Friday, October 16, 2015

Pittsburgh Polymer Clay Guild Retreat, October 1-4, 2015

Thank you and nice getting to know you to our new friends Karen, Seana, Patty, and Sherman who traveled in from the east and Jeannette from the west! And our usual travelers Kirsten, Cathy, and Diane made their annual Fall trip to Pittsburgh to hang with the usual cast of characters...Judy, Denice, Denise, Bonnie, Steffi, Noreen, Jan, Bobbi, Marcy, Irene, Rebecca, Suzanne, Hannah, and Deanna. Special thanks to Deanna for planning the retreat and wrangling all us attendees.

Denise taught a mini-workshop to show her method for creating a polymer painting. Everyone who tried it ended up with a really nice flower wall canvas. 

We had a great time as usual... clayed all day, and some of us clayed nearly all night. (I'm lookin' at you, Sherman!) 

I don't know if 2016 dates have been reserved. I will post as soon as we know.

Judy Slater

Jan Pini

Friday, February 27, 2015

It's not too late to sign up! May 2-3, 2015 Spring Workshop with instructor Carol Simmons

Build Your Color Mixing & Finishing Skills 
in a Kaleidoscope Cane Workshop
with visiting Polymer Clay expert Carol Simmons

Saturday & Sunday, May 2-3, 2015    9 am to 5 pm
Swissvale Fire House   7400 Irvine Street, Pittsburgh  15218

Carol will show you how to choose a harmonious color scheme, create a complex Kaleidoscope cane out of polymer clay, and apply your beautiful design to a bracelet or pendant. 

You will mix color blends from primary colors, and learn how to modify your blends to maximize the light/dark contrast. (Clay will be provided.)

Next, you will combine the small canes to make a wide variety of detailed, repeating patterns. Then, using Carol’s special slicer, we will make perfect, wafer-thin slices to apply to a pendant or bracelet. 

Carol will share numerous tips on how to achieve the highest quality results including cane construction, veneer application, forming, sanding, buffing to a high shine, and drilling techniques. 

See Carol’s work on

To reserve your space in the workshop, or for more information, write to
berecca at aol dot com. Please put “Simmons Workshop” in the subject line.

$175 for PPCG members; $185 for non-members

Fee includes workshop, coffee, soft drinks, snacks, and lots of fun with friendly people. Optional pay-as-you-go items include lunch both days for $15 (one authentic firehouse fish fry lunch!) and we hope you’ll join us for a dutch-treat Saturday night group dinner. Contact Rebecca Watkins at berecca at aol dot com to reserve your space, find out how to submit payment, and receive the supplies list. 

Cancellations before April 18 will be 100% refunded. Cancellations after April 18 will be refunded 50%.