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Thank you, IPCA Suppporters

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The IPCA Board thanks the following individuals for the generous donations this month. Donations received during this month are being used to assist members of the polymer community that may be experiencing financial difficulties during this time. If you would like to contribute to the effort, please visit our Support page.

  • Anonymous

  • Joseph Barbaccia

  • Lorrene Baum-Davis

  • Mags Bonham

  • Scott Cooper

  • Kathryn Corbin

  • Barbara Forbes-Lyons

  • STAEDTLER-Mars Limited

  • Lisa Renner

  • Patricia Stirniman

Announcing Our First Quarter 2020 Member Appreciation Award Winner

Polyform has generously extended our quarterly membership award prizes for 2020. The first quarter prize was randomly selected from our new and renewing members during that time period.

Meet Our 2020 First Quarter Winner, Phyllis Cahill

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Phyllis Cahill began working with polymer in November 2015, after working for many years as a graphic designer and children's book illustrator.  Phyllis says: “Polymer captivated me from the beginning.  It's a wonderful, versatile medium, but initially I didn't find it easy to work with.  I did many tests to understand it better and overcome difficulties I was having.”  Phyllis has documented these tests on her blog, PolymerClayJourney.com.  

 After trying different techniques and making an assortment of things from polymer, Phyllis says that she settled on jewelry, eventually combining polymer and metal.  She bought a torch and learned some simple metal smithing, first with copper and then with sterling silver.   Phyllis has developed a few jewelry collections. She draws her inspiration from some of her favorite things: nature, small, vintage patterns, muted colors and watercolor.

Phyllis says, “I’ve always been motivated to sell what I make, so I sell online, at art fairs in Colorado and at a local artists co-op.  Recently, I started selling wholesale to galleries.Polymer has been quite a journey and I look forward to what's to come!” You can find more examples of her work at: PhyllisCahillDesign.com.  

View some of Phyillis’s work:

delft pattern peacock pendant 1.3 square             

watercolor pendant demin lapis for poster

June Member Medley

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As we begin, at last, to slowly venture out from our homey cocoons, let’s meet here this month to celebrate the natural world that we can begin to enjoy again more fully.

Please share with us as many images of your work as you would like that are inspired by nature. 

Tell us about them if you wish. We’d like to know what you missed most about being outside during the time you were inside!

How it Works

  • Once a month, let’s gather on the IPCA Members' Only Facebook group for a combo show-and-tell/challenge around a theme we’ve picked for you so we all can see how our members interpret the topic.

  • We invite all members to post the pieces that they have already made, or wish to make, that addresses the theme. (We’ll repost some entries to our Instagram and Pinterest feeds, so be sure to include your website address, instagram or Pinterest account name with your post.)

  • The theme will be posted the first day of the month, and will end the last day of the month, to be replaced the next day with a new one!

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