Tom opened the meeting with Show and Tell. Lisa showed tools that she made using the alcohol inks and gold leaf techniques we learned last month. She is sending them and some pens to another guild for their retreat. LeeAnn passed around a jar she made by slicing layers from button molds and then placing them on an underlying sheet. It was a natural color with the details highlighted with acrylic paint. Penni Jo showed her turtle mold and the cabs that she had made to fit in its shell. She also displayed the newest cab mold they have developed. Jane showed the necklace that Penni Jo brought her from Fandango. It was a skinner blend with gold leaf crackle. It was woven with chain as the weft and clay as the warp. It had companion earrings. Kay presented a square bead that was baked in multiple sessions adding round embellishments as she went. Gregg showed his completed fisherman’s sculpture. It is absolutely magnificent with the dog standing in the boat holding a net and the fisherman pulling in a great fish.
Myra presented the technique of inlaying mother of pearl. We used mica powders to create the mother of pearl look and put it into stamped pendants. It was finished by sanding thoroughly. It is a very pretty look.
The June minutes were approved with a motion by Penni Jo and a second by Nance.
LeeAnn announced that our August program is open and asked for volunteers. In September Nance will teach. Lisa and Penni Jo will teach polymer clay on gourds in October. Connie will teach in November and Angel will teach in January. The December meeting will be our annual show and tell and exchange.
Angela gave the treasurer’s report. The guild now has 24 members. She noted that next month’s race held at the fairgrounds should not interfere with parking for our meeting.
Nance said she would be very busy at work in the foreseeable future. She will continue as Bottle of Hope coordinator but will no longer be able to hold classes at hospitals.
Jane reported that we received Betina Welker’s new bracelet book. We also received a Polymer Arts magazine and a Polymer Café magazine. Polymer Café’s challenge for this time is “Canes, Canes and More Canes.” The deadline for submission is August 31st.
Angela said that the deadline for registration for your fair entry is August 15th. You can register online and she sent out the link by email. There are several categories in the polymer clay division. The details are on the state fair site. We have not yet received confirmation that we are invited to demonstrate at the fair. When Angela receives confirmation, she will email us to see who will be able to attend.
In new business, Penni Jo presented the possibility of inviting Patty Barnes to hold a class on making polymer faux dichroic glass and malachite. The all day class would cost $60. The guild would pay for her travel and hotel expenses. There was a lot of interest in the class. We would hold it in October. Penni Jo will check with Patty to see what dates she would be available.
The church has penciled us in for the second weekend in April for our annual retreat. We will continue to see if there is an all in one location that might be available. Penni Jo will check with the artist who said she would love to come to see if she is available that date. If she is not, then we will send out a call for teachers. We will stay with the Safari theme. Nance mentioned that her work has more African stuffed animals if anyone was interested in purchasing them and then loaning them to the guild for retreat.
We discussed moving our guild meeting to the Bridge room in the OKC Arts Center. The lighting is better and the sound is better. There is a possibility that we would have to do more set up. Angela will check on it.
The meeting adjourned. Our next meeting will be August 10th from 1:30 to 4:30 at the OKC Arts Center on the state fairgrounds.