Virginia polymer clay artist Ann Lukas has been described as a three dimensional cartoonist. For fifteen years she has created humorous custom logos, character and spot illustrations for use in publishing and advertising.
You’ll find Ann’s work on the sites of several artist representatives. Look here for a few more of her illustrations. Thanks to Susan Rose for passing the link along.
It feels like spring and time for a bit of pastel sweetness. The carefully crafted polymer clay sculptures and jewelry of Florida’s Holly Jayne Cohen reflect a fresh, charming outlook that’s completely in tune with the season.
And as a youth herself, Holly Jayne has a bounty of blogs and sites and myspace pages on which she shares her works. She even has a fairy gallery. Want to see what young polymer clay artists are doing? Check out Holly Jayne and her friends.
Pörrö from Finland suggested that the community develop a list of basic techniques and designs that are public. In that way we begin to set some boundaries and allow students to produce their works without fear that they’ve violated some unspoken ethic. "Try to find out what we as community see as basic knowledge rather than unique design," says Pörrö. No need to write Judith Skinner each time you roll out a blend (though I’m sure she’d like to hear from you).
Thanks for all the comments and for maintaining civility throughout. NPCG president Judy Belcher says the board will be looking at this issue and your ideas help.
The abundance of biconals in her multi-strand Noyoko necklace with solid black biconal spacers makes a sumptuous presentation. Laura is one of those former research scientists (see yesterday’s post) drawn to clay by its ability to repeat patterns. Have a grand weekend.
I wrote to Ohio artist James Lehman whose work we looked at over a year ago to see if he had some new polymer clay work. He wrote back to say that he is currently focused on laser/computer work. His laser work looks very much like his polymer and I thought you might enjoy the comparison.
Polymer clay art attracts a fair number of computer programmers, graphic artists, medical researchers, botanists, biologists, physicians and other scientists who love to touch the colors and translate the patterns they see in the lab into three dimensional art.
Thanks to Jo-Anne Bartley who prompted the follow-up.
What I look for in polymer clay artwork is authenticity and passion and sometimes it pops up in the strangest places. Wisconsin’s Joshua Knuth has a passion for fish and wildlife which he recreates in polymer clay, resin, wood, bronze and taxidermy.
This Black Crappie is painstakingly crafted from polymer clay and faithfully replicates nature’s palette. Thanks to Susan Rose for sending the link along.
Heather’s palette is soothing and distinctive…lots of copper and olive. She does a masterful job of mixing seed beads and polymer clay and metals. Her polymer clay sea urchins and embellished felted beads are a marvel.
No squinting for details here. I am grateful for the clear, bright pictures of her stunning work. Take a look.
Laura Balombini shows some new lovelies on her site. She credits Tim Burton and Shakespeare among her influences!
Laura is one of those polymer clay artists whose works are often emulated. Donna Kato addressed the issue of unauthorized copying on her blog this weekend.
It’s considered good manners to tip your hat to your muse with a mention in print or a link online. Before you benefit financially from teaching a technique to others, be sure to get approval from its originator. Most artists only want credit for their ideas and innovations.
While there are gray areas in matters of design, it’s best to err on the side of politeness and to make apologies and corrections where necessary. I’ve suffered a red face and offered a mea culpa or two myself.
The polymer clay community has a long history of generosity and sharing. We can help sustain that spirit by minding our manners and acknowledging those who have worked hard to blaze a path ahead of us.