C'mon In, the Gallery is FINE

The Second Annual Global Exhibition of Members' Work is open!  51 artists from 10 countries have contributed to an amazing variety of work.

Read more: C'mon In, the Gallery is FINE

Announcing the 2021 Global Exhibit Sponsors

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.

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IPCA Bylaws Update and Board of Director Elections

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.

Read more: IPCA Bylaws Update and Board of Director Elections

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

  • Exhibit Opens: 28 January 2022

  • Members’ Choice Voting 1-13 February 2022

  • Members’ Choice Announced 20 February 2022

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Making Connections

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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]

We Asked, You Answered

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.

Read more: We Asked, You Answered

Thank you, IPCA Suppporters

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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

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