Blanchard’s Illustrations

Oregon’s Jennica Elizabeth Blanchard creates pen and ink illustrations on polymer plates in her Etsy shop. While she calls them polymer plates, I’m guessing that she’s making her base pendants from liquid polymer (correct me if I’m wrong).

CraftSynergy has an interview with the artist in which she describes her work as “delicate, detailed, visceral.”

Perhaps it’s the fragility of these pieces that appeals to me in my fragile condition. I’m on the mend.

Edwards’ Monsters

I’ve been watching Dylan Edwards post his daily polymer clay monsters for months. They’re particularly relevant today when I could swear that’s what’s living in my lungs though my monsters aren’t that cute, I’m sure.

Let’s hope they scurry away soon. Meanwhile, visit Dylan and ponder this,

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Romantic Polymer Clay Valentines

Newfry Kato Floyde

Here are three romantic approaches to polymer clay valentines and matters of the heart.

Donna Kato’s photo transfer and writing combination exudes romance and mystery embellished by a singular pearl.

Geraldine Newfry’s “Beloved” was created as a Valentine’s Day gift for her husband and is rich with the iconography of their shared lives.

Tejae Floyde tucks her hearts inside each other. She will teach her first online course on encased hearts on February 8. Here are some lovely pictures of a batch entering the oven. She was preparing for her month long exhibit opening this Friday at the Artists’ Nook in Ft. Collins, CO.

Brown’s Openwork in Polymer Clay

Here are a couple of openwork polymer clay pieces by Maryland’s Keith Brown to tantalize you this Monday morning.

After looking at this for a while I’m still not sure how he constructs his works and I’m intrigued. You can see that Keith has mastered the technique if you look at his bowls and trays.

Light and shadow, positive and negative – a mystery to start your week. Thanks to Bettina Welker who pointed out the new additions.

Kato’s Big Beads Revive Canes

Donna Kato has provided a weekend treat for us. Just when I think canes are so “over” and boring, Donna brings back canes that pack a wallop.

Her end caps are genius and her palette is simply lovely. She describes how she cuts thickish slices and bakes her big beads on cornstarch to minimize distortion.

Return to your studio with renewed enthusiasm. Thanks, Donna (and thanks to Barb Fajardo who spotted the new beads).

Young’s Lumina Leaf Tutorial

I bought some Lumina air-dry polymer clay months ago when I first saw Camille Young’s work. Camille’s leaf tutorial and the ginko leaves outside my back door are prompting me to finally open the packages and give it a whirl.

How nice of her to share her techniques with us. Camille makes it look easy…experts always fool us that way. Her colors are lovely and the compositions pleasing. Go have a look.

Payne’s Studio Slideshow

I don’t know much about Massachusetts’ polymer clay/mixed media sculptor Max Payne but I love this slide show about her. It makes me want to poke around in her studio and rummage through her shelves of work.

Her sculptures are based on archetypes of myths and legends of the world. They represent “humans’ place in the world,” and she said, “we are a part of it, not the only thing.” Some of the sculptures convey this theme because they have human bodies with various animal heads.

In the midst of today’s hustle and bustle, it’s comforting to come across this quiet, thoughtful art. Here’s a little more about her.

Fago’s site update

Vermont’s Celie Fago has updated her site and added a blog (with only one lonely post at the moment). Her gallery is full of stunning PMC works sometimes combined with polymer clay for color and texture. Though polymer plays a less prominent role in her current work, she uses it masterfully.

Take a look at my ten year old pictures from the national retreat when Celie burst on the polymer clay scene. She helped move the community from caning to carving, inlaying, and sanding the medium. The beauty of her tools made me realize how thoroughly her aesthetic permeates her life.

Jill Penney’s Low-brow Art

Arizona’s Jill Penney (scroll way down that page) is a pop surrealist doll artist who makes polymer clay dolls that are part punk, part comic book, part anime, slightly deviant…what’s being called low-brow art.

The style has roots in tatoos and graffiti and is wildly popular on the west coast. When a pop surrealist gallery opened up in our midwest town with Penney’s dolls, I went to see what I could learn.

The craftsmanship in Penney’s dolls is impressive and her aesthetic fits perfectly in this gallery of like-minded artists. Her sassy waif-like dolls beg to be played with but their pricetags place them well beyond toy status. The blending of toys and art takes a bit of getting used to. Several serious young collectors were comparing their pricey acquisitions. The buzz reminded me of the early days of outsider art. It’s nice to see fine polymer clay art in the middle of this growing genre.

Hennessey’s Decca brings polymer to needleworkers

Karen Hennessey markets her polymer clay art to the needle arts crowd. The Massachusetts artist started working with polymer in the late eighties and created her company, Zecca, which makes colorful caned items designed to meet the specific needs of knitters and needlepoint enthusiasts.

Her caned patterns embellish stitch markers, scissor protectors, buttons and other needlework necessities. The patterns have infiltrated her needlepoint patterns and it’s sometimes hard to tell if you’re looking at needlepoint or a cane slice. Hennessey created a line of blank cards that combine a cane slice on patterned paper as shown here.

If you’re thinking about moving beyond your niche, take a look at how this polymer artist has found a home among related and companion artforms. Thanks to Alaska’s Katie Way who sent the link along.