!

ValHallCraftCastWinner

 

Weekend of Clay March 10 & 11, 2018

Weekend of Clay at the Foxon Firehouse, 1420 North High Street, East Haven,
March 10th and 11th.  (Located at the corner of Rt 80 and High St in East Haven)
Classes BY Members of the guild FOR Members of the guild.

Sat am - Mitten Beads - Diane Villano
Sat pm - Goddesses with Prerogatives - Carole Monahan
Sun am - Sculpting Flowers and Butterflies in Relief - Christy Sherman
Sun pm - DragonsEyes - Christy Sherman
Times are 9:30 - 12:30 and 2-5 each day
(the workroom will be open Saturday evening for extra clay time)
Class fees are $15 each class, payable to the Guild.
Membership dues will need to be paid to take the classes.
Materials fees paid directly to the teacher on the day of the class.
You can take all 4 classes or any of them.

You can see the finished pieces from our 2017 WEoc on our Weekend of Clay March 2017 Page!

RESCHEDULED – Pot Luck and Destash Day – Jan Meeting

December Meeting Cancelled Due to SNOW!
Let's Begin the Year with our POTLUCK DESTASH CELEBRATION!
Please bring your favorite potluck goodies!
The destash is NOT to be missed! Everyone brings crafting things that they have NOT USED OR may never use...... and for a dollar, we all take turns to bring home different things! Please note this event is for current (and past) guild members only.

Pics from CWOS

Here are some pictures of our displays from City Wide Open Studios at the Armory.
We were in Room #210 which was actually 5 separate rooms.
Helen and Carole shared the big (entry) room. Lori had a small room off of the main room and Sharon was in the corner room with the other guild members.
We were joined by Eric (who made plastic mixed media art and stuffed animals) and Anne (who sketched dream interpretations).
It was a great time and we met a lot of interesting people!

Looking into Lori's Room - Infinite DeZignz

A closer view of Lori's room.

Looking into Carole's room from Lori's Room

Carole's Display

Carole's Cameooos

Helen's Display - Silver Thumb Designs

The Guild's table display with work by Debbie, Marilyn, Laura, Melinda, Gerry and Sharon

2 of Sharon's Lamps and necklaces by Gerry, Marilyn, and Laura.

Sharon's display with her Clay Relief Etchings.

Sharon's display with her prints and Gerry's necklaces

Some of Sharon's framed prints.

One of Sharon's Lights

Another of Sharon's Lights

Weekend of Clay March 25 & 26

Weekend of Clay at the Foxon Firehouse, 1420 North High Street, East Haven,
March 25th and 26th.  (Located at the corner of Rt 80 and High St in East Haven)
Classes BY Members of the guild FOR Members of the guild.

Sat am - Baby Seals - Christy Sherman
Sat pm - Woodland Fairy Doors - Debbie Goodrow
Sun am - Floral Chain - Debbie Jaffe
Sun pm - Gelatin Printing - Tracy VanBuskirk
Times are 9:30 - 12:30 and 2-5 each day
(the workroom will be open Saturday evening for extra clay time)
Class fees are $15 each class, payable to the Guild.
Membership dues will need to be paid to take the classes.
Materials fees paid directly to the teacher on the day of the class.
You can take all 4 classes or any of them.

You can see the finished pieces on our Weekend of Clay March 2017 Page!

Agenda November Meeting

Agenda:
Demo -  Christy Sherman - Setting up an Etsy Account


Ornaments are due for the “Tree of Hope”

Tree Topper for the Tree of Hope

Election of Officers of the Guild- 2 year term


President: Sharon Mihalyak (uncontested)
Treasurer: Sue Rankin (uncontested)
Secretary: Michelle Pini (uncontested)


The Vice President position is currently being held by Diane Villano.
The following individuals running for the position of Vice President are:
Debbie Goodrow
Carole Monahan-Kampfe
Lori Michels

Show-n-tell

Looking Ahead:

Trees of Hope” benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. The Guild will be donating a decorated tree again this year. Members will make 3 (or more) ornaments to decorate the tree, due by the November meeting. Tree will be set up 11/26.
Ornaments should be white and/or metallic to keep a unified theme

Weekend of Clay - Foxon Firehouse has been reserved for March 25&26   Start thinking about classes you’d like to propose / take - Let’s talk...

Demos:
Jan - DYI - Group Discussion - tell us about neat things/tools you’ve made/had made for your artistic endeavors.
Feb - Jackie McKinny - Flowers
March - Carole Monahan-Kampfe - Simple Slicer Demo
April - Lori Michels - Butterfly Cane  and Lisa Gauthier - Cane Reduction (irregularly shaped canes)
May - Christy Sherman - Pan Pastels
tbd - Sharon Mihalyak - Foil Fun

Traveling Exhibit:
Kingston RI - December