Studio in a go-bag

Sarah Shriver's distinctive colors shine through her new style on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Sarah Shriver sounds tentative when she talks about her new collection of painted circle necklaces. She’s been a polymer artist for decades and this minimalist style is a departure. One admirer said the circles reminded her of tiddlywinks, the kids’ game.

Sarah’s complex cane work and signature color palette have been distinctive. But the past year and now fear of wildfire have shifted her thinking. She has to be able to move at a moment’s notice. She’s pared down.

These circles painted with layers of Genesis and strung on silk thread contain Sarah’s same rich and luscious colors but with a nod to efficiency and minimalism.

She’s also been refining mobiles and hollow translucent beads and more. Her new directions reflect the smart, adaptive strategy that our times require.

Spectacle receptacles

Lisa Renner's spectacle receptacles help you organize on PolymerClayDaily.com

These creations from Texas’ Lisa Renner made me chuckle at her clever solution to our shared problem.

They’re the latest additions to Lisa’s  “All in Her Head” tool caddies formed from polymer sculpted over 4” tin cans. Finally, a perfect place to park your readers where they can’t be missed.

Whimsical noses can keep several pairs of glasses in place while adding a bit of humor to your office, studio, bathroom, or bedroom.

The tin additionally serves as a container for art tools, pens, pencils, markers, even make-up brushes. Or, as the title suggests, a receptacle for more of your spectacles! They’re nearly sold out on her Etsy shop.

FRIDAY FOLLOW – Sand Dollars meet Pantone

Caro adds Pantone punch to her molded sand dollars on polymerclaydaily.com

Austin’s Caro (Waraoclay) brightens up the beach with bright molded sand dollars in Pantone colors.

She includes lots of the usual shapes in her collections of earrings and jewelry. But she regularly veers away from ho-hum into uncharted water.

Caro has over 50,000 followers (how does that happen) so she’s not exactly desperate for our clicks but it may be interesting to watch where she goes next.


What comes next? What tools are worth it?

Over at StudioMojo we jam tidbits, tool talk, and treats into one luscious list that’s short on words and long on inspiration. 

FRIDAY FOLLOW – Grace Oliver

Grace Oliver ties polymer in knots on PolymerClayDaily.com

That’s what we’ll do with Friday! We’ll find somebody fresh and new and off the beaten path to keep our eye on.

This week follow the UK’s Grace Oliver (grace.oliver.designs). She’s only been in business since June 2020 and already she’s a standout with her extruded sculptural knots and decorative big letter garlands. Oh yeah, she’s got earrings with a twist too but she’s a free-range girl who tries lots of paths.


Need more new stuff to motivate your muse? Come on over to StudioMojo, the weekly closer look at what’s new and different.

Celebrating LGBTQ

Linda Webb celebrates June with a collection of mosaic rainbow hearts on PolymerClayDaily.com

Illinois’ Linda Webb (CreeksideStudio) reminds us that it’s Pride Month with this pile of rainbow hearts.

June 2021 marks the 51st anniversary — a time when millions of people come together in support of the LGBTQ community.

Linda uses her signature mosaic style to build all sorts of rainbows and you may appreciate her explanation of the significance of each colorway on her Etsy site.

Polymer obsessions

Polka dot earrings lure Cynthia Tinapple back to studio play on PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s not as if I need more earrings but these days that’s what gets me into the studio. I see many wonderful simple designs and feel compelled to try some. This teardrop is slipped onto a little hoop. New pandemic hair color put pink back into my wardrobe.

I can’t stop making dots with the leather cutters I gifted myself. I’m obsessed…and that’s a good thing. Here’s hoping you’re obsessed this week.

Beach polymer

Ginnie Parish brings the beach to her studio on PolymerClayDaily.com

North Carolina’s Ginnie Randolph Parrish (parrishginnie) transports herself to the beach and upcycles a tin can.

Sandy colors, shell shapes, spirals, and stripes take your mind to the beach without the need for sunscreen. What a great way to avoid traffic and crowds in the cool comfort of your workspace on the holiday.

A lid and legs take Ginnie’s tin can way beyond its humble beginnings.


This week’s StudioMojo is filled with beach finds and summery colors and seasonal trends. And one tip about getting rid of bubbles that’s almost too good to be true…but it is. Sign up now for your Saturday shot in the arm.

Buds from the garden

Seana Bettencourt works out how to assemble buds on PolymerClayDaily.com
Seana Bettencourt works out how to assemble buds on PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s been a fruitful week for Ontario’s Seanna Bettencourt (thepolymergarden) as she launches into week 2 of a 33-week challenge. She devoted this week to improve the process. Seanna’s cane-slice petals gently cup the buds.

First came the design and petal making. Assembling was too fiddly and intensive for production. She refined and refined until, like Goldilocks, she got it just right. Here’s the finished product.

Thin glowing polymer

Sunny days may inspire you to dig out the translucent clay like UK’s Belinda Ashton did.

Light streaming through thin colorful polymer is a wonderful Monday project. Belinda has gone thinner and brighter with each of her experiments. These flower petal shapes glow.

Hello, Monday!

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