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MDPAG 2015 Retreat

Thu. 30 Apr, 2015 4:00 am - Sun. 3 May, 2015 1:00 pm

The Metropolitan Detroit Polymer Art Guild (MDPAG) announced its 2015 Retreat, taking place April 30 - May 3, 2015. The guest artist for the event is Kathy Bingaman. Here website site is


We have 65 members and the guild has been around for 21 years. We meet on the 3rd Thursday between the months of March and November from 7:00 pm - 9:00pm.

We have clay days that are open to nonmembers. Children must have an adult. Throughout the year we have guest artists. Must be a member. Those days are announced on the site.

Meeting are mixed with demos, make and take, mini clay events, and a chance pick out DVDs and books from our large library. The guild has several out reach programs like Bottle of hope, Beads of courage, and Trina's Way.

Contact Membership Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Translucent Weekend with Laura Tabakman

Fri. 1 May, 2015 10:00 am - Sun. 3 May, 2015 5:00 pm
"Coloring Translucent Clay" 1. 5. 2015
The day will be spent testing how many ways we can find to add color to translucent clay and how different brands behave. It is all about experimentation; at the end of the day you’ll have lots of samples as reference for the future or for the workshop on the following days.
Translucent Polymer Workshop” 2. - 3. 5. 2015
Translucent polymer clay can seem invisible, but is it really? When used wisely it can add depth, making a piece visually intriguing; it can be finished to a glass-like surface; and of course being semitransparent allows light to pass through it. We will take advantage of these properties during the workshop. Students will learn several translucent-based canes and surface techniques.
Day 1- Canes
Organic moving layers.
Translucent-heavy canes (stripes, circles and dots)
Day 2 – Surface techniques
Drawing with pencils, markers, etc. on layers.
Translucent over gold or silver leaf, several variations.
Alcohol inks after curing.
Sanding and buffing translucent to a glassy shine.
Finishing and assembling techniques.