President, Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild
How would you describe the Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild?
The Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild was founded in 2006 by myself and Ellen Rumsey Bellenot after Karen Woods set us up on a polymer 'blind date'. We hold two Retreats a year - on in February and another over the U.S. Labor Day weekend.
Our retreat event, Clay-Bor Day, takes place annually over the United States' Labor Day Weekend. Traditionally, the event is three days but for health and safety reasons we held the 2020 event virtually over two days. The event included demos, show & tell moments, a scavenger hunt, and design challenge with an inchies swap related to the challenge. There was plenty of unscheduled time built in to the schedule so participants could socialize and clay.
How was the workshop received by participants? By instructors?
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]
At this time of annual giving to your favorite non-profits, our US members might like to consider a tax-deductible gift to the IPCA in support of its new and enhanced initiatives on behalf of the polymer community.
As individual artists, you will soon be able to participate in member only peer-to-peer forums moderated by international artists, and enjoy many new member benefits including a new bi-monthly publication, annual “Tips and Tutes” e-book, and more.
With your help, the IPCA Board hopes to be able to start developing curriculum for school programs, grants to individual artists and guilds, as well begin outreach to Museum curators, galleries and publications in the larger art world to increase awareness of the medium and become a point of contact for inquires about artists in the field for potential exhibitions, etc.
We hope you will consider including IPCA in your charitable giving this year. Happy Holidays and a Healthy and Creative New Year to all our members,
The IPCA Executive Board
To donate to the IPCA, please click here.
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.
The installation Into the Forest opened in Pittsburgh at the Spinning Plate Gallery on November 10, 2017. Over 300 artists contributes from all over the globe. (27 countries and 37 states) The exhibit runs through December 3, 2017.
For more info Visit the Into the Forest website here.