Time to restock your cane stash?

Soft, restful blue and white canes from Silvana Bates on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ireland’s Silvana Bates (silvabeads) may give you cane envy. Her blue and whites are softly patterned. Not too precise but created echoes of old tiles and well-worn fabrics.

The only cure for cane envy is fresh clay and a few blissful hours bringing your own cane designs to life.

See how Silvana puts her cane slices to good use in collages and veneers on Instagram and Facebook.

DNA in polymer

Joan Israel tests her own DNA on PolymerClayDaily.com

New York’s Joan Israel envisions her DNA like this large painting. That’s the effect that polymer has on many of us.

It seeps into the bloodstream and invades the brain until every molecule of us is pulsing with color and jumping with patterns.

If you visit her Instagram you’ll see how she sketches out her designs for bottles and paintings and then executes her vision with cane slices.

Light and layers

Alev Gozonar floats translucent layers of patterns and touches of color on PolymerClayDaily.com

Wafer thin slices of cane float toward you from this latest wall piece by Alev Gozonar made during her art residency in Ayvalik, Turkey.

The combination of translucence and dimension keeps your eyes diving down to see what more there is to discover.

If you’re a cane fan, Alev’s selection of canes both colored and patterned may make you want to make new designs for your own supply.

Study Alev’s way with large polymer and mixed media wall art on her portfolio and on Instagram

The allure of layered translucent clays

Lisa Gauthier looks into translucent possibilities on PolymerClayDaily

These samples come from Connecticut’s Lisa Gauthier, a student in Marie Segal’s Cernit Translucent 2017 class. Glass-like layers that reveal more color below remind us of the possibilities of the clay and may make you want to try your hand at it.

The flower and butterfly cane slices appliqued on came from another student, Seana Bettencourt.

Study these and other samples from Lisa on Facebook. “Thanks to Marie Segal and Cernit I can create colorful, bright things in these cold dark winter days,” says Lisa.

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.

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