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Clay ConneCTion 2012

Thu. 26 Jul, 2012 12:00 pm - Sun. 29 Jul, 2012 12:00 pm

The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild is pleased to announce our eighth retreat:

Clay ConneCTion 2012

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 26 through Sunday July 29, 2012

PLACE: Clay ConneCTion 2012 will be held at Connecticut College in New London, CT

• Work area: a large, air-conditioned area with good general lighting. Each attendee is provided with a full 6 foot worktable in our large air-conditioned work room. Demonstrations will be held in a separate room. Polymer Clay Express will be there with a small store of polymer clay supplies. Pre-orders are encouraged.

• Sleeping accommodations are in air-conditioned, handicapped accessible dormitories with elevators (single rooms unless specially requested).

• Meals will be served in the dining hall. Meals are included from Thursday dinner through Sunday. Please note on your registration form if you have any special dietary requirements.

TIME: On-site registration opens Thursday, July 26 at Noon and check out is Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm


Full Package (includes space in the work room, all meals, plus a room in the dorm, linens are provided by the college)

• Thursday – Sunday: $340 single or double occupancy

• Friday – Sunday: $270 single or double occupancy

Commuter (includes space in the work room and all meals):

• Thursday – Sunday: $210

• Friday – Sunday: $180

SCPCG Members please deduct $10.

Registration: Limited to 70 people, opens April 15 for SCPCG members and May 1 for all others, closes June 25.

The Registration Form may be downloaded from our web site,

WHAT TO EXPECT: A relaxing, inspiring weekend filled with fun, friendship and all things polymer clay. Set up your tools and play. Feel the creative spirit. It doesn't matter if this is your first retreat or you've come to them all, the atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and sharing. Create, relax, play, share, learn, shop and have fun!


• Retreat Souvenir – free t-shirt with your registration.

• Massage Therapist available for extra pampering. Additional fee payable.

• Tile Swap – Bring 2 one inch polymer clay tiles you've made to be included in a pair ofbeautiful mosaic pieces. One piece will be raffled off to a participant and the other mosaic will be included in the Guild's Traveling Exhibit.

• Thursday Evening: Welcome Reception "Wear Your Work" - wine, beer & soft drinks provided. Wear your work or a piece by one of your favorite polymer clay artists! Let's show off our beautiful work while meeting and catching up with the other artist attendees.

• Ongoing: Demonstrations of a variety of techniques will be held throughout the weekend, freely given by many of the retreat attendees. Demonstrations generally cover a wide range of techniques from beginner to advanced. Please consider giving a demo!

• Friday Afternoon: Used Book & Video Sale to benefit the Polymer Collection Acquisition Fund at the Racine Art Museum. Help us support RAM's commitment to polymer by donating your used craft books, videos and dvds. Add to your personal craft library by shopping.

• Friday evening: We have not planned any special events for Friday evening to give you the option to leave campus and try out one of the many great restaurants in the area or perhaps visit nearby Mohegan Sun Casino. Or you can stick around and continue to play with clay!

• Saturday Afternoon: The Auction – donations to be provided by a variety of polymer clay artists. There is always an array of amazing items. Please consider donating something to the auction.

• Saturday Evening: Left Center Right Poker, a simple passing game using polymer clay poker chips (make 3 per game, 9 at the most). A simple and silly game. Adult beverages will be provided for those who are interested.

• Sunday: Bottles of Hope Challenge – Bottles will be available throughout the weekend. Help us with our ongoing project and make a bottle or two or more. If you'd like, please enter your bottles in our fun Bottles of Hope Challenge. There will be ribbons awarded in a variety of fun and creative categories. Bottles will be distributed to area cancer patients after the retreat.

• And more! We are still planning.

Creativity and Collaboration Retreat with Robert Dancik and Ronna Sarvas Weltman

Sun. 29 Jul, 2012 8:00 am - Sat. 4 Aug, 2012 9:00 am

Ronna and Robert Dancik will lead this unique five day workshop exploring jewelry and small object design, inspiration, creativity and the nuts and bolts of fabrication.  You will create art using a variety of mediums and techniques all focused on breaking new creative ground.  Materials you  will explore include (but not be limited to) polymer clay, precious metal clay, various metals, concrete, Faux Bone, rock-like paper pulp mache, wire, epoxy resins and putties, and more.  Some of the techniques you will employ will include texturing, shaping and learning to get cozy with custom coloring polymer clay, cold connections (for all sorts of mediums), wire working, low-tech die forming, simple casting, hinges and forging.

You may want to create art jewelry, you may want to create small-scale vessels and sculpture, you may want to create a handcrafted journal … or do all of the above.

Design principals will also be explored since a better understanding of design makes our art better, whether you are exploring how to make jewelry fit a body well or how to make a journal functional and inviting, or any of the objects you make more pleasing and successful. Students may bring their not-yet-begun ideas, half-finished projects and almost-but-not-quite-right creations for collaborative help on taking them to the next level. Robert and Ronna will both be in the classroom at the same time so every student has lots of personal time with each teacher.

Explore new levels of artistic creativity while enjoying charming accommodations, fabulous food, comfortable high-desert climate and the magical charm of the collaborative jewelry studio.