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July 28, 2020

We had our second Zoom meeting on Sunday. This time we all worked from inspirational images, sent out randomly prior to the event. Everyone rose to the challenge and came up with some brilliant and vastly different ideas. As ever it was great fun working on our projects and sharing our progress throughout the day.

Here are the images our inspiration was drawn from:

 Here is a sample of some of the amazing work we did during the day:

Our next clay day is planned for 27th September but whether this will be on line or at our usual venue is yet to be seen; may be both!  If you haven't already you could sign up for our newsletter so you can receive updates...

June 18, 2020

Our next Clay Day is coming up on 26th July 2020 and we are again running this online via Zoom.  The details of which will be sent out a few days before hand once you have booked your ticket.  

For this Clay Day, we are looking at working from an Inspirational image.

Interesting images, randomly chosen, will be sent out to attendees before the meeting.  We hope this will give you a chance to come up with some ideas in advance. Choose any part of the image to work on - colour, form, texture - let your imagination run wild.  Then at the clay day over Zoom you can work on your piece while chatting and swapping hints and tips about po...

June 8, 2020

The last sunny Sunday of May saw us host our first on-line clay day.  Being on line meant that we could have attendees from much further afield than London and the Home Counties even the South of France.  Although there were undoubtedly  issues from hosting Zoom for this type event for the first time, we all learnt something from it to bring to future sessions.  

We followed a tutorial from Fiona Abel-Smith in our own time, sharing progress as we went.  It was quite an in-depth make as there was a box to build from scratch as well as the cane to make and then cover the box.  So we all moved on at our own pace depending on ho...

May 9, 2020

Our next clay day will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. Fiona Able-Smith has kindly agreed for us to use one of her YouTube tutorials ‘Polymer Clay Box’. In this tutorial Fiona shares how to make a hexagonal box, using a template made from card. Then we get to learn how to make a beautiful cane to cover the box, and how to match it so that the cane pattern fits wonderfully together around the box and on the lid. The tutorial can be found here.  

Instructions will be sent out on how to use Zoom, with links to how to access Zoom in advance of the day once you have purchased your ticket.  

South of the River, our Croydon group, had a virtual mee...

April 30, 2020

Back on the 8th March, as the pandemic was breaking but lockdown had not yet started, a few determined souls met on the Sunday braving the weather, engineering works and virus to once again swap stories, experiences and tips on polymer clay. 

The demonstration was led by Kirsti, who showed us how with a few simple techniques you can make stunning sculptural items.  So by the end of the day we had plenty of seahorses, dragons, parrots and dolphins to show for our day’s efforts. 

The show and tell table was again full of amazing originality. As ever, a most useful time and place to not only get inspiration but to swap ideas on how to progress with...

January 30, 2020

Despite the gloom of January we welcomed twenty members to the first Clay Day of the new millennium. It certainly wasn't gloomy inside. It was great to see many old friends and to welcome some newer members. 

We are so lucky to have such talented demonstrators within our group so thanks to Theresa, Ruth and Jude for showing us how to make interesting canes, some simple, some more detailed.      


Because we were asked to use only blue and white clay for our canes we were able to share slices, giving us the possibility of mu...

November 26, 2019

We had a delightfully busy and buzzy Clayday on Sunday.  It was great to see so many regular friends, and to welcome five new members.  Alex, Diana, Marion, Mel and Pauline - we all enjoyed meeting you, hope you had a good day and that we’ll see you again next time. 

Demos were given by Ann, Ruth and Theresa using a range of products for surface effects.  People then got creative trying out Pan Pastels, ultrafine glitter, nail foils and others together with different texture sheets and stencils. There was a fair amount of golden gleam and silver sparkle in evidence on the many pieces so it was all very seasonal.  As someone said “you can n...

November 7, 2019

Hello everyone, Hope that you are all looking forward to our Clay Day on 24th November, the last one before Christmas, with an opportunity to try out some interesting SURFACE TREATMENTS.

We will be exploring a range of products available for use as surface treatments on polymer clay and experimenting with their use.

These will include Pan Pastels, Pearl Ex, Cosmic Shimmer, Derwent Inktense pastels, Ultrafine Glitter, Gold Leaf (sadly imitation), Nail Art Foils and maybe more.

These will be used along with stencils and texture tools.

We will also be looking at ways to seal these products - possibly Renaissance Wax  etc...….

Examples of the products will...

October 21, 2019

Our September clayday with Clare Mcknight was, as always, a jolly and convivial gathering.
Clare demonstrated her Christmas Heart tree decorations and tea light holders.

It was so lovely to see the innovative ideas members brought to their creations. That is always the
joy of claydays – the originality of the response to the work demonstrated. So we had everything
from traditional Christmas to very subtle designs and utter bling! All were fabulous. Thank you Clare
for your friendly demo plus delicious recipe.

The Show and Tell table also held some treats for us all so please take a look at Bridget’s photos.
It was very difficult to have to inform y...

September 1, 2019

September's clay day will help you get ready for Christmas!

 Clare McKnight will be sharing two Christmassy options for our September clay day.  Pretty tea light holders and heart tree decorations.  You can choose to do one, or both.

Tea lights holder will be formed using translucent clay over a glass jar, with a pierced pattern, allowing the light to shine through the tiny holes.  Clare uses empty 200g Nutella glass jars,  (See her Nutella Brownie recipe below to use up the contents).

Heart are made using scrap clay.  These make attractive Christmas tree decorations. with a subtle sheen finish.  Clare will also show a very simple way t...

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