Category: Conferences

All About: Ravensdale 1998, The Art of Polymer Clay

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Elise asked me to lead a small team of volunteers to research and write about gatherings that influenced the development of polymer as an art medium. This is the third of these posts and we hope to follow up with more. Special thanks to Meredith Arnold who organized all these materials about Ravensdale 98.

Courting the Muse

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Courting the Muse: Enhancing Creativity and Artistry in Polymer Clay In 2001, the National Polymer Clay Guild sponsored it’s second conference in Bryn Mawr, PA.  Courting The Muse was a week long conference filled with classes taught by polymer clay masters, thought-provoking and inspiring evening lectures, creativity seminars, and a retrospective exhibit entitled Illuminating a Medium, a Retrospective on Polymer Clay that showcased important works of polymer art from the past 20 years.

All About: The First NPCG Conference at Arrowmont

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Elise asked me to lead a small team of volunteers to research and write about gatherings that influenced the development of polymer as an art medium. This is the second of these posts and we hope to follow up with more. Special thanks to Steven Ford who provided this information about the Arrowmont Conference. Name of Event: Making History: Pushing the Craft of Polymer Clay, the first national Conference of the National Polymer Clay Guild Sponsoring Organization: National Polymer Clay Guild Dates and Place held: Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, Gatlinburg, TN; September 7-13, 1997 Mission Statement: The theme

All About: MIPCES

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Posted in Conferences, Exhibitons and Shows

Elise asked me to lead a small team of volunteers to research and write about gatherings that influenced the development of polymer as an art medium. This is the first of these posts and we hope to follow up with more. Special thanks to Nancy Travers who organized all the materials about MIPCES. Masters’ Invitational Polymer Clay Exhibition and Sale (MIPCES): The Cutting Edge in Polymer Clay The event consisted of a month-long exhibition featuring at least one major experimental piece from each of the invited artists. The kick-off weekend events included exhibiting artists’ lectures, workshops, demos, and slide shows;

Paying Close Attention

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This image, stunning for its deceptive simplicity, provides unusual insight into the development of polymer artistry. Shown are the 12 beads Pier Voulkos brought to exhibit and sell at the 1995 International Bead conference in Washington D.C. Those who know Pier’s work well will recognize that these beads both mapped her past work and forecast her future. Note especially the leaf bead in the top right corner. This bead had first mesmerized me when she showed it in workshop in March of that year. You will recognize it as her early experimentation with the chatoyant effect. Pier once confided to me that