This "Sunrise Bowl" from Laura Timmins is a great way to end this hot week. It looks like she's constructed eight individual panels and then joined them at the seams and the base with extruded trim on the top edge. Very sunshine and flowers.
I imagine you all lounging at the pool with your laptops. Still too hot to clay? Here's another distraction.
The artists on the Charon Kransen Arts site are nothing short of spectacular. I shook my head in disbelief at some of the designs from all over the world. Take a look at Japan's Meiri Ishida's felt necklaces for starters.
I went through the whole long list (happy to see Ford/Forlano among them). The artists on this site will blow your mind and the rest of the overheated world will drift away.
Cool off with some hot ideas from these jewelers in a variety of media. The link to New York's David Collection was sent to us by Ronna Weltman. It's chock full of fabulous ideas and terrific designs.
You'll have to fan yourself as you look at artists like Ulrike Hamm. The material used in her bracelet (pictured here) isn't identified but could certainly be polymer. It reminds me of Sandra McCaw's new translucent petals. Check out Ulrike's web site too.
Just when I think I've looked at every lentil bead on the web, I'm drawn back to some spectacular variations. Valerie Aharoni's lentils are something to behold. I can't really tell how they're done. Is it Gwen Gibson's image transfer technique? Is it some sort of rubber stamp trick? Whatever, it's terrific.
And I love the bursting lentils in the necklace at the right that Gwen Gibson created some years back.
All these beads were shaped over a form and were not created using the familiar bicone bead process. I have this old picture of Carol Shelton's beads which illustrates the technique. Two circles were cut out and formed over a large ball bearing. After baking, the two halves were glued together and rebaked making a very lightweight bead.
Some interesting variations on the theme.
In the "Bake and Bend" section of Naama Zamir's Israeli site, you'll find this simple and effective necklace design. The beads are two-sided circles bent in half and drilled.
While these beads were made with Sculpey's bake and bend clay, there's no reason it couldn't be done with other clays as well. A clever design to get your mind moving this Monday morning.
Let's finish out the week with a bit more sculpture, American style.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Katherine Dewey again. Jodi and Richard Creager's work (thanks to Christine Kozicke for the link) is simply stunning. I can't believe my eyes. Their sculpture is amazingly lifelike and engrossing.
If you've got the weekend to web surf, you can even take a look at the National Institute of American Doll Artists. I'm sure I've overlooked lots of polymer clay sculptors. We'll revisit that side of the craft from time to time.