Balancing act


Olga Lednova's balancing act on PolymerClayDaily.com

Maybe this complex piece from Russia’s Olga Lednova appeals because it mirrors the weekend. There’s a lot going on! Houseguests, friends, family, work!

Note the textures, colors, graduations, patterns, layers and a slight shift in size. If we’re very lucky, all the things we balance in our lives come together as well as Olga’s.

See more of Olga’s balancing act on Instagram and Flickr. She’ll be teaching at this year’s Polymer Week.

Small piece, big story

Colorado’s Phyllis Pollena-Cahill mixes her media in this polymer and copper brooch.

Phyllis Polema-Cahill stacks up patterns in a small graceful brooch on PolymerClayDaily.com

The patterns flow into each other and keep your eye darting between the variations in the layers that cup forward. The copper accents hint at even more complexity.

It’s a delight to take in this big story in a small space. Nice start to the week, eh?

Find more of Phyllis’ story on Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr.

The polymer olympics

Circle pins from Olympic experimenter Nikolina Otrzan on PolymerClayDaily.com

A few more circles and Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan (Orson’s world) could be building her own polymer Olympic logo with her Texture Play series of circle pins!

Let’s hope she’s building a tutorial to show us how she achieves the painterly textures and loose patterns.

Nik is certainly in the Polymer Olympics when it comes to pushing the boundaries. She’s created 26 rich, dense tutorials, each with an AHA moment that comes from ceaseless playing around. Keep a close eye on her on Facebook.

First time jitters

Martina Burianova teaches Coarse Pebbles for the first time on PolymerClayDaily

Czech Republic’s Martina Burianova taught her Coarse Pebbles class in Geneva in March for the first time (if I’m reading the translation right).

Martina incorporates wire and works some hollow magic. She adds a variety of crackles and textured surface treatments for a very contemporary look.

She was nervous and excited and had a marvelous time. Go here for the full story. Isn’t it reassuring to read about nervousness that ends happily? See more of her work on Facebook.

Meandering mosaics

The clay is leading Jana Lehmann in new meandering directions on PolymerClayDaily.com

Something cheery has moved Germany’s Jana Lehmann in a new meandering direction.

Jana extrudes strands of marvelous color and builds modern designs by carefully laying them next to each other.

She adds extremely small dots of color as accents and surrounds the piece with a black and white frame.

The heart is made similarly with flat, graduated ribbons of polymer. These require dexterity and a love of small detail but they exude a joyousness that’s infectious and ready for spring. More on Facebook and Flickr.

Playful experiments

Alessia Bodini weaves strips of her favorite scraps into a brooch on PolymerClayDaily

A browse through the photos of Italy’s Alessia Bodini is like skipping through her brain.

Alessia experiments and turns the pieces that speak to her into designs that please her. She shapes and reshapes until her eye is happy.

Alessia Bodini's earrings orbit a center bead on PolymerClayDaily

The blue extrusions were just her colors so she wove them into a brooch. The earrings are pleasantly off kilter. Thumb through her Flickr and Facebook photos to remind yourself how it is to play.

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