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Polymer Clay Polyzine

Copyright 2000-2004
Raleigh, NC
ISSN 1534-1038
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Jeannie's Journal
Comments and Observations
From the Publisher

By Jeannie Havel
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Big news around the wigwam -- Patty Barnes has joined our Editorial Advisory Board. Patty's been claying for over 17 years and many of you know her as President of the San Antonio Polymer Clay Guild and Vice President of the South Texas Polymer Clay Guild. She is Corresponding Secretary for NPCG, and owns her own business -- Patty's Pyrographics.

Patty is not only an avid polymer clayer, she also teaches classes at Michael's in three different cities, and is a demonstrator for Polyform Products and Jacquard. She has quite an academic history as well. Patty holds BFA and MA degrees in Art and taught middle school through high school art (she is now retired).

She also hangs out on "clay-polymer," the Yahoo Group, where she is filling in as "List Grannie" during our friend, Carolyn's, illness (please pray for her speedy and complete recovery). If you'd like to chat with Patty you can subscribe to the group at: clay-polymer-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
 
We are so fortunate to have Patty join us and I personally would like to thank her husband and six children for sharing her with us.

While I have the Welcome mat out, I'd like to mention that Elissa (Elissaheart) Powell has returned from a short leave-of-absence and already she's pounding out articles and tutorials for future issues.

The rest of the gang -- Deb, Trina, and Marty -- seem to be doing fine. Deb has some health challenges she's dealing with, but as usual, she's handling it all with style and grace (did you know she's quite the cook?). Trina and Marty are simply to be admired. They both provide such wonderful moral support for me. I am one lucky girl!

Here are a few reminders:

The dates for the Carol Duvall cruise are  February 27 to March 6, 2005 and Carol's guests are Priscilla Hauser, Donna Kato, Lisa Pavelka, Karen Thomas,  Mary O'Neil, Cherryl Green, and Tim Holz. Check with Linda or Shirley at Drolett Travel in Grand Ledge, Michigan for information and reservations.

 Kathy  Gedrich (Kat Indianapolis, IN/ Kat's Creations) sent me an email note  telling me The Indianapolis Polymer Clay Guild is now known as The Indy Polymer Clay Guild They meet the last Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Prizm The Artist's Supply Store, 8607 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Meetings are subject to change, so please call to verify. The contact is Faith Vahle who can be reached by email at: Sistersay2002@hotmail.com or call her at 317-823-8576. All are welcome.

Lauren Van Hemert (stampin_nc@yahoo.com), and Paula and Carole at Old Town Crafts (bubbles@oldtowncrafts.com) are your contacts for ClayQuest 2005. As far as I know, Georgia is still the location for this East Coast polymer clay event, and November 2005 is still the date. I will pass along more information as I receive it.

If you haven't yet subscribed to
It's All About the Clay, our new subscription newsletter, what are you waiting for? We've published two issues (June and July) and the next issue comes out August 15th. There's lots of information about profiting from polymer clay including starting and running your own business, and tips for teaching polymer clay. The August issue features guidelines for writing a business plan, and also includes some attachments for tracking your polymer clay progress.

If you'd like to see a list of articles from the June and July issues, here is a link:

http://www.pcpolyzine.com/2004aug/newsletter.html.

Remember, the newsletter is published every month on or about the 15th. It helps keep pcPolyzine F-R-E-E and costs just $12 for the year.
You can pay online by e-check or credit card through your PayPal account. Click the PayPal logo below to go straight to the subscription page.

Finally, I hope you will do as my sweet girlie-type friend, Wendy is doing -- she's designating August as her month for A-R-T. Give yourself permission to pull out the clay and make something! Have you ever tried polymer clay postcards? We made some at a Guild meeting and they're super easy to do. You can find a number of tutorials on the Internet. If you send one to me, I'll publish in next month's ezine.

Please take good care of yourselves as Summer begins to drift away -- use sunscreen -- eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables -- and write to me if you get a chance.


Your polyclay pal,
Jeannie Havel
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