In September 2019, the IPCA board was pursuing potential venues for the next Synergy event. I toured several locations in the Washington, DC area, looking for the perfect spot for the next IPCA event.
The COVID pandemic caused us to regroup, rethink, and retool many programs and events to meet our members' need for connections within the polymer community. It became obvious that we would not be able to host an in-person event for the foreseeable future and transitioned to twice-weekly Zoom talks and clay-days.
We introduced the first Global Exhibition of Members’ Work which was an enormous success with 170 entries and 74 participants from around the world. In fact, we just announced the dates for the second annual global exhibition.
It’s one thing for a board to try to provide content and another to fulfill a stated need. This summer, we surveyed current and former members of the IPCA about their program preferences, and we learned a lot! For example:
- If the IPCA were to hold a major event in the next 18 months, which formats appeal most to you?
The majority chose a hybrid (in-person/virtual) event followed by an exclusively virtual event. Hands-on classes, retreat, and conference were dead last.
- How likely are you to attend an event held online?
8 out of 10 said yes!
- What should be the focus of the IPCA?
Two thirds of you preferred monthly zoom programs such as audio tours, artist chats, themed discussions, etc.
In response to the survey, Kathryn Corbin, our VP of Program Development, has crafted a program designed to bring desired content to our members on a rotating pre-scheduled basis. Starting in 2022, we will bring you SUNDAY SPECIALS: TALK, TECH AND TOUR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IPCA Executive President
A few months back some IPCA members started gathering on Zoom during on Saturdays, to chat, share thoughts, share our art work and get that kind of human to human polymer clay art talk we have been craving. Our Saturday time moves later two hours every four weeks. We are now at 7pm Chicago time on Saturdays and it is getting a little late for some of our friends.
So... now we are also meeting on Wednesdays at 9 am on Zoom!
Below you will find information for the next couple weeks for each of these Zoom times and a time converter. Note the times are in Central Standard Time (Chicago).
Time Converter: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Wednesday Coffee & Clay Time
October 7, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
October 14, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
October 21, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
October 28, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Saturday IPCA Member Zoom
Last Saturday at this time!
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
New Saturday Time block
October 17, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
October 24, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
October 31, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
November 7, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
[bt_label background_color="#09c" font_size="14" text_color="#ffffff"]Note: Zoom info will be sent once a week to IPCA members in good standing.[/bt_label]
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.