Hall and Malinow are Saul Bell finalists

Polymer artists Liz Hall and Wendy Wallin Malinow are starting their year on a high note. Both have been named finalists in Rio Grande’s prestigious 2010 Saul Bell design competition. Liz’s entry (pictured here) is a silver and metal clay belt buckle inlaid with polymer clay. Congrats to them both.

If we’re to improve as polymer clay artists, each of us needs to catch a glimpse of our art at its best.

Look through what you created in 2009 and pick out the best piece. It might not be a complete piece, maybe it’s only one bead. What makes it special? What triggered your creativity? Who helped you? How does it make you feel? Can you bring more of this into your 2010 life?

It’s been a great year. And for that I thank all of you, my wonderful readers. You’ve given me more than you know. I’m humbled and grateful. Happy new year!

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  • reply Jeannie ,

    Liz and Wendy good luck in the competition. This is a beautiful piece.
    I wish I had the time to improve on my polymer clay and it was my full time job. I envy and admire polymer clay artists that make a living doing it.

    Cynthia, thank you for bring us a beautiful glimpse into the world of PC each and every day. I have never seen such raw talent like I do here. Thank you and Best Wishes and Health for the new year.

    • reply Melinda Hayes ,

      Good idea. I need to do it to see how fAr I’ve come.

      Happy New Year!

      • reply Liz Hall ,

        Cynthia, thank you so much for sharing our wonderful news, I am so honored and thrilled about being a finalist. I also can not wait to see what Wendy has entered, her work is amazing.

        Thank you also for your words of wisdom and advice for 2010. I find a lot of inspiration from your site so much talent is feature here. I hope in 2010 to keep expanding my knowledge and creativity with polymer clays and in all of my artistic endeavors. I wish everyone a wonderful and creative New Year!

        • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

          Congratulations to both of you! As a longtime admirer of your work, I can’t imagine two more deserving artists to be included in such talented company!
          Randee

          • reply Barb Harper ,

            Cynthia, Every day of PCD is inspirational and keeps me going on the polymer road.It’s the sunshine in my day. Thank you more than you know. Barb

            • reply Cynthia Becker ,

              Cynthia,
              Ditto Barb’s comment! PCD is the one blog I read daily. Even though time with my clay is limited, I retain my enthusiasm for the medium through the images you bring to my computer screen five days a week.
              The “other” Cynthia

              • reply kathryn reid ,

                First, I think this piece and your work, Liz, is just delightful. Congratulations to you for your talent and for your achievements! Cynthia, as for you… you are such a kind and generous spirit! For your creativity, your tenacity, and your hard work, I am truly grateful. Many thanks for all you are, and blessings in the new year.

                kathryn

                • reply Cindy Walcott ,

                  Thank you, Cynthia — from yet another Cynthia, who goes by Cindy. I appreciate your advice for reviewing our 2009 work. I am going to take you up on that challenge! May we all grow in our art in 2010! I know that I can count on you to inspire me each and every weekday!

                  • reply Wendy W Malinow ,

                    Thanks Cynthia for the SB mention. Liz – what a cool piece. Good luck and hope we’re both at the LV party! I’m so excited to see such a great piece representing PC in the Saul Bell Competition. OK – more PC people need to continue to enter this great competition and show everyone in the jewelry world how much creativity and inspiring design are happening in our community. A new year’s resolution????? Happy New Year! Thanks Cynthia for the continued daily visual treats and inspiration.

                    • reply Shannon ,

                      Happy New Year, Cynthia! Thank you for the top notch posts through 2009. You brought to attention the high standard polymer clay artists are achieving world wide and it has been a real pleasure. Looking forward to what 2010 will show us!

                      • reply revonav ,

                        Congratulations Liz! Great work. Good luck to you and Wendy in the competition.

                        • reply Melanie West ,

                          Congratulations, Liz and Wendy! Being a Saul Bell finalist is a huge feather in any artist’s cap. You’re work is lovely, and is very deserving of the honor. 🙂

                          I want to add that polymer clay being included in the finalist list is a huge feather in pc’s cap too. Bit but bit, our medium is getting the respect it deserves. Yeeehaaaa! 😉

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