Announcing the Second Annual IPCA Global Exhibition of Members' Work

After the success of the 2020 Global Exhibition of Members' Work, the IPCA Board has decided to not mess with a good thing...Introducing the Second Annual Global Exhibition of Members' Work! 

Submissions are open to IPCA members from 15 November to 14 January 2022.  Members will vote for the Award for Excellence from each gallery. Not a member yet? Join us! https://www.theipca.org/index.php/membership-2016

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From the President's Desk

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Summertime is heating up the northern hemisphere, while our Southern Hemisphere members are heading into Fall and soon, Winter. Thanks to social media and our twice-weekly Zoom calls, everyone gets to experience the changing seasons and the lives of our members around the globe. It's a wonderful perk of IPCA membership.

Another benefit is the Global Exhibition, organized by Kathryn Corbin and Ann Duncan-Hlavach. From the global map, to the 75+ members that submitted work, it was another way to realize how polymer brings us together. One of the artists participating in the Global Exhibit (and occasionally our Zoom events), is Darren Aiken from Pretoria, South Africa. Darren sculpts with polymer, making anything from unique chess sets, to statuettes of Freddy Mercury and Leonard Cohen. One his passions is helping the street kids in Pretoria, providing art lessons and materials to help the children cope with their struggles. He's currently looking for a group of IPCA members to help mentor these young artists, provide video lessons, and support to guide the students to careers in art, design, or animation. If you have experience teaching or mentoring children, and would like to help Darren with this program, please reach out to him via his website, https://www.thehoozoo.com, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He's got a presence on Facebook, too, and participates in the IPCA Members Only group.

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Polymer Community Puzzle

by Ann Marie Donovan

168832356 747099729324387 132270483679907789 nThe community Puzzle was created to give us something positive to focus on during the harsh reality of what were all facing. Everywhere I looked I saw amazing things taking place in my own little home town of Franklin, Ma. and the world.

I felt the need to remind those of us in the clay world, while being hit hard, we were also being blessed. People were coming together, helping one another, supporting neighbors, and being very thankful to those on the front lines.

1st...The idea, how could we pull together and bring forth positive moments while in a global pandemic?

2nd....I wanted to bring recognition to Polymer Clay. It's something I am truly passionate about and always looking for ways to Spread the Word. This was going to be a project to be shared with many who had no idea what polymer clay was about. I wanted this puzzle to travel thru New England. Possibly further. I'm hoping it will be adopted by other guilds who may be able to help it travel. Our first scheduled tour will involve local libraries, art associations, and wherever we can get it to be shown.

3rd.... I drafted the idea, created a post in The Art Annex, and put out a call to anyone who wanted to be a part of the Community Puzzle.

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IPCA Bylaws Update and Board of Director Elections

As a volunteer organization, our success relies on the service and leadership of our members. We strive to build a community of polymer clay enthusiasts, artists, and craftspeople. Serving on the Board is one of many ways our members can support the Association and we hope you will join the Board and help our polymer world expand and strengthen.

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2020 Global IPCA Exhibition

Asset 8by Kathryn Corbin, IPCA VP, Program Development

What does an organization do when it’s international members can’t meet in person? Like everyone else in the Year of Covid, we learned and deployed Zoom. Thanks to our VP of Communications, Ann Hlavach, who was willing to host a regular members’ zoom get together every Sunday that moved monthly through all international time zones to accommodate those heading to bed when some of us were just waking, members were able to interact with each each other on a more or less regular basis in a more or less face-to-face manner. She later added a Wednesday morning meet up that is more topic-and demo-based. Still, these are fleeting, informal, in the moment. What could we offer members that was BIG? NEW? EXCLUSIVE? NO COST TO MEMBERS? REMOTE?

Curious to see what everyone was up to after a long, strange year of separation, we decided to try an event idea that had been discussed as a potential component of the next Synergy Conference….which never happened, of course. But it seemed like maybe, and maybe even better, a virtual exhibition could be that event to bring us together again.

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Interview with Carole Monahan

President, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild

https://scpcg.org

How would you describe the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild?

Our guild is in its 23rd year.

Our Clay ConneCTion the Home Edition was a condensed 2 day version of our retreat which is normally 4 days where we take over a college campus. We set it up as a free event this year since so many folks were out of work.  On an average we get about 70 attendees but for the virtual event we set a limit of 50.  Normally we have demos running all day long 30 mins to an hour each in a separate room.  We limited it to two 1 hour demos per day and took advantage of the fact we could get people that might not normally be able to come.

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