Exploration

Florida’s Barbara Desrosiers also explores God and nature using polymer. "My venture into mixed media began simply, with small wings formed of polymer clay. Working the clay frequently gives rise to the beginnings of an image," she says.

Barbara finds that mixed media offers a greater freedom than a single medium. She often uses polymer and adds wire, stones, gilding or bells for dimension.

Her site shows her work in other media and frequently she merges her processes.

Barbara quotes poet Robert Creeley, “…art is a gate, not a product.”

The tip comes from Susan Rose.

Icons

Nancy Preston has long been a student of belief systems. After years of reading, she abandoned her books and started building her own vocabulary of images in her artwork. The resulting collages of paper, polymer clay, beads, metal leaf and other materials show her broad interests (from Madonas to Bodhisattvas) and considerable talent.

Nancy is an art school graduate and special needs art teacher in Cortland, New York. She also teaches polymer clay classes. See the class list on her site. Another thanks to Susan Rose for the find.

Canadian Clay

Montreal’s Sophie Dowse "hairwrapped" her way through California in 1999 and realized she could make quite a life for herself through her beads. And so she has.

Her pieces range from bright and simple to dense and complex. The extensive hair wrapping training helped her develop some dynamite weaving skills.

Her site is bright and inviting and her work is full of energy. Who but Susan Rose could find such a new talent? Thanks!

Polymer Books

Chicago’s Geraldine Newfry is crazy for books and polymer and collage. It all totals up to some wonderful artwork. I won’t pretend to understand how she does the binding but it’s impressive and quite nicely explained in this series of pictures.

Read more about her work and her classes on her web site. And as a bonus there are some pictures of her studio (I love to look).

Robin Johnston unearthed this web treasure! Thanks!

Not your mother’s earrings

The construction and colors of Susan Samitz’ earrings and necklaces are a wonderful departure from the norm. Very Jetsons. Very retro. Vermonter Susan says she’s been working in polymer clay since 1988 and she was pointed out to me by the ever-vigilant, super-googler Susan Rose.

Both Susans are great finds.

This feels like a good recovery from yesterday’s blunder. Several of you assure me that David Urso does indeed use resin to fabricate his jewelry. My mistake. Still, his pieces are lovely to look at…and could be made using polymer clay. Thanks for the clarification.

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.

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