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May Member Medley

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As we work to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, separated from each other by social distancing, there’s no doubt that we are all feeling some degree of stress. Priorities and routines have changed, and not everyone is finding solace in their studio. Indeed, it seems more of us are using their ovens for baking bread these days than curing polymer! 

So instead of a challenge this month, let’s change focus..........

Show us a recent polymer piece that you are very, very happy with, and TELL US WHY!

  • What about it makes it your best work of the last 4 months?

  • Does it represent a breakthrough, and if so, what was the lightbulb moment?

  • Was it a happy accident that you took advantage of?

  • Did you try something new, or tweak something old?

Please tell us about your process. Post on the Facebook IPCA Member Only Page the discoveries you made along the way, and include any sketches or studies you might have made. After all, you’ve got 45 minutes till the bread comes out of the oven!

Announcing T/3

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Countdown to TRICKS AND TREATS for our members!

T/3, IPCA’s first Members' only Peer-to-Peer forum is about to launch! A permanent place for our members to share and find Tutorials, Tools and Tips! Every two weeks, we’ll post fresh, curated contributions from fellow members eager to share their techniques, favorite tools or tricks with you. Between posts, we encourage you to follow the comments as the conversations expand, and contribute your own advice or experience! Best of all, the posts will be searchable by keywords so that over time, we’ll have an exclusive, secure, wide-ranging resource at our fingertips, a benefit only IPCA members can access.

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Announcing our New Vice President of the Americas

BethWestWe are thrilled to announce Beth West as the newest member of our Executive Board! 

Beth has happily stepped into the role of Vice President of the Americas and we are excited for the energy she brings with her. She has been working with polymer clay all her life and her love this medium runs deep. She has been an active IPCA member for many years and has also been serving as the Vice President of the Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild.

Please join us in giving her a warm welcome...

Welcome aboard Beth!

Announcing the 2019-21 IPCA Board of Directors

Per the IPCA Bylaws, approved by the membership a few weeks ago, offices for which there are only a single nominee do not require a vote by the membership. The IPCA is pleased to announce the IPCA Board of Directors for the 2019-21 Term:

  • President - Barbara Forbes-Lyons
  • VP Education - Kathryn Corbin
  • VP Membership - Beth Petricoin
  • VP Rest of the World - OPEN
  • VP Americas - Beth West
  • VP Communications - Ann Hlavach
  • Treasurer - Scott Cooper
  • Secretary - Maureen Tees
Updated Bylaws

The final version of the bylaws is ready and linked here.  At the next Board meeting we will be addressing a couple of issues through amendments:

  • Voting status of corporate members
  • Defining the standing committees

In Gratitude

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Elise Winters, a Personal Reflection

Polymer artist and icon Elise Winters passed away on January 1, 2019. The IPCA will continue to be a supporter of The Polymer Project and is grateful for her years of support and service to the polymer community.

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Photo Credit: Ann Duncan Hlavach
The first time I met Elise Winters was in February 2008 and I was a nervous wreck. The polymer community had converged on Baltimore, Maryland for the first-ever Synergy Conference and I’d just finished my presentation on websites for artists. On the way out of the room, Elise stopped me to introduce herself and to ask if I had some time during the conference to talk about her website plans.

That small request blossomed into a business relationship and then a personal relationship. I remember a call from her one day to talk about this project she’d been working on – to get polymer into a museum permanent collection. Oh, and there would be another website and did I know Rachel Carren? At Synergy2 I was honored to introduce her and Bruce Pepich as they kicked off what she and Rachel called The Polymer Project.

Over the course of the next ten years we talked websites, polymer, and so much more. We talked health issues – her cancer, my husband’s diverticulitis and later, a foot wound that refused to heal, my son’s diagnosis with a rare sleep disorder. We shared pictures of trips – mine to Malta for EuroSynergy, her trip to France with Woody. Menus – brisket or a turkey for Rosh Hashanah, and what do you put in your charoset for Passover? The call from Pearl Paint in Miami to tell Elise that they had a stash of the (recently discontinued) FIMO Classic and what colors did she need?

Elise was a driving force in the arts and in the polymer community. Ann Duncan Hlavach recalls Elise’s comments at the second Polymer Symposium in October 2014:

“I was at RAM for both symposiums and each time I left deeply affected by her words. She said “what will you do to further polymer” to the entire session and it imprinted on me like a branding iron. I hope to make her proud. I hope we all make her proud.”

Postings on social media and other online platforms are a testament to her and how she will be remembered. Without any doubt, her memory will always be a blessing.


Barbara Forbes-Lyons
IPCA Executive President

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