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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 - Maria Alexandrou
  • VP Americas - OPEN
  • VP Communications - Ann Hlavach
  • Treasurer - Scott Cooper
  • Secretary - Maureen Tees

Please download and read their nomination applications to learn more about these dedicated volunteers: 2019-21 Officer Applications

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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

Barbara Forbes-Lyons
IPCA Executive President

IPCA Bylaws Updated and New Officers

Bylaws Revised

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The bylaws for the International Polymer Clay Association were revised and approved by the Executive Board at their meeting on July 19. The revisions corrected inconsistencies in the bylaws and corrected outdated terminology.

The most significant revision was to the voting status of Regional Presidents. As of July 19, the Regional Presidents (Americas and Rest of the World) are full voting members of the Executive Board. Other changes were to update the Vice President Newsletter title to Vice President Publication and to remove the section that required the Americas Guild & Group Liaison to attend the Executive Board meetings for the first two years after the Regional Boards were put in place.

Members can log in and download a copy from the IPCA Documents section of the library.

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Brenda Urquhart

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The polymer clay world lost one of their most unique and enthusiastic polymer clay artists when Brenda Urquhart lost her life in an auto accident in early July 2017.

Brenda first came across polymer clay while browsing in the Shepardess Bead Shop in Old Town, San Diego California, United States. She spotted a polymer clay necklace made by Jamey Allen and was immediately entranced with the medium. She then signed up for classes taught by Z. Kripke and Sarajane Helms and never stopped loving this new medium.

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Bursting with Color- Spectrum at RAM

Lindly Haunani's Crayon Lei in Oranges and Greens is one of eight polymer treasures in the Spectrum exhibit on view through July 10 at the Racine Art Museum.

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The lei was created in 1998 when Lindly was experimenting with inclusions. Wax from crayon shavings were mixed into the polymer and melted off during baking. The residual pigment colored the translucent polymer in a mottled pattern. Color is a central element to all three of Lindly pieces in the show. Read more about her process in this PAA feature.

Pieces from Pier Voulkos, Dan Cormier and Jeff Dever are also part of the RAM show which focuses on works that use color as a defining principle in form and design. Read more and see the rest of the polymer works in the exhibit on the PolymerArtArchive.

source: http://polymerclaydaily.com/2016/03/04/waxing-colorful/

source: http://polymerartarchive.com/2016/02/bursting-with-color-spectrum-at-ram/

Mike Buesseler Videos Now Available on the IPCA YouTube Channel

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Following a very determined and successful campaign by Tonja Lenderman to track down Mike Buesseler's videos and the generosity of Tory Hughes, whose company owns them, the IPCA is very happy to announce a permanent home from where they can be viewed.

Tory made it a condition that there is to be no charge for the videos and Tonja has added a note to each one to that effect. They must also be freely available to all, not just our members, and we are very happy to agree to that. Enjoy watching a polymer master in action! Thank you very much Tonja and Tory.

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