Blazing new polymer paths

Trachsel on PCDaily

Sandra Trachsel’s works will have you squinting and scratching your head. How is that kind of precision possible?

Sandra (ST-art-clay) explains that she combined an illusion quilt pattern from Caryl Bryer Fallert and Dan Cormier’s matrix cane idea. For her mud cloth bracelet, she credits Donna Kato for the cane ideas and Dan Cormier for the forms.

trachsel on PCDaily

A trip through Sandra’s recent work shows that while she’s been inspired by great teachers, she’s veering off on her own path which we’ll happily follow.

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  • reply Sabine Spiesser ,

    I am always bowled over by Sandra’s precision. I admire her patience and tenacity at pushing the limits of polymer clay. fantastic work!

    • reply Iris Mishly ,

      Breathtaking. I love her work, so precise!! Perfect!

      • reply Ginger Davis Allman ,

        That was exactly my response to that wonderful necklace…how in the world?? I always enjoy Sandra’s work and the colors of this particular necklace really jumped out at me. Beautiful!

        • reply Anja ,

          This is the quality of craftsmanship we all aspire to!

          • reply kni.kni ,

            Totally agree with everything you’ve already said. I’m always sitting with mouth wide open and then whispering some rude words to express how awesome and genius her work is.

            • reply Candice Bishop ,

              I happen to find the bracelet particularly endearing. I looks like tribal zentangle. Neat stuff.

              • reply Marlene Brady ,

                Beautiful work. I also agree with everyone’s comments; her attention to detail and her finishing is a cut above.

                • reply Lynda Moseley ,

                  Simply stunning. I hope everyone takes the time to look through Sandra’s flickr photo stream. Truly amazing.

                  • reply Dawna Sharp ,

                    Breathtaking. My kind of style! Sandra is going places to be sure!

                    • reply Barb Lessen ,

                      Her work is absolutely superb!!!

                      • reply Sherry Bailey ,

                        Dang! I want to be HER when I grow up!

                        • reply Sue O. ,

                          Wow – amazing. Can’t help but wonder if there might be some early Sandra McCaw influence running somewhere through that necklace, too. Wonderful!

                          • reply Sandra Trachsel ,

                            Thank you Cynthia for featuring my work here!
                            Thank you all for the compliments and kind words! I feel very happy and honored that you like my work.

                            • reply Dan + Tracy ,

                              What a delight to see Sandra featured here on PCD. Her work in our medium has been good for some time, but lately, she is really finding ways to take everything to the next level, not just with her skill as a technician, but with her decision making as an artist. As a student, she commits herself to mastering the techniques she’s learned from others. As an artist, her personal design choices continue to add up to some truly original and stellar work. She is a role model in our medium, balancing the recognition of her influences with a self-respecting celebration of her own artistic voice. Thank you Sandra. Keep going…

                              • reply JL ,

                                I L?Ve seeing work like this! Where one person takes several ideas from several others and then creates a totally new technique! That is why it is so important to learn and share in creativity. I can remember back when i volunteered working with students ans when you taught them something, each one saw things differently and it would enable you to see MANY MORE POSSIBILITIES.

                                • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

                                  Jaw dropping. And she’s only been working with polymer since 2009! Can’t decide if I should laugh with delight or cry from depression!

                                  • reply Cody Craynor ,

                                    Sandra, you are one of my favorite polymer clay artists and I didn’t even realize it. Scrolling through your Flickr feed, I was reminded that every time you have appeared on Cynthia’s blog I’ve been blown away and excited by what I am seeing. Simply fantastic work!

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