New Twist

There's nothing more fascinating to me than seeing a new twist on an old theme. And this technique by Colorado's Karen Sexton has it in spades. Here's a polymer bead based on the old paper roll-up bead (take a long skinny triangle of clay and roll it up).

What Karen's done next is to stamp the bead, flattening it somewhat. The resulting bead has wonderful shape and texture. Karen's an officer of the Denver guild but doesn't have much of a web presence. I'll badger her to get one up so that you can see more of her colorful and finely crafted works.

Additions

Here are three new sites for your viewing pleasure. Holland's Annette Duburg (her necklace is at the left) hasn't been featured here and I ran across her lovely work at Ravensdale. She also appears in the The Art of Polymer Clay book.

Michelle Petelinz recently appeared on my radar as well. She embellishes boxes and masks and mirrors with polymer clay.

Colorado's Janis Holler's site came to my attention compliments of Crystal Gourdine. Janis' career history shows a high geek factor, she's an electrical engineer with wide-ranging interests and artwork. I'm fascinated by the number of scientists, engineers and other geek-types who are attracted to polymer clay.

Nostalgic

Vermont's Barbara Lang's polymer pieces with found objects have a fascinating nostalgic quality. She uses polymer clay to form rustic findings that capture objects of all shapes. Note how an old key embedded in polymer becomes a finding in the pendant at the right.

Her fondness for faux stone techniques, stamping and photography combined with her flea market finds fill her pieces with secrets and mystery.

And be sure to check out Barbara's studio in the Vermont woods. It looks perfect.

Singing Bowls

New work by Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend (aka maryandlouann) was spotted by Ronna Weltman at a recent show. This work, which they've graciously offered to share here, is a departure from their earlier pieces.

With titles like "scarab" and "singing bowls" and "celestial tones" I sense a story. The work is much more sculptural with a heavier reliance on metal.

You won't see these items on their web site yet! It's a PCDaily exclusive!

Carrotbox

I want to spend the day looking at this site but I have no time. Carrotbox is totally kewl and I hope you can luxuriate there. The author has a "ring thing" and the site contains some of the features I plan to add here in the next few months. A great big thanks to Columbus' Donna Reed, who was reviewed on the site (look at April 5) , for putting me onto this one!

Here's one from Carrotbox. I know it's resin and not polymer but it's a terrific idea. These resin "wobble" rings contain magnets. The detachable magnetic pebbles allow you to pile on whatever sizes and colours suit your mood. This "wearable toy" jewellery is the brainchild of Edinburgh's Kaz Robertson, one third of the Diverse Workshop group of designers.

Polymer Books

On Geraldine Newfry's blog, she shares the slides of her newest handmade books (scroll way down on her page). She's submitted them to Lark for inclusion in 500 Handmade Books. This one's called "Beloved" and is single sheet coptic bound with pages and covers made of polymer clay.

I loved reading through Geraldine's blog, going on virtual retreat with her then looking at all her Flickr pictures. There are so many cool artists with great stories on the web. It's a wonder I get anything done.

Thanks to Margaret Donnelly for the tip. Be sure to check out Margaret's "Sampler."

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