Clay Play Day
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?