New Possibilities

These chunky diva art bangles are from Steven Ford and David Forlano at Charon Kransen Arts. A tour through their slide shows some other new works that look like a significant departure from earlier work with more reliance on metals and other materials. Susan Rose found the link.

Correction: Dan Cormier couldn’t believe his eyes at Ford/Forlano’s work. And he was right. Steven says the gallery attributed several pictures of someone else’s work to them (the enamel and metal works in the slide show). Thanks to Dan for the detective work.

Your new work? The National Guild folks remind us that you have until April 1 to submit your best new work to the guild’s "Progress & Possibilities" juried exhibit. Welcome and good luck to the new officers of the NPCG who have great plans to move the guild forward this year.

Growth Chart

This Flickr link charts the growth of Tatana (Natalia García de Leániz) from Madrid, Spain.

What strikes me about this young artist’s work is that even when she’s taking a class from Dan Cormier or Judy Kuskin or Jeff Dever and the resulting work is naturally derivative, Natalia’s own voice comes through loud and clear.

It’s wonderful that there’s no question that this is not the work of the teacher but rather an homage to the teacher with her own story shining through the design and the palette. It takes confidence to make that happen. Hats off to Natalia as she finds her voice in polymer clay.

Online Guild

The Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy takes the guild concept into new, uncharted territory. Not only do their designs reflect a youthful sensibility but they also bring a fresh approach to collaboration. (This piece is by Block Party Press.)

They explain their mission this way, "We are a global group of artists working in polymer clay, and united through which is a shopping site for all kinds of handmade goods."

It may take me a while to explore the site and get my head around the concept. I thought you’d like to take a look too. Susan Rose passed the site along.

Speaking of art in unusual places, check out this link to New York City’s arts for transit from Lindly Haunani and Elise Winters.

Kato Site

A look at Donna Kato’s new personal site will inspire and tire you. All those pets, a whirlwind travel schedule, classes galore, online tutorials and wonderful polymer clay work. Plus the books and the business. And she’s teaching herself how to post it all to the web.

This is a lovely glimpse into how a busy successful artist works. She’s easing up a bit and with any luck, 2007 will be the year she learns to ride. This is a site you’ll want to visit again and again.

Donna’s new book is due out this summer. You can pre-order your copy now.

Fewer bells

Helen Breil has a way with textures. She combines great patterns with layers and colors that slowly reveal themselves. Check out her gallery page.

Those revealing rollover pictures I tried last week were too much of a good thing. I’m going to try using them only on the daily pictures and see how that works out. I do enjoy them on the artists’ page where they’ll stay. If you find that gets in your way, let me know. It’s good to be reminded that not everyone across the world has the bandwidth and computer power to handle fancy code.

As in our polymer clay work, just because you can use something doesn’t mean you should.

Pavelka Update

Thanks for all the comments! They're very helpful. I neglected to mention the Polymer Paradise Clay Cruise, March 18-25, which departs from Long Beach, California with polymer artists Karen Lewis, Jana Roberts Benzon, Lisa Pavelka, and others.

Tidying the class list is on my weekend list of chores so if you've got some, send them along. Can't say that it'll be comprehensive, but I'll make a stab at it.

Speaking of chores, the first of the year is a great time to add new work to your web site. Take a look at Lisa Pavelka's updated work and reorganized site. Very nice with some great work to inspire you this weekend.