SOURCE: American Art Clay Company

American Art Clay Company

September 23, 2009 08:44 ET

AMACO Unveils Its Second-Annual Friendly Plastic Open Design Challenge

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - After a brief hiatus, Friendly Plastic® is back and as popular as ever. This Second-Annual Friendly Plastic Open Design Challenge offers few restrictions, as there is no age limit and awards will be given in several categories. The only parameter on creativity is that each must entrant use a minimum of 50 percent Friendly Plastic® on each submission. Entries will be highlighted on AMACO's website and at the Craft and Hobby Association Show in January 2010.

Liz Welch and Jana Ewy were responsible for resurrecting this well-liked material. These two creative-minded women, with the assistance of Linda Peterson and Jen Lowe and a large online community across the globe, set out to bring back the shimmer and beads that rose in popularity in the 1980s.

For the second year AMACO is offering an additional special category. "Butterflies" is a memoriam and tribute to the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. AMACO encourages people of all ages to create butterflies to represent the lost children. The butterflies will be installed at the Holocaust Museum Houston as a part of Butterfly Project.

Many art teachers are incorporating "Butterflies" as a part of their art lesson plans for the year. Butterflies are symbols of hope and offer students an important lesson about the devastating effect of intolerance worldwide. The Marbled Butterfly with Friendly Plastic, Lesson 34 on the AMACO website, is the perfect way for students to get creative for a good cause.

AMACO will provide all winners in each category with a crystal award, one hundred dollars to keep and an additional one hundred dollars to give to the charity of their choice. The deadline for postmarked entries is November 6th, 2009 but entrants can also use an on-line entry form.

Helen Bradley and Michelle Zimmerman are coordinating the AMACO Friendly Plastic Open Design Challenge and looking forward to a festive award reception in Anaheim, CA in January 2010. Both Bradley and Zimmerman plan to keep Friendly Plastic® enthusiasts up-to-date via Facebook and Twitter posts until the winners of the Friendly Plastic® competition are announced.

For information regarding the Friendly Plastic Open Design Challenge, visit For further information regarding the supplies and equipment available through American Art Clay Company, visit or call (800) 374-1600.

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