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Meeting Date: Saturday, January 13, 2001. 12:30-4:00

Attendees: Bonnie, Emily, Yoshiko, Maureen, Paula, Meredith, Diane, Debbie D., Amy and Gail

Regrets: Jen, Kim

Meeting Schedule:

Saturday, February 10, 12:30-4:00. Diane will provide a Dichroic Bead demonstration. Bring dark clay for a bead base, lots of translucent clay and glitters or Pearl Ex powders. A video may also be reviewed. February swap items will be distributed.

Saturday, March 24, 11:00-4:00. CLAY DAY! The Guild plans to have demos (e.g. simple face canes) and video review. Additional plans will be discussed at the February meeting.

o Snow Policy: If we decide to cancel a meeting due to inclement weather, you will receive email notification by 10am the day of the meeting. You may also call the Burlington Library at 781-270-1690. And, as always, use your best judgment.

Polymer Clay News:

§ The Guild's first meeting of 2001 was very productive. Paula provided a demonstration on signature canes and Mike Buesseler's metallics video was reviewed. Thank you Paula, for the demonstration. Members created some wonderful signature canes that I hope to see on future swap creations.
§ Due to other commitments, Amy will no longer host Guild swaps on a regular basis. Diane has graciously offered to host the February swap. Thank you Diane! We will look to Guild members to host swaps each month. Each swap meister will set their own rules for their particular swap.
§ Dottie McMillan's first polymer clay book has a tentative publish date of late Spring, 2001.
§ SaraJane Helm's polymer clay book is due for release in August, 2001.
§ Rumor has it that Pier Voulkos will be speaking at Bead Designer. Maureen will keep us informed of a possible class offered by Pier.

Favorite Web Sites:

§ Paula recommends Elizabeth "The PolyParrot's" web site. This site provides great information on mudpile Mokume gane, bargello and skinner blends. Check it out: http://thepolyparrot.com/index.html
§ In honor of viewing Mike Buesseler's metallics video, I recommend that you also visit his web site at

Show and Tell:

§ Diane was busy during our holiday break. She shared beads, beads and more beads! Diane has been experimenting with Art Institute Glitter with wonderful results. Diane also shared some lovely bottles for the Bottles of Hope project.
§ Meredith shared kaleidoscope beads and votives covered with a chrysanthemum cane. Beautiful work.
§ Emily brought beads from Africa (please correct me if I'm wrong, Emily.)
§ Bonnie showed off a votive made for her by Emily and a pin she (Bonnie) received in the secret swap.

Guild Swap:

Diane will host the swap for February. She will send additional information to members.

Theme: Hearts

Format: Swappers choice: beads, pins, pens, etc. Hearts must be the main focus of the item.

Requirements: 12 items. Beads should be no larger than one square inch and no smaller than ¾ inch. The shape and design are your choice, but the bead must meet the size requirements. All beads must be ready for stringing.

Due Date: Next guild meeting, Saturday, February 10