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Posted on March 16, 2016 in Polymer Clay by Katie
Have you heard what’s going on over at FaceBook? If you’re not part of KatersAcres free email [sign up here], then you may not know about this exciting FREE adventure … Parker’s Clay Tribe. Not familiar with the Tribal fun? I introduced our happy little group in this post, be sure to read more details about us there. You can also read last month’s tribal update here.
This monthly post will highlight some of the things that have been going on in our Tribal community. Perhaps the biggest thing (since the last post) is that our second Tribal Swap was even bigger than the first. It was so well received that our March swap has even more participants this year. I like having big open ended swap themes, like this one “Hearts.” This allows people to be free to create with their creative expression and to allow the creativity to flow where they are already comfortable.
Swap partners for March have already been assigned. eMails were sent to members who are participating this morning. Please remember that your swap MUST be mailed by March 31, 2016.
The mask challenge was a LOT of fun for those who participated. Our first ever judge was none other than my darling husband, Luke Oskin. Luke is a qualified judge because over the years his eyes have seen top notch work by world famous artists including Christi Friesen and Lisa Pavelka. He’s also seen hundreds of others work come flooding into our home. He’s has a great eye for color and balance. Since he is NOT on Facebook and has no idea who any of our entrants were, this enabled him to be a fantastic and unbiased judge.
Our grand prize winner was Jennifer S. D. Stedman for her gorgeous gryphon mask. Jennifer has an Etsy store, Hawk Eye Masks, devoted to making polymer clay masks that you can wear.
Winner for the Most Creative goes to Jackie Wilson who rather than making a wearable mask, took the mask theme and turned it into an adorable “Masquerade Bracelet.”
Winner for the Best Execution goes to Laurie DeMers Grassel’s “Enchanted Sea Mask.” Laurie is no stranger to KatersAcres having journeyed through both The Friesen Project of 2013 and the Pavelka Project of 2015. Laurie has a talent for polymer clay and is an all around accomplished artist.
One of the fun aspects of belonging to a group of like-minded people is that you get to share what matters to you. In our group we have a fun album where you can share your studio photos. Be sure to come see where our Tribettes are working by going through this album. Melanie Boyles Martin shared her studio photo collage with us. Look how tidy her work space is! This is a girl after my own heart as I love working in a neat & tidy space too.
One of my favorite aspects of the group is seeing what others are working on. This Easter Egg Bunny is Virginia Bridges Michelini’s take on my Easter Egg Bunny tutorial. Virginia is a member of Parker’s Clayful Tutorials Club and is learning to use polymer so quickly. She is advancing very quickly in the polymer medium and has come a long way in the year since I met her!
There are several very talented caners in the Tribe. This past week, Amanda White showed off her work table filled with gorgeous spring colors and some very intricate kaleidoscope canes. Look at those gorgeous canes and all that color! Yummy!
If you are a Tribe Member be sure to post your work in progress (WIP) photos for a chance to be featured here as well. You can post your WIP photos any day of the week, it doesn’t have to be just on Wednesdays.
Watch this little video below and see what the Tribe is all about. Remember, it’s completely FREE. Don’t hesitate to come on over and join us.
Parker’s Clay Tribe is sponsored by Parker’s Clayful Tutorials Club