Artists Association of Jupiter Presents:”Clay, Glass, Wood”

 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.




The Artists Association of Jupiter


A Unique Art Gallery


Clay, Glass, Wood

A Collaboration of Mixed Media


Pam Carman

Carolyn Austin

Bill Jones

Wednesday, March 12th

5:30-7:30 pm



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A Unique Art Gallery and Unique Glass Art, Inc.
226 Center St. A-6 and A-8
Jupiter, FL 33458

 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County,  For more information please call A Unique Art Gallery at 561-529-2748 or go to
Mirror by Pam Carman

Mirror by Pam Carman


What happens when you mix Wood, Glass and Clay???   You get an amazing, creative, new art form from three accomplished Artists.   The collaboration of this one of a kind mixed media show started out as a friendship between fellow artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones sharing ideas and admiring each other’s designs.  

They competed individually, at some of the same competitions, and won awards together. The list of their successes and their ability to teach, exhibit, and give back to the Palm Beach Art communities is commendable.   They started talking, sketching, etching, cutting, turning and gluing………!!!!!!   


Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones

Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones


Pamela Carman is a primarily self-taught mixed media artist. Pamela’s current body of work is in polymer clay and found objects.  She has an affinity for color that is evident in her work and gets excited just creating her color palette! The majority of her work is inspired by and based in nature. Recurring animal themes, especially of birds and fish can be seen in her most recent work. They are meant to bring a smile or chuckle.



Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin

Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin



Teaching polymer workshops in South Florida, Pamela has been an instructor for the Ocean Reef Art League in Key Largo for the last 5 years. She also offers private and group lessons in her home studio. Her award winning work can be found internationally.




"Cat" by Pam Carman

“Cat” by Pam Carman




Bill Jones is a local wood turner with a workshop in Jupiter; He is a member of the Palm Beach County Wood turners, a local chapter of the American Association of Wood Turners. He spends his time teaching at adult education classes, 4H youth classes and creating a limited number of turning to show at various exhibitions and galleries. Every piece he turns is mad with not only a love of the wood, but also the delight in craftsmanship of taking a log to a finished and unique artistic object. You are welcome to watch him turn wood in his shop by appointment 561-762-1031. Come and enjoy the wonderful world of wood! 


Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones

Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones



Carolyn Austin began designing and creating glass art within the family business in 1986. She has built her reputation in the Palm Beach Community as one of the most unique glass etching artists in the area. Her showroom and studio are located in the Center Park Plaza in Jupiter.


Glass Art by Carolyn Austin

Glass Art by Carolyn Austin



Carolyn has lived in the Jupiter/Tequesta area since 1979 and developed an eye for the tropical Florida scenes from long legged birds to intensely detailed ocean life which in turn creates one of kind glass art. She tells us, “I love working with people and using my 25 years plus of experience to create a beautiful customized look in glass whether it be an entrance way or a free standing piece of glass art. All my designs are created by hand, an intricate detailed process to enhance each client’s home and personality. Making my glass art a personal favorite for each client is always satisfying. I take pride in my work and the exclusive following it has created.” 







The Lord’s Place is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community.


The Lord’s Place is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 organization that has been changing the lives of homeless families and individuals in Palm Beach County for over 30-years. We are committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness with programs and services that include: Community Engagement, Supportive Housing, Job Training and Employment.




In 2012, The Lord’s Place provided supportive housing to 434 men, women and children. By the end of the year, 92% were no longer homeless. This past year,  133 formerly homeless men and women gain job skills and 88 were placed in jobs with local employers. Our success over the years is due to an unwavering commitment to our clients and an approach that balances compassion and personal responsibility. For more information visit website 


The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website,


For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or 


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Lauderdale by Sea is Perfect Place to Learn More About Crafts

The 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival will showcase crafts created by artists in the United States. This event takes place March 8 & 9, 2014.  We hope you take the time to explore the world of craft and especially look at Lorraine Vogel‘s jewelry which is created with polymer clay. The Rickie Report shares some background about this medium which continues to grow in popularity, produces fascinating forms and sophisticated accessories for home and body.



18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival


March 8 – 9, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


A1A and Commercial Boulevard


Navigational Address:  4400 North Ocean Drive,

Lauderdale By Sea, FL 33308


To Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public



The finest crafters in the country will descend upon this South Florida community when Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns March 8 – 9, 2014. The show will take place in its original location in downtown, just a short distance from the beach.  The displays, with a wide variety of original and affordable crafts, will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce hosts this two-day annual tradition.  Admission is free and open to the public.



Makume Gane Polymer Clay Bracelet by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Bracelet by Lorraine Vogel




  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival



A layer of Lorraine Vogel's Polymer Clay

A layer of Lorraine Vogel’s Polymer Clay




Lorraine Vogel


One medium that is becoming more popular is polymer clay.  The color ranges are as open as your imagination!  Polymer clay is, as the name implies, a bendable polymer compound for artists and crafters. It’s not true clay (which is fine particles of silicate suspended in water) but  is pliable like clay.  Polymer clay is comprised of fine particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in plasticizer.


Makume Gane Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel



What makes polymer clay special is its versatility. It comes in dozens of colors, and you can blend clays together like paints to make your own colors. Since the color is inherent in the particles, you can also work two or more colors together without blending them to create special effects such as cane working and marbling. The clay’s pliability and ductility let you use techniques from glasswork, textile arts, and sculpture. Because polymer clay doesn’t dry out, it can be sculpted and formed it without worrying about a time limit. It is baked to cure or harden the clay. (courtesy of


Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel


Lorraine Vogel, a fine crafter from Delray Beach, creates one-of-a-kind polymer clay jewelry pieces.   She tells The Rickie Report, “Because my background is in the graphic arts, my jewelry designs are clean and bold with a tropical flair.”  It is important to point out that these designs are not painted, but created through painstaking layering, shaping, cutting and melding the polymer clay strata. 



Makume Gane Polymer Clay Brooch by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Brooch by Lorraine Vogel


Lorraine uses an ancient Japanese metalworking technique called Mokume Gane and incorporates stamping to create my pieces. Her creations have a consistent South Florida tropical feel.   Mokume Gane (pronounced moe-koo-may-GAHN-ay) is a Japanese term for “woodgrained metal”.  In polymer clay terms, it is a method of stacking, constructing and layering polymer clay, which is then impressed , or in Lorraine’s case, stamped and then cut in various ways to achieve a myriad of interesting and beautiful designs.



For more information about Lorraine’s designs please visit:


For more information about polymer clay please contact the Southeast Florida Polymer Clay Guild at  


About American Craft Endeavors: 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.


For additional information on the 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit or call 561-746-6615.



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Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fests Brings You Some of The Best Teachers!

Most people look at polymer clay creations and ask if the design is painted.  The Rickie Report hopes you will be intrigued by the limitless possibilities of using polymer clay as your creative medium when you see what the Cabin Fever Clay Festival is offering in their Master Classes.  There is also a discount to register!  If you are looking for a local place to learn more about polymer clay, contact South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG).  This group meets once a month in Delray Beach. Please call Liz Heller for more information: 561-637-0021

Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fests



Master Class Camp 2013


A unique creative event offering 2-day intensive workshops from Master Instructors including: Maureen Carlson, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani, Robert Liu, Sandra McCaw, Ellen Marshall, and Carol Simmons

NOTE:  Discount is extended through June 15th!

Have you registered for the Master Class Camp (MCC) yet?  If you have been on the fence, the $40 discount per class offer has been extended until June 15th! But hurry, there is limited space available in each workshop and they are filling fast.


Master Class Camp ( MCC) is a unique creative event offering 2-day intensive workshops from Master Instructors including: Maureen Carlson, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani, Robert Liu, Sandra McCaw, Ellen Marshall, and Carol Simmons Join us on this inspirational journey. Some clay will be provided by Polyform Products. (Registration form at end of document)

Workshop Overviews:

Maureen Carlson: Story Boxes

Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 2013
Skill Level = all levels, confident beginner to advanced

Some people record their stories in written form. Others use photo albums or scrapbooks. Still others hang their stories on the wall in the form of framed photos. In this class, we will do all of the above – but not in the traditional way. The finished piece in this class will be a Story Box. This box will be a vehicle for telling your story through symbols, images and words.  Each box will be unique. Time will be given in class to develop a theme and personal symbols. The boxes will then be embellished with  polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, paper, fiber, beads and paint. Space can be left in the boxes for you to continue the theme when you return to your own work space.



The finished boxes can be hung on the wall or developed as a standing piece. Polymer clay skills learned will be sculpting, texturing and layering techniques. There will be an emphasis on creating pieces that represent a symbol or a story. Students will also learn how to work and sculpt with Apoxie Sculpt.  Come explore with Maureen as you take a journey into the world of Story. Kit fee applies.


Jeffrey Lloyd Dever: Polymer and Wire – Take Two!

Sunday & Monday, July 28-29, 2013
Skill Level = all levels, confident beginner to advanced



This two-day workshop employs another take on Jeff’s wire- working and polymer clay form building techniques to create innovative small-scale sculptural forms in jewelry. Students will first fabricate wire frame armatures and complete basket forms with a tinkered wire-wrapping technique. Next, Jeff will explore original polymer forms using clay layering and multi-cycle curing to complete pieces. Finally, you’ll explore finishing techniques with an emphasis on an array of surface ornamentation options. This is a technique driven, not a project-based workshop, focused on hands-on applications. Some may complete a project, others may focus more on perfecting the technique. Students should have a basic working knowledge of polymer clay. Kit fee applies.



Lindly Haunani: Inspired Color: Collaging for Clarity

Sunday & Monday, July 28-29, 2013 Skill Level = all levels, confident beginner to advanced


Join Lindly for a colorful, fast paced, fun and gentle two-day workshop designed to increase your confidence while mixing and combining colors in you work.  We will begin with exploring your color likes and dislikes while making an intuitive color inspiration collage from magazine clippings. During the afternoon session, as a group, we will do a color analysis of all of the collages created in the morning session while de-mystifying some of the vocabulary of color design. Learn which custom pigment primaries using polymer clay most directly reflect the colors in your inspirational collage.  You will then be guided through step-by-step to make five color blend sheets featuring: rich verdant darks, bright spectral colors, complimentary neutrals, enticing spice/accent notes and tints for the ever-important opportunity of value contrast.



The second day will include exercises to explore color harmonies and how proportion and simultaneity can magically change the look of your color schemes as you construct a series of colorful, wearable quilt block samples reflective of the colors in your collage. Learn how you can utilize the three properties of color: hue, value and saturation, to your advantage to add cohesion and impact to your work. Learn why the “rules” as they are outlined in many color reference books, rarely provide satisfactory results. Note: This workshop is designed to help you develop your own personalized color palette and is based by Lindly’s twenty three years of experience teaching about color using polymer. The emphasis is on you “seeing” color in new ways and being able to mix colors that make your “heart sing” rather than learning new polymer clay techniques.  Kit fee applies.



Robert Liu: Expressing with Bamboo-A Sustainable Jewelry Making Material


Thursday & Friday, July 25-26, 2013
Skill Level = all levels –metalsmith experience helpful


Students will learn to use black bamboo as a sustainable, strong, and light material for jewelry making. Robert will present a Powerpoint at the beginning of the class to provide examples of techniques used in his own and other’s bamboo jewelry. Students will learn how to heatbend bamboo for use in earrings, necklaces, and possibly rings and are welcome to incorporate their own materials like polymer, beads, artifacts, fabricated pieces, or their own jewelry with the bamboo. In addition to the beauty, relative permanence, and sustainability of using a fast-growing material, making jewelry from bamboo draws on so many skills and interests. Woodworking, metalworking, beads, jewelry components or artifacts can all be applied, as long as one had a modicum of manual skills, imagination and tools!


DAY ONE will begin with a Powerpoint lecture on bamboo and bamboo jewelry. Then Robert will show the class various types of bamboo torques and earrings that he will bring. The formal class will begin with heatbending of bamboo, working with basic types:

  • Single culm, symmetrical, short and long torques.
  • Single culm, asymmetrical, short and long torques.
  • Intertwined torques, which are better done with a team oftwo or three.
  • Tight radius bends, including how to incorporate such bends into torques and how to use them as pendants and earrings.
  • Finally, demonstration on terminations and wire-wrapping.The class will then work on projects above at their own pace while receiving assistance from Robert with any problems. Students should complete one or two torques minimally before we move on.DAY TWO

Instructor will demonstrate some pendants/dangle fabrication with metal smithing, as well as earrings and then demonstrate bead wrapping on torques or other wrapping techniques. Next, Robert will demonstrate how to do 2-part torques. Students can work at their own pace and instructor will teach advanced techniques to faster students as well as continue helping others. By the end of the workshop, all students should have a number of finished pieces. They may well find new techniques/uses that I have not thought of or tried. Kit fee applies.




Sandra McCaw: Balancing Act

Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 2013
Skill Level = all levels, confident beginner to advanced



The elements of balance, weight, rhythm and movement in jewelry design will be explored. Sandra will discuss basic design principles as she leads students through designing and creating a pair of leaf shaped earrings. Pendant or brooch may also be designed if time allows. The Ikat technique will be demonstrated to use in making the leaves, along with the the integration of wire and metal leaf with polymer clay. Finishing techniques and the “language” of the materials used will also be covered. Kit fee applies.


Ellen Marshall: Elements and Constructions

Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 2013
Skill Level = all levels, confident beginner to advanced


Prepare to amaze yourself. In this 2-day class you will make and use armatures, templates and other tools and tricks to make components and elements. Next, you’ll look among your elements and explore a variety of ways to compose and construct partial or complete artistic pieces. The serendipity of this workshop is so much fun- you may end up creating jewelry or miniature sculptures.



Carol Simmons: Tessellated Kaleidoscope Cane Veneers: Bracelet and Pendant

Sunday & Monday, July 28-29, 2013
Skill Level = all levels, confident beginner to advanced



Learn Carol’s approach to color and caning in this fast paced two- day workshop. Take home a pendant, a bracelet or maybe both.  You will begin by mixing color blends from primary colors you have selected, using Skinner blend patterns Carol has developed specifically for this purpose. You will learn how to modify your blends to maximize the light/dark contrast and how to construct relatively simple canes that emphasize this contrast. Several cane types will be demonstrated. Next, you will combine your canes into a more complex, “master” cane. You will cut and reassembled a portion of the master cane to produce a new cane with a detailed repeating design. The rest will be set aside for a kaleidoscope pendant.


Using Carol’s special slicer, you will slice your cane into thin, even slices and use them to veneer a pendant core and a metal bracelet blank. She will share numerous tips on how to achieve the highest quality results including cane construction, veneer application, forming, sanding, buffing and drilling techniques. She will also show you how to store and transport the remaining slices so you can create more veneers at home. Kit fee applies.

Email any questions you may have:





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Local Artist Wins National Contest! Learn More About PC! Entries Sought!

The Rickie Report is proud to share this good news!  A Rickie Report subscriber, Sarita Neun, from Hobe Sound, FL has been selected as the First place winner of the 139th Polymer Clay Central Challenge for April, 2012.  The theme was “Spring”.   Sarita makes these realistic looking beads and fanciful flowers from polymer clay.  The designs are not painted.  They come from her manipulation of different colored clays!

Sarita’s Polymer Clay Beads

Sarita and her daughter, Marissa, combine their talents to make beautiful and affordable jewelry that is one-of-a-kind and totally hand made.  They sell their work at local art shows as well asLoggerhead Marine Life Center Gift Shop and Local Treasures on Cypress Drive in Tequesta, FL.  For more information:

Polymer Clay Canes

To learn more about polymer clay, come to a meeting of the South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) on Monday May 21st at 6:30 pm at Beads on the Ave, in Delray Beach, FL.

For the May program, Pam Carman will present Mokume Gane.  Mokume Gane is a Japanese method of manipulating metal to achieve a wood grain like design which we mimic in polymer clay by stacking, rolling, and layering many sheets of different colors of polymer clay and gold or silver leaf, poking them with different types of tools, and slicing them up to achieve beautifully patterned designs to cover boxes, jewelry, bottles, buttons, mirrors, picture frames, etc.

Here are two Mokume Gane links for those that would like some written instructions:   or

To show you some wonderful examples and unique designs using Mokume Gane and polymer clay canes, Pam, a very talented polymer clay artist and painter, has sent us a link to her beautiful and comprehensive on-line photo album of the things she has made using polymer clay and that she has painted. (First read the descriptions below each picture to find the ones that are using Mokume Gane and then if you want a real close up of each, either click on each picture or click on slide show which blows the pictures up to a much larger size. Then sit back and enjoy looking at all the crafts that she has made):

The Rickie Report reminds you to check out Pam’s work and story in the premiere issue of The Rickie Report (9/8/2011) at

Pam invites you to try making Mokume Gane along with her at the meeting or just watch and learn. If you want to participate, please bring the following tools and supplies (don’t worryif you don’t have everything because we share):  A work surface or tile to protect the tables. Flexible tissue blades for cutting/slicing. Pasta machine. Acrylic roller. Polymer Clay (Premo is best but any will do) in sheets made with the thickest setting of your Pasta Machine:  2 light value colors in 2″x 3″ (business card size) prepared sheets of conditioned clay ( white or light ecru)  3  medium value colors in 2″x 3″  prepared sheets of conditioned clay ( choose colors that you like & look good together!)  2 dark  value colors in 2″x 3″ prepared sheets of conditioned clay (dark brown, black, or dark value of colors chosen above) 1  translucent sheet of clay in 2″x 3″ in a prepared sheet of conditioned clay. 1 sheet of gold or silver leaf. Deep etched stamps or things to make an impression in the clay ( needle tool, knitting needle, Kemper cutters, the ends of different sized paint brushes, screw drivers, different sized embossers/stylists, screws, nails,etc).  A small spray bottle of alcohol and/or spray soap and paper towels to clean up the tables, your hands, and your tools at the end of the meeting. (Always clean clay off your hands before snacking or eating.) Plastic wrap (Glad Wrap is best)  or patty/deli paper to wrap and store your finished Mokume Gane pieces and to wrap and save your opened clay and scraps and your sheets of rolled clay. You can place sheets of clay first between sheets of wax paper so they can be stacked without sticking and then wrap them in plastic wrap. A carton or box to transport the decorated sheets and pieces of Mokume Gana home for your next projects.

Also, don’t forget to bring the following to the general meeting:  Any projects you’ve made in the last few months and/or articles that you would like to share for Show and Tell; Any library books that you have borrowed and not yet returned and dollars to rent more polymer clay books and videos; A small donation for a raffle ticket to cover the rent; Handmade polymer clay crafts or polymer clay related items to donate as raffle gifts to cover the classroom rent. A camera to take pictures for our websites and Facebook.

 Your 2012 registration if not already paid (Annual Membership is $24 pro-rated or Part-Time $4 – checks made out to Karen Leeman).

If you plan to attend Alice Stroppel’s classes on June 10th, Pen and Ink on Polymer Clay, and/or June 11th, Contours in Polymer Clay, at the Davie Women’s Club and have not already given your payment to Pam Carman,  bring checks ($60 for guild members and $75 for non-members), made out to the teacher “Alice Stroppel” and with the class name and date written in the lower left corner, to this general meeting to secure your seat before the classes start. For those registering for both classes, please write a separate check for each class. No refunds will be issued after May 21, 2012,unless the class is canceled or there is no seat available. For more information: Karen Leeman,SEFPCG President,

And Now To Celebrate Sarita!

There is time for you to enter the May contest, whose theme is, “Memories”. 

Contestants Can Now Submit Photo Entries!!!

Deadline:  May 18th 

Polymer Clay Central is holding its 140th Polymer Clay Central Challenge for May 2012, sponsored by our good friends at Polymer Clay Express! And as a special extra prize, each winner will also receive a copy of the “GREEN” issue, supplied by our new friends at From Polymer to Art Magazine! Our theme for this contest is MEMORIES, so get your imaginations going and get your project ready!
We now allow PHOTO entries for the PCC Challenge! Under the new rules, contestants can send in a total of three views of their entry – one full size picture and up to two optional detail shots. To authenticate the projects, we also request a picture of the contestant holding the entry. This will be a total of four photos. Submissions can be sent by using the form on website, or you can use your own email. If you use your own email, the subject HAS to be PCC Challenge Entry (this will get through our spam filters), and be sure to include your name and address (in case you win).
For those contestants who don’t have digital cameras, or who aren’t confident of getting a good picture, you can still send in your entry, with name, address, email address, and return postage included, and we will photograph your entry.
The deadline to send in pictures for the contests is the 18th of May (If you are mailing in your entry, and it will be a little late, please email us and let us know and then send it Priority Mail) –  and the Contest page will be posted on or about the 20th of the month. Voting will continue to the end of the month, and then the Winners will be announced. To plan ahead, please visit our Contest Schedule Page for the upcoming months and their Themes and Sponsors!

To enter now, read the rules below and send in your pictures for the May Challenge by the 18th of May, and try for a great prize package from our sponsor Polymer Clay Express, with special extra from From Polymer to Art Magazine.

CONTEST RULES – PLEASE READ:This contest is open to ANYONE.Young, old, male, female, staff members and web surfers, anyone who loves to play with Polymer Clay.

  1. One entry per contestant. Contestant can email photos of their entry, or they can send in their entry to be photographed (Details below). If you mail in your entry, multiple items will be photographed as one entry.
  2. Your entry must be based on Polymer Clay. Other added embellishments will be accepted.
  3. Projects must be original.
  4. Projects must NOT appear anywhere on the Internet or in any collections where they could be recognized before or while the contest is in progress. Contestants must NOT identify their own project at any message board or email list or their entry will be disqualified.
  5. To send in your photos (JPG format with a neutral background: 1 full view and up to two detail photos. Also send one photo of you holding your entry for authentication – it will NOT be used in the contest) please  send to The Subject line for the email HAS to be PCC Challenge Entry (the previous link will add it to your message). PCC reserves the right not to include entries where the photo is too blurry or unuseable.
  6. If mailing your project please include your name, email address and mailing address. On the outside of the package please write Polymer Clay Challenge or PCC, so we can identify what pile to put the packages in!
  7. If you mail in your entry, and want your project back,  send it in a returnable package with sufficient postage (NO metered strips, please!) to make it’s way back to your house. For international members, PCC will pick up the return postage if you want your piece returned. All other submissions will be treasured and stored to use in future lessons and Galleries on the Polymer Clay Central web site.
  8. Voting will take place from the minute the Projects go up until Midnight the last day of the month!
  9. After the votes are tallied, the winner will be announced, and the name of each artists will be revealed on the contest pages. The projects will remain on that Web page until the next contest is uploaded, and then they will then be archived to the Master Index.
  10. IMPORTANT:1st Place Prize Winners are not eligible to win again in the next contest, but they are invited to play along anyway.
  11. Prizes awarded are provided solely by the Sponsor, and are not returnable or refundable.

If Mailing Your Entry:  Leigh Ross PCC Challenge  PO Box 66 Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

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Guild Meetings for Polymer and Jewelry: A Time To Network and Connect

The Rickie Report is pleased to share notices for two upcoming Guild meetings, one for Polymer  and another for JewelryBoth events  give artists working in their own space an opportunity to connect with other like-interested artists.  This is a terrific way to share techniques, ideas and build your own artisan network.

South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild

Next general meeting  will take place on Monday April 16, 2012  from  6:30 – 9:30 pm.  at Beads on the Ave – Downtown    151 NE 2nd Ave   Delray Beach  561-278-6977 .  The Guild meets on the third Monday of each month. This month’s meeting will focus on pricing your polymer creations to sell.  The next meeting, Monday May 21st will demonstrate Makume Gane led by Pamela Carman; June 18th Bill Wallace will demonstrate creating faux gems and surfaces using polymer clay.

Sign-in starts at 6:30 PM. Around 7:00 PM, there is a brief business meeting followed by Show and Tell and then a great polymer clay program/demonstration.  Remember to wear a name tag and to bring Hearts for Heroes, Bottles of Hope, Show and Tell crafts, and library items borrowed. Dues are $36/yr or $4/meeting.  Guests Free. For answers to questions or for directions, email Karen Leeman, President, or call Tristina Elmes, Founder, at 954-817-2042.

SEFPCG is pleased to announce new class/workshop opportunities

Sunday June 10,2012    Alice Stroppel     Pen & Ink on Polymer clay  


Davie Women’s Club   6551 Orange Drive, Davie FL 33314

$60 for SEFPCG guild members / $75 for non members

Optional materials kit $8 (includes one bracelet blank, one pin back, black and white cane slices from Alice’s private stash)

  Monday June 11, 2012      Alice Stroppel      Contours in Polymer Clay

9am- 4pm Davie Women’s Club 6551 Orange Drive, Davie FL 33314

$60 for SEFPCG guild members / $75 for non members

Contact Pamela Carman for information and to reserve your spot now! email  or call 561-748-3746 .  Registration is open to members only until April 16 (SEFPCG General Meeting).  It will open to the public after April 16.  Seats are on a first come, first serve basis.  When Classes are full, a wait list will be used. No Refunds after May 21, 2012.


South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month.  The next meeting takes place on Thursday  April 19th at the Elks Lodge    6304 SW 78th Street  Ft. Lauderdale.  6:30 – 7:00 Social; 7:00 – 9:00 Presentation.   Visit  for current area events and class offerings.

This month we have Lynn Rowe doing a Lampwork bead demonstration. Come see her make beads with fire and molten glass. This is a really interesting process. If you use lampwork beads in your jewelry pieces come and see how they are actually made.

2012 Retreat News:  Mark your calenders for this year’s retreat  September 7, 8, & 9   

We are looking for class projects, we have received a couple already and will give you a hint of whats to come at the meeting.  If you are interested in “teaching it forward” please contact at     We are also soliciting ideas for the retreat.

OPEN STUDIO:  Sunday, APRIL 22     Elks Lodge 10am to 4pm

Open studio (aka Open Beading) are times when we can get together in a casual setting and work on unfinished projects, get to know fellow members and make new friends.  This is a free, members-only event sponsored by the Guild.    Mark you calenders for next time July 29 and Nov. 4

 SFJAG 2012 Workshops

Check out the WORKSHOP page on the SFJAG website for  registration flyers.   All Classes Held at the Elk’s Lodge,   10:00am to 4:00pm

Jeanette Cook     October 19, 20 &21

Classes will be posted soon

If you have any questions, please contact our workshop coordinator, Deedee Skigen at



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