It all began…
December 26, 2006, when Ilysaart (Ilysa’s user name on Etsy.com) put up a forum post titled “How about a polymer clay street team?” On Etsy, street teams are groups of members who join together in order to promote themselves and Etsy. She also included a request for someone interested in joining such a team, who also had the web skills to perhaps get the team on the web. Studiobijou (Kira) answered the call that same day, and a rudimentary site was put up on blogger as the street team started to flesh out with more members. At some point, we decided to call ourselves a Guild, in keeping with the many other polymer clay guilds that have united artists around the world in their love of polymer clay. The PCAGOE is different, in that there are artists from all over the world, working and sharing together. Most of them will never meet. What a strange and welcome surprise when we discovered we both live in Florida, only about 5 hours apart.
You can google either of us to find out so much more about us! Ilysa Ginsburg AKA Bierer is an award-winning polymer clay artist who supported herself for many years by selling her art, and Kira Slye is an Art Educator. She became a professional podcaster for her local school district, as a direct result of producing Polymer Clay Podcast.
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Ilysa is an award-winning artist, she traveled the country showing her work at fine art and craft shows for many years, where she won numerous awards including best-of-show. Ilysa has owned her own art gallery in south FL and has designed projects for many companies. Ilysa has produced 2 DVDs of her own as well as with other artists. Her work has been published in several books and magazines.
Kira is a certified Art-Educator with a BS in Art Education. She has taught art in rec-centers, craft shops and public schools. Five of her pieces appear in 1000 Jewelry Inspirations (mini): Beads, Baubles, Dangles, and Chains (1000 Series)..
This year, we were invited to write a book with F&W Media. Polymer Clay Art Jewelry will be published in 2013, and we are really looking forward to it!
In 2012, we discovered that although our first love is polymer clay, we were adding more and more media to our artwork and developing our polymer clay into a mixed-media art process, rather than focusing on clay alone. So we began our sister site, ThingsCrafty.com in order to branch out.
Then we decided to start a weekly show and go live! We had always wanted to do this, but we were always one step ahead of what technology would allow us to do. Finally, we can broadcast live straight from our studios. We invited a talented team of other crafters and artists to join us, and CraftyLink.com was born- it’s our community that links together our loves for polymer clay and mixed media. These days, that’s where most of the action happens. Come on over and join us on the adventure! Click here.
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