Real-looking polymer clay objects

This polymer clay lariat by Adams Schoolhouse reminds us that it’s time to break out the mittens. The variegated yarns look labor-intensive, very wooly, very real.

Speaking of looking real, check out the Australian “Making Sense” art exhibit that featured the work of artists who replicate benign objects and spaces.

Polymer artist Emma White explains that, “Sometimes the joke’s on me because people can’t tell the object is handmade (like the polymer clay post-it here), so they kind of don’t even see it.” Read more about Emma here.

Thanks to Susan Lomuto for the exhibit link and for making us start the week looking very carefully.

Polymer clay for Thanksgiving

Christi Freisen’s “Face in the Crowd” polymer clay wall sculpture is my all-time Thanksgiving favorite because it epitomizes what my house looks like on this feast day (28 for turkey dinner) and makes me smile.

It also reminds me of what I’m thankful for…the polymer clay community. We’ve collected an interesting bunch of artists from around the world in three short years.

I’m thankful for your continued participation in this site and inspired by the work that you bring to it. Thank you. And happy Thanksgiving.

Pier’s objet d’art

Alexis Pier (of Pier and Penina) has also shifted her interest to making polymer clay “objet d’art”.

The small sculptures below and the 4″x10″ tile at the left show her first steps toward larger wall pieces and more sizeable sculptures.

Air-filled closed shapes build on a technique introduced by Pier Voulkos in 1997 with refinements and new style added more recently by Jeff Dever and others.

Note: I’ll try to pry Carol Simmons’ cane reducing secrets out of her before I leave at the end of the week.

Pier and Penina move toward sculpture

Penina Meisels' small sculpture

Alexis Pier and Penina Meisels (Pier and Penina) stopped by for a visit on Friday. They’ve both moved from California to Santa Fe to continue their polymer clay collaboration.

Their focus has moved from jewelry to sculpture. These two small sculptures are from Penina (look for Alexis’ tomorrow). The hollow form on the right is made of polymer and covered with organza which is painted with Prizmacolor markers and blender pen.

Since their web page hasn’t been updated recently, I’ll add a picture of Penina’s earrings here for your Monday inspiration.

Rich polymer clay neighbors

I’m blitzing through my weekend polymer clay reading as I get ready to go on vacation this week (not to worry, I’ll have wifi and I’ll post on the road).

You simply must click through the list of web sites of the finalists in NPCG’s Progress and Possibilities competition. There are some new faces and several familiar names have new work on their sites.

On the PolymerArtArchive, Elise is featuring a couple of Jeff Dever’s recent pieces (here and here as well) that must be seen to be believed. Go mine the riches on these sites while I pack.

Mathews’ polymer clay audacity

Georgia’s Lisa Mathews called it with her polymer clay image of Barack Obama. Her African-American characters exhibit lots of hands-on-hips attitude and style.

“My work is generational, past and present,” she says, “It reflects the tremendous love I have for this culture and the pride I have for the strength and perseverance of its people. I endeavor to use my artistic gift to create sculpted images that capture the spirit and essence of a people who through great trials and tribulation have birthed traditions of family, faith, social contributions and human conscientiousness that are the foundation of our existence.”

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