The Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild

KCPCG (as we lovingly refer to ourselves) was started in the early 2000s by a group of polymer clay lovers following a Klew workshop they attended together. We usually meet the second Tuesday of each month, with quarterly Saturday "Clay Play Days," which give us time for more in-depth work on a technique. A monthly additional "free play Saturday" provides side-by-side learning for anyone who wants help or just someone to "clay" with. We learn from one another, experiment and play with various techniques and new products and have a great time doing so! The Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild provides camaraderie, professional growth, friendships, social outlet and learning to artists from the Kansas City metro area.

About 45 members range from interested newbies to very experienced clay artists. Meetings are informal and simple, usually with 10-20 in attendance, and include time for "show and tell your newest work," raffle, brief business meeting, and demonstration. Several of our members have had tutorials or winning challenge items published in Polymer Cafe. Others have studied with well established teachers, and their skills are impressive. When we do our annual bead exchange, we each receive a wide variety of fabulous beads.

Chihuahua Clown, by Deb Williams

Generously hosted by a local bead shop owner who is also a member, we meet in aclassroom space equipped with tables, chairs and curing oven within the store. A local bead store occasionally sponsors open-to-anyone clay workshops with well-known teachers, but our monthly meetings are taught by members who are willing to share the results of their experiments, great tips, and advanced skills. Visitors may attend 2 meetings before we ask them to join and pay dues.

Some members actively teach and sell their work, and we had a guild booth at a recent Kansas City Maker Faire to spread the word about the joys of playing with clay. Our membership fluctuates with people moving away and new people who find us.
Kashigawa Pendant, by Robin Young

Recent topics included using kashigata molds to make pendants and bracelets, faux raku using polymer clay, drawing (with no smudges) with ink onto cured polymer, and using easy-to-find materials to make yo
ur own custom texture stamps. Often someone makes an item for a challenge that appeals to everyone; then they're asked to show us how they did it in a future meeting.
Raffles: We hold a monthly raffle of a handmade clay item. The proceeds go to the budget, and the winner makes next month's prize.
Challenges: It's fun to see how each person interprets the same concept! Popular challenges included:
  • grab bag (included things like finger cots, trinkets, odd items)
  • containers
  • fortune cookie (portray your fortune in clay - harder than you might think!)
  • make yourself in clay (face cane or abstract?)
  • insects and winged creatures (bugs, fairies, birds, etc)



Pillow Puff Potion Pot, by Michele Wineland