Central Illinois Polymer Clay Guild
This month's Guild Spotlight is on the local guild of one of our board members, Cat Therien. She started the CIPCG in 2003 to provide an opportunity for her students and other polymer clay enthusiasts from the local area to get together and share their art with one another. They currently meet monthly at the Hobby Lobby classroom in Peoria, Illinois.
Called "Clay Days," the meetings open with a 2-hour paid class taught by the current president, Pam Miller. The class is optional, though most members do attend. The class then rolls into the guild meeting, which is very casual and unstructured. Guild meetings are free and open to the public. Even curious shoppers who stick their heads into the classroom are invited to come in and see what the group is doing.
The Israeli Polymer Clay Guild
By: Mira Krispil
The Israeli Polymer Clay Guild was founded 5 years ago. All of the members of the guild know each other. We have a website where all can come in and write about or upload their artwork and others can then comment.
Every month we have a challenge that the girls take part in and the first prize winner received a gift. Every month we have a workshop that a member of the guild teaches. Sometimes, if there are a lot of members registered, we have more than one workshop!
Every week I make a slide show with their work that I upload to our board. I also advertise on our Facebook page. I send out a newsletter with all the things that happened to the guild in the last week and send messages to the entire guild.