Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Our previous two Horizons retreats were held at the Park Inn Hotel  on Broadway in Vancouver. Close to the new Canada Line subway station, Granville Island and two blocks from a new Michael’s store this hotel was a great choice.

The Oak Room, at almost 2000 sq. feet, has plenty of space for our needs.

Special room rates for this Feb.15 and 16 weekend retreat are $95 per night, single or double occupancy, plus taxes.  There is an additional charge of $20 per person/cot if you want to really rough it. Complimentary services include; high-speed internet wireless connection, newspaper and complimentary local phone calls.

For reservations guests are requested to call the hotel at (604)872-8661 or by e-mail at cc anytime before Wednesday, January16, 2013 (cut-off date). Please be sure to mention the Vancouver Polymer Clay Guild retreat.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Remembering Past Horizons

Group Photo Horizons 2011

Our second Horizons held on Feb.18 to 20, 2011 was well attended and, according to the comment sheets, was successful.
Pinched Leaf Necklace

Helen Briel and Eugenia Chan combined their talents to help us complete a Pinched Leaf Necklace. Over the weekend Helen Briell taught us how to make her beautiful focal beads and the talented wire-wrapping Eugenia Chan showed us how to make a wire-wrapped holder for our pendant/bead

Button Exchange Horizons 2011

Our button exchange is now a tradition and will take place once again during our three day Horizons 2013.

Following our opening reception Joan Tayler started things off with her conditioning demo for our newer clayers. During the next three days additional demos were done by Barb Alexander, Lawrence Smith andJem Redlich along with a few impromptu demos by attendees.
Helen Briel, Eugenia Chan & Joan Tayler

Stay tuned for our Horizons 2013 Agenda and don’t forget to save that Feb.15-17 weekend for loads of fun. Our opening reception will be at the Chameleon exhibition. Retreat attendees will be bused to the Seymour Art Gallery reception and back.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Remembering Past Horizons

Dan Cormier had his audience spellbound with his demo.                             
Our third Horizons biennial is only four months away so its time to reminisce about our first Horizons, which was held in February 20-22 2009 at the Park Inn Hotel in beautiful downtown Vancouver BC Canada. Being our first retreat meant it was a learning curve for our Guild. The event included workshops and demos by Dan Cormier, Gera Scott Chandler, Wanda Shum, Cheryl Trottier, Joan Tayler, Tina Holden, and more

We decided on a button exchange , which is now a tradition at our retreat and will again be held at Horizons 2013. These are just a few of the buttons we exchanged.

Gera Scott Chandler and Wanda Shum combined their talents to give us a Leggy Bowl workshop.  Wanda demonstrated her complex cane to be used for the bowl and Gera showed us how to assemble and cure the completed work.

Gera Scott Chandler and Rachel Gourlay
Tina Holden demonstrated her photoez bangles and pin and Cheryl Trottier came all the way from Prince George to share her  mini babies technique with us.

Joan Tayler  showed us her Quadraped demo
Gera Scott Chandler
There were also impromptu demos by Jem Mercer Redlich (Hollow Heart Beads)  and a few others which really added to the fun.

 Now get ready to book your spot for the 2013 Horizons and the really great demos and workshops we have planned .

  Jem Redlich & Wanda Shum
 * Photos by Deb Groom, Lawrence Smith, Gera Scott Chandler, and Tina Holden courtesy of the Vancouver Polymer Clay Guild.

 Lawrence Smith & April Payton