Bankova’s clay sketches

The tags on the exotic, incised jewelry designs of Bulgarian artist Mariana Bankova read “synthetic ceramic” and “pâte polymère” so I’m guessing the material is polymer clay but they look very much like ceramic.

The washed colors and sketchy lines drawn around embedded seed beads give the pieces both a modern and romantic feel.

Reading about how the artists congregated in the small town adds to the mystique. Look at their gallery, Etsy shop and Flickr page to enjoy the full effect. (via Perlerouge)

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  • reply perlerouge ,

    Merci beaucoup, c’est toujours un plaisir de se voir citée sur ce magnifique Site.

    Thank you very much, it’s always a pleasure to be quoted on this magnificent site.

    • reply Melanie West ,

      Wow! If Mariana really is using polymer clay, she’s on to something here. You’re right, it really does look like ceramic. Just beautiful!! Thanks for the mid week kick, Cynthia! 🙂

      • reply Julie Anstaett ,

        I do like her use of the antique process with the incorporation of seed beads…very eye-catching. Yes, the material is polymer – “pate polymere”. Although she’s quite beautifully unique in her design and use, the same ceramic effect can be achieved with tinted liquid clay on any object. Just takes time, patience and experimenting! Thanks for the wonderful site.

        • reply pedro da fonseca ,

          Thanks for the comments and Merry Christmas:)

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