Tantalizing terrazzo

Otrzan on PCDaily

Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan can’t stop churning out new ideas!

Lately she’s obsessed with geometry, cutting thick chunks of terrazzo-like polymer patterns and stacking them together at varying angles.

Otrzan on PCDaily

Her fan club is waiting patiently at Etsy hoping that some of these new pieces will make their way into her shop.

In the meanwhile you can see Nikolina’s work on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest and learn some of her tricks on CraftArtEdu.

Dog bowls

Pearl on PCDaily

Of course you’d guess that Baltimore’s Linda Pearl was a dog lover from her bowls in the swap at the Virginia conference. You might also sense that her background is in pottery. And her shapes and treatments have a distinctly Japanese feel to them.

Pearl on PCDaily

She showed me how she cut a shape and let it slump inside a hemisphere cake bowl creating a graceful shallow dish shape.

Pearl on PCDaily

She transferred her images from toner copies and played with various textures and metallic finishes.

Linda’s Facebook page is pretty sparse and she swears that better online presence is on her to-do list. Click on the images here to see more.

This crop of bowls was a particularly good one and we’ll cover it more completely in Saturday’s StudioMojo.

Gelato polymer

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Lindly Haunani opened a box of her new “Spring Gelato” tinted translucent beads ready for stringing and our mouths watered at their lusciousness. The edges of the canes were accented with embossing powders. The petals are gently pinched, and shaped. They’re drilled after baking. More on Facebook.

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Lindly works mise en place, creating all the components for her limited editions before she begins the assembly process.

PCD will unveil a bit more from Virginia tomorrow and reveal a more comprehensive wrap-up on this weekend’s StudioMojo.

 

Refreshing polymer

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Carol Blackburn shaped these bright little polymer purses to accommodate a small perfume atomizer in case the wearer needed to refresh. She shows an open purse here. See more of her incredibly sharp patterns (canes) and crisp colors on Flickr.

Sparks flying

You’d think the polymer groupies gathered in Virginia would be out of ideas after 26 years but the sparks are still flying. PCD will feature some of the new ideas from here at the end of the week. StudioMojo will contain even more of the newest tips and tricks in the Saturday newsletter.

Traveling scrap

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Scrap from Jon Anderson’s studio in Bali made its way to Ron Lehocky’s workroom in Louisville.

Through all sorts of serendipitous connections and with a great deal of fun and intrigue, Jon’s polymer scrap is raising hundreds of dollars for the Kids Project in Kentucky.

Lehocky on PCDaily

You can see pictures of more of Ron’s results by clicking on the image.

He nearly discarded Jon’s canes that had welded themselves together in transit. What are you doing with your scrap? Are you overlooking treasures?

There’s more to the story! Jon is sending another batch of what he calls polymer cheese (more securely packaged this time) when Barb Alexander’s tour arrives in Bali soon.

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