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June 2019

June 2019 Meeting Minutes

Minutes for June 08, 2019 meeting of COPCG

Betty, our Guild President, called the meeting to order. We had 11 members in attendance. Betty kicked the meeting off with Show & Tell; then presented May’s minutes. Since a copy of the revised May’s minutes did not make it to our website, Betty sent the minutes out on Slack and brought in paper copies for those who attended today’s meeting. Angel moved to accept the minutes and Laura seconded it. All approved the minutes. A surprise from Connie; she brought an ice cream cone inchie for everyone.

Shirley, our VP, updated everyone on who would be teaching upcoming classes. July will be Betty; August – Kathy; September – Lori; October and November – Cheryl. December is our Christmas party.

Library and Treasurer reports:

Jane, our Librarian, did not receive any new books; and LeeAnn indicated she ordered a 2 for 1, but they have not arrived. LeeAnn read the Treasurer’s report; we have 26 paid members. Penni Jo moved to accept and Katherine seconded. All approved the Treasurer report.

Bottles of Hope:

Tom announced he would soon deliver Bottles of Hope to The Toby Keith Foundation Kids Korral and the Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center.


Penni Jo and Jane were our guest artists. The subject was Classic Elegant Vessel. The project was a six-sided vessel that included a domed top. Each member was presented a ten-page handout that showed very detailed step by step instructions, 53 colored photos, and drawings that could be cut out and placed upon your clay.

New Business:

Retreat 2020. Betty, Tom, and Connie visited Salyer Lake Conference & Retreat Center; and Canyon Camp & Conference Center. Both facilities are located near Hinton, OK. Betty provided a breakdown of the pros and cons of each place; and Tom provided a financial breakdown. The days of the Retreat would change to Friday through Sunday; which next year would be April 17-19, 2020.  After listening to their reports, it appeared Canyon Camp was agreeable to the members present. Jane moved to select Canyon Camp, and Angel seconded. It was unanimously approved. Betty indicated it would be necessary to put a deposit down immediately to guarantee the dates. Since we now have a location and confirmed dates, Tom will be sending out letters to various guest artists. More information to come.

Regarding our website, after a brief discussion; Angel moved we find a new host and Jane seconded it. All approved. Betty will be looking for a new host and welcomes any suggestions. Drawing will be held in July; and bring your Summer inches, too. Betty announced that the Guild will need to select a new secretary at the July meeting. Katherine must step down due to other obligations that shall continue through the end of the year.

The State Fair of Oklahoma is coming up in September and registrations to exhibit will be July 1 – August 15. The Guild will be hosting a demo on September 15, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Betty will be posting more information to Slack for our Guild members. Please use Slack to communicate your interest to participate.

Our July meeting will be at New Day Church of the Nazarene in Bethany. Betty will be our guest artist; making flower/beads earrings. She’s requesting the members to make their flower or bead components prior to the meeting. Our July project will be assembling the earrings.

Submitted by Katherine Barnes, Secretary COPCG


Our next guild meeting will be Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Arts Center at the fairgrounds.

For this months activity we will be making SIX SIDED CLASSIC, ELEGANT VESSEL taught by Penny Jo.

What to bring:

•Vessel body clay: 1 1/2 Blocks of clay in your choice of color (or, a mix of a solid (2 parts,) and a metallic, pearl or fancy clay like Opal,(1 part) etc.)
•Accent Color Clay:
ie. Gold, Silver, or other contrasting color.
•Optional: Mica Powders to brighten the accent color if desired
•4 by 4 inch tile on which to create the base and build the sides of your vessel. (We will provide one for everyone in class so no worry if you don’t have one.) (Please do not bring anything larger as the oven is not very big)
•Pasta Machine
•Work Surface
•Exacto Knife or other Craft Knife
•Smallest Etch & Pearl rod or a small, slender, metal rod.(optional, stylus)
•Extruder (we used Makins) & two disks.
1. the disk with four openings for the thinner embellishments
2. the disk with a single small hole about 2 or 2.5 millimeters.
•Straight edge blade, like tissue blade or razor blade, etc
•Sculptors steel rib (scraper) or the scraper in the Penni Jo’s Clay Tools Kit.
•Scissors to Cut Paper
•Bake-N-Bond or Poly Paste
•For decorative designs, bring your favorite molds
•Your Favorite Clay Tools


May 2019 Meeting Minutes

Minutes for May 11, 2019 meeting of COPCG


Betty, our Guild President, called the meeting to order. We had 14 members in attendance. Betty kicked the meeting off with Show & Tell. Penni Jo, Jane, Betty, Connie, Lori, Kathy, Cheryl, and Tom; all brought items. Then March’s minutes were presented. Cheryl moved to accept, and Penni Jo seconded. A surprise from Connie; she brought a green froggy inchie for everyone.


Shirley, our Vice President, announced Penni Jo and Jane would teach June’s meeting; and they promised it would be exciting and interesting. And Betty will discuss her flower earrings that we will assemble in July’s meeting.


Library and Treasurer reports:

Jane, our Librarian, showed two new books to be added to our extensive library; and asked for input to order new books. Last year’s Retreat DVD was added, too. LeeAnn read the Treasurer’s report; we have 26 paid members. Connie moved to accept and Cheryl seconded.


April’s Retreat:

Tom gave his report on how well the Retreat went this year. He discussed the goodie bags, auctions, and door prizes.


Bottles of Hope:

We need more bottles to continue making Bottles of Hope. Tom brought several BOH that were donated from the Retreat; and we appreciate all clayers who worked so hard on these lovely creations.



Tom taught our May class. The subject was armatures. He did a detailed breakdown of the use of wire armatures within your polymer clay figures. He provided a tremendous number of tips; such as using floral tape to wrap aluminum wire because clay doesn’t stick to metal; foil doesn’t stick to foil, so wrap it in aluminum tape to build your bodies; and use bamboo skewers for arms and legs, because clay sticks well to wood.


New Business:

Betty discussed next year’s Retreat; and why the Retreat Director (who does a tremendous amount of work organizing the event throughout the year) should have their expenses covered; such as paying their Retreat fee and paying for a mid-priced hotel room for the 3 nights. Connie moved to accept this motion, and Jane seconded. It was unanimously approved. Also, Connie will look into possibly finding a new location; and the Guild will consider changing the Retreat from Thursday to Saturday; to a more convenient Friday to Sunday timeframe. And who shall be next year’s guest artist? Possibly Julie Picarello; Tom will contact her and let us know.


Connie was nominated to fill the vacate position of Party Planner; and she accepted. Betty discussed the ongoing problem with our website; and she will do some research to see what’s going on. We decided not to do the drawing this month. Anyone who won the last drawing should bring in a goodie bag for June’s Drawing. Lori and Kathy announced they are moving to Virginia; possibly early next year. We were all so sorry to hear this, but they promised to come to Retreat next year.


Betty followed up on an earlier discussion regarding the Contemporary Arts Center telling us to vacate their building by June 30, 2019. Our June meeting will be our last at this Center. Regarding our extensive library, Betty has storage space available at her home. As for a place for our members to meet; when space is available, we can meet at New Day Church of the Nazarene in Bethany; or the Yukon Library. Betty has graciously offered her own home to be used by us for monthly meetings, too.


Submitted by Katherine Barnes, Secretary COPCG