London Jewels

Kotomi Yamamura fashions her jewelery from natural and semi-precious stones set in polymer clay mountings. Born in Osaka, Japan, Kotomi Yamamura obtained a degree in lacquer at Kyoto City University of Art. Following a decade as contract designer she moved in 1998 to London.

Her main source of inspiration has been the decorative arts of the European mediaeval world…Gothic, Byzantine and Russian. Kotomi says she has found a ready and enthusiastic market at galleries, shops and craft fairs in London. Read about her here and see her catalog here.

Ashcroft Update

It’s such a treat to locate artists who started "way back when" in the early days of the NPCG and see what they’re doing now. Check out Pierrette Ashcroft’s site (thanks to super-googler Ronna Weltman). While Pierrette’s signature colors and canes are still very recognizable, she’s integrated them into fresh designs and concepts.

Be sure to check her links and her story about the flying trapeze.

Glowing work

These pieces, gleaned from Flickr, are from a mysterious artist (no name, Portugese perhaps) and show a young, painterly, childlike approach to polymer clay. You’ll find polymer embellished postcards and pins. She’s experimenting with bright colors and glow-in-the-dark flourescents.

Whatever this artist may lack in familiarity with the clay (no caning here) she makes up for in creativity. Fric_de_mentol is no copycat, she’s an original. A breath of fresh air.


Canadian artist Wanda Shum has a delightful collection of wares on both her blog and her web site. She has a thing for teapots and I particularly like this "I Dream Of Jeannie" version.

Wanda’s delicate earrings and necklaces filled with extruded patterns show a nice twist on that theme as well.

Many thanks to Barbara Forbes-Lyons for the tip.


NWPCG's Jenn Dorion pointed out some new beads from Grant Diffendaffer that you might enjoy.

That led me to the Ravensdale site which has lots more information to contemplate and pictures to intrigue.

I couldn't help but include this Jeffrey Dever piece too. It looks like a spring bloom. Have a lovely weekend.


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