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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 .

WEoC 2016 – Bargello

Pictures from Lisa Gauthier's Weekend of Clay Class - Bargello in Clay

Lisa, getting ready to show us her many examples of the bargello "caning"

MANY Examples of her Bargello Caning

Above are examples of Bargello Canes Lisa made to show us. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Lisa arranging the extruded "strands" for cutting.

Positioning the cut segments in the proper order.

Using her brayer to make sure the layer is "attached".

"Encouraging" the layers to compact together tightly.

Here's the cane!

WEoC 2016 – Ode to Spring

Pictures from Debbie Goodrow's Weekend of Clay Class - Ode to Spring

Debbie's Ode to Spring Class. Birdies enjoying the first bloom poking through the snow.

Debbie explaining the fine details and design elements.

Showing how to apply the veneer. A nice smooth seam!

A reminder for drilling the base for those of us who didn't finish.

WEoC 2016 – Mica Shift

Pictures from Diane Villano's Mica Shift Class - Weekend of Clay

Diane showing how to align the mica particles.

Some examples of Blends of Gold Mica Shift

Some examples of Graphite Mica Shift

A wide variety of colors and wonderful effects!

Clay ConneCTion Retreat Registration Now Open

Clay ConneCTion 2016
Join us for an inspiring, relaxing, long weekend with informal demonstrations and plenty of sharing and learning in an open studio setting. We welcome polymer clay enthusiasts of all skill levels.
DATE: Thursday, July 28 through Sunday July 31, 2016
PLACE: Connecticut College in New London, CT
Work area: a very large air-conditioned work room with a full 6 foot work table for each attendee.
Sleeping accommodations are in air-conditioned, handicapped accessible dormitories with elevators
Meals will be served in the dining hall. Meals are included from
Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Please note on your registration form if you have any special dietary requirements.
TIME: On-site check-in opens Thursday, July 28 at Noon and check out is Sunday, July 31 at 3:00 pm
COST:
Full Package (includes space in the work room, all meals, plus a room in the dorm, linens are provided by the college)
• Thursday – Sunday: $350 single or double occupancy, meals from Thurs dinner to Sun lunch
• Friday – Sunday: $285 single or double occupancy, meals from Fri dinner to Sun lunch
Commuter Package (includes space in the work room and all meals, NO LODGING):
• Thursday – Sunday: $230 meals included from Thurs dinner to Sun lunch
• Friday – Sunday: $205 meals included from Fri dinner to Sun lunch
SCPCG Members please deduct $10.

PAYMENT: By check, payable to SCPCG or via Paypal (for an additional $10 fee). If you wish to pay via Paypal, please email Sue Rankin at [email protected] with the subject "CC16 Paypal request". Include your choice of package (Full: Thurs-Sun, Full: Fri-Sun, Commuter: Thurs-Sun or Commuter: Fri-Sun) and Sue will send you an invoice.
You will still need to mail or email your completed registration form to Sharon.

Registration: Limited to 70 people, opens April 16 for SCPCG members and May 1 for all others, closes June 23.
Click to download the Registration Form.
Go to our Clay ConneCTion page for pictures from our last retreat in 2014 to see how much fun we had!

Loretta Lam Workshop Pics

Here are some pictures from the Loretta Lam Workshop held November 7 & 8.
The class description from Loretta:
Balancing Act
Designing a balanced necklace is easy. Put one large element in the middle and surround it with smaller ones on each side. Easy. But don't you long to break this mold, try something more exotic and unique? Asymmetrical balance is like a tug of war between stability and tension. When the design is good it is fresh, modern and dynamic. You will be surprised and delighted to see how easily you can accomplish this with a few key design choices.

In this class you will:
Discover the step by step solutions to asymmetrical balance.
Learn how to use color, texture and form to support your design.
Learn tools to help you overcome design obstacles.
Create a beautifully balanced asymmetrical necklace.

The class was different than our usual project driven classes. We learned a lot more about design principals and visual effects. One of the exercises was to create an example of the concept "Factors Effecting Visual Weight". The picture with the white circles shows the results.

Marilyn Malcarne’s Extruder Demos

Marilyn has been having fun experimenting with extruding polymer canes and combining with different colors to create different patterns.

 

Sometimes her results are planned and sometimes they are happy "accidents".

The single slices show the elements that were combined to create the extruded patterns.

She had so much fun that she volunteered to demo her ongoing experiments at the March guild meeting.

I can't wait to see what she has come up with!

Marilyn is Back with more fun experiments!

Carole Monahan’s Demo

Our April Meeting Demo was given by Carole Monahan. She showed us her prints made with a Gelli plate on paper.
Prints can also be done on Polymer Clay.

Picture of a Gelli Printing Plate

You can see how much fun she had with all the samples she brought to show us!

Carole extruded shapes from a glue gun and used the shapes for printing / resisting ink when printing.

Extruded shapes for printing

Trip to New England Polymer Artists Guild

Road trip to Franklin MA for the guild meeting of the New England Polymer Artists Guild.

The meetings are held at Ann Marie Donovan's home. (during the week she runs a daycare, so there is plenty of room) Meetings start at 10am with guild business discussed, then the rest of the meeting is open for claying. A wonderful lunch is prepared and shared.
It's a wonderful group and they have plans to bring in many guest instructors.

For more info about the guild, check out their Facebook page
New England Polymer Artist Guild

Dec Meeting Tag Sale and Pot-Luck Lunch

Our December meeting was held on 12/19/15.
It's usually on the 2nd Saturday, but there was a conflict in scheduling with the library.
It's always a great time! Plenty of goodies were donated for the Tag Sale and all kinds of wonderful food had been brought in to share.

Lots of great items donated for the Tag Sale

No such thing as too many desserts! LOL!

Lots of great food and friends to share it with!

Weekend of Clay Classes for 3/5 & 3/6

The vote is in and classes have been selected for the 2016 SCPCG Weekend of Clay!

Dates: Saturday March 5 & Sunday March 6
at the Foxon Firehouse, 1420 North High Street, (intersection of Route 80 & North High St) in East Haven.

The classes are:
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Mica Magic with Diane Villano
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Ode to Spring with Debbie Goodrow
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Easy Bargello Cane with Lisa Gauthier
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Transfer Pin with Michelle Pini

We keep the workroom open in the evening until 9-ish on Sat for whoever wants to clay.
(You don't need to take a class to clay with us on Saturday night)

Traveling Exhibit in New Haven for February

The Guild's Traveling was set up at the Ives (Main) Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library on February 1 and will be there for the whole month.
Hope you can stop by to see it.

The exhibit contains handcrafted works created by our members from polymer clay and some mixed media. Items range from jewelry, pictures, picture frames, bead strands, sculpture, light switch covers, functional and decorative art.

It also contains Bottles of Hope, which is one of our outreach projects.
More info at bottlesofhope.org

If there is a venue that you would like to host our Traveling Exhibit, please contact our coordinator, Gerry Pieper, [email protected]

Class with Loretta Lam

Necklace by Loretta Lam

The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild
Will be hosting a workshop by Loretta Lam
Saturday, November 7 & Sunday, November 8, 2015

Location: Foxon Firehouse, 1420 North High St, East Haven, CT
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (please plan to arrive 20-30 minutes early to set up)
Topic: “Balancing Act” Create a dynamic and modern necklace with asymmetrical design.

Designing a balanced necklace is easy. Put one large element in the middle and surround it
with smaller ones on each side. Easy. But don’t you long to break this mold, try something
more exotic and unique? Asymmetrical balance is like a tug of war between stability and
tension. When the design is good it is fresh, modern and dynamic. You will be surprised and
delighted to see how easily you can accomplish this with a few key design choices.

In this class you will:
• Discover the step by step solutions to asymmetrical balance
• Learn how to use color, texture and form to support your design
• Learn tools to help you overcome design obstacles
• Create a beautifully balanced asymmetrical necklace