NWPCG Clay Camp 2018

May 17 – 21, 2018 | Camp Huston, Gold Bar, WA

Dining hall view
24-hour workroom
Shenanigan instigator






The NWPCG holds Clay Camp every year in May at Camp Huston, right next to the beautiful Wallace Falls State Park in Gold Bar, Washington.

Clay Camp registrants enjoy the 24-hour workroom, comfortable bedrooms in cabins, delicious meals prepared by Camp Huston’s staff, beautiful trails to stretch your legs, and the opportunity to sign up for a variety of inspiring classes taught by experienced polymer clay instructors!

Lots of work space
Fantastic classes
Creativity awaits!






PLEASE NOTE: If you have any trouble or questions about your registration, please contact Maria Brown.





Everything You Need to Know About Clay Camp
by Kim Day

Our favorite time of the year! Nah, I don’t care about the weather, I mean Clay Camp! To prepare for the big event, here’s a little guide about what to expect.

Registration & Camp Activities

Registration: Your registration automatically reserves your spot but if you want to attend classes – and we have many exciting offerings each year – you need to sign up to each class separately. Please note that classes are for additional fees. You can pay all fees online or at the venue.

If finances are tight and you’ve been in the Guild for at least one year, you may apply for scholarship that will cover 50% of costs (classes not included).
The scholarship forms is available in our Yahoo Group or you can download it here .

Length: You can choose how long you want to attend – the whole weekend, one day or even half day if you live nearby.




 The best part of Clay Camp is the 24-hour workroom. Ovens are available so you can cure your finished creations. When you are inspired to create, looking for inspiration or just want to socialize, this is the room to hang out in, it is always full of clayers to talk with and learn from.

Bottles of Hope Challenge: We decorate small medicine glass bottles (provided) and donate them to cancer patients at a local treatment center. These are always amazing! We all vote on our favorites in each category and the winners get an extra special handmade ribbon… mmm… glittery. The voting and awards are held on Saturday, our busiest day. You may donate as many additional covered bottles as you wish, but for voting purposes, only one is entered into the challenge.

Swap: A few years running now, this activity has covered subjects from charms to inchies. At last year’s Clay Camp, we voted on 2018’s topic and the winner is: Artist Trading Cards!





We are changing how the swap works this year!! While the swap theme has been announced in previous newsletters, I will repeat it here and with additional info. Artist Trading Cards is the theme! Here’s some info from Charlie Nagel:
“Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) is a Collaborative Cultural Performance initiated by the Swiss artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1997. ATCs are the size of commercial hockey or baseball cards, but are unique artworks or small series exchanged and collected by the people who participate in the collaborative performance. They must be able to be slipped inside standard card-collector pockets or sleeves.  In order to accommodate their thickness, ATCs made of polymer clay should be slightly smaller than the standard dimensions of 2-1⁄2 by 3-1⁄2 inches to fit.

The cards are always signed and dated on the back, and a title is given. Trades are always one-for-one and no commercial transactions are involved — though I’ve heard that “collectors” are now selling them on eBay and other auction sites. For a collaborative performance that has been going on for almost 20 years, it continues to have amazing vitality.

As always when it comes to artists who choose PC for their medium of choice, the results of the invitation to participate at Clay Camp show stunning individuality, varying from whimsical to abstract, from impressionistic to image-oriented.”

Back to non-Charlie stuff. Feel free to search Pinterest or Google images for inspiration. For our swap rules, they may be multimedia but must include at least some element of polymer clay.

The big change from previous swaps: This year we will be signing up! If you want to participate in the swap, you must let me know by April 25th- click on this link to email me. Then an e-mail will be sent out to all swap participants telling them how many ATCs to make- one for each person. We want everyone in the swap to come away with one ATC from each other person in the swap. In previous years we’ve had around 20 swap participants, for those wanting a number to get an early start. For those that don’t want to commit to a certain number, you are free to bring some to Camp and seek out personal exchanges there.

If anything is unclear, please feel free to ask questions about how it works!

Non-raffle Raffle: You may donate any item to this Guild fundraiser. Donated items will be displayed with a cup in front of each. Tickets are sold for $1 and you place your ticket(s) in the cup corresponding to the item you want to win. All proceeds go to the Guild scholarship fund. Members who have been with the Guild for a minimum of one year may apply for Clay Camp scholarship to help offset the cost by half. This helps members, who will normally not attend because of financial concerns, make it to Clay Camp.

We typically see donations in the form of lovely handmade clay creations, crocheted items, clay books, clay supplies and other craft supplies. It is also a fun show to watch! This happens on… you guessed it, Saturday!

Brown Bag Gift Exchange: This is not a ‘white elephant’ gift exchange; bring something that you would want to receive, with a value of about $30. (Some popular ideas are clay-related items and chocolate!)
Each participant brings a gift in an unmarked brown paper bag and adds it to the gift pile on Saturday evening after dinner. Everyone randomly draws a number. They select gifts in that order — with a twist… The person assigned with #1 picks out a gift and opens it so all can see what it is. Then the person assigned with #2 gets the choice of ‘stealing” #1’s unwrapped gift or choosing a wrapped one from the pile. If #2 steals #1’s gift, then #1 must choose and open another wrapped gift.
NOTE: Gifts can only be stolen once!
As subsequent players take their turns, they either select a new gift or take an already opened gift from any of the other players that has not been stolen before. Any player who has a gift ‘stolen’ either choose a new gift or take an already-opened gift from another player. Continue until everyone has had a turn for a gift. After the last turn, the person who started (since she/he didn’t get a chance at the beginning) can put back the gift and “steal” a gift according to the rules.

Camp Classes
Classes are available for an extra fee. To download a PDF of classes at Clay Camp 2018, you can download the NWPCG Clay Camp 2018 Class Guide.



For more information about our resource persons, please go to:
– Marie Segal at MarieSegal.com
– Syndee Holt at Synssculpeyblog
– Meredith Arnold at MeredithArnold.com
– Nan Robkin at Aunt Nan’s Eclectic Inkandblabula


Food: The food is absolutely wonderful! The cooks are very accommodating with special dietary needs like gluten free or vegan, just let them know about any special requirements when you sign up. There is also a wonderful salad bar to accompany each meal or to replace it, should you choose. Plus, no cooking preparation or dishes to wash, glorious!

Snack Table: We usually have one table in the work area overflowing with snacks people brought to share. Anything that doesn’t require refrigeration is welcome. I bring toffee each year, I think I’m required to now!

Rooms: The rooms are small and dorm-like with a table, chair, two beds, towel rack by the door and a place to hang your clothes. Bring your own towels and blankets or sleeping bag. Rooms are shared but there is a separate cabin for late nighters vs early risers to help each person get the sleep they need to fuel creativity.


Logistics & Other Attractions

Clay Camp participant Mariah Hall shows off her dinosaur sculpture

Free Table: There is one table where you can leave things that you no longer need or want but may be useful to others that you want to give away for free. Think of old beads you’ve never used, a new supply you have extra of – there are no limits here but please remember to take home any of your unclaimed items.

Local Craft Store: There is a Ben Franklins about 20 minute drive from our Clay Camp venue. With all the ideas flowing around, people usually think of something they can’t live without for a few days. It is always fund to join one of the spontaneous group trips to this fun craft store and browse their sale rack.