February 3 Meeting
We had such a great guild meeting yesterday. I had been away since November, and it was wonderful to see everyone again. We had a big turnout along with some new faces.
Welcome Lynne Allen and Diane Offenbach!! Two Connecticut artists who want to learn more about metal clay. I don’t remember if I mentioned our new Long Island member, Marcia Ericson, who has also recently joined our guild. It is exciting to have new people who are interested in metal clay and want to be a part of the community.
We talked about many things during our meeting. The August Metal Clay Mojo is fully booked for the conference, although there is still room for some commuters. There is also room in some of the pre-conference workshops if you want to attend those without going to the full conference. Contact Lis-el directly for more information. There is also a Facebook page Metal Clay Mojo Retreat.
We also talked about our mini mojo, guild-only retreat which is happening on April 5-7 at the Guest House in Chester, CT. We have a great time working, having demos, talking, eating. Contact Lis-el for information on pricing if you are interested. Lis-el will be running a workshop on a window pane project using crinkle dichroic glass with metal clay on Friday for an additional fee. We will have demos on double exposed photopolymer plates and soldering on metal clay. We will be making Orgone pyramids and Harry Potter style wands, along with having a destash and lending library available. There will also be small photography set up if you want to take some pictures of your creations.
If you are interested in attending, contact Lis-el as soon as you can. Time is running out and you don’t want to miss this great weekend retreat.
Denise talked about a gallery in East Hampton CT that is interested in having us put on a gallery show. It is called Little Fish Gallery and Gift on Main Street. If you have never been to East Hampton center, it’s a lovely area with some quaint shops and restaurants. We talked about having a beach/fish themed gallery show for the fall, September or October. We will have more information to share at upcoming meetings.
We had a tool demo with some new items that Lis-el brought in. She had a ring bending plier which is wonderful for starting the bending process on rings that are fired flat. She also had a jump run opener, an unassuming little ring shaped device you wear on your finger. It has slots for different thicknesses of wire where you insert the jump ring, twist to open or close. It saves you from using two pliers or (like some of us do) your fingers for opening and closing. She also brought a prototype silicone ring mandrel set which will be available from CoolTools. These are short sized mandrels which don’t need lubrication or freezer paper, and can be put right into the hydrator. They are about the size of an investment plug and will fit into a standard mandrel holder. Much more convenient than having a long wooden mandrill precariously perched on a cup warmer or in a dehydrator.
Ev mentioned that she loves the carving set from Kate Wolff. It is primarily used for wax carving, but works well with metal clay. I talked about a double exacto knife that cuts neat parallel lines of varying widths. Of course I forgot to bring it, but I will at the next meeting.
We also had some AMCAW news. They will be announcing a Flash & Fire challenge this week which will be based on the tutorials. If you are a member, you will receive an email. If you are not a member, you can go to their website amcaw.org for more information.
Like I said, this was a great meeting with lots of fun and interesting discussion. I will post this email to our website in the Blog section each month. Please visit our website for information on upcoming meetings and events. If you wish to have more photos of your work posted, send them to me in jpeg format with a short bio. We would love to have more and newer photos in our gallery. We will work on our website during the mini mojo so bring your suggestions.
Enjoy our next few days of warm weather before winter returns.