The competition presentation for the 2017 IPCA International Polymer Clay Awards “To Boldly Go” is now available for viewing on the IPCA YouTube channel. There were 60 pieces of art by 28 artists representing 10 countries. You may see the video full-screen here or below.
Thank you to all the participants. Congratulations to the winners!
The Racine Art Museum with be honoring the 75th anniversary of RAM's parental museum the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts with two exhibits... 75 at 75: Significant Works from RAM's Collectiom and Paul Smith: Masters of Craft. The perspective of 75 at 75 is that the pieces in the museum have several stories to tell beyond what is first visible. Included in this retrospective is Elise Winter's Red Ruffle Cascade neckpiece. I am curious to see what other polymer pieces may be displayed. RAM has an extraordinary collection of polymer art.
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 The revisions corrected inconsistencies in the bylaws and corrected outdated terminology.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.
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.
As mentioned in this month's edition of International Polymer Clay, the IPCA has unveiled its new logo. Members may download a copy of the logo for use on their websites. Please link back to http://www.theipca.org when you post the logo.
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.
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.