You must have one final, tasteful polymer clay Halloween treat this season. French artist Delphine Roche de Montgrand was inspired by another illustrator’s drawing to make this bloody necklace. If you’re looking for a last-minute costume, here it is.
I was snooping around in Susan Lomuto’s Polymer Clay Notes and followed one of her features to this goodie. Montgrand’s site is full of lovely creations. Thanks, Susan.
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The best way to see the exciting polymer clay work by Tokyo polymer clay artist Nagumo Rie is to go to her site. Once there, keep reloading the front page to see nice big photos of her thin, delicate designs. Lovely inspirations to start your week.
In the meanwhile I’ve google-translated and scanned her site and learned that she’s a multi-talented artist who started in textiles and works in PMC and polymer. Her blog is chock full of pictures of her world travels and classes.
I found her link on Alev Gozonar’s Turkish site! There’s more to this globe-spanning story. Stay tuned.
I’m pleased to see that many of you are as curious about studios as I am. (Thanks to yesterday’s Betsy Baker for sharing hers.) To continue the theme, here are a few pictures of Sandra McCaw’s small workspace. Sandra’s muse likes a comfy chair too. I like her combination of sage and turqouise wall colors.
Is your studio in the middle of things or hidden away? Are you tidy or is chaos comforting? Do you prefer an open space or a cozy corner? If you’ll send me pictures of your inner sanctum, I’ll share them here from time to time.
Boston’s Betsy Baker takes simple polymer clay shapes and gives them an interesting twist as in this necklace with alternating long bi-conal and rounded square beads. Take a look at her offerings on Etsy and her web site.
The neatness extends to Betsy’s studio space where she says she must have a comfortable chair or her muse will refuse to visit.
Betsey’s does a bang up job of distilling her notes from her class with Maggie Maggio in Stresa, Italy. If you want the color smashing crib notes, read Betsy’s blog.
Three polymer clay artists who have never done a major wholesale show will be chosen to share a booth free of charge at the American Craft Retailers Expo in Las Vegas next April. They’ll be taking orders from a wide audience of buyers. The online entry deadline is October 31 (soon, soon, hurry).
Jump start your color knowledge by watching Maggie Maggio’s new 8-minute video on color. She has several tutorials available free on her site. See Maggie’s pins at the left. The link was sent by Jean Anderson.
News from "across the pond"
The British Polymer Clay Guild reports the outcome of their meeting with Fimo manufacturer, Eberhard Faber. The company has reformulated the clay to make it softer and to remove phthalates. The new clay is stronger and hardens at a lower temperature. Its consistency and elasticity are noticeably different. Big changes ahead.
England’s Sue Heaser has a new book out, Encyclopedia of Polymer Clay Techniques. Heaser is chair of the British Polymer Clay Guild and runs her own company, The Polymer Clay Pit, which is the largest supplier of polymer clay products in Europe. This is Sue’s eighth book and she demonstrates over 50 techniques in it.
In conjunction with her artwork she works as an independent character designer and maintains her company, Corporatepig, through which she continues to create handmade characters called "My Guys." These 3D polymer clay doodles are quirky and lovable and she’s created over 10,000 of them since 1994.