Sunday, 25 September 2011

Art Clay Guild UK conference

On Saturday 24th September 2011 I got up really early (earlier than I need to for work!) to go to the Art Clay Guild conference. I got the 8.03 train from Kings Cross to Peterborough and met my friend Chu Mei on the platform. As we were pretty early we decided to walk. We managed to navigate our way pretty well (just about!).

I hadn't been to an Art Clay Guild conference before so I didn't really know what to expect. I was very pleased that I went. I met some old friends including Sarah Warden-Smith and Joy Funnell; and put some faces to names/pieces of jewellery I have admired for a while.

I enjoyed browsing the stalls and was just not quick enough to get the Hadar Jacobson texture book I wanted! I'll have to get it from Craftworx!

Tracey Spurgin demonstrating ring making
I really enjoyed looking at the display of work. I particularly loved the owl brooch and the swimming pool rings.

The AGM was interesting with a lot of discussion about the assessing standards for the Art Clay certification.
Lunch was a great opportunity to talk to people. One thing I love about the metal clay artists I have met is that they are very generous when sharing their knowledge and experiences. I learnt lots of useful tips

Nicola Callow demonstrating solder

After lunch there were three demonstrations

Tracey Spurgin demonstrated ring making
Nicola Callow demonstrated soldering
Lesley Messam demonstrated jewellery photography

I learnt some interesting ways of doing things from all of these talks.
I didn't win anything in the raffle unfortunately! But I went away with a fabulous goodie bag, some new friends and lots of inspiration.

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