Upcoming Zoom Events

We want to make sure members from all around the world have an opportunity to join the calls, so every four weeks, we will shift the start time ahead by 2 hours.

Update your calendars with the new Zoom times for the next couple of months.

Connection info is emailed to all current members by the day before the event, and posted in the IPCA Members Only Group on Facebook.

July 4, July 11, July 18

  • 9:00 AM Los Angeles
  • 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • 12:00 PM in New York
  • 17:00 in London
  • 18:00 in Berlin
  • 19:00 in Nicosia, Moscow
  • 1:00 AM Tokyo (Sunday)
  • 2:00 AM Sydney (Sunday)

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Thank you, IPCA Suppporters

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

The IPCA Board thanks the following individuals for the generous donations this month. Donations received during this month are being used to assist members of the polymer community that may be experiencing financial difficulties during this time. If you would like to contribute to the effort, please visit our Support page.

  • Anonymous

  • Joseph Barbaccia

  • Lorrene Baum-Davis

  • Mags Bonham

  • Scott Cooper

  • Kathryn Corbin

  • Barbara Forbes-Lyons

  • STAEDTLER-Mars Limited

  • Lisa Renner

  • Patricia Stirniman

  • Ann Larsen

  • Linda Ezernieks

June Member Medley

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As we begin, at last, to slowly venture out from our homey cocoons, let’s meet here this month to celebrate the natural world that we can begin to enjoy again more fully.

Please share with us as many images of your work as you would like that are inspired by nature. 

Tell us about them if you wish. We’d like to know what you missed most about being outside during the time you were inside!

How it Works

  • Once a month, let’s gather on the IPCA Members' Only Facebook group for a combo show-and-tell/challenge around a theme we’ve picked for you so we all can see how our members interpret the topic.

  • We invite all members to post the pieces that they have already made, or wish to make, that addresses the theme. (We’ll repost some entries to our Instagram and Pinterest feeds, so be sure to include your website address, instagram or Pinterest account name with your post.)

  • The theme will be posted the first day of the month, and will end the last day of the month, to be replaced the next day with a new one!

May Member Medley

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As we work to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, separated from each other by social distancing, there’s no doubt that we are all feeling some degree of stress. Priorities and routines have changed, and not everyone is finding solace in their studio. Indeed, it seems more of us are using their ovens for baking bread these days than curing polymer! 

So instead of a challenge this month, let’s change focus..........

Show us a recent polymer piece that you are very, very happy with, and TELL US WHY!

  • What about it makes it your best work of the last 4 months?

  • Does it represent a breakthrough, and if so, what was the lightbulb moment?

  • Was it a happy accident that you took advantage of?

  • Did you try something new, or tweak something old?

Please tell us about your process. Post on the Facebook IPCA Member Only Page the discoveries you made along the way, and include any sketches or studies you might have made. After all, you’ve got 45 minutes till the bread comes out of the oven!

Announcing T/3

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Countdown to TRICKS AND TREATS for our members!

T/3, IPCA’s first Members' only Peer-to-Peer forum is about to launch! A permanent place for our members to share and find Tutorials, Tools and Tips! Every two weeks, we’ll post fresh, curated contributions from fellow members eager to share their techniques, favorite tools or tricks with you. Between posts, we encourage you to follow the comments as the conversations expand, and contribute your own advice or experience! Best of all, the posts will be searchable by keywords so that over time, we’ll have an exclusive, secure, wide-ranging resource at our fingertips, a benefit only IPCA members can access.

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Announcing the 2019-21 IPCA Board of Directors

Per the IPCA Bylaws, approved by the membership a few weeks ago, offices for which there are only a single nominee do not require a vote by the membership. The IPCA is pleased to announce the IPCA Board of Directors for the 2019-21 Term:

  • President - Barbara Forbes-Lyons
  • VP Education - Kathryn Corbin
  • VP Membership - Beth Petricoin
  • VP Rest of the World - OPEN
  • VP Americas - Beth West
  • VP Communications - Ann Hlavach
  • Treasurer - Scott Cooper
  • Secretary - Maureen Tees
Updated Bylaws

The final version of the bylaws is ready and linked here.  At the next Board meeting we will be addressing a couple of issues through amendments:

  • Voting status of corporate members
  • Defining the standing committees

In Gratitude

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Elise Winters, a Personal Reflection

Polymer artist and icon Elise Winters passed away on January 1, 2019. The IPCA will continue to be a supporter of The Polymer Project and is grateful for her years of support and service to the polymer community.

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Photo Credit: Ann Duncan Hlavach
The first time I met Elise Winters was in February 2008 and I was a nervous wreck. The polymer community had converged on Baltimore, Maryland for the first-ever Synergy Conference and I’d just finished my presentation on websites for artists. On the way out of the room, Elise stopped me to introduce herself and to ask if I had some time during the conference to talk about her website plans.

That small request blossomed into a business relationship and then a personal relationship. I remember a call from her one day to talk about this project she’d been working on – to get polymer into a museum permanent collection. Oh, and there would be another website and did I know Rachel Carren? At Synergy2 I was honored to introduce her and Bruce Pepich as they kicked off what she and Rachel called The Polymer Project.

Over the course of the next ten years we talked websites, polymer, and so much more. We talked health issues – her cancer, my husband’s diverticulitis and later, a foot wound that refused to heal, my son’s diagnosis with a rare sleep disorder. We shared pictures of trips – mine to Malta for EuroSynergy, her trip to France with Woody. Menus – brisket or a turkey for Rosh Hashanah, and what do you put in your charoset for Passover? The call from Pearl Paint in Miami to tell Elise that they had a stash of the (recently discontinued) FIMO Classic and what colors did she need?

Elise was a driving force in the arts and in the polymer community. Ann Duncan Hlavach recalls Elise’s comments at the second Polymer Symposium in October 2014:

“I was at RAM for both symposiums and each time I left deeply affected by her words. She said “what will you do to further polymer” to the entire session and it imprinted on me like a branding iron. I hope to make her proud. I hope we all make her proud.”

Postings on social media and other online platforms are a testament to her and how she will be remembered. Without any doubt, her memory will always be a blessing.


Barbara Forbes-Lyons
IPCA Executive President

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