Synergy4 Payment Plan Details

The IPCA is offering an installment plan to spread Synergy4 registration payments out over several months. The initial payment due at registration is $165 US. Payment Plan Terms are as follows:

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What is Retreat Plus! ?

It’s a brand new and exciting IPCA event that will run alongside, and overlap with, the Synergy4 Conference.

When we started to plan Synergy4, we wanted to include a room for people who like to reconnect with their worldwide polymer friends and have ‘hands-on’ with clay in their own workspace. This room will have its own program, but we are also giving attendees the opportunity to experience part of the Conference program.

Turning a New Leaf Show and Tell at Retreat Plus!

Retreat Plus! attendees are invited to participate in the Show and Tell by providing a piece of finished work that represents what ‘Turning a new leaf’ means to them. This is a broad term and we are hoping for very different interpretations, not just leaves. It will be a very personal and meaningful display that will draw artists together, and provide a venue for sharing their experiences, desires, hopes, and dreams and how polymer plays a role in their lives.

General Session: The Year We Changed the Art World-Forever

Celebrating the Next 50 Years of Polymer Clay

In this lively session, Nils Henssen and Daniel Torres will present a retrospective on the first 50 years of polymer clay as well as a vision for what the next 50 years may hold.

Presenters: Nils Henssen and Daniel Torres


Nils Henssen is STAEDTLER’s Marketing Manager for the Hobby & Creative Sector.

Daniel Torres Daniel is a curious engineer, trying to conceal creativity and technique into his work. He is honored to be taught and inspired every day by the most important polymer clay artists and leaders in the world: Donna Kato, Natalia Garcia de Leaniz.

So, so many friends he admires and thanks from the bottom of his heart. He has taught at Donna Kato’s Clay Carnival and, Helen Cox’s Polymer Play Days and Ismar Gil’s academy in Madrid.


Daniel Torres Website






General Session: Common Ground/Distinctive Voices

This presentation will celebrate and explore the unique evolution processes of the North American and European polymer communities, each with their distinctive visions. While in many respects there is much common ground, clearly there are also many differences.

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Important Dates

  • Online Registration: January 9, 2017
  • On-Site Registration: August 13, 2017
  • Conference: August 13 (evening) to August 16, 2017
  • Pre and Post-Conference Workshops: August 13, 17, and 18, 2017

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