|There's no question we
polyclayer's are a dedicated group. We eat, sleep, and breathe polymer
clay. We attend Guild meetings, national conferences and conventions,
and as many workshops and classes as our pocketbooks can afford. And
through it all, we forge some of the nicest friendships of our lives.
We learn together by sharing our collective knowledge of polymer clay.
Modern technology has given us yet another avenue for connecting with
our fellow clayers -- the Internet -- specifically, online discussion
and chat groups devoted to polymer clay.
This article presents just a few of the many groups available in
cyberspace. Two primary areas to search for groups are Yahoo and Delphi Forums. A general search
of the Yahoo Groups site area unearths 147 groups that list "polymer
clay" as there primary category. Although Delphi Forums has far fewer
polyclay groups, the site is no less strong in the number of members.
Thousands of people who love what you love (polymer clay) are waiting
to welcome you. These groups are, for the most part, communities within
themselves where members navigate with ease and confidence, assured
that their part in the polyclay world counts, no matter how small.
If you haven't tried this method of networking with other clayers, now
might be a good time to give it a try. Wander through a few of the
below listed links, or do your own search.
YAHOO Groups calls itself "The easiest way for
groups of people to
communicate on the Internet." Here are a few of my favorites with
portions of the actual descriptions from the Group Owners:
"This group was created
service group for all crafters working with any types of clay. Here,
advertise your website, Yahoo album or eBay business. If you have any
techniques or links you would like to share with the group, please feel
Also, please feel free to announce any educational events and
festivals in your area. You can sell supplies to other crafters as well
also sell your finished products. This is a good way to expand your
network and increase your exposure. Please set up a photo album
with your creations for everyone to see. Pull up a chair and come on in
and let's have some real fun!" (Members:
61 Founded: Mar 22, 2004).
more information: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArtfulClayCreations
Play Pals - Our featured group!
it the color, the feel,
the ease of working with polymer clay that's got you hooked? Whatever
the reason, you're about to meet a whole new community of poly-friends.
Welcome home!" (Members: 1627
Founded: Oct 23, 1998).
Get more information: : http://www.artdemos.com
are the bold inventors of
original and cosmic designs using colorful polymer clay. Our only
the boundaries of imagination." (Members: 110 Founded:
May 4, 2000).
more information: http://www.earthboar.com
polymer clay artists
have disabilities, and others would like to better accommodate clayers
disabilities in their classes and guilds. Many disability professionals
like to incorporate polymer clay into therapeutic activities, but are
sure how to do so. This group is for such people. It is a place for
with disabilities to gather and discuss claying with a disability,
either on a
professional or hobbyist level, and how our disabilities positively and
negatively effect clay-related activities." (Members: 88
Jul 22, 2002).
jewelry is a group for people interested in the bead and jewelry
polymer clay. We will discuss everything from techniques to
findings. There will also be 'brainstorms' to share ideas and
challenges. This is a place where we can all learn from each other and
our jewelry making and bead making experiences. All polymer clay jewelry artists and those
interested in learning the craft are welcome!!" (Members: 381 Founded:
Mar 17, 2001).
- PCJB - Polymer
Clay Beads and Jewelry
Get more information: http://porro.claymountain.com
"Polymer clay fans,
crafters, students and artists. All levels of experience welcome! Read
exchange information about polymer clay. Make new friends, and keep in
with old ones. A place to announce and to find out about workshops and
A place to share and see what others are creating too. No flames - we
maintain a friendly "place" for all participants. See you there!"
Clay People now has a related chat
list - all list members are welcome to join up and use the group for
about things that are off-topic for our main group. Share your other
with people you already know!" (Members: 1482
Founded: Jun 24, 2001).
Get more information: http://www.cindysartandsoul.com/pcp
Delphi Forums boasts "over
registered members and over one million new messages posted per week.
Forums, LLC is one of the leading networks of member-managed online
forum for polymer clay jewelry artists and enthusiasts. A background
of polymer clay basics is helpful. New clayers are welcome, of course -
rather than duplicate what other forums are already doing so well, we
provide links to several learning sites for lessons on basic polymer
Our focus is on the creation
polymer clay pieces as personal adornment. We welcome discussions on
aspects of its' construction, including polymer clay components,
wirework, and mixed media. We love to hear new ideas and means of
expression through wearable polymer clay art." (Members: 2056).
of Hope are small
glass bottles covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients.
symbolize a wish and a hope for health. This project was started in
1999 by a Rhode Island
survivor and has spread internationally." (Members: 88).
updates on the EoPc Convention.
Clay, hottest arts
and crafts medium in decades. Colorful, immediate, and extremely
polymer clay could be the most exciting material you'll ever lay your
New step by step lessons, online. Join us, and see for yourself!"
Clay Central Annex
"An extension of Polymer Clay
Central for the purpose of private critique as well as more mature art
work!" (Members: 1309).
"This is THE hot new forum
for Polymer Clay and mixed-media artists. See what can be done with
- it's not just kid stuff. Join us for our on-line turorials, lively
discussions. View our talented members' art, and show us yours."