Blue Bottle Insiders

(19 customer reviews)

USD $10.00 / month

If you’re a seeker, curious, and want to grow as a creative…Insiders is your place. We are a diverse community of all ages and stages of polymer clay makers and artists, coming together to explore our medium and process. There are many ways to be involved, from reading the articles, posting and supporting in the community, joining the Discovery Challenges, to participating in the live events. The topics are diverse and fascinating. Join us and learn what we can do when backed by supportive colleagues!

(Note: Unlike other maker communities, this is NOT on Facebook. Want more info? Read more below.)

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Membership is $10 per month, billed automatically and seamlessly until you want to stop. No weird obligations or hidden stuff. You can control your subscription (or even put it on hold) from your account. Easy peasy.

Unlike other maker communities, Insiders doesn’t use Facebook or other privacy-compromising platforms. No algorithms, ads, or data-mining.

Here’s what you’ll get when you join Blue Bottle Insiders:

Format

  • Ginger’s Musings (the more philosophical stuff)
  • live online interviews with well-known creatives and makers
  • live BYOB Roundtable discussions (bring a beverage and we’ll discuss a topic)
  • Insider’s Library (exclusive articles and resources)
  • modern community (not on Facebook)
  • monthly Discovery Challenges where we discover and apply a topic to our own work
  • bi-weekly Studio Drop-Ins for casual studio chats with Ginger

Topics

  • polymer making and everything polymer clay
  • creative growth and development
  • business tips
  • networking with others
  • materials, products, shared experience, etc.
  • sharing our good/bad/ideas/support

Benefits

  • culture of excellence and realistic positivity
  • apply what you learn
  • support
  • accurate info
  • connection with others
  • access to experienced and helpful makers
  • a colleague experience unlike any other
  • help support Ginger in her work

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19 reviews for Blue Bottle Insiders

  1. Dawn Gaye

    I just joined but I know for sure – having been on Ginger’s List for MANY years and owning many of her tutorials – that this is going to be an awesome experience! Please tell me I haven’t missed any of the weeks that focus on Pastels!!

  2. susana martinez

    This is an amazing way to be part of a community where you can share valuable information in an organized and cohesive way, unlike FB.

  3. Vicki Murphie

    Ginger’s Blue Bottle Insiders is a must join group to be part of – generous spirited people who share ideas and have some good conversations, and the global reach makes to polymer world feel a lot closer. Highly recommended

  4. Linda Britt

    For several years I’ve been a fan of Ginger’s Blue Bottle Tree. I’m also disenchanted with Face Book. When the opportunity arose to join the Insiders group here, I just could not pass it up. I’m sure I’ll participate more in the zoom session and I enjoy all the information on this site. Worth being a part of this!

  5. Celeste Wilkie

    Joining Ginger’s Blue Bottle Insiders is akin to belonging to an international Guild. I’ve learned and shared with persons all over the globe and found that we’re not all that different. Ups and downs are the norm and no matter the culture we all have the same goals – to share and support. I love this site and thank you Ginger for creating this Guild for all of us to join.

  6. aklavender10

    Insiders is the place to be, I’ve just joined and already been able to join zoom chat, such beautiful people sharing our experiences. Excited to share and learn more. I’m at the right place after 2years now working with polymer clay this will motivate me in the right direction in so many ways.

  7. judithwinshel

    When I began working with polymer clay a couple of years ago Blue Bottle Tree popped up and I found myself turning to Ginger’s site constantly for information on every aspect of the art form. A couple of months ago when Ginger offered Blue Bottle Insiders membership I signed up instantly. How wonderful to be a part of this community of artists. Warn, interested, creative folks from all over the wold to talk and listen to about so many aspect of polymer clay and life. Join us, I promise you will love it.

  8. Monsoonwendy

    Blue Bottle Insiders is very different to other corners of the internet. Which is one reason I am very happy to be a part of it. The ever generous, wise, positive and straightforward Ginger has enabled a community of equally generous, thoughtful people to discuss and learn about MANY aspects of creativity. Not just the nuts and bolts of making something with polymer clay. Sometimes not EVEN the nuts and bolts! But the bigger, broader, more enduring and gritty issues around being and staying creative in the midst of a busy, sometimes creativity-stifling world. People engage as they can. Due to time differences I am not always able to watch things live, but everything is recorded and some sessions are run twice to allow people from different time zones to engage. I recommend Insiders for those just starting on their journey (I tell all my students to check it out) and for old farts like me. It is well worth sussing out.

  9. Marlene Gremillion

    I enjoy the insiders relaxed atmosphere with thought provoking stimulus and interesting interviews along with sharing ideas.

  10. Jennifer Summers

    It’s impossible to rate Insiders highly enough – there is nothing else quite like it; it’s a supportive atmosphere, a place for reflection, skill building for both practical polymer clay applications and self-relationship, confidence building community, with artist interviews and drop-ins to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for other artists to interact with and be inspired by. It’s a warm place, filled with people who are concerned for each other’s development, lead by one of the most generous teachers you will ever come to know, Ginger Davis-Allman. If you have an interest in polymer clay and are interested to develop in all the ways you can think of – and those you haven’t thought of yet, then you need to join! It’s worth much more than the nominal monthly fee, it’s an investment in your tool kit, which will be indispensable and much used! Come and see for yourself!

  11. Gillian Wiseman

    The Insiders group at BBT is great! Everyone loves clay, is interested in furthering their knowledge, and sharing insights with other PC artists. There’s none of the negativity that can crop up in other, less dedicated groups. I’m especially enjoying the drop-in sessions where we just chat about anything! It is more than worth joining.

  12. Debra Sher

    It is so motivating to be able to talk with others who are so passionate about working with polymer clay. With Blue Bottle Insiders, I’ve been enjoying the articles, information and the Zoom meetings which provide camaraderie, answers to questions, LOTS of tips and knowledge and great support. Don’t delay…join us today!

  13. Deb

    Want to be a part of a community of artists of all skill levels from all over the world who regularly share ideas, opinions and expertise – Blue Bottle Insiders is the place for you! Easy to navigate with pertinent categories. So glad to be a part of Ginger’s latest brainchild.

  14. lynnhsim@msn.com

    If you work with polymer clay you should be part of Blue Bottle Insider. You will find a community at its very best. I love to participate in Zoom meetings which cover a wide variety of topics with other artists. I also like the live Zoom interviews with known artists. You learn about their journey of polymer clay art. This is a supportive community that gets you thinking about your own journey. You can see what others are creating and learn new things and have great conversations.

  15. joan tayler

    Hello out there in the polymer clay world. I think that you should consider joining the Insiders. It is a great way to find the answer to questions that you didn’t even know you had. I have found the interviews interesting and informative, chats with other artists a great way to solve problems and support one another. I have learned a lot about brands I have never tried and tools that I have never used. Thanks Ginger for setting up this group.

  16. Robielyn Sweet

    Insiders is such a wonderful, supportive community. You can get your questions answered by experts, you can find lots of tips, see what people are doing, have wonderful Zoom metings with well know artists, and much, much more. This is a wonderful community for everyone.

  17. Phyllis Cahill

    Insiders is unlike anything else that I’m aware of for polymer clay artists. It’s caused me to think deeply about different subjects, learn new things, get a glimpse into well-known artists’ creative lives, and have meaningful conversations with other members who aren’t just there to show their work or get a question answered and leave. There are twice weekly Drop-In video calls with Ginger, the ultimate expert on polymer clay. We talk about polymer and related subjects while working on our own projects, which is a great to make new friends and break up too much alone time in the studio. Ginger frequently writes new articles specifically for Insiders that go much deeper than what’s available to the public. If I were to imagine an ideal online polymer community gathering and learning place, Insiders would be it. Every day I look forward to what’s happening there and know even more wonderful things are to come.

  18. amandine.nabarra

    This is a community of artisans and artists who share and support each other. It’s also an incredible platform to learn and share our projects, ask questions, toot our own horn. It’s interesting, fun and I love to be part of this tribe.

  19. Lesley Magaril Delia

    Greetings clayers! I joined Insiders about two months ago and really encourage you to join us. While I cant make it to most of the live virtual meetups due to responsibility conflicts, the on line discussion has been hugely helpful and rewarding! Insiders attracts knowledgeable and experienced clayers and between the other Insiders and Ginger, I have solved several practical problems like oven spikes and have had likeminded folks to talk to about artistic dilemmas and avenues of growth. Its not just a bunch of us offering support. Its a place to dig into our thoughts. … and the more of us there are, the better our discussions will be. … so come join us!

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