It’s that time of year

The trees have hardly lost their leaves here in Ohio and we’re already gearing up for Christmas. Polymer artists like Sharon Sahl hold their annual sales this time of year. Sharon, like so many other fine artists, has no website and rarely enters juried shows. Instead she holds one open house and exhibits at three Ohio shows in October and November. Her works are collected and sought after. I’ll feature more of her works in the coming months. Her craftsmanship and attention to detail are remarkable.

If you know of other artists who, like Sharon, prefer to work out of the mainstream and the glare of the internet, let me know. They deserve some recognition and I’d like to give it to them.

Looking Elsewhere

For the past few days I haven’t wanted to look at polymer. I’ve turned my attention to rugs, jewelry, ceramics…art of other persuasions. There’s so much out there to inspire polymer artists. Take a look at some of these ideas and envision how polymer could transform them into something else.

I’m also priming myself for some quality color time with Lindly and Maggie. I’m thinking of this as homework but actually it’s just fun to immerse myself in new ideas as I surf the web. Join me at some of my latest finds.

Lentils

I’ve run across Ronna Sarvas Weltman in several magazines and articles. I’m attracted to her wavy lentil disks. She uses them both by themselves and with other, round beads.

Ronna lives in Bellevue, Washington. She works in silver, precious metal clay, polymer clay, glass beads, and other materials. Visit her site.

Crystals

I’m always browsing for designs and ideas. Check out the jewelry in the Ona catalog. It looks an awfully lot like rhinestones in polymer. Nice merging of crystals and mosaics. The description reads "…hand-molded from a patented clay and incrusted with swarovski crystals."

The Ona catalog has inspiring designs in other categories as well. It’s fun to mouse through.

Lorie Follett gets her fabulous rhinestones from rhinestoneguy.com. She says the selection is great and the prices are good. She recommends ordering the sample card to get ideas for sizes and colors.

Sci-Fi

I’ve been running into lots of organic, other-worldly shapes in polymer clay recently. The beads above are from Grant Diffendaffer.

Ford and Forlano have ventured into this realm. They explain their new aesthetic in an essay. The writer describes it their new work as having a "sci-fi quality." An interesting read.

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