We want to live in a world where everyone loves to mix up their media and enjoy art making and friends around the world, no matter where you live or how you create.
As art explorers and podcasters, we have been featured on the Etsy.com blog, CreateMixedMedia.com, CraftGossip.com, PolymerClayDaily.com, BlogTalkRadio.com, and in magazine articles and books including our own, Polymer Clay Art Jewelry, published with F & W Media and available at Michael’s, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and more.
When we are not up to our elbows in polymer clay, covered in paint with beads stuck in our hair, you can find us outdoors enjoying nature, reading a great book, or snuggling with our black cats.
Polymer Clay Adventure, the first Adventure Art Retreat, has been an incredible success having over 1,000 participants in its very first year. We created it to bring together polymer clay enthusiasts and teachers from all over the world with no barriers like the expense and inconvenience of travel, and with the comfort of creating at home. We do this in our own business- we met online in an Etsy forum way back in 2006, and we have only seen each other in person maybe a dozen times!
With that success under our belts, we decided to branch out into two more mediums we love – Quilting and Art Jewelry. In the Quilting world, our friend Vanessa of CraftyGemini.com will host the retreat. It’s going to be an awesome partnership and we are really looking forward to it.
More about us:
Polymer Clay TV came out of a partnership of two crafty women, Ilysa Ginsburg & Kira Slye. Ilysa & Kira have worked together since 2006 when they met online when they formed the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE), http://www.pcagoe.com, which is a guild that formed out of an Etsy street team. They discovered they only lived 6 hours away from each other in Florida at the time while working on the guild’s website. So when Ilysa had this idea to do a videocast & podcast she thought Kira would be the perfect person to help bring it to fruition. Polymer Clay TV was born from this and is still going strong after 8 + years.
Although polymer clay is a passion of Ilysa & Kira’s they both love to create with all kinds of mediums and explore new materials and crafts.
Our weekly show Polymer Clay TV can be watched on You Tube, iTunes and on over 300+ video aggregators across the web.http://www.polymerclaytv.com
Ilysa and Kira have been creating their whole lives. They both had creative moms who surrounded them with inspiration and opportunities to make things and enjoy art and crafting. They love to challenge themselves to try new things. Ilysa has a background as a gallery owner and designer who embraced social networking and marketing early on. Ilysa also spent many years selling her artwork on the road and winning prizes such as Best in Show. Kira has a BS in Art Education from SUNY Buffalo and experience teaching in public school. Ilysa’s website focus is on marketing and promotion, while Kira runs the technology behind the scenes that makes everything function. They both teach weekly on Polymer Clay TV, and they demo and teach throughout the retreat in a live-stream format so you can chat and create along.
Ilysa & Kira’s work is very different, just like their personalities, but they embrace this and it always works out! Ilysa works more with bold and bright colors and in a large scale and this echoes in her exuberant voice and onscreen persona, while Kira works in muted tones and on a smaller scale, and has a quiet, calm onscreen presence. This makes Ilysa & Kira the perfect team as they can each bring a different perspective to all their creative endeavors.