How play helps you see the light

The closeup of Wanda Shums’ latest lamp experiment may make you rethink transparent polymer clay! A turtle rests on the top of a translucent water lily and dragonflies float in pools of blue light.

At the end of a successful show season Wanda was nearly burned out by production work. She treated herself to some play time, creating for her own pleasure to feed her spirit and recharge her batteries.

She pulled out translucent canes she built last spring and gave them new life on a glass lamp globe. Then she added some sculptural elements. Giving herself permission to play resulted in a flood of creativity.

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  • reply Jessica Morrison ,

    These lamps are stunning! I can’t wait to see more! (Also a nice reminder of the importance of play) 🙂

    • reply Anita Brandon ,

      So special and beautiful as well as stunning, detailed, meticulously crafted and unique. What a gorgeous piece! Love Mr. Turtle. So glad to have been introduced to her work today.

      • reply Diana Brown ,

        beautiful, good use for canes and play with color

        • reply Wanda Shum ,

          Hey Cindy, thank you for posting my lamp on here! I’m really proud of the result of these projects!

          • reply Becky Acosta ,

            Beautiful! Love the bright colors & the flower petal cane is gorgeous.

            • reply Gera Scott Chandler ,

              It’s a wonderful piece! Wanda, I’m so happy you were able to break free to let the Muse play! Can’t wait to see it in person!

              cheers!!
              g

              • reply Anna Winter ,

                I was unfamiliar with Wanda’s work and I am so delighted to have been introduced to her creativity! Those lamps are awesom, but I found her other creations to be also awesome. Thank you for sharing her talents

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