Here's a bit of a sampling from the Ravensdale conference in Issaquah, Washington which is only a week away. These beads from Barbara Fajardo will be on display in "The Rave." If you can't get to Ravensdale, visit Barbara's site for lots more info.
Or if the conference is just too far away, you might be interested in the Judy Belcher/Kim Cavender workshop in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. Only a few seats remain. Sign up now for an informative polymer weekend with two of polymer clay's most entertaining authors.
Since it's a bit tricky to find the pictures, here's the list of links to the Progress and Possibilities exhibit and its winners by category: Personal Embellishments, Figurative Sculpture, Non-figurative Sculpture, Containers, Dolls, Beads and Bead Sets, Alternative Use, Mixed Media, Best of Show.
Cynthia Toop's "Ginko" bracelet which placed third in the personal embellishments category is pictured here. Hope your weekend's a winner!
Be sure to look for the September issue of Art Jewelry Magazine. PCDaily gets a mention in the sidebar of an article by Ronna Weltman called "A Rarefied Medium: Polymer clay is now on the A-list for wearable art."
From an earlier Art Jewelry Magazine's "gallery" section, this description of Celie Fago's multimedia bracelet which is made of polymer clay, metal clay, acrylic paint, brass, and sterling silver. "Polymer clay and metal have a relationship of mutual benefit," Fago says. "Metal offers weight, both actual and aesthetic. Polymer clay adds richness of color." Good explanation.
I've looked for more information on Ai-ping Yeh who has been teaching her "closed form box" pin method for a couple of years. There's very little about her on the web. Perhaps students of hers can fill me in. Here are pictures from her June class in Philadelphia.
I learned from web bits and pieces that she "has worked in polymer clay for eight years, is a member of the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild and received a MA in jewelry design in 1991."
Her forms are intriguing with their depth, angles, curves, windows and holes…there's a lot happening in a little space. I'd like to know more. Glass Attic has a long description of Ai-ping's method that you might find helpful.
Doreen Gay-Kassel has illustrated many stories and books in polymer clay (check out her list of stellar clients). She's adding these wonderful clay and wire sculptures which she calls "polymorphs" to her repertoire. And she'll be giving classes in her Hopewell, New Jersey studio.
Doreen's site is a treat and I can't wait to see what her poly morphs into. Thanks to Louise Fischer-Cozzi who sent Doreen our direction.