People are the heart of the project

Some impressions from the opening events from guest writer Rise Nagin.

20171110_183537Visitors to East Liberty’s Spinning Plate Gallery this month will encounter a whimsical environment filled with thousands of polymer clay sculptures depicting various woodland creatures and plants. Over 300 artists participated in the creation of the installation in which a riotous mix of colors, texture and details elicit surprise and delight.

“People are the heart of the endeavor, which started out as an art installation but changed into a community project,” said Pittsburgh artist Laura Tabakman, one of three artists/organizers whose vision is on display through December 3, 2017.

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Opening weekend!

Even the frigid temperatures did not keep people away from coming to the opening weekend of Into the Forest!

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A few pictures from Friday’s opening and Saturday’s forum.  We truly enjoyed Jackie Burns, Cynthia Tinapple and Brigitte Martin’s presentations.

If you want a little tour, check out Ann Duncan Hlavach’s video with her son and Keith as a guide. Enjoy it! Ann and Keith tour the Forest



A visit to Into the Forest


If you just are unable to join in the opening weekend celebrations of Into the Forest in Pittsburgh PA on November 10 – 11, 2017, you can still experience the installation through December 3, 2017.

Where:   Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Dates:    November 10 – December 3, 2017

Hours:   Thursday through Saturday: 2 pm – 7 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

or by appointment (contact us at to arrange visit)

Closed Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend

From The Forest Into The World!

Opening weekend celebrations of Into The Forest will feature Brigitte Martin as our Saturday morning forum keynote speaker.  Her talk, titled “From The Forest Into The World”, will draw upon her experience as a creative innovator and passionate leader in the international craft community.

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Brigitte Martin is a traditionally trained goldsmith from Germany. Her jewelry has been
exhibited at the Museum of Art in Cleveland, and in galleries across the US.  Martin curates and juries exhibitions nationally and, in 2012, CBS media named her one of the best art curators in Pittsburgh, PA.  Martin was a featured panelist on NPR’s RADIO TIMES. Continue reading

Words from our contributors

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As Julie eloquently described during our Into the Forest presentation at Synergy4, the International Polymer Clay Association conference held in King of Prussia, PA on August 13-16, 2017:

When the three of us [Laura, Emily and Julie] got together and decided to throw out this call for contributions, we had no idea where it would lead. You saw earlier some of the fantastic pieces that we have accumulated. But there was an effect
that went beyond the objects. The emotional impact this collaboration has
on us as individuals, as a community or even as a member of the world.
This project brought out fears among novices about being “good enough”,
pride for those who took it as a challenge and overcame. Then there was the
joy of being a part of something bigger.

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