You may need sunglasses…

…for the eyepopping colors on Ronit Golan’s site.

It must be bright in Haifa, Israel where Rita and her students are fanatic cane makers. I’m fascinated by the color palettes of various cultures and climes.

This week I’m ready for color and spring and Ronit’s site is nothing if it’s not colorful. It’s Monday! Wake up and smell the polymer clay.

The Humble Bic Updated

Another example of simple and appealing polymer work comes from Denmark. Eva Eriksen’s pens add some interesting twists to the humble Bic…great texture, well-designed tops.

Her attention to detail and attempt to go a bit farther with the design results in a very successful project. Here’s a whole gallery of pen pictures sent to me by Jackie Sieben from a Polymer Clay Central group called Discussions from the Claypen.

Back to Basics

I’m still collecting great "simple" polymer art. Here’s Helen Breil’s brooch which combines good color, surprising texture and great shape. Simple and very effective.

Her site contains more examples.

Readers have prompted me to make some clarifications and upgrades. I’ll be modifying the navigation to make the new photo gallery more prominent (that’s new and I wasn’t sure it would work…but it does).

Pingree is a mystery to some viewers. It was my initial posting made at the request of the Rocky Mountain group and it’s password protected because they’re shy. I’ll move it to a less prominent spot but I have to thank them for launching me.

Howard, the Italian Pongo man, added a clarification. First, Pongo is plasticene and it doesn’t harden. Second, Howard is from New York! The site is a stitch…even if it isn’t polymer and he isn’t Italian.

Your comments and tips are very important to me. Thanks and keep ’em coming.

Think young

I’m a great fan of what young designers are doing with polymer. Florida’s Heather Wynn shows us some terrific examples. Her transfers and mokume gane show a different way of applying and using the media.

Heather’s ideas are showcased nicely by her web site. I’m fond of the way she photographs her work…soft, from many angles, with uncomplicated backgrounds, a bit mysterious. Usually I have a bias against "flash" web sites and this one loads slowly. It’s worth the wait. Her polymer works are in galleries 2, 3, and 4. And thanks to Jan Norwood for the tip!

Class List

I’ve added a "classes" page to the navigation bar at the top of this page. It may not be comprehensive and I won’t try to keep up with all the beginner classes and guild events…those are covered elsewhere.

This list gathers the best professional-level classes that might otherwise get overlooked (like the Nan Roche class at Arrowmont and the Dan Cormier & Tracy Holmes new workshops). If you know of other similar events, send them along.

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