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March 2019 meeting notes

Minutes for March 09, 2019 meeting of COPCG

Betty, our Guild President, called the meeting to order. We had 14 members in attendance and one visitor. Betty offered up the minutes from our last meeting. Penni Jo moved to accept and Laura seconded. Shirley announced who would be teaching the upcoming classes: May – Tom will teach how to use armatures; June – Penni Jo and Jane (TBA); July – Roundtable discussion on tips and techniques of artwork submissions; August – Kathy will teach a pendant class.


Betty discussed using “Slack” instead of using Yahoo email to communicate with Guild members. Also, she reminded everyone that there’s no monthly meeting in April, because of the April Retreat. We decided not to do the drawing this month. Anyone who won the last drawing should bring in a goodie bag for May’s Drawing.

Surprise from Penni Jo. She brought in one of her “Penni Jo’s Clay Tools” set for a drawing. Everyone put their names in the hat, and she pulled out the winner. Congrats, Lori!

For Show and Tell:

5 Bottles of Hope were brought in and turned over to Tom. Also we enjoyed seeing a hinged memory board, a pin, and a bracelet.


LeAnn had to leave early, so Betty read the Treasurer report into record. We currently have 24 paid members.

Bottles of Hope:

Tom ordered more mini bags. Since each Bottle of Hope is a gift, Tom enriches the experience by placing each one in a special gift bag. He announced we are still having trouble finding bottles for our Guild members to cover with polymer clay.


Jane announced we do not have any books on order; and asked members to come up with suggestions for our next meeting.


Tom discussed the need for volunteers. He reminded all that there would not be an actual breakfast served this year. Stuffing goodie bags will be at Jane’s house on the Saturday before Retreat; please be there by 1:00 pm. General discussion by members on the things they were donating for the goodie bags.

New Business:

Betty announced she had received an email from the Contemporary Arts Center telling us to vacate their building by June 30, 2019. For many months, we were aware that the Contemporary Arts Center at the fairgrounds was moving to a new location Downtown OKC in the Fall of 2019. But this was still a shock because we were not expecting to secure a new location so early in the year. After much discussion, we decided to hold our May meeting in the Kids Play Room at the Center, and the June meeting in our current room. Betty and Connie had several ideas and will be contacting various locations with the hopes of finding us a new location where we can meet.


Laura taught a class on translucent caning. She contacted Teresa Salgado of Tiny Pandora, and asked if she could teach from her YouTube video “Translucent Caning Made Easy”. Laura took her time and went over each step needed to create the cane. Since each member selected different colors to use with the translucent clay; the canes produced were very different. This was a fine example of how the slightest color change can produce stunning canes.

Submitted by Katherine Barnes, Secretary COPCG