Synergy2 – Final Day

by Libby on February 28, 2010

Today was the final day of the Synergy2 Conference.  It’s sad that it’s over, and we’re saying goodbye to friends, but I am looking forward to bringing some of the creative energy from the conference back into my studio.  (actually, I’m not heading home until Tuesday, as I am taking a 2 day post conference workshop with Dan Cormier, so I get to prolong the experience another couple of days)

I attended two excellent seminars today.  The first was on Kaleidoscope Construction with Carol Simmons.

Carol has developed a very precise system for building a myriad of kaleidoscope patterns from a single cane,  It’s fascinating, and there are elements of her approach that are just genius.  She mentioned that she is hoping to start teaching workshops soon.  Based on the short taste of her techniques we got in her seminar, a workshop with her would be fantastic.

My second seminar today was “Building or Improving Your Portfolio” with Wendy Outland.  It was a great and really informative session.  I feel like I’ve got a road map for what I need to prepare for presentation to galleries,  competitions or other calls for entries.  As someone who hasn’t yet pulled together a complete artist’s portfolio, the concept seemed very intimidating, but Wendy made it very straightforward.  It wasn’t the most exciting seminar I’ve taken here at the conference, but it might be the most useful.

Other events today included a “Clay Manufacturer’s Forum” where representatives from 4 polymer clay companies answered attendees’ questions, and the final shopping hours in the sales gallery and Vendor Fair.


The culmination of the conference was the Banquet with keynote address by Craftcast host Alison Lee, and of course the Live Auction with Tracy Holmes as auctioneer.  A lighthearted tone for the evening was set by Lisa Pavelka with a demonstration of the secret polymer clay handshake which started at this past summer’s IPCA Retreat.

The banquet is an occasion for everyone to show off some of their best creations.  Two of my favorites were:

Julie Eakes’ purse with her famous retro cane mosaic face cane

And Pam Sanders’ amazing necklace::

The auction itself was a lot of fun.  I really appreciated Tom Truty of Art Clay Silver’s video camera which projected images of the items being auctioned up onto a couple of big screens so that everyone could see.  And on a personal note, the highlight of the auction was that I am going home with Laurie Mika’s Collaborative Artist Quilt.

The photo really doesn’t show the fantastic dimensionality of the piece.  I am proud to have been one of the 38 participating artists, and I will treasure this piece along with everything else I’ll be taking away from Synergy2.

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laurie February 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

Congratulations Libby…and thank you for the updates for those of us who could not attend.

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Karen February 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

Hi Libby, I’ve really enjoyed reading your Synergy2 Reports and experiencing the conference through your eyes. I remember how inspiring and, yes, overstimulating to the max it all was. Thanks for taking the time to share even when you got fried!
-Karen

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Vickie Hallmark February 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Thanks again for blogging the conference. I know that’s an added activity on an undoubtedly hectic schedule. And congratulations on winning the Collaborative Quilt!!!! What an incredible piece to add to your collection.

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Pam March 3, 2010 at 11:46 am

Libby,fabulous to meet you, wish I could have had more time to talk to you. Thanks for putting my photo on your blog. Congrats on winning Laurie’s collage.
pam

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Kelly Russell March 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Hey Libby,
Hope you got home ok and the girls are good….I posted your photo on my page and I hope you like it! When will I see my blog listed under blogs to go to??? I would list yours if I knew how to do it! Can’t wait to see you at B&B….lurking with a camera! Kelly

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Libby March 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Hey Kelly, it’s always fun to see you. Let’s call a truce with the cameras. lol And you need to learn to put links to other blogs on your blog. I’ve already added yours.

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Cara March 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences, it’s great to get an insight into what we’ve missed.

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