[caption id="attachment_31366" align="aligncenter" width="418"]Last Sunday I had another Clay Day organised by the Anglian Polymer Clay Guild. The guild organises bi-monthly Clay Days in a village hall in Wortham, Diss (Norfolk, U.K.). The meetings are a great chance for polymer clay enthusiasts (like me) to meet other clayers, share knowledge and just clay all day! Members usually volunteer to do demonstrations on the day and we try to have at least 2 demos for each meet. The rest of the day everyone works on the new technique and the atmosphere is often very friendly and casual. On certain occassions we also have professional experts who do an all-day demonstration for us which is paid for by the Guild. Last Sunday I had another Clay Day organised by the Anglian Polymer Clay Guild. The guild organises bi-monthly Clay Days in a village hall in Wortham, Diss (Norfolk, U.K.).
The meetings are a great chance for polymer clay enthusiasts (like me) to meet other clayers, share knowledge and just clay all day!
Members usually volunteer to do demonstrations on the day and we try to have at least 2 demos for each meet. The rest of the day everyone works on the new technique and the atmosphere is often very friendly and casual. On certain occassions we also have professional experts who do an all-day demonstration for us which is paid for by the Guild.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31367" align="aligncenter" width="418"]Gill demonstrated how to create an amazing swirly pattern using extruded clay. It was not that hard to do and everyone had fun trying out the same technique using their own choice of colours. This pattern can be used on it's own as a pendant or to cover beads. Either way you will always get a design which is totally unique and random. Gill demonstrated how to create an amazing swirly pattern using extruded clay. It was not that hard to do and everyone had fun trying out the same technique using their own choice of colours. This pattern can be used on it's own as a pendant or to cover beads. Either way you will always get a design which is totally unique and random.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31368" align="aligncenter" width="418"]In the afternoon, Trish taught us another new technique which is transfering images from a paper napkin directly onto clay! We never knew it could be so easy and effective. She made them into bookmarks but of course we can make it into other items like coasters. In the afternoon, Trish taught us another new technique which is transfering images from a paper napkin directly onto clay! We never knew it could be so easy and effective. She made them into bookmarks but of course we can make it into other items like coasters.[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_31369" align="aligncenter" width="418"]ClayDay is also a chance for members to share their latest creations with other members of the guild. You can see how members have different creative styles within their own line of work. This can open up discussions and requests for new demonstrations in the future. It is great to be able to share your work with other polymer clay hobbyists who can appreciate it. ClayDay is also a chance for members to share their latest creations with other members of the guild. You can see how members have different creative styles within their own line of work. This can open up discussions and requests for new demonstrations in the future. It is great to be able to share your work with other polymer clay hobbyists who can appreciate it.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31370" align="aligncenter" width="353"] We have a big polymer clay tool library so anyone can use the items on the day or bring it home with them for only £1. We use Guild membership fees to purchase tools, cutters, molds and other interesting items that would usually cost a lot for a member to purchase themselves. Members can also try a tool from the library before deciding to purchase it for themselves.
We have a big polymer clay tool library so anyone can use the items on the day or bring it home with them for only £1. We use Guild membership fees to purchase tools, cutters, molds and other interesting items that would usually cost a lot for a member to purchase themselves. Members can also try a tool from the library before deciding to purchase it for themselves.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31371" align="aligncenter" width="418"]We also had a raffle and prizes are usually donated by members and sometimes the Guild would purchase a polymer clay tool for a lucky winner. We also had a raffle and prizes are usually donated by members and sometimes the Guild would purchase a polymer clay tool for a lucky winner.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31373" align="aligncenter" width="418"]Members also can sell their own polymer clay related tools or second hand items in our 'Trash to Treasure' table. This is my favourite table since I always get a great bargain purchasing new tools for myself. Maybe you could organize a similar type of meeting with your polymer clay friends in the area. It is a great way to socialize and learn more new things about polymer clay. Members also can sell their own polymer clay related tools or second hand items in our 'Trash to Treasure' table. This is my favourite table since I always get a great bargain purchasing new tools for myself.
Maybe you could organize a similar type of meeting with your polymer clay friends in the area. It is a great way to socialize and learn more new things about polymer clay.[/caption]