We will be talking about hinge-making. Lis-el and Sara will demonstrate techniques to make hinges.
Holiday party! We will reflect on the past year and make plans for the upcoming year. We exchange handcrafted gifts (material value $30 and under), share a potluck meal, and will reveal our rings made for the annual challenge.
Demo of how to use Aura 22 gold overlay.
Demo by Lis-el using the new Cool Tools silicone ring making mandrel.
Mojo recap discussion, show and tell, planning the upcoming "Fluidity" gallery show, selecting future meeting dates and choosing meeting topics.
No meeting this month due to Mojo Conference.
This month's meeting covered a variety of topics. We had a lovely show and tell, where some of our newer members introduced their work, as well as viewing work by other members. We are still deciding a teacher for the Guild to bring in for a workshop. We had a discussion about our upcoming show "Fluidity" at Little Fish Gallery in East Hampton, CT, to be held in October.
Meeting was in East Hampton, CT to discuss gallery show and talk about upcoming meeting ideas.
General discussion on gallery show; AMCAW updates and feedback on our recent retreat.
4/5 - 4/7/19
Guild Mini Mojo retreat. This was also our meeting for April.
We had much to share with each other as a group. Topics were varied and much fun was had! In addition, there was a workshop by Lis-el-- setting crinklized dichroic glass in metal clay.
Lynn Zettlemoyer demonstrated polymer bangles. We discussed our upcoming Mini Mojo retreat in April. There was a show and tell and general discussion.
General Discussion, show and tell, favorite tools was the theme of this meeting. We welcomed some new members. See Blog for more information.
This meeting was our annual Holiday party. We also revealed our work in response to the chain challenge. Members made hand made chains with metal clay. The work was beautiful and all agreed that the challenge was a good creative stretching experience.
The party was fun as always. We discussed past and upcoming meetings, and goals and ideas for the new year.
Lis-el demo'ed painting on plates and tiles with alcohol inks. It was a fun meeting and we all made lovely items which will make great gifts. Good discussions on handmade vs. putting prefabricated components together. We welcomed some new metal clay enthusiasts.
So far 20 people have signed up for the mini mojo coming in April. It will be a great weekend of jewelry making, discussion, and food!
We extended the component challenge to end on our February meeting date. Many of us were unable to complete this challenge; but wanted to continue. Below was the criteria we needed to follow:
You must create a piece using 10-20g of clay and these mandatory items:
Coils or snakes
Bead or Beads of any kind
4” of chain, any kind
You can use jumprings; as well as other items that you wish to add to complete your piece. Think “Chopped” for jewelry!
Meeting topic was a focus on strategies to stretch yourself artistically.
This month's meeting was unusual because there were only four of us there. Most of our members had other things going on this month and couldn't attend. So, we had a low-key meeting with interesting conversation and a show and tell.
Lis-el told us about her recent travels and teaching, especially at the Metal Clay Artist Symposium held a few weeks ago in North Carolina. For show and tell she shared one of the projects she taught at the symposium, Cathedral Windows. We loved the pieces she showed and the crinkle dichroic glass incorporated into them.
She also filled us in on the latest AMCAW (Alliance for Metal Clay Artists Worldwide) news. The new international metal clay guild launched this past month. It is an organization in its infancy and they are looking for new members to join, volunteers to help with tasks such as being on committees, and also feedback on what the community would like to see from them.
Last, we discussed the mini mojo in the works for April 2019. We decided the Guild isn't financially able to bring in a teacher and support a workshop. Instead, we will be doing a mini mojo like this year's was-- we will work together and teach each other. Lis-el will be teaching her Cathedral Windows project and can also demonstrate techniques for some creative, non-jewelry work in resin. More on this to come. We can discuss further at future meetings.
Tammy Ribaudo gave a wonderful and insightful presentation on marketing strategies. She will have handouts available.
The July meeting was a work meeting. Members brought their tools and projects for a fun and creative meeting. Lis-el brought some exciting new products to demonstrate and try.
Our June Guild meeting was a wonderful change of venue at the lovely home of Lynn Guastamachio-Zettlemoyer. Thank you so much for your hospitality and fabulous meal. Thanks to Denise Rathbun for the delicious pie! It was a truly inspiring location with its gardens and that view of the Hartford skyline. And of course the chickens!
We discussed many fun events and meetings coming up in the next few months. We had show and tell with some beautiful earrings from our earring challenge. We are a very creative group!