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Announcing the IPCA Global Exhibition

For those of us who create with polymer clay, 2020 has been a year of new opportunities for virtual workshops with people from down the street and around the globe. With so much creating, learning, and investigating taking place, members of the board decided it was the perfect time to showcase creations from around the globe in an IPCA Global Exhibition. This exhibit is different from other events offered in previous years in that it will be a virtual exhibition (think temporary museum exhibit) featuring 5 galleries, each dedicated to a single art form including: Miniatures, Containers, Two Dimensional Work, Three Dimensional Work, Jewelry and Wearable Artwork. Entries in each of these galleries will have artist-selected, searchable hashtags that will include a brief bio, contact information, and the artist’s location on the globe. The exhibit opens 15 December 2020 on the IPCA website.

Submissions are open to IPCA members from 15 October to 30 November 2020.  Members will vote for the Award for Excellence from each gallery. Not a member yet? Join us! https://www.theipca.org/index.php/membership-2016. You’ll find more information on the IPCA website, www.theipca.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have.

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Making Connections

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A few months back some IPCA members started gathering on Zoom during on Saturdays, to chat, share thoughts, share our art work and get that kind of human to human polymer clay art talk we have been craving. Our Saturday time moves later two hours every four weeks. We are now at 7pm Chicago time on Saturdays and it is getting a little late for some of our friends.

So... now we are also meeting on Wednesdays at 9 am on Zoom! 

Below you will find information for the next couple weeks for each of these Zoom times and a time converter. Note the times are in Central Standard Time (Chicago).

Time Converter: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Wednesday Coffee & Clay Time

October 7, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

October 14, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

October 21, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

October 28, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Saturday IPCA Member Zoom

Last Saturday at this time!

Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

New Saturday Time block

October 17, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

October 24, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

October 31, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

November 7, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Note: Zoom info will be sent once a week to IPCA members in good standing.

Thank you, IPCA Suppporters

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The IPCA Board thanks the following individuals for the generous donations this month. Donations received during this month are being used to assist members of the polymer community that may be experiencing financial difficulties during this time. If you would like to contribute to the effort, please visit our Support page.

  • Anonymous

  • Joseph Barbaccia

  • Lorrene Baum-Davis

  • Mags Bonham

  • Scott Cooper

  • Kathryn Corbin

  • Barbara Forbes-Lyons

  • STAEDTLER-Mars Limited

  • Lisa Renner

  • Patricia Stirniman

  • Ann Larsen

  • Linda Ezernieks

Announcing T/3

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Countdown to TRICKS AND TREATS for our members!

T/3, IPCA’s first Members' only Peer-to-Peer forum is about to launch! A permanent place for our members to share and find Tutorials, Tools and Tips! Every two weeks, we’ll post fresh, curated contributions from fellow members eager to share their techniques, favorite tools or tricks with you. Between posts, we encourage you to follow the comments as the conversations expand, and contribute your own advice or experience! Best of all, the posts will be searchable by keywords so that over time, we’ll have an exclusive, secure, wide-ranging resource at our fingertips, a benefit only IPCA members can access.

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Announcing the 2019-21 IPCA Board of Directors

Per the IPCA Bylaws, approved by the membership a few weeks ago, offices for which there are only a single nominee do not require a vote by the membership. The IPCA is pleased to announce the IPCA Board of Directors for the 2019-21 Term:

  • President - Barbara Forbes-Lyons
  • VP Education - Kathryn Corbin
  • VP Membership - Beth Petricoin
  • VP Rest of the World - OPEN
  • VP Americas - Beth West
  • VP Communications - Ann Hlavach
  • Treasurer - Scott Cooper
  • Secretary - Maureen Tees
Updated Bylaws

The final version of the bylaws is ready and linked here.  At the next Board meeting we will be addressing a couple of issues through amendments:

  • Voting status of corporate members
  • Defining the standing committees

In Gratitude

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Elise Winters, a Personal Reflection

Polymer artist and icon Elise Winters passed away on January 1, 2019. The IPCA will continue to be a supporter of The Polymer Project and is grateful for her years of support and service to the polymer community.


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Photo Credit: Ann Duncan Hlavach
The first time I met Elise Winters was in February 2008 and I was a nervous wreck. The polymer community had converged on Baltimore, Maryland for the first-ever Synergy Conference and I’d just finished my presentation on websites for artists. On the way out of the room, Elise stopped me to introduce herself and to ask if I had some time during the conference to talk about her website plans.

That small request blossomed into a business relationship and then a personal relationship. I remember a call from her one day to talk about this project she’d been working on – to get polymer into a museum permanent collection. Oh, and there would be another website and did I know Rachel Carren? At Synergy2 I was honored to introduce her and Bruce Pepich as they kicked off what she and Rachel called The Polymer Project.

Over the course of the next ten years we talked websites, polymer, and so much more. We talked health issues – her cancer, my husband’s diverticulitis and later, a foot wound that refused to heal, my son’s diagnosis with a rare sleep disorder. We shared pictures of trips – mine to Malta for EuroSynergy, her trip to France with Woody. Menus – brisket or a turkey for Rosh Hashanah, and what do you put in your charoset for Passover? The call from Pearl Paint in Miami to tell Elise that they had a stash of the (recently discontinued) FIMO Classic and what colors did she need?

Elise was a driving force in the arts and in the polymer community. Ann Duncan Hlavach recalls Elise’s comments at the second Polymer Symposium in October 2014:

“I was at RAM for both symposiums and each time I left deeply affected by her words. She said “what will you do to further polymer” to the entire session and it imprinted on me like a branding iron. I hope to make her proud. I hope we all make her proud.”

Postings on social media and other online platforms are a testament to her and how she will be remembered. Without any doubt, her memory will always be a blessing.

Barbara

Barbara Forbes-Lyons
IPCA Executive President

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