Sounds good

David Urso has eluded my radar by using "hand tinted resin" to describe his work. Correct me if I’ve been led astray but I believe what we have here is polymer clay. And nice polymer clay it is.

I admire how artists cleverly use words to elevate their work. In fact I envy their ability to make me wonder if I’ve misunderstood something. "Isn’t this polymer clay?" I ask myself sheepishly. I have to stop and think….and that’s the point, isn’t it? It’s not exactly easy to make something named "fimo" sound hifalutin.

Ultimately it’s the work, not the medium, that speaks the loudest. The trick is to force us to look closely at the work and Urso’s done that.

Kitsch

I’m a sucker for polymer covered Bic pens. I can’t explain it. They’re so kitsch, so basic yet when I see ones that are particularly well done like these from Karen Ottenbreit I can’t resist.

By the way…there’s now a search form on PCDaily to make finding artists easier…and the comment form has been repaired.

Spring Works

Loretta Lam has spring creations on her site and it’s time to take another peek. See, you will be rewarded if you update your pictures! Ronna Weltman was web surfing and found Lorettas’ new work. Note that Ronna’s site shows her new work as well.

Ronna sent me one off-topic link. While I try to stick to polymer sites, this one intrigues me with its different approach to PMC. So here’s a link to Hadar Jacobson’s site for the PMCers among you dear readers.

Nice Knobs

Here’s a fun site from Mary Walsh of Rhode Island. You’ll want to check out her clever "brag bead" bracelets.

I was most taken with her drawer knobs and custom pieces which show nice handling of color (from muted to punchy) and lots of experimenting with design (from quilts to Japanese inspirations).

I’d be nowhere without tips from viewers. Thanks to Susan Rose for this one.

Transfers

Seattle’s Sarah Wilbanks uses her collection of small paintings and drawings to provide inspiration for her sterling and polymer transfer pieces. “I’ve got bits of wallpaper, a print from my grandmother’s dress, old photos of a French language book for kids…there are so many different historical things I find.”

She crafts the bezels and then cuts precise circles and ovals from the baked polymer. Sarah’s jewelry is available through Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle. You can read about her process here.

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