Alexis Pier and Penina Meisels (Pier and Penina) stopped by for a visit on Friday. They’ve both moved from California to Santa Fe to continue their polymer clay collaboration.
Their focus has moved from jewelry to sculpture. These two small sculptures are from Penina (look for Alexis’ tomorrow). The hollow form on the right is made of polymer and covered with organza which is painted with Prizmacolor markers and blender pen.
Since their web page hasn’t been updated recently, I’ll add a picture of Penina’s earrings here for your Monday inspiration.
Carol Simmons built this William Morris inspired cane here in New Mexico to add a new color way to her line of designs. I watched her construct the original extravagant cane that was about 6″ across by 2″ deep. Reducing the cane took a couple of hours with one or two 3-second trips to the microwave. She had only a miniscule amount of waste.
Karin Noyes has a few new images on the CraftBoston site and her bio on her own site is a good read (the quickest, quirkiest life story I’ve read in a while). Like her life, her bowls show that what starts out simply can be combined and repeated to create a fascinating and complex work.
I’m in travel mode and gravitated to this polymer clay postcard from Dayle Doroshow. I’ll be hanging out with her and if anyone can wake up my muse and kick-start my mojo, it’s Dayle. Go visit her site and you’ll see what I mean.
For more travel vibes, go to Tory Hughes site. Navigation, travel, and stamps figure prominently in many of her works. With any luck, we’ll run into her while we’re on vacation too.
Many things have changed in our world this week which has drawn me to polymer clay designs that match my off-balance mood and introduce me to new concepts.
England’s Christine Dumont introduces her two collections (ossocopia and cellularia) which are strangely beautiful. I like the offset beads surrounding this pendant. There’s much more on her site. (Thanks to Loretta Lam for the heads up.)
And then from the Dutch “Girls Next Door” site comes this multi-strand necklace that combines large and small beads. Marjon and Saskia and their friends (the purple beads are from friend Jellina) have compiled projects that run the gamut from imaginative stringing ideas to a faux-Burberry cane and scarab bracelets.
Philadelphia’s Emily Squires Levine has launched a new site that showcases her decorative tiles built with a polymer clay base covered in a two-part resin. Durable and heat resistent, these tiles can be used as kitchen backsplashes or as coasters. She’s also drawn to polymer clay bowls and eggs.
Frustrated with the early clays’ stiff consistency, Levine gave up caning for a few years and was delighted when she returned to softer reformulated clays. Says Levine, “My next goal is to create a larger piece, combining multiple tiles which are connected visually through color, pattern and shape.”
Thanks to Martha Aleo for introducing us to Emily’s new site.
Georgia’s Lisa Mathews called it with her polymer clay image of Barack Obama. Her African-American characters exhibit lots of hands-on-hips attitude and style.
“My work is generational, past and present,” she says, “It reflects the tremendous love I have for this culture and the pride I have for the strength and perseverance of its people. I endeavor to use my artistic gift to create sculpted images that capture the spirit and essence of a people who through great trials and tribulation have birthed traditions of family, faith, social contributions and human conscientiousness that are the foundation of our existence.”