September 2023 General Meeting

Member Artist Demonstrations
Thursday, September 14  6:00-8:45 pm
Syosset Library (Downstairs)
225 S. Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, NY

Patricia Bridges: Scratching the Surface with Underglaze  Transfers, Overglaze Decals, Iron Oxide Printing
Patricia will show you several ways to use surface decoration to change and enhance the clay canvas. She will demonstrate rice paper underglaze transfers, iron oxide printing, and discuss other image and pattern transfer methods that can be easily used on many kinds of clays and surfaces. You will learn some good tips and tricks to take home as well as a great resource sheet.

Bridges has been designing and creating ceramics for several decades. She is a full-time studio potter in Port Washington and has been teaching adult ceramics since 2010. Bridges Pottery creates wheel thrown functional ceramics for the kitchen, table, and home.  Bridges Pottery can be found online at, in person and in a few select retail shops. Follow her on Instagram www.instagram.comn/bridgespottery

Julie Luks: Silk Dying 
Julie will demonstrate the process of dying silk designs on habotai silks with Jacquard Green Label silk dyes. The multi-step process, called Serti, involves making a design on the silk with a resist called gutta which contains the flow of the dyes into “islands” created by the gutta. The dye is then applied to the silk. Colors can be mixed making beautiful ombres and salts can be applied to the wet silk, adding dimension to the colors.

Julie Luks

Lesley Magaril Delia: Polymer Clay Caning Technique
Since retiring in 2014, Lesley has been learning, creating, and teaching others to use polymer clay. Lesley is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association, the Art League of Long Island, the Long Island Craft Guild, and is a member of the Board of the BJ Spoke Gallery, an artists’ co-op in Huntington, NY. She placed third in the International Polymer Clay Association 2021 Global Exhibition. You can view her work at

She will demonstrate “complex caning.” The cane will be used to create a veneer to decorate a small glass jar. The design formed from the polymer compound runs the length of a log called a “cane,” and every slice taken off the log is identical. This allows a design element to be repeated throughout a piece in various sizes. She will demonstrate how to create the cane, how to reduce the cane, how to shave off ultra-thin slices from a cane to create a veneer, and how to apply the slices directly to a small glass cup. This is a hands-on demonstration so please join in.

Gail Neuman: Introduction to Shrink Plastic for Jewelry and Other Possibilities!
Shrink plastic can be cut by hand, with a Cricut machine or many other means. It can be colored with colored pencils, markers, ink pads and also using stencils: your only limits are your imagination! Come and try your hand at this simple and unique means of creating jewelry.

Gail Neuman is a multimedia artist working primarily in the decorative arts, including wire sculpture, intaglio prints on handmade paper, and beaded or fine metal jewelry.

 Nancy Yoshii: Art on a Box
Nancy Yoshii will be showing how she creates irregularly shaped collages by deconstructing packaging boxes, flattening them out, and covering their blank inside surfaces with various and sundry papers and other media. The result is a fun and sometimes surprising doodle of a piece–and the process is addictive. Participants will get their own boxes to take apart, along with lots of paper choices, to create their own collage: play at its best! Many thanks for the packaging art inspiration go to my Instagram friend Ina Lehnertz in Meckenheim, Germany, for her encouragement and generosity.

Nancy is a longtime Guild member who has worked in many media over the years: clay, papermaking and paper arts, bookmaking, rustic furniture, jewelry, paper quilts, fiber arts, found object sculpture, photography, collage, and mixed media. She especially loves upcycling discarded materials and “making something out of nothing.”

Nancy Yoshii
Donna Samuelsen: Getting Started with Wire-Wrapping
In this demonstration/workshop, you will be able to make a pendant and ring using copper and sterling silver-filled wire. You will learn how to make a frame for your pendant with a wrapped bail, how to secure your stone (provided), how to add embellishments, as well as which basic wire and tools you need to get you started. You will be able to choose between cabochons (stones with a rounded top and flat back) or free-form rocks, polished or rough for the pendant, and we will be using millefiori glass beads for the ring. The techniques explored here will be applicable to any round bead.

I have been wire-wrapping gemstones, crystals, minerals, and other stones for just over 4 years. I went to a beginners’ workshop myself and I was hooked! It was a new creative outlet that seems to have endless possibilities for growth. There are many amazing wire-wrapping artists from whom to draw inspiration, and endless online resources from which to learn, which help keep this craft from ever getting dull!
Donna Samuelsen
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