E-mails from You, the Reader
really roll in around here. Everyday, we receive comments, suggestions,
and questions from you, our readers. As often as practicable, I try to
personally answer each of your e-mails. I'd like to share some of
your messages and hope it will inspire others to write to us. Send
e-mails to: Publisher@pcPolyzine.com.
Dear Jeannie and Staff,
I just wanted to drop you all a quick line of thanks for all your hard
work!! I look forward to each and every issue.
Thanks Monique, and we look forward to your nice letters.
Just took a few minutes to look at PCPolyzine, and it's a knockout! Wow
- lots of good articles, lots of photo's, a real broad range of topics.
This is superlative - you've really got a winner! Good job! Well done!
Thanks Sam. You are such a good friend for writing to
me. I love you, too.
Is polyzine still happening? If
so, may I be on your mailing list? Thank you.
Of course Susan, we will add you right away.
Will the polyzine be made in pdf
form again? I really liked being able to
save it to my computer.
Yes. The PDF version of all pcPolyzine 2004 issues will be available
beginning May 2004. -- Jeannie Havel, Publisher
Hello dear friends,
I am back in my country after 4 years in your beautiful country which
gave me a super dose of polymer clay info and a lot of love during my
breast cancer adventure. Thank you all Americans -- my doctors in
Beaver county. I would like to subscribe to your magazine please let me
know how that could be. I am a polyclay instructor, the first in Greece
and with no real help. I try to establish polymer clay as art material
worth using for high aesthetic artifacts. I like making one of a kind
jwellery but still people don't know clay and they think plastic. I
don't want to keep you more, will revert after your reply.
Thank you for your time.
correspondence is very enjoyable and I immediately wrote to her:
Dear Helen -
I have just returned home from a day long polymer clay guild meeting
and I am enjoying reading your email. There is no charge for our online
polymer clay magazine. I am so happy to hear from you and want to
correspond more. It is just before midnight and I must sleep soon, so I
will write again tomorrow.
Thank you so much for writing to me.
Here is her
Dear Mrs Jeannie
Thank you so much for your information. I would really like me and my
polyloving students to have more news relating to polymer clay
evolutions that in USA proceeds with leaps and bounds. I have to tell
you that I am the only instructor in my country that officially teaches
groups of polymer clay techniques. Imagine that we do not have any
tools and we ordered blades, guns and more from "polymer clay express "
through the web. We are eagerly expecting them any day now, it's been a
month of long waiting though. Please add our name in the list. I'd
continue telling a lot more but tomorrow I have to drive for two hours
to go to a remote village in the mountain because I have a group of 19
women waiting eagerly for me and our polylesson. It's late and I have
to sign, we talk about them next time. May be you find it an
interesting story for your magazine. Thank you so much for your
to my correspondence with Helen, I saw a message posted on a Yahoo Group site from Marianna from
Greece looking for other polyclayers in her country. Here is my note to
Dear Marianna -
I was recently contacted by an enthusiastic reader of pcPolyzine from
Greece. I would like to talk to you about possibly the two of you
corresponding. If you are interested, you can email me personally at
Jeannie Havel, Publisher
FIRST OF ALL: Congratulations for your fine magazine!
Could you introduce me to this person, pleasssse? I would be very
happy, because I'm back after a long time to polymer clay and things
are VERY diffrent now. I have a lot of questions. I've said again that
polymer clay is in stone age in Greece and in the city that I live, I
can find only cernit and if I'm lucky some colors of fimo. I'm about to
start ordering from USA or England or some other european countries
(girls, any good ideas for links close to me? Italy, France etc.).
Please, give my address to that person!
Thanks for your help and for polyzine!
Marianna from Greece
I sent contact information to both readers and hope they
are happily claying in Greece!
Hope you are feeling better and that nasty 'flu' bug is gone! I
hope you can point me in the right direction. I am trying to get
the Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild information posted to the
pcPolyzine site. Do you know who I should contact? Thanks!
Well Mary, that would be me. I'll be sure your Guild is
added to the directory.
Really enjoying and getting so much out of your website. I am a Polymer
clayer living in New Hampshire. Would you please add me to your
Mailing List? Thank you!
Thanks Naomi, consider yourself added.
Thanks for all your hard
work. I am an art teacher near Binghamton, NY and I teach polymer
clay to my kids and at our local community college. I'm happy to
have regular ideas to spark me up and give me inspiration. You
work hard and deserve much praise.
Thanks Maxine. It's letters like yours that make my job
so great! I hope you will keep up your great work with students of all
I live in central Illinois, and am a member of the Blue Highway Polymer
clay guild. we meet in Williamsville. I have been working with poly for
about 4 years now. I have taught classes at my local Michaels and other
classes in various locations. I just finished making over 250 snowman
beads for a local store. They asked me to create a snowman bead that
could be reproduced and that would look good on a billboard. They then
featured my bead on a necklace along with 2 other necklaces. It was
pretty exciting. Now that you have more info than you asked for...I
have enjoyed your online zine for a while now and was saddened when it
was going to stop,but understood. Thanks for taking on this task, so
the rest of us have great site to learn from.
Wow Tracy, you made 250+ snowman beads? That's a lot of
snowmen! How very cool to have your work featured on a billboard....how
about having your work featured in pcPolyzine? I am always
eager to promote our reader's clay businesses. Let's e-mail and put
Can you please consider this for
Sure Sid, we'd be happy to.
The Pittsburgh Polymer Clay Guild is proud to announce a
with Marla Frankenberg!
Marlafiori - Canes without
April 17 & 18, 2004
Sat. & Sun. 10am-6pm
$100 members, $125 non-members
You've seen them on eBay, in galleries, at ShrineMont, and other
retreats -- those multi-petaled clay sunflowers, willowy reeds, and
wispy ferns that have become Marla's trademark. Now you can learn her
techniques and secrets, whether or not you've been successful in
creating canes before! In the beautiful loft workshop of the SoftRoc
Corporate Headquarters, at the corner of 17th & Smallman Streets,
in the cultural district of Pittsburgh, a roomy and artsy space sure to
inspire your creativity!
A complete packet with directions, places to stay and craft shops to
visit will be sent to you upon registration! For more information
contact Connie Donaldson at email@example.com or call 724-746-0662.
Workshop space limited to 20 participants!
To all of you who wrote
inquiring about the Ebarhart snowglobes -- Kim Kennedy reports
that Garie Sim did a Haunted Toilet globe tutorial using the
Ebarhart Faber snowglobe in the Sept 2002 issue of pcPolyzine. He's
in Singapore, so we may not use the same sources he does. Here's
the URL to his site: http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/
. Thanks Kim.
For all the soon-to-be brides and
grooms looking for those Custom Wedding Cake Toppers we featured in the
January 2004 issue -- we do not make the cake toppers here at pcPolyzine.
The artist who does is Lisa Calhoon and you can contact her directly
I'd been looking forward all month
to the February issue. What a disappointment to not find ONE
how-to feature, other than the tube bead cutter. I doubt
that the other readers want to just read articles. Most of us
look to this magazine to learn new techniques in working with polymer
clay. Is this going to be the future of this magazine...nothing
but articles...or are we going to continue learning "stuff?"
This reader and I have been corresponding and I am happy
to report that we do have some tutorials in this month's issue. All our
readers are invited to submit tutorials and articles for possible
publication. This is a good way to build up your clay credentials if
you have aspirations for teaching or someday publishing a polymer clay
book. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and we can provide a good
forum for your work. Read the Submission Guidelines
and send your inquiries to: Publisher@pcPolyzine.com.