Dustin’s students’ purse beginnings

Kathleen Dustin students sculpt their purse shapes on PolymerClayDaily

What is so soothing about the golden shapes from students in Kathleen Dustin’s purse class in Georgia? The forms have a round-edged, ponderous, shape that puts me in mind of Henry Moore sculptures.

This “before” shot may make you scurry over to the Creative Journeys Facebook to see the “after” shots here.

The student work gives me “class envy.” You too? It’s almost spring and time to wake up our spirits with a class.

Mokume gane magic

Kay Burns discovers mokume gane in a Carol Simmons workshop on PolymerClayDaily.com

This big reveal is from Kay Burns (beadhappyshop), a student in Carol Simmons’ weekend class in Ireland.

Carol teaches her own distinct way of stacking and mark-making that results in dense and jewel-like layers. There’s something exciting about the first slice through the layers and then there’s the excitement of figuring out how to make use of every lovely bit of magic.

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.

Spring palette, stacked flowers

California’s Meisha Barbee took Carol Simmons flower class when Carol came to San Diego in early April. You can spot Carol’s refined kaleidoscopic methods in a heartbeat.

Meisha carried out the project in her own distinctive palette and with a quirky stripe here and a peppy dot there.

Her palette of colors mixed with Carol’s instructions look perfect on PCD on a colorful spring day.

See Meisha’s interesting history on PCDaily.

PolyPetal celebration

Cheery PolyPetals for the BPCG 20th anniversary on PolymerClayDaily

Carol Blackburn’s teardrop-shaped petals are made from cheery combinations of stripes, blends, and patterns in colors that sing.

Cheery PolyPetals for the BPCG 20th anniversary on PolymerClayDaily

That’s because her workshop on September 23 and 24 for the British Polymer Clay Guild celebrates their 20th anniversary, an occasion for singing! 

The Poly Petals’ domed dimensions and varied teardrop sizes add a carefree note.

See them again on Facebook. There are lots of tempting workshops listed for the event. Here’s hoping you have time to play with clay on this happy Labor Day.

Simply loopy polymer

Blackburn bangles on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ever since I took a class with Carol Blackburn in Santa Fe, I’ve had an art crush on her impossibly fastidious patterns and the way she makes it all so simple.

Carol will teach some of her clever tricks at a 3-day Purses, Bangles and Beads workshop at Galerie Freisleben in Germany in June. What a dream that would be!

In the meanwhile Carol keeps coming up with more head-slapping designs like this Loopy Links necklace. Of course these softly blended oval shapes would fit into each other.

Blackburn's Loopy Necklace on PolymerClayDaily

Why didn’t we think of that? Spring is a great time to let your own loopy ideas take shape.

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