Bolder Works

Another look at Turkish artist Alev Gözonar’s new works can invigorate us this Friday. She takes a bold, self-possessed approach to polymer clay in her art. It’s helpful for those of us who take a smaller, more self conscious view of our craft (myself included) to see this display. Sometimes it takes another culture’s perspective to shake our preconceived notions.

Alev says, "I want to make art that is new and accessible in order to reach a wider public." Have a bold weekend.

Off the Hook

NPCG show coordinator Diane Villano responded to yesterday’s concern about the web publishing of works that might be entered in the Progress and Possibilities show. Says show coordinator Diane, "Previously published means in print format, i.e., magazine, book, etc. Images mounted on web sites are perfectly okay to submit to the exhibit."


Regatta is what Julie Picarello has named this luscious piece that’s among the designs she’s working on for submission to NPCG’s Progress and Possibilities show. The colors really sing and she manages to incorporate her signature watch parts into the necklace.

She’s fleshed out her web site and added a page of works in progress. You’ll want to take a second look.

You have a couple more days to get your entry into the NPCG show. Go online for the paperwork and have another look at the new NPCG site. There’s a terrific article on Robert Dancik by Marcia Laska with an accompanying hollow bead trick.

Spring Training

Yes, these are polymer clay canes so detailed that it seems impossible. Since 1991, Wes Warren from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has been perfecting his caning technique and making his living from his well-developed skills.

Many of his beads are built on sports or team imagery. His word canes are incredibly precise.

You can see a sampling of his beads on his Flickr page and read his fascinating life story on his ebay site.

I picked up this Canadian inspiration by way of Israel from Iris Mishly’s blog, Polymeri Online. You’ll want to check out her finds often so I’ve added a link to her in the sidebar.


The Manabu Ito site (Clay Work Technique) is rich not only with polymer clay illustrations and sculptures but with links to lots of other Japanese artists who work in a similar vein.

The pieces are amazingly detailed and stylized. There’s even a video showing the artist at work and a peek at his workspace. I wish I knew some Japanese so that I could understand more about his extensive sneaker collection.

If the language is garbled (I’m not even sure about his name), it’s because I picked up this Japanese link via the Kiwi site in Belgium. There’s plenty here to keep you entertained all weekend.

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