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Brenda Urquhart

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The polymer clay world lost one of their most unique and enthusiastic polymer clay artists when Brenda Urquhart lost her life in an auto accident in early July 2017.

Brenda first came across polymer clay while browsing in the Shepardess Bead Shop in Old Town, San Diego California, United States. She spotted a polymer clay necklace made by Jamey Allen and was immediately entranced with the medium. She then signed up for classes taught by Z. Kripke and Sarajane Helms and never stopped loving this new medium.

Brenda was extraordinary in her love for the arts, encouraging new artists, and thinking outside the box. She dreamed of incorporating polymer clay and textiles, and that dream was reflected in her amazing personal fashion style. She supported artists by purchasing and then promoting them at guild meetings and posting on social media. Brenda was a member of both San Diego and Orange County guilds, attended both meetings (over two hours apart in terms of driving distance), and organized swaps building relationships between the two. She enjoyed participating and supporting the international swaps and shared all her treasures. Whether it was a texture sheet made from bottoms of shoes, or a polymer clay piece made from a found object...she was creative and an ambassador to things not ordinary and she reeled us all into that extraordinary world. Although her sharing was on "Brenda Time", it was always well worth the wait. A plethora of thrift shop finds, mostly polymer clay, was a delight to witness.

Most recently, she was excited to be elected to serve on the Regional Board for the International Polymer Clay Association as the VP for Education (Americas). She loved to demo at Sandy Camp, a Polymer Clay retreat in San Diego celebrating its 19th year, which she never missed. Brenda was also seeking out other African Americans to share this art form, traveling cross country to engage and learn with them.

In memory of Brenda, this 2017 Annual Sandy Camp will be dedicated to her. She will be greatly missed by all and we are all richer for knowing her.

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New IPCA Logo

fb thumbAs mentioned in this month's edition of International Polymer Clay, the IPCA has unveiled its new logo. Members may download a copy of the logo for use on their websites. Please link back to http://www.theipca.org when you post the logo.

IPCA Member Logo for Download

Bursting with Color- Spectrum at RAM

Lindly Haunani's Crayon Lei in Oranges and Greens is one of eight polymer treasures in the Spectrum exhibit on view through July 10 at the Racine Art Museum.

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The lei was created in 1998 when Lindly was experimenting with inclusions. Wax from crayon shavings were mixed into the polymer and melted off during baking. The residual pigment colored the translucent polymer in a mottled pattern. Color is a central element to all three of Lindly pieces in the show. Read more about her process in this PAA feature.

Pieces from Pier Voulkos, Dan Cormier and Jeff Dever are also part of the RAM show which focuses on works that use color as a defining principle in form and design. Read more and see the rest of the polymer works in the exhibit on the PolymerArtArchive.

source: http://polymerclaydaily.com/2016/03/04/waxing-colorful/

source: http://polymerartarchive.com/2016/02/bursting-with-color-spectrum-at-ram/

Mike Buesseler Videos Now Available on the IPCA YouTube Channel

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Following a very determined and successful campaign by Tonja Lenderman to track down Mike Buesseler's videos and the generosity of Tory Hughes, whose company owns them, the IPCA is very happy to announce a permanent home from where they can be viewed.

Tory made it a condition that there is to be no charge for the videos and Tonja has added a note to each one to that effect. They must also be freely available to all, not just our members, and we are very happy to agree to that. Enjoy watching a polymer master in action! Thank you very much Tonja and Tory.

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New members' only benefit

member IPCA NewRecently announced at The IPCA Retreat in August the newest member benefit is a special discussion group on Facebook titled IPCA Members Only.

This will be a group where members can meet, chat, share and learn together. You will be able to post your art work, works in progress, questions, tips and anything related to Polymer Clay. We will also be offering special weekly topics as well as swaps and contests; you don't want to miss this by-invitation-only FB group.

Please watch for an email invitation from Lee Ann Armstrong and Leila Bidler in your email box during the next few weeks. IPCA will be introducing more Member Only benefits in the coming months so stay tuned!

Fall 2011 Polymergence Newsletters

The September, October, and November issues of the IPCA newsletter, Polymergence, are now available as an online archive.  Click here to view the archive.

Please submit any news, polymer tips or information you'd like to be considered for use in the next IPCA newsletter by December 9, 2011.  If you have any questions about the newsletter, please contact Suzanne Ivester .

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