Hi Everyone...
Welcome to MPCG 2011. This is where you will come to get all the information you need to attend our seventh annual Polymer Clay Gathering held here in Morrisburg Ont. from Thurs. April 07 to Sun. April 10.. Here you will find registration and hotel information as well as demo descriptions, schedules and material lists. Be patient with us, we are just getting started!
You can also come here and post any questions or queries you may have.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Before you leave...

Hi everyone!

We are almost there, less than two week to go: our yearly clay fest is about to begin.


Thurs: April 7
Afternoon - Arrival and Set-up
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Welcome and project set-up
Margi Laurin: Making and assembling a pen

Fri April 8
7:30 - Breakfast
8:30 - Gera Scott-Chandler: Inspired by Klimt
10:30- Barbara Colautti: Natasha beads
12:00 - Lunch
1:30 - Georgia Ferrell: Making a silver or copper bezel
3:00 - Christine Hubbard: Foil bead necklace
4:30 - Happy hour
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Janice Van Beek: Large vessels with snug fitting lids

Sat April 9
7:30 - Breakfast
8:30 - Gera Scott-Chandler: An introduction to UV resin
10:30 - Louise Gagné: Face cane 3-D doll
12:00 Lunch
1:30 - Gaby Orbach - Pandora beads
3:00 - Sandy Willis - Easy extruder spiral cane
4:30 - Happy hour
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Cathy Malcolmson - Raku for you

Sun April 10
7:30 - Breakfast
8:30 - Ohhhs and Ahhhs
10:30 - Putting it all together (mosaic)
Return on the gathering, opinions etc.

Last checklist

Basic clayers kit
Materials for each class
Driving instructions and phone numbers
Books and magazines, for the library (optional)
Table de Junque: a great opportunity to recycle (optional)
Shop, Hawk and Gawk: we want to see what you make (optional)
Canes and beads for swaps (optional)
Smile (not optional)

How to get to Morrisburg

From the 401 take exit 750 at Morrisburg. Follow signs to town about 1km
from highway overpass. (You will be turning RIGHT into town if you are
coming from Toronto, and LEFT into town coming from Montreal). Turn left at
the lights and drive another 1 km approx. On the left side of the road, you
will see the MacIntosh Inn. It is well marked and you will already have seen
the signs directing you to it. Drive safely!

The Hotel number is: 613-543-3788
Margi and Leslie will be around and the contact person to speak to at the Inn is

When You Arrive

Someone at the front desk will direct you to the conference room and give you your keys and room number. You may want to drop your “stuff” off so you don’t have to lug it upstairs or downstairs.


You will receive a folder upon arrival with schedule, room list, as well as some useful information about the town.

This is YOUR event. You have paid for all of the demos, it is your choice whether to attend them or not. If you feel you have too much on your plate, or that a demo may not be beneficial to you, you may opt out and go for a long lunch or a nap or a Jacuzzi. (You need to book Jacuzzi times with the front desk.)

Or you may want to continue working on something that has piqued your interest. And even though you may choose to work on something else, you will benefit just from listening. The instructors will be willing to answer questions and help you any time you need it, not only during their class time.

This is our tenth MPCG gathering and we feel every one has been very successful. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, come directly to Margi or Leslie. We will do our very best to help you.

PS from Violette: as a procrastinator, I left this for the very end hoping things would change or something magical would happen....not!! I will not be able to attend Morrisburg this year: the dates just don't work for me. Everybody is fine but there is a lot of family stuff going on right now. I don't have a ride to get me to Morrisburg. At this point I have to be happy that I was able to make it nine times. I feel bad that I leave Margi on her own, but wait..... Leslie will take over; she knows most of the ropes and she will be a great right hand lady for Margi. It is just a timing issue. I'm going to miss you all but I will be back next year with bells and whistles. So, please have a great time, enjoy, share, and don't forget to laugh.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Some more important information

Hi there everyone,

I am sending this right after yesterday's email because I want to get as much information as possible to you before I leave. I am going to Cuba and the sun for a couple of weeks and will be back around March 20. From here to March 20, please refer to Margi if you need any info or have questions. However, send messages to both of us. I am not sure of the internet connections down there.

The Gathering is going to happen in little over a month! The dates are earlier this year. This message is a reminder of other things you can bring along with you to share, show or sell.

LIBRARY: once again we ask for your cooperation for the reading table; we all like to read and if you have any magazines or books of interest, please bring them along. They don’t necessarily need to be clay related: anything to inspire will do the trick. Please mark the books/magazines you bring so that they can be returned to you.

TABLE DE JUNQUE: how about making a special effort for the table. In this time of recycling, take a good look at all your clay related tools/supplies. There are a lot of things that you don’t use and won’t use. Why don’t you give them to someone who will? We can’t think of a better way of sharing. We all have stuff lying around begging to be used…by someone else!! Think about it. There are always little treasures to be found on that table.

SHOP HAWK AND GAWK: if you have anything to show and tell we would be happy to see it (doesn’t have to be for sale). Just bring anything you are proud of or maybe things you want input on. And if you have stuff to sell, we will set up a table like in the years past.
Mark each item with your name and price.
You are responsible for the sale (i.e. receipt, taking cash,
packaging etc).
We will have an area assigned, but if you have special display requirements, please bring them.

CANES: Do you have canes that are never-ending? Why don’t you bring them along to exchange? that way, you will have a greater variety of canes to work with. The more canes, the merrier. This has worked well in the last three years and we want to do it again this year.

BEADS: Do you want to swap beads?, bring some with you to exchange.

If you have any ideas you want to share, please go right ahead. The information we gave you will be uploaded to the Morrisburg blog. http://www.mpcg09.blogspot.com
Once again, we are anticipating a super weekend of learning, laughter and lots of claying. Don’t forget to bring your smile and energy because we plan to have some fun.

You will be receiving driving directions and phone numbers etc. closer to the date.

Margi and Vio

1-PS: I forgot to mention that Gera will have metal leaf sheets available for $1 each.
I also added to Georgia's description and materials needed.

2-PS: PLEASE NOTE: Margi will also be doing a demo and the details can be found in the demo list that was published yesterday.