White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra), a PA Native Plant

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.

The Etching Alternative

Have you ever become totally obsessed with a creative process? Working with liquid polymer clay and my hand drawn etched copper sheets has me constantly saying what if.

Design Hierarchy

Having a design plan means deciding which principles and elements to feature in the current work and which to leave for another time. Identify the tools which best help to communicate your ideas and learn to organize them for greatest effect.

Adaptations – or – Gliding Along the Silk Road….

I tripped, fell and turned over a new leaf to discover a richer and fuller creative journey.

In this session we will explore a journey taken in search of personal expression. How an interest in nature and its reflection in the Asian aesthetic has influenced artists historically and my work specifically.

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.

Creativity and Collaboration

We all are uniquely creative – where does inspiration come from? Join Katrina Marsh Sarlin and fellow Synergy4 attendees in a guided collaboration exercise that will inspire your creativity through touch, sound, and color.

Exploring New Materials – Timeless Techniques

Polymer is a most versatile of mediums because of the ease with which it can be combined with other materials. In this presentation we will explore new mediums to use in combination with polymer as well as familiar materials in new ways.

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Important Dates

  • Online Registration: January 9 - August 6, 2017
  • Check-in: August 13, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
    August 14, 15, 16 @ 8 AM daily
  • Conference: August 13 (evening) to August 16, 2017
  • Pre and Post-Conference Workshops: August 13, 17, and 18, 2017

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