Between Robert Dancik's PMC/Polymer class (see his pmc/polymer earrings at the left) and Maggie Maggio's color class here in Columbus this weekend we're chock full of information and ideas. My head is spinning this Monday morning.

It was interesting that after all was said and done, each of the teachers came back to the "trust your gut" theme. What matters most is being true to your own vision.

I've been listening to Thomas Moore on Creativity who talks about artists following their "daimon." It's worth a listen.

Fall textures

PCDaily is not about promoting products (note to self). Voice, authenticity, daring, quirkiness…that's what we hunt for in polymer clay art. And one way to express yourself clearly is by making your own tools, textures, stamps and transfers.

Victoria James' silicon plates look like the results of long walks in the woods. If yesterday's textures piqued your interest, be sure to check out today's links to Victoria's plates for sale along with ideas for making your own. She'll be demoing her techniques at the San Diego guild's Sandy Camp next week. We hope the group will send us some pictures (hint, hint).

Fall in Ohio is just full of color and texture. I hope you can get outside and soak in all the beauty this weekend.

Canadian guild

Speaking of guild sites, you should probably take a look at the Southern Ontario Guild's site too. There's some very good work in the gallery – like these spiral topped containers from Margi Laurin. (The guild's server is a bit sluggish so try again later if it kicks you off. The links below work fine.)

And you're a link away from another treasure of that guild. Member Helen Breil's texture plates are now available from Canadian supplier, Shades of Clay.

Helen's first shipment of these quirky and touchable textures sold out quickly. She's bulked up her inventory so that you can confidently order them.

For the DIYers, note that at the bottom of the texture sheet page Helen offers an 8-page "Creating Your Own Texture Sheets" booklet.

German guild

Don't you wish your guild had a site like PolyClayKunst.de? I can't read German but the pages are so lovely and well-organized that it hardly matters.

They've recently added a gallery of their members' works. The necklace at the left is from the Nadja Fünfsinn page. And Mona Kissel from West Virginia is listed in members gallery. Small world.

There's a lovely tutorial of Maggie Maggio's watercolors plus a couple of others to mull over. Thanks to web mistress Bettina Welker and to Janet Hoy for reminding us to take a second look.


Paula Pindroh from Lakewood, Ohio, joins the ranks of polymer clay illustrators (see the new category in the right hand column).

Artists like Meredith Dittmar, Doreen Gay-Kassel, Sylvie Perrin, Marcia Rocha and others take the clay in a direction that few of us pursue and many of us admire. Most of these illustrators started out working on paper and were lured to polymer because of its three dimensional possibilities and the immediacy of its color.

Thanks to Susan Rose for the link. 

Road Show

The Holmes/Cormier team is taking the show on the road this fall. From Montreal to Maryland, Tracy and Dan will be serving up a series of workshops showing you how to make better beads on the cutting edge. The duo is entertaining as well as informative.

In Tracy's one-day workshop she reveals the secrets of her polymer beach pebbles which are indistinguishable from the real thing (but much lighter weight). Check the class listing for a class near you.

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