International Polymer Clay Association
The IPCA Raises the Roof for the Nepal Samunnat Project
- IPCA News
- Tuesday, 03 December 2013 22:05
With a donation of $1000.00, the IPCA has helped to make the dream of self sufficiency a reality for a group of courageous and industrious ladies. The Samunnat Project is a group of women in the Jhapa district of Eastern Nepal who have escaped domestic violence or trafficking.
Through handmade fashions and beautiful polymer clay jewelry, they are developing ways to generate an income for themselves and their families. Donations go toward the construction of their studio residence.
Read more about the project at:
IPCA Retreat Guest Artist Announced
- IPCA Retreat
- Friday, 15 November 2013 20:29
The Planning Committee for Arches 2014: Building Clay Connections is pleased to announce that Helen Breil will be the guest artist for the event. In addition to teaching two days before the Retreat, Helen will be conducting 90-minute demo/teaching sessions during each of the first three days of the Retreat.
The topics for the pre-Retreat classes and Retreat sessions will be announced at a later date.
Arches 2014: Building Clay Connections will take place at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, OH (Columbus metro area).
Pre-Retreat Classes - August 19 and 20, 2014
4-day Retreat is August 21-24, 2014
Demonstrations, Vendors, Swaps, Bead Strand, Silent Auction, Dinner with Live Auction and More!
Visit the IPCA Retreat Website at http://www.polymerclayretreat.com
About Helen Breil
From Shapes: 25 Inspirational Jewellery Designs in Polymer Clay:
The 1997 summer issue of American Style magazine introduced me to a new and wonderful medium called polymer clay. The magazine featured Kathleen Dustin, Elise Winters, Rebecca Zimmerman and many others. Their work and the possibilities of the medium fascinated me and despite having no creative arts background I was hooked.
Exploration of design and developing new surface techniques fuel my continued passion with the versatile medium of polymer clay. Sharing the results of myexploration are another passion of mine. I have been able to share my ideas through articles in Art Jewelry Magazine, Step-by-Step Beads, PolymerCAFE and have also published a popular line of tutorials. I particularly focus on techniques that are easy to learn and suited for beginners. I also teach workshops where I love introducing polymer clay to new users. My love of texture led to my creation of a line of texture stamps that have been used by clay artists around the world.
I combine the surface techniques I have developed with my love of design in my signature style of contemporary jewelry. My necklace "Coleus" won first place in the 2010 International Polymer Clay Association Progress & Possibilities Competition in the Intermediate Jewelry category. My necklace "Waves" was chosen from 130 entries for the cover of the 2011 Toronto Bead Society calendar.
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