Mardi Gras dancing polymer

Laura Tabakman wins the prize and gets the party started with her Mardi Gras on PolymerClayDaily.com

Pennsylvania’s Laura Tabakman won both Best of Show Members’ Choice and
Best of Show Jurors’ Choice prizes in this year’s IPCA Awards competition. 

Entitled Mardi Gras, Laura’s pieces are carefully balanced so that the slightest breeze brings the party swaying to life.

The 16 separate units each have delicate polymer vessels 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ tall which are suspended on steel wires drilled into islands made of flooring material.

The units take up a 20″ x 16″ x 9″ space but the grouping can be reconfigured in many different ways.

Over at StudioMojo, we take a closer look at these and other outstanding works that inspire us. Plus we’ll cover tools, trends, and classes aimed at nurturing your creative spirit and pursuing your unique and crazy ideas. 

Designs for every mood

Tennessee’s Susan Dyer captures polymer in silver bezels. The backs are textured so that if you’re not feeling colorful, you can turn them over and opt for textured silver instead.

Though she’s stayed away from the big shows of late, you can still find her on Etsy and she’s popular on Pinterest.

Since social media was acting up on Wednesday, I dipped back into the archives. Susan’s been creating these beauties for years and they’re still perfectly in style. Good to know!

Art deco spring

Eried's earring blooms will make you believe in spring again on PolymerClayDaily

Greece’s Eri Dimitriadi (Eried) restores our faith in spring with these ocean blue earring dangles. She calls them art deco. You may see them as spring blooms.

 

Eri is a full-time architect and part-time polymer artist. She has a delicate touch and a spare, architectural sensibility. If these grab you, you’ll want to see more on her Instagram.

Dustin’s students’ purse beginnings

Kathleen Dustin students sculpt their purse shapes on PolymerClayDaily

What is so soothing about the golden shapes from students in Kathleen Dustin’s purse class in Georgia? The forms have a round-edged, ponderous, shape that puts me in mind of Henry Moore sculptures.

This “before” shot may make you scurry over to the Creative Journeys Facebook to see the “after” shots here.

The student work gives me “class envy.” You too? It’s almost spring and time to wake up our spirits with a class.

Sky blue links

Anarina Anar draws 60" of sky blue links on PolymerClayDaily.com

Greece’s Anarina Anar wakes us up this Monday with a 60″ necklace in bright blues.

The long thin polymer rectangles are covered with a variety of complementary patterns. Anarina’s tools of choice are colored pencils on raw clay.

Every strip is delightfully different so that your eyes want to search them all for similarities.

This item is in her Etsy shop and on Instagram.

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!

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