MARCH 2015

01 Mar


Here’s why–the process of our prayers through pigment is an ever evolving exploration into the materials we use to create an icon.  Unsuccessfully searching high and low for custom palettes, we’ve decided to make our own.  Space has been reserved at the Clayground Studio and Gallery for 12 participants.  The deposit has been made for our group so it’s happening!  Please see the details below:

  • Date:  March 28, 2015  12 Noon til 3pm
  • Cost: $25.00 per participant
  • Three hours has been allotted to Archangel Michael Icon Guild friends to complete the first stage of the palette making process and three hours when we come back for the second stage which is the glazing.  We have between 2 weeks and 4 months to to glaze our palettes.  After four months the project will be disposed of due to space limitations.  Participants may take their work home with them and return up to four months later to glaze their palettes
  • All materials are included and yes, the $25.00 covers both stages of the process!
  • The class is guaranteed but the piece is not.  Clay is fragile, however if your piece breaks or explodes in the bisque fire, Clayground offers substitute pieces at no cost
  • If you wish to glaze your piece before we set the date and time to go as a group for the second stage–the glazing drop in hours are Wednesday-Friday 3pm — 6pm/Saturday 12 noon — 5pm/Sunday from 11 am–2pm

If you have clay tools you wish to bring along to custom decorate your palette, please do so.  We have jewelry tools which work well with clay projects so don’t be concerned with what would work.  Wooden ball stakes are going to be used to make the wells for the palettes but if you have other ideas to make wells, hold brushes and tempera containers–your creativity is going to be unleashed and unlimited in your imagination!

The Clayground just recently opened Jehovah Java Organic Juice and Coffee Bar.  Located within the building, the menu offers baked goods, fresh fruit bowls, whole fruits, salads and more!  Please bring a few dollars extra with you if you’d like to enjoy their goodies since we’ll be there during lunch time.

We will meet in Ellicott City promptly at 12 noon.  The address is The Clayground  3715 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD  21043     The phone number is 443-812-1158  Website is and e-mail is  PUBLIC PARKING IS AVAILABLE ACROSS THE STREET–NOT IN THE LOT BEHIND CLAYGROUND–YOU WILL BE TOWED!  

Please contact Mick if you wish to register (410) 303-2392


Sunday, March 1, 2015

ICON LECTURE from Wayne Hajos begins today at 11:15am

St, Matthew’s Othodox Church 7271 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, MD

Please contact Wayne for more information–


Saturday, March 7, 2015

St. Theodosia Guild Meeting in Stafford, Virginia.  Please contact JoAnne Laymon at for more information!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

PYSANKY CLASS taught by Pysanky Artist, Mark Jesko

Learn to decorate an egg in the traditional wax and dye method

St. Matthew’s Orthodox Church  7271 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, MD

11:30 am

$10.00 fee includes materials and supplies but participants are asked to bring a candle and candleholder along with a bag lunch as there will be a lunch break

Please contact Wayne Hajos to register —



We are loving our new space at the Shrine of St. Anthony!  Though we’ll miss the intimacy of meeting at home, we had outgrown our space; the large conference room is sunny and bright and we have much more room to spread out to work on our icons.

We welcome new students Kristin Catena and Marcela Cordero!  Kristin arrived with her husband Gene for Tatiana’s presentation and Marcela bounced in shortly after.  Both new students will be posted under “Students” link with their bio’s tomorrow but you will meet them as they are coming to the icon workshop with Vladislav in April!  Seats are being reserved quickly and April 1, 2015 is the deadline for reservations.  For more information visit and click on the link “Workshops and Events” to download the registration form.

After Brother Jerry scented our room with incense, we began with Tatiana Gubenko’s presentation of “Icons from the Ukraine” a lively and humorous speaker, Tatiana kept us riveted with her lecture on the icons and churches from her birthplace of Kiev.  Many of the churches were destroyed during wars but some had retained their walls from the 12th century and were rebuilt.  A testimony to the great Faith of the people, today there are 950 churches with 250 more planned for the future.  Some churches are very tiny and the cathedrals have amazing frescoes on the outside of their walls. Tatiana spoke of the secrecy required to practice their Faith during communist reign, many people were tortured and killed for being Christian.  We will post photos at a later point in time as we were so engaged, we did not remember to ask for copies to show you!

A brief discussion was held about contributing articles, photos, poems and your own Icon Journey in our magazine.  January, 2016 is when the magazine will be completed so all have time to submit ideas.  At a later point in time we will send out word counts for articles, size dimensions for photographs and cost for advertising.  There is a reason for this magazine — to be unveiled at a later point in time.

Fr. Ninos has created This site is for all faiths and operates much like facebook.  A delightful site where you can meet fellow Christians, post events, prayers, photos of your icons and much, much more!  When you have a minute, check it out and join us.  Thank you JoAnne for sending us this link!

We worked on our icons until closing at 6:00pm,  then headed up to Great Sage for dinner, ending our evening at 8:30pm.  What an awesome group of people and we hope you’ll join us on March 28th at 12 noon at the Clayground!








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