Posted by C Scheftic on 2010/02/21
I am one of the founding members of the Western PA Chaper of the PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Guild.
Donna Penoyer, Jan Durkin, and I started talking early in 2008 about whether there’d be enough folks interested in joining a local guild, and meeting regularly to share information about working with metal clay. We thought we could probably get a small group together. For a variety of reasons, we chose to affiliate our fledgling group with the international PMC Guild. (Our other choice would have been the Art Clay Society.) Our first meeting, on May 13, 2008, was attended by 7 people: the three of us, three others who had done some work with metal clay, and a representative from one of the local bead shops.
We have continued to meet regularly, about once a month, ever since. As of December, 2009, an amazing total of about 60 different people have participated in one or more of the events we have sponsored. We meet at different times of day, different days of the week, at different locations around the area, with different meeting formats. We have a rotating cast of participants: even if a person can’t make it to every meeting, our hope is that there will be enough variety in the choices that at least some combos should work well with your schedule and interests.
Our latest meeting was a “clay play day” at the delightful shop in Irwin, PA, known as Your Beading Heart. The owner, Linda Pence, was a great host, arranging workspace for about 14 of use, plus another 8 or so who dropped in to see what we had going on. Donna bought her dehydrator and kiln. Several folks brought some extra packs of clay they were willing to sell to anyone who showed up and needed some to work with. Michelle Glaeser had organized a “group purchase” from Brynmorgen Press, and she distributed everyone’s goodies. And we spent most of the day playing with clay: everyone worked on whatever they wanted; we observed how other participants approached various tasks; we asked and answered questions with each other; all in all, we just had a great time.
If you’re in the area, why don’t you consider joining us?
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Posted by C Scheftic on 2010/02/17
On January 29th, I’d mentioned the possibility of some follow-up surgery on my eye(s). Well, it was scheduled for tomorrow. Except, I now have a nasty mid-winter cold. Not that I feel too sick to go in; that I’d’ve done just to try to finish getting this problem cleared up (pun intended…).
But a big risk with any kind of surgery is infection, and I got to wondering whether having extra-nasty bugs swarming my sinuses and trying to escape out of various facial openings might increase the risk of infection where my eyelid would again be opened up. So I called the doctor’s office and was told, “Yes, that’s a good question to ask. We don’t do procedures on sick people. We’ll reschedule you.”
In efficiency-mode, I’m glad I found that out today, rather than having wasted time, gasoline, and parking fees finding it out tomorrow.
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Posted by C Scheftic on 2010/02/16
One of the things I like about working with metal clay involves the textures you can work into your designs.
I’ve always liked textures of various sorts, for both their look and their feel. Not just in jewelry and artwork, but also for my garden, on clothing, in food … the list could get rather large. I’ll leave that for another time, though; for now, my point is this:
A friend and I went hiking in a local forest over the weekend. Mid-winter, there was lots of snow on the ground and few leaves still holding onto the trees. Which drew my attention even more than usual to the textures on tree trunks.
I kept stopping to look around and around, noting even the differences from one side to another on a single tree.
I have no clue how or when any part of that look may crop up in my adornments. But those (phone-camera) shots did seem worth including in this online notebook.
What do you think of these images? Feel free to leave a comment!
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Posted by C Scheftic on 2010/02/10
Maggie in Columbia, MD, reports that “There’s so much snow that kids are making snow angels … standing up!”
No snow angels in this shot, but here’s what it looks like in western Pennsylvania … now that the power that went out Friday night has been restored!
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