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SCPCG At City Wide Open Studios New Haven

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Armory Weekend

The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild is excited to be participating in City Wide Open Studios this year. The guild's 20th Anniversary and CWOS 20th Anniversary!
We will be at the Goffe Street Armory located at 290 Goffe Street in New Haven on Saturday, Oct 14 & Sunday, Oct 15 from Noon to 6pm.
Some of the members will have their own spaces and a few are exhibiting at the guild table.
Stop in to visit and check out all the art and creativity!

SCPCG 20th Anniversary Celebration

I can't believe it's been almost 20 years since we started the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild!
You are invited to celebrate with us at the Foxon Firehouse on Route 80 in East Haven.

We are hosting a class with Marie Segal the weekend of Sept 30 & Oct 1. The party will be following the class on Saturday.
6 - 10-ish pm.
Current and former guild members and friends are invited to attend.
Do you have any old pictures of the guild you'd like to share?
We're thinking of doing a presentation/screening (or whatever you call it).
Let's all bring an old creation that we were proud of (or hated) and let's see how far we've come. We are always learning, so don't be shy. (In lieu of that, bring your oldest block of clay, LOL!)
Please let us know if you are planning on attending, so we can get a count for the catering.
Reply/RSVP to [email protected]
If you have any questions/suggestions please let me know.
Thank you,
Sharon & Diane
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Sharon Mihalyak - President SCPC Guild

Feb Meeting Demo – Flowers by Jackie

Jackie McKinney demonstrated her style of flower making at our February guild meeting

Jackie McKinney demonstrated her style of flower making at our February guild meeting.

She had quite a collection of flowers! There were Peonies, Poinsettias, Daisies, and other flowers in a variety of colors!

We can't wait for Spring!

Here's a grouping of flowers and some tools used.

Poinsettia flower in the making. The cutter is used to make the petals and she manipulates them to get just the right shape.

Step by step pictures showing Jackie creating her yellow peony. Also a variation in pink.

The tools she used are also shown.

Different tools and cutters that Jackie uses to get the shapes and textures for her flowers.

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!

Dec 2016 Meeting Tag Sale and Pot-Luck Lunch

Our December meeting was held on 12/10/16 at the Hagaman Library in East Haven.
December meetings are usually the second Saturday in December, instead of our usual third Saturday meeting schedule.
We had a great time! Plenty of goodies were donated for the Tag Sale and all kinds of wonderful food had been brought in to share.
This year we were the recipients of  Wendy Oestreicher's donated clay collection.
Happy for the donation - many creative works will come out of her de-stash - sad that she has decided to stop playing with polymer clay for the time being. Wishing her much joy in her other creative pursuits.

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

SCPCG @ BPT ART TRAIL 11/12/16

We will be taking part in the BPT ART Trail on Saturday, November 12 from 10 - 6pm
Highlight of the event can be found here
Members of the guild will have a table at the BIC (Bridgeport Innovation Center) 955 Connecticut Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607 Link to their website http://bridgeport-art-trail.org/portfolio/bpt-innovation-center/

See THAT DOOR - GO IN AND GO TO THE 2ND FLOOR - We'll be on your left

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Deb and Dorion – Team Demo

Debbie Goodrow and Dorian Merriman-Boddy teamed up to demo Inka-Gold and Gilders' Paste at the October guild meeting.

Debbie was lucky to find some Inka-Gold colors on clearance at Hobby Lobby. There are 20 different colors.

Deb used the Inka-Gold between layers of polymer clay for a mokume-gane effect.

Inka-Gold can be used to stamp, paint, and when thinned with water, can be used as a "wash".

When applied heavier there was more of a crackle pattern.

When used straight from the container, Inka-Gold is similar to "Rub-n-Buff".

Dorian brought in a few tins of Gilders' Paste. It is more of a paste wax, while the Inka-Gold has a smooth, creamy consistency.
If (when) it dries out, it can be revived with Mineral Spirits. She said she uses Turpinol.
Avoid using anything oily because it might not dry where it's applied.

See link for more info http://www.limabeads.com/Rejuvenating-Gilders-Paste-T19

A few different colors of the Gilders' Paste rubbed on top of textured polymer pieces.

Christy Sherman’s Flower Making Demo

Christy Sherman demonstrated how she makes flowers at our June guild meeting.
She showed us her process to make irises, roses, and calla lilies.

Christy started with a Skinner blend and cut out the shapes.

Here is the assembled flower. Notice the texture she added to the petals.

Sometimes she will follow a diagram. Here is an an example she has on her phone.

Here is a cut out petal and an assembled flower.

Christy made 2 Calla Lilies and positioned them together. Makes a nice broach.

These are some of the cutters she uses to make the petals of her flowers. They can also be cut out freehand or using a template.

Rose assembled and petals shaped to look realistic.

Some of the steps taken to assemble the rose

Starting with a single petal wrapped around the center of the rose...

another petal gets attached.....

wrapping and distorting to fit together right.

Here is a wonderful collection of leaves and flowers, tendrils and I think I even see a snake in there!

A collection of roses made by Christy.

Agenda October Meeting

Agenda:
Demo - Deb Goodrow and Dorian Merriman - Inka Gold and Guilders’ Paste
‘Tis the Season Challenge Raffle-chain-raffle - Item will be donated by Lynne Anne
Show-n-tell

FYI - City Wide Open Studios will be taking place all weekends in October cwos.org
Helen Malchow will be at Erector Square and Goffe St Armory

Looking Ahead: Clay Day in Milford Joanne’s Sunday Oct 23? West Haven Library?

Guild Officer Elections in December - 2 year term

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.

Bridgeport Art Trail Nov 10-13 http://bridgeport-art-trail.org/

Weekend of Clay - Foxon Firehouse has been reserved for March 4&5
Start thinking about classes you’d like to propose / take - Let’s talk...

Demos:
Nov- Christy Sherman - Etsy Store Info
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 - Cane Reduction (Butterfly)
May - Christy Sherman - Pan Pastels
tbd - Sharon Mihalyak - Foil Fun

Traveling Exhibit:
Newtown - October
Kingston RI - December

Traveling Exhibit – Stamford

The guild's TRAVELING EXHIBIT was installed for the 1st time in Stamford at the Ferguson Library. It was set up to a series of oooohs and aaahhs and several Bottles of Hope requests as well.
You can stop by and visit we will be there for the summer through the end of September.

Agenda June 18 Guild Meeting

Agenda

Demo - Christy Sherman - Sculpting (with) Leaves and Flowers

Roses from http://www.skygrazer.com/ by Christy Sherman

Roses and Orchids from http://www.skygrazer.com/ by Christy Sherman
She will be showing how to make these at the demo.

"I figured I'd do the roses and I can bring cutters to show how I did the orchids too.
If people want to play along for at least some of it, they could bring clay, (just a neutral or any flower colors they like plus green) a blade, a craft knife,a needle tool and any teardrop, leaf or football shaped cutters if they have them." - Christy
Sharon has a request - "Since I will be missing the meeting can someone video the demo?
TIA!!!"

Discussion about Clay ConneCTion 2016 Retreat - LINK TO RETREAT GUIDELINES
Clay Day/BOH workshop in West Haven recap

Show-n-tell

 

Looking Ahead:

Meetings will be at the Beachhouse for July and August meetings - ENJOY!!!
Back to the Library for September and on, until July and August.

Demos:
TBD - Deb Goodrow
TBD - Simple Slicer Demo - Carole Monahan-Kampfe

Traveling Exhibit
May and June - West Haven Main Library, Elm St West Haven
July - Stamford Library

Contact Gerry Pieper to schedule the Traveling Exhibit in a Library or other public space near you.  [email protected]

Bottles of Hope
Donna Panciera has volunteered to be our Bottles of Hope Coordinator.
Thank you, Donna.
If anyone is willing to help her with the Coordinator duties please contact her at [email protected]

Reminder – Clay Day June 4!

Create with Clay Day

June 4th 11:30 to 4:30pm ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sorry if you missed it - here's a LINK to some of the Bottles of Hope that were made

West Haven Public Library

Making Time • Making Art • Making Friends

Ready to try something new? To explore your artistic side

(even if you think you don't have one)? Do you like trying new things at no cost to you?

Do you know someone who has had a rough day? You both need to play with CLAY!

Polymer clay is a fun, easy to use art medium with colors for everyone. Come join us on June 4th at the West Haven Library, and get your hands into it! We will provide all the clay and tools, and some ideas; you bring your fingers. We'll teach you how you can use polymer clay to make items from sculptures to jewelry to home decorations. Age 15 and up due to sharp tools

We'll also be making Bottles of Hope, small former medicine bottles that we

re-purpose into Bottles of Hope, which are freely distributed to anyone who is dealing with the struggles of cancer. If you too know someone who is dealing with cancer or a survivor, you are encouraged to bring your personally made Bottle of Hope to them. And hopefully make some for us to distribute to others.

Hosted at the West Haven Library 300 Elm St West Haven, Ct 06516

Agenda May 21 Guild Meeting

Agenda

Demo - Lori Michels - “Fordite” Pen Covering and Sanding- Working Demo
Discussion about Clay ConneCTion 2016  Retreat Guidelines Link  - See if we have you signed up for something 😉
Discussion about the Guild Website Relaunch - going “Live” Monday 5/16
(Wish me luck! - Sharon)
Discussion - Clay Day/BOH workshop at West Haven Library Saturday June 4 11:30am - 4:45pm
Show-n-tell

Looking Ahead:

Upcoming Demos:
TBD - Deb Goodrow
TBD - Simple Slicer Demo - Carole Monahan-Kampfe
Summer - Christy Sherman - Sculpting (with) Leaves and Flowers

Traveling Exhibit
May and June - West Haven Main Library, Elm St West Haven
July - Stamford Library
Contact Gerry Pieper to schedule the Traveling Exhibit in a Library or other public space near you.  [email protected]

Volunteer Position Opening:
The SCPCGuild is looking for a volunteer to be our Bottles of Hope Coordinator.
Position may be shared.
We have a Hotmail email account and emails will need to answered, bottles sent and received, and delivered to facilities (or given to Debbie Goodrow). This is an “outreach” opportunity.
BOH workshops can be set up.
We have the bottlesofhope.org website that can be actively managed if you desire.

Please email Sharon [email protected]

Polymer Clay Covered Pen by Lori Michels

Email from Lori:

Here’s the list for the pen demo:

pre-rolled out a piece of clay at a #3 or a #4 and about 3” wide and 6” long
predesigned clay, again rolled out to a 3 and enough to cover a 3x6” surface
1 Bic pen (I bought mine in a 10 pack for about 1.79)
a working mat
blades
a plastic shoe box (from the dollar store) to hold a little water
a piece of 200, 400, 600, 1000 grit sandpaper
If you want a better sheen, bring some renaissance wax.
**someone bring a nubbin oven for us to bake our creations.
(Deb Goodrow is bringing the oven)
I’ll bring the skewers!

Traveling Exhibit and Clay Day – West Haven

Display Case at the West Haven Library

Traveling Exhibit at the West Haven Library ~ May and June
Clay Day Saturday, June 4 from 11:30am - 4:45pm

Ready to try something new?
To explore your artistic side (even if you think you don't have one)? Do you like trying new things at no cost to you? Would you like to give someone who's going through a hard time and uplift, and have fun doing it?

Polymer clay is a fun, easy to use art medium with colors for everyone. Come join us on June 4th at the West Haven Library, and get your hands into it! We will provide all the clay and tools, and some ideas; you bring your fingers. We'll teach you how you can use polymer clay to make items from sculptures to jewelry to home decorations.

We'll also be making Bottles of Hope, small former medicine bottles that we re-purpose into Bottles of Hope, which are freely distributed to anyone who is dealing with the struggles of cancer. If you too know someone who is dealing with cancer or a survivor, you are encouraged to bring your personally made Bottle of Hope to them. And, hopefully, make some for us to distribute to others.

WEoC 2016 – Transfers

Pictures from Michelle Pini's Image Transfers on Polymer Clay Class - Weekend of Clay

Michelle showing us various examples of her transfers and surface treatments.

Michelle shows how she applies mica powders, and cuts and assembles her pendants .