Synergy is a professional development conference hosted by the International Polymer Clay Association (IPCA). It’s an opportunity to learn and share experiences on a level that surpasses on-line instruction and social media. Our presenters are selected for their expertise in specific areas of composition, color theory, design, artistic collaboration and cutting edge techniques using polymer clay.

Synergy is structured to encourage social interaction with presenters and attendees. All of the sessions and social events encourage lively dialogue. The Synergy4 Conference provides General Sessions, which are created for the “general” interest of all attendees and Break Out Sessions, which are smaller, more intimate presentations on specific topics. Conference attendees select their own series of Break Out Sessions. The General Sessions are scheduled for attendance by the entire attendee body.

Here's just a sample of what's in store for Synergy4 attendees!

Take in the "Collaborative Vision" presentation by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever. Working collaboratively has great rewards - and there are challenges!

Ellen Prophater presents an entire General Session on the art of Polymer Clay Mokume Gane. Learn the secrets of consistent success using this technique!

Christi Friesen takes you on an exploration of New Materials. Explore the versatility of polymer clay and how it can be combined with other media. Christi is the best guide you can have for this polymer safari!

Katrina Sarlin invites you to participate in this introspective, "hands-on" presentation on the value of artistic collaboration. Raise your own creative personal bar with Katrina as your guide.

Barbara Forbes-Lyons presents a session on using WordPress for web design. Barb focuses on building a site for an "artist" and takes into consideration everything needed for a contemporary, well working on-line presence - AND - she explains everything in easy to understand language!

Presenting the Dynamic Duo of Doreen Kassel and Donna Greenberg who will take you on an "Excellent Adventure" around New York City - absorbing design and inspiration down its streets!

Kathleen Nowak Tucci takes you on a journey of high fashion, with the most unlikely of materials. See how she combines polymer clay and upcycles disposable materials into over the top fashion-forward jewelry.

Linda Leach brings a new polymer clay etching technique which has been over one year in the making! Her presentation is guaranteed to bring you much creative satisfaction.

Mags Bonham brings technology to the table and will demonstrate how the Silhouette Cameo and Curio Digital Cutters work with polymer clay. This just may become your new studio tool!

So how do you register for this wonderful event? Visit The home page of the site has links for registration - and - for hotel reservations. Synergy4 is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Valley Forge, PA. This is just outside Philadelphia. The dates are August 13th through August 16th.

The Synergy4 committee is accommodating the very popular break out seminars by scheduling them in a larger room. There's still time to get ALL of your first choice break out selections!


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