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April 5, 2012

It was a sunny spring day for the March meeting and 39 people came, many having had an early start to travel to London to attend. It was a pleasure to welcome our new members Marina, Caroline, Coby and Lee.

After a few announcements about future polymer events, London member Angela Garrod led the workshop with a demo of her hollow boxes. Angela has recently been featured on the Polymer Clay Daily and the Voila! websites. Her boxes were round and constructed using different size cookie cutters to cut rings which formed supports for the boxes.

During the box construction Angela textured the raw clay by lightly scoring lines across the clay with a tiss...

February 2, 2012

Despite a foggy morning we had another fantastic turnout of 42 members at our now well established Hugh Cubbit Centre. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new members and hope you have a very enjoyable day.  Nico’s coffee shop was open as per usual and lots of us took advantage of having breakfast before we started.

In  the meantime our  show and tell table  had been set up with some wonderful pieces. As it was going to be a very full day it was left to everybody to have a word with the relevant owners of pieces for further information.

Now it was time for our first speaker and demonstration from Cara Jane  Hayman sh...

November 27, 2011

Another extremely well attended meeting, with a total of 40 members, the second at our excellent new venue Hugh Cubitt Centre.  A warm welcome to our new members: Suzanne Bourne; Doreen Perry; Lynne Taylor and Lesley Williams.

The atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation for Sue Heaser’s demo on her pietre dure technique.  The show and tell table was set up, but with such a packed day ahead, it was left as an informal ‘have a look’, and not the usual discussion about all the pieces.

Sue started with an introduction to pietre dure, sharing with us how she first developed the technique using polymer clay, wrote a book on the subject and was e...

October 16, 2011

The September clay day was extra special as we have moved into our new home, the Hugh Cubitt Centre in Islington.  This is the 3rd venue since the group began in 2007.  Our membership numbers have steadily grown and the larger venue means we have plenty of space for about 40 – 45 people.  I think that it will be our home for quite a while.

Nico’s coffee shop is at the entrance to the centre and they very kindly opened up on Sunday especially for us.  The Steering Group arrived early and immediately ordered the fantastic full English breakfast, toasted sandwiches and delicious lattes before going upstairs to set up the room.

There was a warm...

August 2, 2011

The 31st July meeting was held on a beautiful summer’s day at the Betty Brunker Hall.  As is thenorm now for this exciting group, it was extremely well attended with a waiting list of people hoping to attend. People arrived and there was a lovely atmosphere. It’s heartening to see how warmly people greet each other and how eager they are to share with and learn from each other.

The first happening was a short demonstration from Christine Dumont.  In her own words she was the “entrée” to Rebecca Thickbroom’s forthcoming piece de resistance.

Christine’s topic was how to combine metallic clay with iridescent powder. She said she...

June 6, 2011

On the 29th May the London Polymer Clay Group celebrated its 4th birthday as a special clay day celebration at the Betty Brunker Hall near Old Street. Thirty four polyclayers came to the meeting, some traveling a long distance to be with us.   A warm welcome to several new faces, Lynne, Graham. Cris, Nomi and Penny – it’s good to have you with us.   There were also several people on a waiting list hoping for news of a last minute place!

It’s hard to imagine how the group has grown from the first meeting of two of us in Waterstone’s coffee shop. With nearly 80 members on the list we now need a larger venue.  The group has come a l...

April 12, 2011

The London Polymer Clay Group (LPCG) gathering on 27 March was impressive for several reasons. Thirty people found places at the work tables, which is nearly capacity for our current venue, Betty Brunker Hall near Old Street. We warmly welcome the newcomers, including Alison, Angela, Angie, Hilary, Lesley, Nadege, Sharen, and Svenja, all of whom contributed ideas and energy to the day. Highly motivated participants hailed all the way from Gloucester, Manchester, Hamburg, Dublin and Cambridge. If you need additional information about attending the next group meeting, email us atinfo@lpcg.co.uk

The clay day started with the Show an...

February 16, 2011

A warm welcome to new member Gilly.   

The meeting started with Christine leading us through the show and tell items.  As usual there was a wide variety covering different styles.   Allison had brought along the Christmas copy of ‘Making Jewellery’ with her featured tutorial, along with the finished necklace and bracelet. 

New member Gilly had an impressive graduated lentil necklace, especially as she has only been claying since November.  Wendy had been experimenting with recreating Bakelite, and had a variety of brightly coloured pieces.   Toni brought along a box she had covered with textured polymer clay tiles,...

December 7, 2010

It was good that so many people managed to get to the meeting despite the cold weather and the tube strike. We cranked up the heating system and had a warm and cosy clay day.

 A  warm welcome to new members  Pat, Nina, Cara, Marilyn, and Nancy.

We started the meeting with a proposal from Debbie Carlton and Rebecca Thickbroom  who are organising the first UK polymer clay retreat for Friday 11th March  to Sunday 13th March 2011. It will be based at the Heights Hotel in the beautiful Isle of Portland , Dorset. The retreat will bring together ‘old hands’ and ‘newbies’ to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere. The theme of...

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