The International Polymer Clay Association (IPCA) is a non-profit organization, with objectives to educate the public about polymer clay, and to study and promote an interest in the use of this substance as an artistic medium.
Polymer clay is a man-made material that remains pliable for long periods, but bakes or "cures" in a home oven at a fairly low temperature. Though the result is hard, thin sheets are often flexible. It can be sculpted, carved, stamped, textured, sanded, buffed, painted, and used to create sculpture, accessories, figurines, dolls, or jewelry. It can also be used to embellish other surfaces.
The modern artifacts of ArtSci design almost always incorporate this unique & versatile substance – and the IPCA is perhaps its biggest promoter & champion.