Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Passion for Creating with Polymer Clay

I was surprised to see my last post was back in November life has been quite an adventure since then. The first ever polymer clay and mixed media virtual retreat has launched with a huge success. We have almost 1000 attendees to this first year virtual retreat. Yes I did say virtual meaning we are all online and all around the world coming together because of our passion for polymer clay.

When my biz partner Kira and I dreamt up this event we never knew it would morph into something  as big as this in the first year, it has been such a blessing and so rewarding to see our almost 8 years of work and dedication to sharing polymer clay with the world come together in such a successful event that people all over the world can enjoy.

Lets face it attending retreats are expensive and not everyone can afford to attend one. Many people also have mobility issues, family and work obligations and just can't travel. So we wanted to have an event that all those things were not an issue and I think we pulled that off and we are going strong. There are 22 teachers this year and 2 classes are released each month. It's been great getting to know everyone around the world and interact with them via the community forum. Everyone has so much to share it is a wonderful experience and new friends are being made. If you want to check it out you can do so at this link.

We are already planning the 2016 event so this will be a yearly event. We hope that you will join us on this wild adventure we are creating memories of a lifetime!

We wanted to bring awareness back to the Bottle of Hope program which is a program where polymer clay artists create bottles to give to cancer patients. So we decided to host a BOH challenge and get the public involved in making bottles for this wonderful cause. You can check it out at this link.

I created a video showing how to make a Bottle of Hope if you would like to get started creating your own. Enjoy!