Guild Spotlight

Articles featuring polymer clay guilds and associations from all over the world.

Guild Spotlight: Mile High Polymer Clay Guild, Lakewood, Colorado

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Here is a guild spotlight for the Lakewood, Colorado guild, submitted by Patty Schneider:

I’m a member of the Mile High Polymer Clay Guild here in Lakewood, Colorado. It was founded in the mid 90s by Lynne Denio who served as its 1st president. Our current president is Clare Pramuk and we are 85 members strong and growing.

We meet on the 4th Saturday of each month, (except in December), at Lochwood Christian Fellowship church located at 1354 S. Union Blvd. General meetings start at 10:30 am and run until 3 pm. There’s a demo each month, and the rest of the day is devoted to playing with clay, except in January when we host our popular Holiday Recovery Party which includes a fun gift exchange, a silent auction, pot luck, as well as displays of our art work for others to enjoy and purchase.

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Guild Spotlight: Anglian Polymer Clay Guild (UK)

We are a new group based in East Anglia in the United Kingdom and aiming to provide a place for those interested in using Polymer Clay as an art medium to meet and exchange ideas and techniques.  The group began as a result of inspiration by Sue Heaser from whom many of us first learned Polymer Clay techniques.  We held our first event in June 2012 and our second took place in August 2012.

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The Lexington MA Polymer Clay & Beading Guild

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society is an organization comprised of 8 guilds, one of which is the Lexington MA Polymer Clay & Beading Guild.

Th Polymer Clay & Beading Guild has been a group for 7 years, and in that time they have hosted many polymer clay artists and teachers.  Members of their Guild also teach  Polymer Clay workshops year-round.

They have an exhibit every year in the Gallery at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society that lasts approximately two weeks, and participate in many of the LACS events, including:
-May :"Open Studios"-2 day event
July: "Artisans Market" Tent and Gallery Art Sale- month of July
Oct: "Fall Fundraiser" - 3 day weekend in Oct
Dec: "Holiday Market"- month of Dec

To learn more about the Lexington MA Polymer Clay & Beading Guild, please visit the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society website.

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

The Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild just had Christi Friesen over for a weekend of 4 wonderful workshops (Dragons, Blooms, Pegasus and Stained Glass). We all gathered at Art Clay World in Oak Lawn on March 3rd and 4th. The facility was a total score. They carried a lovely array of stuff I didn't even know I needed. They had ovens so we left with cured treasures.

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The Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild

magnolia-blossom-1Tallahassee is filled with sweet scent when the magnolias bloom.The Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild was founded in 2006 through the matchmaking efforts of Karen Woods in Tampa, FL. Karen had seen a posting I had made on a polymer clay Yahoo Group. Karen contacted her friend and fellow Tallahasseean Ellen Rumsey Bellenot and 'set us up' to meet. A few weeks after that initial email exchange, Ellen and I held an organizational meeting and started advertising the newly formed Guild.

We've worked hard to build our Guild Library, which is open to all current members. The library includes books, DVDs, and magazines of interest to our members. As a benefit of membership, we organize bulk buying events so we can receive price discounts on clay supplies.

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Guild Spotlight: Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild (OAPCG)

lake-yale-groupThe Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild, formed in the fall of 2003, has continued to grow and thrive under the tutelage of many of the original members.  We meet on the last Saturday of the month at the First Methodist Church in Winter Garden, Florida, and welcome anyone who would like to come and “clay” with us whether they are beginners or experienced enthusiasts.  Each month a member of the guild or an invited guest gives a tutorial on a chosen clay technique.  We are proud of our warm, sharing group of ladies, many travelling long distances to be there each month.

 

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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.

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