Polymer persistence and style

Lucie Blaauw brings her own voice to each class on PolymerClayDaily.com

The Netherlands’ Lucie Blaauw has taken classes from an impressive list of polymer artists. This recent necklace and earrings set is from a Nikolina Otrzan tutorial.

If you click through Lucie’s Instagram photos you’ll see her style change and her techniques improve as she continues to explore. Her works have become bolder and more dramatic and she injects what she creates with her own voice, no matter whose methods she’s trying.

Best of all, she finishes a piece in each workshop so she can track her progress. Most of us have a drawer full of abandoned efforts. You’ll like her style and love her persistence.

Mokume gane magic

Kay Burns discovers mokume gane in a Carol Simmons workshop on PolymerClayDaily.com

This big reveal is from Kay Burns (beadhappyshop), a student in Carol Simmons’ weekend class in Ireland.

Carol teaches her own distinct way of stacking and mark-making that results in dense and jewel-like layers. There’s something exciting about the first slice through the layers and then there’s the excitement of figuring out how to make use of every lovely bit of magic.

Fancy polymer acorns

Perfectly autumnal acorns from Kathy Koontz on PolymerClayDaily.com

South Carolina’s Kathy Koontz (FlowertownOriginals) gathered up a stash of these exotic looking acorn tops from under a burr oak tree (in a Michaels parking lot). What would any self-respecting polymer artist do with such a fabulous find?

She’s put these colorful and properly topped acorns on Etsy to decorate someone else’s window sill for fall. I am so very tempted to snatch them up, aren’t you?

Blue Yonder in polymer

Lyn Tremblay explores the Blue Yonder in polymer for a group art show on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ontario’s Lyn Tremblay takes painting with polymer in a different direction with her Blue Yonder, a 12″x12″ square abstract for a group show, Art with Panache. Colors collide, textures bump into each other, layers reveal and hide each other. Lots of energy here!

Lyn’s painting fits in nicely with this week’s StudioMojo discussion about what it means to bring joy to your workspace. We’ll consider what we like to look at and live with and why. Come on over and join us for a little bit of Saturday morning joy.  

Slow show, new work

La Perle Rouge found a new way to work at a slow show on PolymerClayDaily

France’s La Perle Rouge admits in a post that one of her shows was not well attended so she kept herself busy making canes and visiting nearby thrift stores.

Voila! A new way of working!

Unleashed from her usual setting, she sliced thick cane pieces and formed them into cuplike shapes that she arranged on the thrift shop finds. The results have a happy and unconstrained look.

We could use your help with the artist’s name which we couldn’t find on either the La Perle Bijoux site or Facebook page.

Thanks to PCD reader Aims Abson for the link!

Halloween 2.0

Sculptor Marina Sabio (tinysparksstudio) is a Spanish polymer artist working in France.

Her small witch has thrown away the broom and upgraded to a vacuum cleaner for transportation. Here she takes it out for a spin.

You’ll have to visit Marina on Instagram to get the full effect of her very distinct and quirky characters.

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