2020 Global IPCA Exhibition

Asset 8by Kathryn Corbin, IPCA VP, Program Development

What does an organization do when it’s international members can’t meet in person? Like everyone else in the Year of Covid, we learned and deployed Zoom. Thanks to our VP of Communications, Ann Hlavach, who was willing to host a regular members’ zoom get together every Sunday that moved monthly through all international time zones to accommodate those heading to bed when some of us were just waking, members were able to interact with each each other on a more or less regular basis in a more or less face-to-face manner. She later added a Wednesday morning meet up that is more topic-and demo-based. Still, these are fleeting, informal, in the moment. What could we offer members that was BIG? NEW? EXCLUSIVE? NO COST TO MEMBERS? REMOTE?

Curious to see what everyone was up to after a long, strange year of separation, we decided to try an event idea that had been discussed as a potential component of the next Synergy Conference….which never happened, of course. But it seemed like maybe, and maybe even better, a virtual exhibition could be that event to bring us together again.

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Interview with Carole Monahan

President, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild


How would you describe the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild?

Our guild is in its 23rd year.

Our Clay ConneCTion the Home Edition was a condensed 2 day version of our retreat which is normally 4 days where we take over a college campus. We set it up as a free event this year since so many folks were out of work.  On an average we get about 70 attendees but for the virtual event we set a limit of 50.  Normally we have demos running all day long 30 mins to an hour each in a separate room.  We limited it to two 1 hour demos per day and took advantage of the fact we could get people that might not normally be able to come.

Read more: Interview with Carole Monahan

From the President's Desk

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Summertime is heating up the northern hemisphere, while our Southern Hemisphere members are heading into Fall and soon, Winter. Thanks to social media and our twice-weekly Zoom calls, everyone gets to experience the changing seasons and the lives of our members around the globe. It's a wonderful perk of IPCA membership.

Another benefit is the Global Exhibition, organized by Kathryn Corbin and Ann Duncan-Hlavach. From the global map, to the 75+ members that submitted work, it was another way to realize how polymer brings us together. One of the artists participating in the Global Exhibit (and occasionally our Zoom events), is Darren Aiken from Pretoria, South Africa. Darren sculpts with polymer, making anything from unique chess sets, to statuettes of Freddy Mercury and Leonard Cohen. One his passions is helping the street kids in Pretoria, providing art lessons and materials to help the children cope with their struggles. He's currently looking for a group of IPCA members to help mentor these young artists, provide video lessons, and support to guide the students to careers in art, design, or animation. If you have experience teaching or mentoring children, and would like to help Darren with this program, please reach out to him via his website, https://www.thehoozoo.com, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He's got a presence on Facebook, too, and participates in the IPCA Members Only group.

Read more: From the President's Desk

Interview with Barbara Forbes-Lyons

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.

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How was the workshop received by participants? By instructors?

Read more: Interview with Barbara Forbes-Lyons

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

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]