Pieced polymer

Pieced polymer quilt from Kathy Koontz on PolymerClayDaily.com

South Carolina’s Kathy Koontz (flowertown_originals) found that polymer was a great way to translate her affinity for embroidery into another art form.

It’s very soothing to zoom in and examine the complex canes and textures that she assembles into quilt squares. The outline of extruded blue thread makes a perfect border and contains the designs.

“I love it when people say, “Just looking at your work makes me happy,” Kathy admits. “I couldn’t think of a better compliment.” She’s on Instagram here. And the biggest stash of her current work is on Facebook.

Illusory polymer

Lizzi Holt practices magic learned from Melanie West on PolymerClayDaily

You might swear that these canes by the UK’s Lizzi Holt (BizziZizzi) have concave centers. When you finally agree that they don’t it may take you some time to figure out the cane’s optical illusion.

Lizzi is drawn to mysterious spiral forms that pull you into their orbit. See her Peace Pebbles and watch her ride the peace wave. Follow her on Instagram to see where she takes these tricky canes.

If you guessed that Lizzi was inspired by a class with Melanie West, you’d be right. She’s been dreaming up new patterns ever since a British Polymer Clay Guild class with Melanie in London last fall.

Polymer takes wing

Karina Formanova's birdy brooches take wing on PolymerClayDaily

Russia’s Karina Formanova has created flocks of small bird brooches in a huge variety of colors. You can see from her Instagram focus that Karina has studied her birds.

She distills their colors and shapes down to combinations of subtle Skinner blends and delicate canes that make her birds seem to flutter on the wearer’s collar. 

Follow her works in progress on her Facebook and see the range of colors in her shop. The brooches are nicely packaged in nests of matching papers.

Coming home to roost

Wendy Jorre de St Jorre assembles her flock on PolymerClayDaily.com

Bet you didn’t expect a flock of chickens on PCD this morning, did you? These little creatures roosted at the recent Perth Polymer People meet up and were created under the tutelage of Wendy Jorre de St Jorre.

Each hen’s feathers are sliced from a cane and layered over a base. The variety of canes contributes to their colorful personalities. If you need an idea for a social polymer evening, look at Wendy’s Facebook page to see the other one-night projects they’ve tackled.

Wendy sent several large groups of bugs to the Into the Forest that shouldn’t be missed!

On a roll

Let’s ease into Monday with Oklahoma’s Katie Way (bullseyestudioart) rhythmically rolling polymer veneers for salad servers. At the top of the video, you can gaze at Katie’s supply of extruded circles just waiting to be sliced and applied to the next solid color backing.

Browse quickly through her Instagram and you’ll see how she covers switchplates, kitchen utensils, card cases – most anything that can take the heat. She works from her own distinct palette adding textures and paints to enhance the hand drawn effect.

Katie reminds us that polymer work can be rewarding even during Thanksgiving week. Go have some fun.

Back to bowls

Silvana Bates turns salvaged cane bits into charming soap dishes on PolymerClayDaily.com

You may have thought you’d seen enough polymer bowls. Ireland’s Silvana Bates’ soap dishes pulls us out of bowl overload.

For her jewelry designs, Silvana creates batches of canes in her favorite palettes that lean toward faded colors and homey patterns.

By joining the tail ends of canes and shaping random bits into bowls, she accentuates their charm in a way that hints of soft old quilts in cozy cottages. She made these to hold her daughter’s collection of soaps.

Browse through her photos on Facebook and don’t miss the video of her woodsy creations that will be part of November’s Into The Forest exhibit.

Can you salvage bits of your favorite pieces and create a signature bowl?

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