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Meeting Date: Saturday August 19, 2000

Attendees: Paula, Kim, Cassie, Diane, Yoshiko, Deborah, Amy. We welcomed Debbie Cohen to her first meeting with the CMPCG.

Regrets: Maureen, Bonnie, Emily, Christine P.



Polymer Clay News

This has been a quiet month. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and getting ready for fall. It is one of my favorite times of the year.

News in the PC arena has also been fairly quiet. Gwen Gibson released a new video Faux Bronze Magic for Jewelry. Judith Skinner is due to release a new video, Precision Caning.

If you hear of any polymer clay news, let me know so it can be posted on our web site and in the Guild minutes.

We are exploring the possibility of extending our meeting hours. Instead of starting at 12:30, we might begin meetings at 11:00 am. Paula will discuss this option with the library. I will let you know of any changes.

Please be aware that we have changed our October meeting date. Bead Affaire is scheduled for Saturday, October 21. Several members have expressed interest in attending. Therefore, the October meeting is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 22, 12:30-4:00. Stay tuned for more information.

It is not too early to think about the holidays! Since we do not meet during the month of December, the Guild is proposing a "Secret Holiday Swap."

Similar to a secret Santa, members would swap items on a one-to-one basis. Those who wish to participate would write on a piece of paper their name, address, favorite colors, piece of jewelry, favorite animals, etc. Members would pick names from a bag. It would be that person's responsibility to create a pc item for their secret swapper and mail the item to her.

Names will be chosen at the October meeting. For those unable to make the meeting who want to swap, you can send your information to me.

More details to follow!

Bottles of Hope Project: Cassie Doyon has initiated a Bottles of Hope Project for our Guild. Cassie provided information on this project, which was initiated by the Connecticut Guild. (Refer to http://www0.delphi.com/polymerclay/bh_1.html for more information.) Though only four bottles for covering were available at the meeting, members are encouraged to cover small bottles that they might currently own for donation to the project. Contact Cassie for more information at cmdoyon@prodigy.net  Thank you Cassie for taking on this wonderful cause.

Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 12:30 - 2:30

Future Meetings: All meeting dates are tentative, pending library approval. All winter meeting dates are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Use your best judgement.

Sunday, October 22, 2000, 12:30 - 4:00. This meeting is designated as a clay day!
Saturday, November 11, 2000, 12:30 - 2:30


Web Sites

Check out this Photopoint site with Bargello swap items.


Looking to get organized? Check out:

And just some eye-candy: www.guild.com
Use the artist search to find work by Shellie Brookes.

Swaps, Show and Tell

Amy shared Mokume Gane pins made from copper, gold and black.
Diane shared necklaces and bracelets created for rubber stamp company.
The Guild perused Irene S. Dean's new book The Weekend Crafter: Polymer Clay. Lots of oohs and aahs!

Guild Swaps

Here is information on the September and October Guild swaps.

September
Kim Morton will host the September swap.

Theme: Pens!  Any style is fine.   

Format: Pens. Groups of 5 swappers.

Requirements: Create, cover 5 pens of your choice (i.e. bic pens, flexigrip, with or without caps or stands.) Colors and technique are your choice.

Due date: September 14 if you are unable to attend the September meeting. If you plan on attending the September meeting, bring them to the meeting on September 16.

RSVP: By September 3 to Kim Morton, kim_morton@usa.net (even if you told me in person - I have a terrible memory)

If you plan on mailing your pens to Kim, please include return postage and a return address label with your package. Contact Kim for mailing information.

October
Amy Crawley will host the October swap.

Please note that you must mail your beads to me, even if you plan on attending the meeting.

In an effort to devote more meeting time to discussion, demos and claying, I am asking that you mail your beads to me before the meeting. This will give me time to separate the beads and take pictures before the meeting.

Please make sure you send 15 beads. Our swaps have grown and I cannot guarantee that you will get to keep a bead for yourself. I encourage you to make extra beads if you wish to keep one for yourself.

Here are the details for the October swap.

Theme: Leaf cane swap. For instructions, please refer to

Format: Beads

Requirements: 15 beads. The cane must incorporate, at a minimum, two of the following colors: Orange, yellow, gold, red, copper, brown. The beads should be no larger than one square inch and no smaller than ¾ inch. All beads must be ready for stringing.

Due Date: Wednesday, October 18.

RSVP: By Friday, September 8.

Please put the beads in a baggie and include your name. Please include money or stamps ($3.20 priority stamp) for return postage and a return label.

One or two beads will go toward the guild bead strand. If you have any questions, please email me at aac@thecia.net



Polymer Clay Classes

October 14-15, Stretching the Polymer Canvas, Elise Winters, Keene, NH. Sponsored by the Southern New Hampshire Polymer Clay Guild. Visit www.snhpcg.org/elise.html for more information.

November 11-12, Working with Precious Metal Clay, Linda Kaye-Moses, Worcester Center for Crafts, www.worcestercraftcenter.org


Upcoming Craft Shows

October 7-9, Paradise city arts Festival, Northampton, MA. Saturday and Sunday 10-6, Monday 10-5, www.paradise-city.com
October 21, BeadAffaire, Watertown, MA.


Other Guild Meetings

Southern New Hampshire Polymer Clay Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 - 9:30pm at the Peterboro Craft Center, Peterboro, NH. Contact Betty Abdu, 603-774-0011 or badu@Lr.net.
Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild meets the third Saturday of each month, except December, at The Rock Garden, Branford, CT. Contact Diane Villano, 203-467-7090 or DianeVillano@yale.edu. Web site: http://members.home.net/melanctha
Rhode Island Polymer Clay Guild meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:30 - 4:30. Each meeting is a clay day! Locations currently vary. Contact Sandy at smbeaudry@ids.net or Antoinetta at aphilibert@netzero.net for more information.

The Rhode Island Guild will be meeting on the following dates:

Saturdays Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 25, and December 23 (tentative)