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

Expanding within limits

Angela Schwer expands within limits on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Angela Schwer (DillyPad) has become known for her white-on-white flower and succulent polymer wall art. She sells her polymer wall tiles in sets or individually in a range of sizes.

Just think about it. All those decisions about color? Gone! You can see that Angela’s energy is redirected into dense, deep design as she layers as many hand-formed shapes as artfully possible into whatever space is allowed. See more of what happens within limits on Facebook and Instagram.

The idea of limiting your options as a way of diving deeper into your art is the kind of concept we explore every weekend on StudioMojo. It’s our weekly sandbox where we ask, “What if?” and marvel at the treasures we’ve dug up during the week. Join us!

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.

Bringing scrap to life

Angela Bahrenholtz combines her scrap techniques on PolymerClayDaily

Israel’s Angela Bahrenholz has all her ways of simulating fabrics and combined them into three polymer wall quilts, each a 3″ square. Scrap polymer becomes scrap quilts.

Her methods are quite addictive, cutting and stacking repeatedly. You use up your scrap and precision isn’t much of an issue. A win-win in my estimation. The results bring the clay back to life. Examine all her pieced polymer quilts and other art on Flickr. See her tutorials and finished works on Etsy.

Eliciting a response

Susan Crocenzi's 30" mixed media Radiate brought her client to tears on PolymerClayDaily.com

This sumptuous and resplendent mixed media mosaic piece by California’s Susan Crocenzi brought tears to her client’s eyes! “I don’t know how she created such a perfect replica of what my head dreamed up without me being able to describe it, but she sure did,” said the new owner.

The 30″ wall art entitled Radiate is made of polymer clay tiles (border and inner circle), salvaged glass, minerals, beads, crystals, druzy, geodes, crystals, and smalti. Follow Susan’s progress on the polymer components on her Instagram video and visit close up on Facebook 

If you browse through Susan’s sites, you can see how polymer grabbed her and wouldn’t let go. More and more pops of polymer began showing up in her work. She currently exhibits 20 6″x6″ mixed media tiles in a show at Blue Line Arts. She will teach new methods she’s developed for mixing polymer and glass in Mexico in February.

What a thrill to have your artwork elicit that response!

Experimenting with construction plus an embossing tip

Watkins reinterprets Benzon on PolymerClayDaily.com

This Jana Benzon-inspired wall art from Rebecca Watkins starts your week with a bright flash of color!

Rebecca was one of the students in this weekend’s class sponsored by the Pittsburgh clay guild. That’s clearly Jana’s Encrusted method of construction reinterpreted in Rebecca’s eye-popping palette and dotted with spirals.

Benzon's newest cutwork earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Jana’s early polymer bargello evolved into what she calls her 3D Cutwork. Her new earrings here are an example of Jana’s current thinking in 3D compositions.

Rebecca’s an adventurous polymer artist too. Take a look at what she’s been trying with embossing powders on polymer to enhance ho-hum beads.

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