The Philippine Polymer Clay Guild
We recently formed the first and only polymer clay guild in the Philippines, formally called The Philippine Polymer Clay Guild, informally known as P3 (Polymer People Philippines). We are composed of a select group of local artists who share the same passion, vision, and principles.
Our guild's goals:
1. Build a community.
To create a cooperative and caring community of local polymer clay artists who share the same interest and principles, who help each other develop skills through group discussions and meet-ups.
2. Promote respect.
To foster respect among fellow polymer clay artists, and make a stand against photo theft, copying, and disregard for another artist’s rights.
To hold continuous discussions and trainings that advance our craftsmanship, so we may produce local talent that can compete in an international level.
4. Produce high-quality work.
To elevate polymer clay into a medium of art, and not simply a craft material, by creating exceptional pieces that are of high quality.
5. Uphold local Filipino talent.
To promote our craft against the threats of cheap, imported, mass-produced products, by educating people about the difference of our original handmade work from cheap, imported merchandise.
We are only a few months old, but we've done quite a few fun activities! We have done one Meet and Greet, a black-and-white bead swap, and joined a craft fair. We recently did a Trash to Treasure Challenge where we asked members to recycle junk and incorporate these with polymer clay. A gallery of the entries is posted on our Facebook page. Just recently, we displayed the entries in a mini-exhibit held at one of the local universities.
At the mini-exhibit during the "Yabang Pinoy Goes to De La Salle University" event
Our current challenge is to incorporate indigenous materials (locally-produced materials like abaca, sinamay, or mother of pearl, among others) with polymer clay. We can't wait to see the results! The entries will be displayed in an exhibit at the Global Pinoy Bazaar, a fair we are joining in November.
The guild has been a constant source of inspiration for the members, challenging us to improve our craft. Logging on to the facebook group has become a daily habit for most members.