We meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 12 noon. Due to the Holiday we meet the second Saturday of December. We will post if a meeting is cancelled. Contact the guild for directions.

Friday, December 8, 2017

December Meeting cancelled

Hi everyone,
Due to weather and to very low attendance, we are cancelling the QCC Christmas Party / meeting tomorrow, December 9.

May everyone have a Merry Christmas,Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!

Cheryl Smith

Thursday, November 2, 2017

October Clay Meet Up

Business:  Next month (November) no meet up.  December meet up will be the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Make note.  This day will be for sharing pot luck and great foods (remember that things need to be designated if they have any dairy products or are not vegan or gluten free).  We may see some Blue Ridge Guild members.  As for claying, it could happen.....  usually someone has a Christmas ornament to show off and we usually try to duplicate.  It isn't a has to happen though.  We plan to party, talk and enjoy!  Bring your tools and clay just in case...

Demo was given by Nancy.  She showed how to make a burl wood cane and how to put it on the pen kit tubes and while the tubes baked, she showed how to put the pen together.  There were some awesome pens that happened.  If you haven't seen the pic check on facebook.  They are really nice.  Great job all.  This burl wood cane was a Cindy Lietz class that Nancy had taken, so credit to Cindy Lietz.

Attendees:  Maggie, Cheryl, Nancy, Brian, Michelle, Kathleen, Pattie, Christine, Linda, Marcia, Sally and new member welcome to Sarah.

Friday, October 20, 2017

October clay day is for making pens.  The guild has purchased one pen kit for each member of the guild.  The kits will arrive with me on Saturday.  These kits are the inexpensive slim lines and they have many kits to choose from, should you desire to have more kits.  I will show you how to make the burlwood cane for the pens.  The faux wood seems to be very popular so I thought I'd share that one with you.
We will need minimal amts of clay for this.
Mostly we will use the metallics to get that shimmer we want.  Additional highlights of a couple other colors sometimes bring out the wood look so approximate amts are below and all are premo brands.  Figure approximately about 1/4 to 1/2 of a section of each of these colors (a square of clay packet has four sections in it).
18 K Gold
Antique Gold
Highlights require even less than the above so grab some scrap of Aliz Crimson, Ecru and Burnt Sienna (Like maybe a pinch of each if you use them).
Bring your usual clay tools
Buffing squares (I have a set and you can use mine if you don't have them)  Sandpaper will do also but I like the pads.
A dish to do your sanding in. 
A scrap of denim
Renaissance Wax (Mine can be shared)
A hammer and a wash cloth that can be ripped (in case you ruin it)
If you don't want to make the burl wood pen, bring a sheet of decorated clay for your pen approximately 4" x 6.  Keep your design small as the actual amt of clay placed on the tubes is probably 2 x 3"
I'll bring alcohol wipes
I think that will do it.  Looking forward to seeing you all.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 26, 2017

Business:  Laurie is looking into a group getting together and going off to Into The Forest.  More info to come.  Kathleen was working on getting a date for us to have a lesson on photographing our work.  More info to come later. 

 Demo is not in stone yet for the month of September.  Laurie is working on it.  More info to come.  October demo is Nancy with the pen kits.  Pen kits have been ordered and there is one for each (paid) member provided by the guild.  If you desire more than one pen, these pens can be purchased at Penn State Industries, you can find them on line (I normally go for the less than $4 slimline ones.)  If you are bringing a friend, let me know so I can pull a pen kit from my personal stash so everyone has something to work on.   I will demo how to attach your clay, how to sand your pieces to smooth as butter finish and lastly show you how to put your pen kits together. 

November is a no meeting month as it falls on Thanksgiving weekend and that is an issue for many.  December meeting will be the usual party and ornaments or whatever you might want to work on.  The date is the 2nd week of Dec rather than the 4th.  Make note of this.  Keep in mind when you bring treats that there are some with allergies to some food items.  I know there are some that need gluten free, some are vegan, and some cannot do any kind of dairy.  So, with that in mind, please prepare some goodies and be certain to know absolutely what the ingredients are so no one is getting ill.  Label things if you know they have dairy and we can prevent anyone going to the ER! 

Pattie gave a wonderful demo on a surface technique for transparent clay.  Chalks, pan pastels, silver leaf, gold leaf were all used, and from what I could see before I left, colors were varied and bright and everyone was getting ready to do some carving/cutting and forming.  Pattie had shown us several different techniques she has experimented with and brought some finished items as well.  Everyone was busy creating and enjoying.  Thank you Pattie for being so generous with your time and patience.  It was splendid.

Attendees:  Laurie, Pattie, Sally, Maggie, Cheryl, Kathy, Linda, Michelle, Brian, Nancy and Sally brought her daughter in law as a guest.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 22nd meetup

We all met at Linda's home to learn a bit of wire wrapping.  Linda provided us with tools, wire and stones.  We went crazy with wrapping and making necklaces and then we began on bracelets.  She gave us excellent instruction and guidance.  Thank you so much for being so kind and generous to the group.

Attendees:  Laurie, Linda, Sandy, Bridget, Maggie, Nancy, and Brian

Thursday, July 6, 2017

June's Meet Up

Business:  Linda Simon will be doing the demo on wire wrapping for July.  The meeting may be held at her home.  More info on that will come in personal emails.

Maggie gave a fantastic demo on the tile bracelet for us to use our tessellation canes.  After the demo we all worked on various projects and though we all started the bracelet, I'm uncertain if anyone finished their bracelet while at the meeting.  I think many of us carried it home to cook at a later time.  There was a lot of gabbing and fun!  Excellent demo.  Thank you Maggie.

Attendees:  Cheryl, Maggie, Kathleen and Nancy

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 17 meeting

Hi Y'all, Almost time for our next meeting. We are going to be making tile bracelets from the canes we made last time. If you didn't get to make the cane last time you can still participate. Just bring a 1" x 1" cane or a decorated sheet. If anyone has one of those fancy cane cutters and could bring it that would be great. If you don't have everything don't worry. It's going to be lots of fun! Maggie Supplies: Clay kit 2 blocks Premo clay color to accent cane choice 2 long small gauge knitting needles clay blade Mold release (corn starch, armour all or water sprayer) Texture sheet of choice to texture the back of tile Index card Elasticord (stretchy plastic cording) Spacer beads to match with holes large enough to take the elasticord. Markxit Ruler