There are dots and there are dots

And then there are dots by Madrid’s Silvia Ortiz De La Torre. She’s been making her blended, layered, high voltage colored, roughly textured dotted beads for years.

Silvia has stayed way ahead of the trends. We can learn a thing or two from her.


We go back and forth on StudioMojo. Every weekend we look at artists who’ve been around for years while we also keep up with the fresh faces that bumped into polymer during our forced confinement. Both vantage points teach us. Come see what we see.

Life with the kids

A cast of delightful characters from Diane Greenseid on PolymerClayDaily.com

The glee that California’s Diane Greenseid takes in her small sculptures comes through loud and clear. I know nothing about what her small characters (the kids, she says) mean or how she constructs them.

It really doesn’t matter, does it? She’s obviously having a good time and really, isn’t that the point? You can sense some good stories here.

Game changer

Ron Lehocky gives his hearts a boost with the new Teal Premo on PolymerClayDaily.com

The new Premo teal can take your palette up a notch. Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio worked quietly for months with the Sculpey team to formulate a clay as close as possible to the industry standard cyan.

Here Ron Lehocky introduces the new primary into his palette and his hearts take on new life.

It’s not often that a product has this kind of impact. Read more in the series of posts from Maggie and Lindly on the Sculpey site. The new color is available online with free shipping on orders over $30.


I try not to promote products on PCD but I couldn’t resist sharing this development. We save tool talk for StudioMojo where we get down and dirty about promising new tools and must-have supplies. There are some delicious ones (and some duds) right now. Come and see.

When dots collide

Petra Volavšek makes dots collide into jewelry on PolymerClayDaily.com

Have you got a “thing” for dots? Join the crowd. Slovenia’s Petra Volavšek (oceana_jewelry) is one of us!

She gathers her dots into many configurations, making them collide in an unending array of patterns. Monochrome or multicolored dots in a variety of sizes cluster to form jewelry with soothing patterns that look like they may have escaped from a chemistry lab. Let’s see where she takes her experiments next.

 

Polymer makeovers

Ginny Parrish gives containers a second life on PolymerClayDaily.com

I’m stuck on vessels this week. These bumpy, tall, short, lidded, and open containers are from North Carolina’s Ginny Parrish (bluefrogclay) who’s embarked on a vessel tour of her own.

Her in-progress shots show how she gives an olive can a makeover for her spring show.

Need a change of pace? Update a lowly jar to a keepsake.

Vessel visions

Elizabeth Hamiilton envisions polymer vessels on PolymerClayDaily.com

There’s been an uptick in polymer vessels lately. Could be that thing where you discover something and then see it everywhere. Whatever!

These vessels from North Carolina’s Elizabeth Hamilton are a couple of my favs – extrusions, dots, vessels – a trifecta of favorites.


Scan the polymer horizon with us on StudioMojo this Saturday. We pluck the most surprising, exciting ways artists are rolling with clay and drop these juicy treats in your in-box every week! 

Bugs are back

Gael Keyes mimics Mother Nature with her bugs on PolymerClayDaily.com

Spring in this hemisphere means that creepy, crawlies are gathering. New Mexico’s Gael Keyes has taken note with her own series of marvelous creatures that wander across lapels and collars.

Gael’s versions are made from her cane bits and scraps but there’s method to her madness. She cuts slices of leftovers into patterns that match, much like Mother Nature. Here’s more explanation on Facebook. 

No particular reason

Linda Loew lets loose with bowls of balls on PolymerClayDaily.com

As I sorted the posts and pictures grabbed for this week’s StudioMojo I realize I’ve collected exciting polymer works made for no particular reason. These bowls of balls are a case in point.

Baltimore’s Linda Loew admits that her bowls of balls aren’t very functional. She liked the colors…so why not add a few more? And some texture just for fun?


I take it back…there is a good reason. The pieces we’ll feature this week were made joyfully to please the artist. In Linda’s case, she was making bowls for a swap at an upcoming polymer conference. The point is that perfection can be tedious, driven, and controlled. Come on over to StudioMojo and watch polymer artists let loose, have some fun!

Paste and polymer

Leah Lester uses high voltage color on PolymerClayDaily.com

Seattle’s Leah Lester (LittleLazies) started as a full-time cake decorator in a small Bakery in Virginia. She sculpted with edible sugar paste and fondant until she discovered polymer in 2010. Read her story in this Discover Geek interview.

Her mix of monsters, cuteness and high voltage colors is a huge hit and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.