Ponsawan’s polymer mosaic

Another blast of polymer clay color and energy from Ponsawan Silapiruti (Silastones) finishes this otherwise white week. You must click on the image to get the full effect of this 6″x12″ wall piece made from cane slices.

Ponsawan explains that this technique is “…perfect for me who get bored easily and hate repetition, and can’t sit still very long.” Her Flicker site shows that even while she looks after her daughter she continues to produce work that reflects her heritage and her indomitable spirit.

For earlier posts featuring Ponsawan’s work, click here, here, and here. Have a colorful weekend.

Baker’s Yucatan polymer colors

The blinding white snow outside makes me search for warmer polymer clay colors on my computer. Betsey Baker’s work on her new 1000markets site hits the spot.

On her blog (Stonehouse Studio) Betsy talks a bit about her online experience and why she’s trying various venues.

She says her new “Maya” series was inspired by the vivid colors of the Yucatan – the azure blues of the ocean, the yellow/greens of the lush vegetation, the desaturated reds and oranges of old hacienda walls and the texture of Mayan artifacts – and that’s just what I need today.

Clawson brings organics to polymer clay

In the depths of winter Kate Clawson‘s green polymer clay tiles look especially appealing. Kate attaches one of these small gems to each of her business cards.

Her “Organic Odysseys” galleries include corn pens, cherry tomato earrings and nasturtium bracelets. Here’s her Etsy site.

Kate says that her local organic Quiet Creek Farm in Pennsylvania, “…sparked a greater interest for me to explore each plant and all its components on a level that is deeper than can be had by supermarket fare or produce stands.”

Pressing vegetation into polymer clay, Kate captures the minute details in each leaf and seed, allowing her to explore the layers of beauty in the simplest edibles. The finished work is like a modern day fossil that recalls memories of farm days and great meals.

French Obama by Perrin

How did I miss this wonderful polymer clay Obama by France’s Sylvie Perrin? A cruise through her blog will have you amazed and laughing out loud. Her web site is today’s pick-me-up.

Speaking of smiles and pick-me-ups, have you seen the teapots on the latest Polymer Art Archive post? The teapot bodies were formed around sand-filled fabric bags. Rebecca Mazur created these delights in 1998!

Those of you who are captivated by today’s organics and undersea designs will want to look at what Australia’s Robyn Gordon was coming up with in polymer clay in 1981! Here’s our first post about her.

Tuesday is a good day for tidying loose ends and boning up on your polymer clay history.

Finnish artists create visual glossary

Two Finnish polymer clay artists, Petteri Leppikallio and Pörrö Sahlberg (Hiidet), have launched monthly challenges for themselves that they’re posting on their site. Their blog posts (this is just a small sampling) are becoming an online sketchbook and a visual glossary that they hope will inspire others.

This month Pörrö has been using two colors which she shapes into basic shapes using basic techniques. Petteri, a woodworker, has been exploring textures.

The ground rules for the year-long project specify that the ideas are more important than results.

“I need to study simplicity. There are tons of techniques available in the literature and the net, however I feel the simplest things and themes are somewhat unstudied. There must be lots of new ways to do old things and probably some new ideas rise from repeating the old ones,” says Pörrö.

With their studious and structured approach, their collaboration will be a fascinating one to follow.

Campbell’s polymer pastiche

Utah’s Heather Campbell uses simple polymer clay techniques in layers that she builds up into a rich pastiche of cane patterns, texture and color. The pieces draw the eye in to study the detail.

Heather’s sculptures are also dense with meaning and deliver complex messages such as “Enlightenment” (pictured here), “Glorious Struggle” and “Off the Deep End.”

It’s no surprise that two of Heather’s sculptures were named winners in in this year’s IPCG’s Progress and Possiblities Exhibition.

Thanks to Annie Hooten for sending us to Heather’s updated PurpleDoor site.

Malpica’s polymer portraits

New Mexico’s Misha Malpica transforms polymer clay and fibers into haunting portraits of Native Americans. Her mixed media figures stand from 32″ tall to life-size and are dressed in soft leathers, luxurious furs and exotic beads and feathers.

This shaman sculpture is entitled, “All Things Sacred, Praising the Spirit.”

A self-taught sculptor, Misha has been working in polymer for 20 years. Her work has won many awards and is sought by collectors. “My work is about a fleeting glimpse into someone’s life, a memory of a journey,” she explains.

The link comes to you from Beverly Smith whose life on the road as a state park volunteer and polymer clay artist sounds idyllic.

Cinque’s polymer clay roots

The polymer clay root faes by Candice Cinque are, I’m quite sure, the kind of creatures sleeping under our winter snows.

Their delicate poses make them look so lifelike that they seem more like some newly-discovered species of insect than a doll. Thin polymer clay blends seamlessly with roots and stems.

Candice’s sculptures range from 1” to about 12” tall and often take the form of tiny furred creatures and Faerie. She is trained in children’s book illustration and her work shows the influence of classical illustrators. See more on her Deviant site.

(via NeedleAndClay)

Squire’s polymer Obama from UK

I like that this polymer clay Obama by Rosemary Squire comes from beyond our borders as people all over the world celebrate with us on inauguration day.

Squire is a UK-based illustrator who creates three dimensional illustrations. In 2008 she received the British Association of Illustrators’ Critic Award. Her models are created using polymer clay, wire, found objects, and cloth, which are then digitally photographed for illustration.

Rosemary’s work is influenced by her close observation of people and their quirks and her politically inspired pieces in particular add a light hearted touch to otherwise serious subjects.

While she doesn’t toot her horn very loudly on her own blog, others like Lost At E Minor sing her praises. Enjoy the day.

Wolfe’s hopeful polymer story

It’s going to be a heartwarming, celebratory couple of days here in the U.S. and in that spirit read River Wolfe’s story about her Obama jewelry made from the polymer clay cane pictured here. River has been making and selling jewelry in Ohio for 15 years.

“When you wear a bracelet, or a necklace that shares the message of hope, peace, victory or love you just feel good inside,” she says. Serendipity surrounded her art. The story includes sales to celebrities, a gift for Michelle Obama and a hug from the President himself.