Doroshow Makes Multiples


It’s been fun to watch Dayle Doroshow work on several polymer clay projects this week. Here are five mask pendants that she made and embellished with rivets and metal parts.

Whatever creative spark she’s following, she makes in multiples, not just one. Five is her number but it could be any number. Creating five versions of each idea allows her to refine the technique, explore the possibilities of production and decide if the idea is worthy of further exploration.

Dayle will be teaching more about the care and feeding of the creative spark at Synergy.

Santa Fe Toops

“Soul-stirring works” is how Patina Gallery in Santa Fe describes the art they represent and they did not disappoint. You’ll have to look at the detail of this Cynthia Toops polymer clay work to see why it was our group’s favorite.

The gallery doesn’t show any of Cynthia’s work on their new web site but they’re working on it. In the meanwhile, look at the great selection of Ford/Forlano pieces and note this polymer and diamonds brooch.

We spent a lovely day in town, including lunch with Barb Fajardo and her husband and a visit to Lee Kellogg’s great rubber stamp store. This is livin’.

New Zealand’s Keogh

This is not a vacation picture. It’s a witty polymer clay sculpture from New Zealand’s Sonia Keogh.

"My characters are playful, provocative and have an emotional energy. Polymer clay enables me to merge realism and fantasy, to develop a sense of irony by manipulating the natural order of things," says Keogh.

Susan Lomuto uncovered the link to these quirky, satirical pieces and thought you’d enjoy them.

Acres Show Exhibitors

Three polymer clay artists who have never done a major wholesale show have been chosen by the NPCG to share a booth free of charge at the American Craft Retailers Expo in Las Vegas next April.

California’s Meisha Barbee (right), Washington’s Julia Sober, and New Hampshire’s Sandra McCaw (left) were chosen from a large slate of entrants. Thanks to Judy Dunn who headed up the process for NPCG.

Slow internet connection tonight…oh my, you folks with dialup are a patient lot. More news tomorrow.

River Rocks

It’s fun to see polymer clay pebbles from another perspective. Carol Simmons’ river rocks may look like the ones Kim Cavender taught me to make using embossing powders.

On closer examination (click on the image for the big view), you’ll see that Carol’s are made from miniscule versions of her organic pattern canes. They’re a visual trick that looks lovely in a bowl in our vacation hacienda in Santa Fe. Walk out the door and the ground of the nearby arroyo is littered with nature’s version….art and life together on a colorful holiday. Lucky me, I’ll be posting from New Mexico all week.

LoopyBoopy Holidays

Twenty-four guests for Thanksgiving dinner at our house and the power goes out two hours before the meal!

Perhaps I picked up some gremlin vibes from these polymer clay holiday elves-gone-bad by Louisiana’s LoopyBoopy Art Dolls. They’re wonderful characters and her descriptions are great.

We fired up the generator for cooking and got power back 15 minutes before guests arrived! Whew. This year I am thankful for electricity. Angela Gerhard sent the link along.


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