May 17 – 21, 2018 | Camp Huston, Gold Bar, WA
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!
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 and it will cover 50% of costs (classes not included). Scholarship forms are available in our Yahoo Group or you can download it here by clicking the button on the sidebar.
Length: You can choose how long you want to attend – the whole weekend, one day or even half day if you live nearby.
Swag Bags: At Clay Camp 2017 we had generous donations from Munro Crafts, Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames, Clay Factory & Cernit, and Staedtler (Fimo). Be sure to sign up before our deadline of registration to book your swag bags for 2018!
Claying: 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.
Clay Camp Challenge 2017 – Altoid Tins: In 2016 we added an additional activity, the Bowls Challenge. It was fun and the creators got their bowls back after the event. In 2017, due to a generous donation of clay supplies by a former Guild member, the challenge was covered tins.
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!
Here are the nitty gritty technical details: if you make one ATC, you will get one ATC back. If you submit more than 30 ATCs (no upper limit), I will do my best to get you 30 ATCs back but this depends on participation. If all of your ATCs are identical, I will try and swap once with each of the participants’. If some people make only a few ATCs, only a few people will get ATCs from them. If you have a variety of ATCs, I can swap them between the same people multiple times.
Last year, I believe we had around 20 participants with many people making multiple groups of swapping items (10 of one type, 10 of another type, etc.). Pictures will be in the Clay Camp ezine to show all the swap items that came in. 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!
Classes are available for an extra fee. For the full details of each class at Clay Camp 2017, please download the NWPCG Clay Camp 2017 Class Guide.
For more information about our resource persons, please go to:
– Marie Segal at MarieSegal.com
– Kim Day at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Meredith Arnold at MeredithArnold.com
– Liz White at Liz Creates
– Bea Grob at Bees Atelier
– 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
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.
Sale Table: We experimented with this last year and we are doing it again. You may bring any items you wish to sell (maybe just put a few at a time on the table, no elaborate craft table set up), marked with your name and price. If someone wishes to purchase it, they can find you and give you the money.
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.