The meeting opened with Show and Tell. Penni Jo showed a heart with a faux embroidery method, a tube bead with end caps and appliqued flowers, a pillow with eyelet lace, and a tufted heart box. The tufted heart box was from the second Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay guild meeting that Angela taught. Angela shared leaves she made from Christi Friesen’s Flourish book. They were made from ultra-lite clay, carved and covered with a golden acrylic glaze. Angel showed a Bottle of Hope covered with a foil technique, a polymer clay pen that her son sanded and a necklace. Marlys displayed a darling sea otter covered with flocking sitting on an ice floe, also with a flocking finish. Tom shared his Bottle of Hope decorated with an Egyptian theme.
Angel taught a cardiogram or razor wire cane. We had lots of fun looking at each other’s color choices and watching the pattern appear as we cut away slices.
The business meeting began with Penni Jo making the motion and Jane seconding the approval of minutes. All approved.
Connie is the guild’s new Vice-President and program chairman. The following programs are planned:
February – Tom will teach the Damascus Ladder cane
March – Penni Jo will demonstrate how to use different tools; everyone is to bring a favorite tool and tell how you use it.
April is our annual retreat.
May – Nance will teach how to make faux opals.
It was agreed that Angela and Angel will share the secretary duties. Angela gave the treasurer’s report. We have 25 members, including 2 new members. Dues are payable this month so there will be some fluctuation in next month’s membership report.
The guild library will purchase Helen Breil’s Shapes book.
Nance announced that the Bottles of Hope project has found a consistent supplier of bottles in Mercy Oncology. She reminded the guild that bottles need to be geared to men and children also. She asked for volunteers to take the sterilized bottles home to remove the labels.
We were reminded that guild teachers are given a $10 honorarium and up to $25 if they have receipts. We agreed that you could teach another’s technique if you have their permission to do so.
Retreat business was discussed. The web registration will be up tomorrow. The discount code for members was announced. The early bird fee is available until March 10th. After that date, the full fee will apply.
Christi Friesen will be our guest artist. She will be teaching an articulated mermaid and a panda with lily class. She will also do some Make and Takes. Syndee Holt will be Polyform’s representative at the retreat.
The program theme this year will be flora. It was suggested that we add individual’s pictures to the program to help identify everyone. Unfortunately, the program is already full. We may try to do a separate sheet.
The motion was made and seconded that we have the church hire college students to help set up the fellowship hall after the retreat was finished. This was approved by all.
The meeting closed with the raffle. Connie, Tom, and Cheryl were winners.
Next month’s meeting will be held on February 15th rather than the 8th due to Affair of the Heart. The meeting will be held from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the OKC Contemporary Art Center at the fairgrounds.