PCAGOE is an acronym for Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy.com.

We are a global group of artists working in polymer clay, and united through Etsy.com which is a marketplace for all kinds of handmade goods. Our members create fine art and fine craft, including decor, jewelry, wall art, and functional objects.

If you are a member of Etsy, work with polymer clay and are interested in joining the guild please contact us for more information regarding guidelines for membership.

This guild is also called a Street Team on Etsy, and street teams are actively engaged in getting the word out about Etsy.com and the value of buying handmade goods directly from the maker. Etsy is a shopping site for all kinds of handmade goods. Artists and buyers can come together in a shopping and selling community forum, and in general there is a more personal touch to the shopping experience because buyers are communicating directly with the maker of their goods.

Our ongoing activities include a Monthly Themed Challenge, during which our members compete for a winning vote cast by our friends at Etsy.com. One lucky etsy voter gets a fantastic prize package as a thank you from our members, and the winning competitor gets a prize package full of donations from Polymer Clay suppliers, other artists, and members of our guild. Please check monthly, it’s a lot of fun!

We have contacted the American Cancer Society for their “Look Good, Feel Better” program. We hope to begin donating pendants to cancer survivors. We call ours “Pendants with a Purpose.” 

Our Guild has set the following Four Requirements for active members:
-At least 5 polymer clay items listed in your Etsy shop at all times
-Payment of Guild fees to the treasurer (currently $5 to cover April-Sept, 2007)
-Forum Participation. This is located at our Flickr Group. When we are having guild related votes or discussions regarding the direction our guild is taking, we want to see every active member commenting in those threads.
-Monthly Challenge Participation- at least quarterly, provide a donation for a prize either for the PCAGOE member who wins, or the Etsy Voter who wins. Also participate in the challenge (but if you don’t want to enter, we won’t consider that non-participation.)

Additional ways to be actively participating in our efforts:
-Take an Office
-Send items for our charity
-write articles or other content for our site
-bump etsy forum threads for the group
-spread the word on your blog, myspace, livejournal, etc.
-start threads in the forum for the group regarding Selling Success- what you know, what you’ve learned, sources of info (good web sites, radio or tv shows to check out, etc.)

We are actively pushing the Guild in exciting and progressive directions. Please check back frequently. We are always on the lookout for new participating members who own shops on Etsy. Please visit the Etsy.com Street Team page for our group: http://team.etsy.com/profilest/poly.shtml

If you are interested in joining the Guild, please send a conversation (convo) to our Membership Secretary, Tamara, who is blockpartypress over at Etsy.com.