Mysterious Ones

It seemed like a good day for simplicity and I was drawn to these photo-transfers on polymer clay pendants which are threaded onto ball chains. There’s something very appealing about the designs and the straightforward execution.

The artist, who works in textiles as well as polymer, is from Ypsilanti, Michigan and can be found on multiple sites (etsy, myspace, flickr, etc.) under "suchprettycolors." Her web sites are long on chic and short on details. Enjoy.

Shy Ones

Karyn McCorcle from Missouri and Margaret Regan from Montana are two long time polymer clay artists. Getting a glimpse of these shy artists on the web has become harder and harder. Colorado’s Karen Sexton spotted their works recently on the web site of the Minneapolis Art Fair. Though you only see a bit of polymer clay work, the whole site is a pleasure.

I’ve composed a little page of McCorcle pieces I own just to give you a taste of Karyn’s cane work. She makes the most complex canes I’ve ever seen and is the only artist I know of who uses open space within the canes.

Thanks to Loretta Lam who relocated Margaret’s site for us.

McCaw Page

Here’s a page that will wake up your Monday morning. Sandra McCaw has published a web page of her work. One page is all we get so far and her work is stunning.

In case you missed it a few months back, you can view a McCaw cane building demo that I photographed at ShrineMont more than ten years ago.

Sandra has moved to Massachusetts and joined up with polymer clay artists there. Judy Dunn sent the link along. Judy’s blog is a fun read too.


Susan Rose made these lovely vessels out of the leftovers from her extrusions class. What a wonderful use of materials.

If you haven’t wandered around in her polymerclaynotes site recently, you’ll want to revisit it. Every time I turn around there’s some fabulous germ of an idea or tool or technique that has totally eluded me. Very inspiring!

Turkish Art

Alev Gözonar is a polymer clay artist from Istanbul, Turkey. While the site’s a little wonky to wander around in and the language left me clueless, it’s a terrific presentation and a nice look at the surprisingly modern polymer clay art sensibilities of another culture. Simple canes and clay work are displayed in an artful and unusual way. If you click on her press section, you’ll see great magazine clippings of her work.

Thanks for Judy Dunn for forwarding this along.

Yellow House

Here’s a lovely piece by California’s Julie Picarello. The piece hints at Julie’s earlier 20-year career designing integrated circuits with computer-aided design tools. Her unusual use of watch parts is intriguing and her color palettes are inviting. Take a peek. Thanks to "River" for the link.

Raw Clay

We sometimes focus only on the safe and ornamental side of polymer clay art. The Extreme Craft blog often looks at more raw and edgy works where we found Canadian artist Shary Boyle.

Boyle uses the "dainty" arts to amplify her own themes of sexuality, transgression, and secret and disturbing worlds that lie beneath the surface. She’s recently moved beyond her porcelain figures into the world of polymer clay, which allows her more spontaneity. Critical, enchanting and at times humorous, Boyle’s work is raw with human vulnerability and dysfunction.

She lives and works in Toronto, spreading her talents between drawing, painting, making projections for musicians like Bonnie Prince Billy and Sonic Youth.

A solo show featuring seven years of Shary’s miniatures will be shown at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Read more about her art in this "Broken Pencil" article. Have an exciting weekend.

Chili Pepper

How is it that "voice" comes through in an artist’s work? This example is from Ivana Molinari Schwab, a Swiss artist who has studied with Kathleen Dustin and Louise Fischer Cozzi and others.

Ivana brings her own emerging voice to experiments such as these Dustin-influenced brooches. She communicates a twist and a laugh in her "color" series. This makes me want to see what’s next and to hear the rest of this promising artist’s story.

How did it happen that the "purple pill" or the "blue pill" came to identify specific medicines that we all recognize? The New Yorker magazine features an interesting article on color in this week’s issue. The power of color certainly has infiltrated our culture.

Chili Pepper was selected by Pantone as the color of the year for 2007. They describe it as, "A bold hue that catches the eye and projects confidence, sophistication and engages our senses. We’re seeing shifts in people’s opinions on current events and major changes in the way they are expressing themselves through new technology. People are open to the possibilities of the future and Chili Pepper celebrates that."