Comedian/Polymer Artist Arnold

Let’s start your week with a polymer clay “comedian artist.” That’s how Seattle’s Meredith Arnold describes herself and her classes are raucous fun. She’ll be teaching in Philadelphia, Miami and Orlando this month.

What surprised me is how shy she is about her web site…she’s not usually shy. Her gallery is filled with works that cover a wide range of media and processes which she discusses on her blog.

Her polymer/PMC combinations, like the beads shown here, are elegant (see her handbook on etching). A hit of Meredith’s color and vitality is a good way to begin your week.

Levi’s Polymer Pillows

Israel’s Sagit Levi has mastered the polymer clay pillow bead shape. Her beads juxtapose their soft shapes with a riot of strong colors that look very much like lampworked glass beads.

Sagit uses translucent canes in bolder colors and more dramatic combinations than we’re used to seeing. She’s got Etsy and Flickr sites and more.

Have a bright, bold weekend.

Carnes Polymer Bakery

Leslie Carnes (Pancake Meow) makes polymer clay baked goods so real that you’ll drool over them.

She does a thriving business in faux sugary waffles, cookies, flan, glazed donuts, crepes, ice cream and cupcakes…served on charm-sized ceramic plates and bowls.

Her just-baked delights are wearable as necklaces and earrings and they’re scented to complete the effect.

These teeny lemon pie slices look like the perfect tonic for spring fever.

Note: Ponsawan Sila has set up a blog to celebrate her daughter, Ada, who is still in a coma.

Inabe’s floating translucents

Masako Inabe’s translucent goldfish truly floats on one of her polymer clay beads. And her butterfly flutters on another.

Donna Kato sent in these pictures taken at Carnival ’07. “I think that goldfish bead is the most beautiful polymer bead I’ve ever seen. It’s so Japanese,” says Donna. (There are more pictures of it in Donna’s travel album.) Carnival ’08 will take place this October-November.

Dittmar white wall sculpture

Portland’s Meredith Dittmar has added Etsy to her list of venues and she’s posted pictures of new works in progress on her Flickr site. She’s scheduled a July show in New York and updated her site. There’s even a 2-minute animation. You’ll want to poke around.

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Velmachos’ ancient polymer

Sometimes polymer clay pieces can feel primitive and iconic. Callie Velmachos has a crude but captivating way of embedding beach pebbles and found objects in polymer clay. And she’s got a tiny tutorial on her site that shows you how she does it.

Callie admits that it was cRis Dupouy’s book, Creating Your Own Antique Jewelry, that got her started. She’s got an article in the Spring 2008 edition of Belle Armoire Jewelry that will tell you more.

Banyas/Speer collaborations

Ohio’s Deborah Banyas and TP Speer have been collaborating on their mixed media wall pieces since the 1980s.

The couple began studying and collecting folk art and soon their collection began rubbing off on their own artwork. Polymer clay added color and variety to their sewn and stuffed wall pieces.

This bird woman looks like she’s enjoying spring. Their gallery is just the thing to get your week started off on the right foot.

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