Last week the PMC Guild hosted the 6th bi-annual conference celebrating all things metal clay. And what a week it was! Classes, demos and seminars were just some of the great activities experienced by conference attendees. But the real highlight of the conference was the people—catching up with old friends, and making new ones. Spending several days with like-minded artists and jewelers was food for the soul. The energy and excitement the PMC® community brings is indescribable. Here are a few highpoints from the PMC Guild’s final conference.
Left: Students in Chris Darway’s Aura 22 pre-conference workshop were thrilled to learn a new technique—adding gold accents to copper and sterling silver. Right: Thursday morning, conference attendees anxiously waited for opening comments from Tim McCreight. The keynote speaker, Ellen Wieske, assistant director of Haystack School of Crafts, was an inspiration to us all.
Left: Shopping in the vendor room, between and after seminars, was a great way to mingle AND see lots of cool new products. Right: There were several demos that ran concurrently with the seminar presentations. One of the most popular demonstrations was Ms. Akiko Nishida demonstrating how to make delicate floral sculptures using PMC and other sculpting mediums.
Left: The Show & Sell is always a popular event. Not only do we love making jewelry, we love BUYING jewelry (especially from fellow artists). Right: To cap off a wonderful week of learning and sharing, Rio Grande hosted a Gala Celebration Dinner featuring stilt walkers, a caricature artist, palm reader, photo booth, dessert bar and dancing! Whew! What a night!
Left: The most touching part of the evening was a tribute to Tim McCreight. Tim pioneered PMC, helped launch the PMC Guild and is an all-around good guy. Thanks for all the support over the years, Tim! Right: Rio’s own Kevin Whitmore presented Mr. Shibata of Mitsubishi Materials, with a thank-you card signed by all conference attendees.
Thank you to Nettie Landenwitch, Darnell Burkes, Tim McCreight and everyone involved with the PMC Guild and the PMC Conference! It was a week to remember.