Saying goodbyes

The passing of innovator artist Tory Hughes on PolymerClayDaily

Thank you for the hundreds of messages, prayers, memories, and good wishes you sent Tory Hughes that comforted her in her final days. She died on Sunday.

This piece entitled The Path from Nothing to Something hints at the ethereal, celestial themes that appeared in Tory’s works. To learn more about this polymer innovator, teacher, and coach, visit her website and search historical information about her on the PolymerArtArchive.

She inspired many and will truly be missed.

Pieced together

Cara Jane Hayman's faux wood heart on PolymerClayDaily

Undeterred by two canceled flights and a torrent of rain, I jumped in my car and headed to New Jersey’s Clayathon. With any luck, I’ll arrive in time to take a few pictures for this week’s StudioMojo.

From my pieced together road trip, I offer you one pieced together faux wooden heart from Cara Jane Hayman. Have a grand weekend!

DNA in polymer

Joan Israel tests her own DNA on PolymerClayDaily.com

New York’s Joan Israel envisions her DNA like this large painting. That’s the effect that polymer has on many of us.

It seeps into the bloodstream and invades the brain until every molecule of us is pulsing with color and jumping with patterns.

If you visit her Instagram you’ll see how she sketches out her designs for bottles and paintings and then executes her vision with cane slices.

Conversational polymer

Barb Handy's hearts are conversational on PolymerClayDaily.com

Nothing says Valentines Day to me more than old-fashioned conversation hearts. Arizona’s Barb Handy (barbiesbest) makes an exact copy in polymer that’s hard to resist.

They’re perfectly simulated from the chalky colors to the pink ink to the typeface. Her charms are made 1/4″ thick and drilled either vertically or horizontally. Barb has it down perfectly.

Happy Valentines Day!

Light and layers

Alev Gozonar floats translucent layers of patterns and touches of color on PolymerClayDaily.com

Wafer thin slices of cane float toward you from this latest wall piece by Alev Gozonar made during her art residency in Ayvalik, Turkey.

The combination of translucence and dimension keeps your eyes diving down to see what more there is to discover.

If you’re a cane fan, Alev’s selection of canes both colored and patterned may make you want to make new designs for your own supply.

Study Alev’s way with large polymer and mixed media wall art on her portfolio and on Instagram

Atelier Hughes

Tory Hughes requests your prayers (but no calls) on PolymerClayDaily.com

One of the most significant leaders in our craft is not well. It’s quiet at Atelier Hughes in downtown Santa Fe, home to polymer pioneer Tory Hughes.

Tory has always been attuned to the power of friends’ energy and she let me know that she can use the best thoughts, prayers, and memories that we can wing her way.

While Tory very much values your support, to lessen her distress about missed calls she asks that no one text or call her. Notes mailed to her address (1437 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501) would be wonderful.

Two lovely friends, Annie Houten and Cynde Tagg from Albuquerque, are looking after Tory’s day-to-day affairs and can be contacted.

In case you’re not acquainted with Tory’s legacy, enjoy this virtual tour from October 2017 when the studio was strung with her latest mobiles and full of pieces from decades of work. The mobiles balanced and swayed brightly in the New Mexico breezes. I like to think of them catching the energies you send her now.

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