Smile for hairy pods

Sarah Shriver's inscrutable pods elicit smiles on PolymerClayDaily.com

Why do Sarah Shriver’s new Hairy Pods (at another point she calls them rubber chickens) make us smile? Those bushy tops look unmanageable. Does one wear the pods or are they simply meant to delight the eye? The colors and patterns are tribal and muted yet unquestionably hers.

Don’t you imagine that Sarah has an explanation and joke to accompany these smile-eliciting objects? Sometimes it’s just as well that we don’t understand a piece. Better to just smile and enjoy their beauty.

Get more clues about what Sarah’s thinking on her Instagram.

On the road polymer

Kim Arden creates smiles and pendants on the road on PolymerClayDaily.com

Let’s keep the smiles going with these hot, bright colors from Ohio’s Kimberley Arden.

“Every single one of the canes used on these pendants was made while we were at our camper this past week! I am absolutely in LOVE with the bright colors and can’t wait to finish them! They are so happy!” she says.

She’s on the road all summer and I just figured out that her “Dashboard Studio” is called that because she shoots photos on the dashboard of her vehicle.

The new fabric panels Kim sewed to match her jewelry give her booth a very cohesive and put-together look. In her bright booth, she always has a smile on her face and it’s infectious.

Join her on the road on Facebook and her site.

Smile-worthy polymer

Smile-worthy polymer from France’s Caroline Cornic Isola (Klick-art) feels awfully good.

Stripes, dots, a big mug and swinging legs. And what about those orange ears and mean teeth on her Happy Wolf?Caroline knows just how to tickle our fancy and start the week with a smile. Follow her on Facebook and shop on Etsy.

Caroline is an illustrator and comic artist who translates her art perfectly to polymer. What do you draw that could be translated?

50 Days of shimmering veneers

Leanne Fergus puts a glitzy touch on day 50 of her 100 veneers project on PolymerClayDaily

Melbourne’s Leanne Fergus loves mixed media on polymer clay. Pearly, shiny, glowing, golden…anything that shimmers is right up her alley. Texture adds another level of interest and intrigue.

Leanne is up to day 50 on her 100-day project and it’s paying off. Some veneers she captures under resin.

Flip through her Instagram to see how she’s progressed. “When I’m in my workroom creating I feel like everything including time, stands still. It is my therapy, meditation and happy place.  It is a time for being fully in the moment and recharging my spirit,” says Leanne.

Her new website is stunning.

Welcoming the familiar

Cynthia Tinapple finds comfort in a bright striped inlaid bowl on PolymerClayDaily.com

I hesitate to feature my own work but when I run out of research time, it’s the best option. Here’s the 11″ diameter bowl I inlaid last week.

I was happy to get back to my easy stripes at the Virginia conference. Rather than fight against doing the “same old, same old” I welcomed the ease of the familiar. And I had Lindly Haunani nearby to give me color guidance.

I laid narrow strips of veneer into a shallow groove in the spalted maple bowl turned by my husband, Blair Davis. There’s something comforting in knowing that the bowl is made from the tree across the street. “Spalted” is a fancy word for rotted and the tree had to go. You can see a few in-process shots on my Instagram.

Now I can get to composing this week’s Saturday newsletter and gathering up the last tidbits that surfaced at the end of Shrine Mont. Just as we were packing up, people were sharing their “one-last-thing.” And there was a sudden spring crop of tutorials online this week. Join us over at StudioMojo for the scoop. 

Adding tricks, shifting focus

Doreen Gay Kassel's new work switches to pendants on PolymerClayDaily.com

Doreen Gay Kassel adds pendants to her usual repertoire of uncommon characters and pods.

Feels like a shift and a change that we’ll keep an eye on. Same unmistakeable colors with a nod to jewelry (and perhaps french fries).

Track Doreen on Instagram and Facebook.

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