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From: DVillano10/25/04 2:24 PM 
To: DocSarah DelphiPlus Member Icon  (89 of 119) 
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Let's see...

1. Attended my first conference (Arrowmont in '97), took my first classes there and met some incredible people. Learned as much from other attendees as the instructors. Came home and immediately moved my workspace from the kitchen counter to the dining room. Started buying clay by the pound.

2. Co-founded our local guild and met even more wonderful and sharing artists.

Diane Villano
Bead&Button '04 Faculty (Polymer Clay)
Founding President, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild
Candidate for Vice President, National Polymer Clay Guild

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From: DVillano10/25/04 2:32 PM 
To: SLSAVARICK  (90 of 119) 
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The teaching proposal deadline was June for the 2005 Bead & Button show. It's usually about a year or so before the actual show. These folks really work ahead - they have the dates for the next ten years in place.

Diane Villano
Bead&Button '04 Faculty (Polymer Clay)
Founding President, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild
Candidate for Vice President, National Polymer Clay Guild


From: DocSarah DelphiPlus Member Icon10/25/04 2:44 PM 
To: DVillano  (91 of 119) 
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Workspace and fellowship (online, guild) are common themes.... It really makes it possible to be more serious about the fun we are having, I think.

From: desireem110/25/04 3:50 PM 
To: All  (92 of 119) 
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What a totally marvelous thread, Sarah! I stumbled upon it only today. After reading everyone's replies, I would have to say that everyone has provided the answers I would have provided.

Perhaps the only thing I would add that I didn't quite see listed... my work really improved when I accepted that the skills and techniques I needed to produce the quality work I wanted (and still want) don't happen overnight.

It takes patience and practice... for me, extraordinary levels of patience and practice.

Doing polymer clay for fun for so long has taught me the combination of good self esteem, ability to focus, the right combination of tools and supplies, lessons, clay buddies, discovering what styles/colors/etc/ speak to me, patience, practice, confidence and a few other goodies are very important to produce the level of work I like.

All those elements don't come together all at once. It took me a while to identify those aforementioned elements and to realize that if I let them, they will incorporate into me in their own good time.


To view my polymer clay galleries and lessons, you're invited to visit my website:

From: auntmolly (MARYLUNA)10/25/04 6:01 PM 
To: DocSarah DelphiPlus Member Icon  (93 of 119) 
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I took classes with Tory Hughes. ;-)

Mary T. 8-)

Aunt Molly's Bead Street


From: DocSarah DelphiPlus Member Icon10/25/04 7:33 PM 
To: auntmolly (MARYLUNA)  (94 of 119) 
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What was it about the classes that made the difference?

From: Alaina (frostysb)10/25/04 7:40 PM 
To: DocSarah DelphiPlus Member Icon  (95 of 119) 
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My hubby says that it picks up when I see that people contemplate between two items and I do what I do best. . . negotiate the deal.

From: DocSarah DelphiPlus Member Icon10/25/04 7:50 PM 
To: Alaina (frostysb)  (96 of 119) 
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so you're a closer..

From: byallison10/25/04 10:06 PM 
To: Stephen (SDROSS) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (97 of 119) 
 35621.97 in reply to 35621.48 
I think that is an excellant idea. Most of us have benefitted from more than one idea so a web page would really do a lot of good. A lot of the successes I have had came because, in one way or another, PCC but you are right not everyone hangs out on the message board.



From: byallison10/25/04 10:21 PM 
To: All  (98 of 119) 
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Where do I start. This past two years has been like a roller coaster ride that never stops.

My first inspiration was an email I received from Donna Kato She told me to just keep practicing and I would be a success.

And then

I found PCC

I switched to Premo and then to Kato which I love for the caning I love doing.

I went to Shrinemount, met Leigh, Kathy, Judy, Linda, Oscelyn and so many others.

Made two great friends, who believe in me and push me just a little when needed.

"Talked" to all of you on the message board.

Saw Donna Kato at Philidelphia.

Attended the first Pittsburgh Retreat, then Shrinemount again, the ACCI show in Chicago where I met more of the polymer elite, including Lisa Pavelka and Mareen Carlsen, and I just attended the second Pittsburgh Retreat.

I really knew I was improving though because not to long ago I was cleaning up the older beads and sending some that were not so great to the family children to play with. I threw in a group of beads that I now declare flawed and realized that I had made those beads at the firt retreat just a little over a year ago. I was so excited about them at the time but now I'm going to send them as rejects. I did pull out one or two so I would have them to remember where I started. I cannot imagine where the next few years will take me.



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