As many of you know, Arlene Thayer posted in another message thread that
after four years of managing the Polymer Clay Central Web site, it is
time for her to move on. Many heartwarming messages have been posted to
her here, and I'm sure she has received many personal emails as well. We
all sincerely thank her for her untiring efforts in developing PCC into
a resource we have come to depend on.
I'm pleased to announce that Arlene has chosen a new home for the site.
Polymer Clay Central will be hosted by Leigh and Stephen Ross at Delphi.
This seems like an excellent solution. Leigh and Stephen have the
technical know-how, time, resources, and server space to undertake this
project, but more importantly, they have a love, respect, and genuine
enthusiasm for our medium. They have a network of helpers, too. Kris
Richards already co-hosts the popular Delphi Polymer Clay Forum with
Leigh. Molly Zeck (Otterfire) assists at this free forum located at
Polymer Clay Central will be located within the Delphi Polymer Clay Web
site, which will be accessible to everyone on the WWW. The message
boards and chats will be incorporated into the Delphi Polymer Clay Forum
boards and chat rooms. Getting to them will require visitors to
register with Delphi, but there is no charge for these services on the
During the transition, Kris Richards and I will be liaisons between the
new PCC and rec.crafts.polymer-clay. All of us are committed to
maintaining PCC as a valuable resource for polymer clay artists. To that
end, Leigh and Stephen would like to keep as much of Arlene's original
content as possible intact, and integrate it into the Delphi format. In
time, the plan is for the site to evolve according to the needs and
input of the artists. This is the quality that has made PCC so valuable
in the past. Leigh and Stephen recognize that and will do their best to
carry on the tradition Arlene started.
Short term, Arlene, Leigh, and Stephen will be involved in the logistics
of transferring the massive amounts of data. They will be spending many
days in the FTP transfer process alone. Long term, Leigh and Stephen
want to be responsive to the polymer clay community at large. They
invite anyone with specific requests and suggestions to contact them
Arlene has a proven record for making the right choices for her site,
and her selection of a new host is no exception. She said it best in her
previous post, << PCC lives on. >>
Thank you, Arlene. Welcome, Leigh and Stephen.