Happy International Women’s Day from Stroppel scraps

Alice Stroppel finds faces her her scraps on PolymerClayDaily.com

Happy International Women’s Day from the work table of Florida’s Alice Stroppel. Alice paints scraps onto a glass tile that she puts directly into the oven. She mounts the finished commissioned piece on wood.

Her father produced a cartoon for the local paper each week when Alice was growing up. She reminisces about how exciting it was to watch over his shoulder as he drew faces. Now we lean over her shoulder and marvel at the women she finds in her scraps.

Come on over to StudioMojo to see whose work we’re examining, what products have promise, and what we can learn from other art forms (or what they’re learning from us). We bump into the most interesting developments in the most unlikely places!

Zazu zips through a geometric collection


Zazu zips through cutting and arranging layers to create a collection on PolymerClayDaily

The rhythm of cutting and replacing pieces of clay, especially at high speed, makes this process look simple and satisfying.

Watch Spain’s Zazu cut and swap layers of stripes and solids.

Using only a blade and some geometric cutters she reassembles pieces of striped canes and solids into an entire collection of jewelry.

There are days that whiz by when things go as swimmingly as this. Let’s hope today is one of them.

One-off rings

Melanie West sticks with one-off rings on PolymerClayDaily.com

About these recent rings from Maine’s Melanie West she says.”I’ve been encouraged to go back to rings, but refuse to leave my “one-off” approach to my work. So, it’s various colorways, in set sizes, every single ring full of its own personality.” You can find the rings at Markings Gallery, in Bath, Maine. From Facebook.

Do you take a one-off approach? It would be hard to be as disciplined and diligent as Melanie. These are the bomb.

Showing off studs

Iryna Chajka's girls show off her earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

We rarely look at packaging and branding and such on PCD but Ukraine’s Iryna Chajka (eteniren) has gathered a gaggle of girls on cards to show off her stud earrings.

Iryna specializes in pale and delicate polymer succulents and flowers that show up particularly well against her girls’ hairstyles. The cards make the earrings much more dramatic. Smart marketing. Do you have a favorite?

Harmony through pattern

Emerging artist Amy Blair finds harmony through pattern on PolymerClayDaily.com

Now that the Baltimore show is over, one of the ACC Emerging Artists Amy Blair is focusing on filling orders and designing new collections. Here she stacks patterned angular polymer shapes into a jaunty pendant,

Amy has moved from neutrals to brighter colors and intends to go even bigger, bolder and brighter this year.

Her tag line is Harmony Through Pattern. Acquaint yourself with her on Instagram and enjoy her fresh colors as we tiptoe into spring.

There’s no hiding in polymer


Miranda Farrand mirrors my mood on PolymerClayDaily.com

Funny how what I choose each day reflects my mood. This severed head from Ohio’s Miranda Farrand (MirandasCritters) looks spot on. Damned head cold.

Makes you wonder what’s in Miranda’s head, doesn’t it? She seems normal but strange things fly off her fingers when she picks up a hunk of clay. See more on Facebook.

I was feeling quite smug when my friends suffered through germy maladies this winter. Not so smug now. My cold medicine was 10 years out of date but it did the trick.

You know what’s good when you’re feeling sniffly? Cups of ginger tea, kleenex, and sifting through links on your phone! Tomorrow’s StudioMojo will be full of polymer wonders I sorted out just for you. Gather with us for the results of my deep dive.

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