Ovenfried Beads

I’m not usually a fan of cute names but this one tickles me. It’s not surprising that Amy Wallace credits her babysitting jobs as the thing that led her to more serious polymer work. Teaching her young charges to make beads kept them occupied and made her realize how much she enjoyed the clay.

Amy makes what she calls a "stacker" bead and combines them in many ways. She’s a Cincinnati girl and a member of the Cincinnati Craft Mafia, according to her site. Thanks to Shirley Guenther for the tip.

Tell a story

I snagged Dolly Traicoff’s site while poring over the Detroit guild’s information. I like the layering of words and pictures and objects that she combines into her quirky pins.

I’m also drawn in by the handwriting and the stories that her pieces hint at. A little food for Thursday thought.

Cane Lesson

A bit of a lesson today from California’s Kim Korringa. Kim has a sequence of fish cane pictures on her site that may teach you a thing or two.

Kim’s web site is a pleasure to browse through and includes a studio tour, always a winner in my book. In her former life Kim was a graphic artist.

I like the quote by Robert Henri that Kim includes on her site, "The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable"

Monday masks

How have I overlooked the Detroit guild’s Dorothy Greynolds’ pages? Those picture album pages are wonderful web starts for polymer artists who are otherwise leery of web sites….but it’s harder to find them.

Dorothy shapes these masks over the backs of teaspoons and she displays a wonderful series of characters with broad hints of her graphic arts background. Lots of pictures here. Lots of distractions for a Monday.

Joie de vivre

This site says fun in any language and it’s Friday, for heaven’s sake. What better day to take a look at what French artist Chris Lajoinie is doing with polymer clay?

The site navigation is working a little strangely on my computer and I’m not quite sure what I’m looking at…fibers and crystals and polymer clay. The translation software wasn’t much help.

But who cares? It’s a visual party. We should all try working with such gay abandon from time to time. Thanks, again, to Susan Rose for the tip.

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