The Second Annual Global Exhibition of Members' Work is open! 51 artists from 10 countries have contributed to an amazing variety of work. Please take time to visit the 2021 Map, the individual artist pages, and the category-level galleries.
Members' Choice voting opens February 1. Watch your email for instructions on how to vote for your favorite items in each category.
Be sure to let our sponsors know how much you appreciate their support of the IPCA.
Polymer artist and photographer, Georg Dinkel, created this video for IPCA members. It has wonderful information on image editing and online tools that artists can use to manipulate their photos. Thank you, Georg!!
The links below are mentioned in the video.
- https://www12.lunapic.com/editor/(Online Editor)
- https://www.gimp.org (Windows or Mac)
- https://picresize.com (Online Editor)
- https://www.irfanview.com (Windows Only)
Polymer clay is the thing that brings us all together. As polymer artists, we support a number of polymer and tool manufacturers. We're pleased to have these manufacturers support us through their gallery sponsorship. The Members' Choice winners in each gallery will receive a prize package from that category sponsor, valued at $250 USD.
If you are active on social media, please take a moment and thank our sponsors via their Facebook, Instagram, or other social media accounts.
Containers and Vessels Gallery Sponsor
Three Dimensional Work Gallery Sponsor
Two Dimensional Work Gallery Sponsor
Jewelry and Wearable Art Gallery Sponsor
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.
The 14 artists of The Gathering are celebrating the opening of their exhibit at the Two Villages Art Society in Concootook, New Hampshire. The exhibit, entitled Truth be Told: An Artful Gathering of Women features the work of these artists, seven Black and seven White women. The opening event will be live streamed on Saturday, October 23 at 11 AM Eastern. The live stream is open to the public and you can get more information at this link.
To learn more about The Gathering, check out these articles and social media sites:
The IPCA is commited to creating a community of polymer artists, regardless of experience, age, gender, sexual orientation, location, or race.