Celebrating polymer 1000 times

The Venice Biennale is the world’s oldest and most pretigious international forum for contemporary visual art. This year the polymer and mixed media work of New Zealand-born Francis Uprichard will be exhibited there.

Her polymer sculptures in the installation Save Yourself include searchers, dreamers, dancers; consumed by their acts of meditation or lost in reverie. One reviewer calls her a doctor of contemporary voodoo and says that,”…the mix-up of history, mischief and meaning is a potent mixture.”

The polymer community is a potent mixture too – jewelers and miniaturists, illustrators, dollmakers, celebrities, sculptors, fine artists and hobbyists around the globe. Today PCD marks 1000 posts that have covered it all – from dining room tables to the Venice Biennale. Thanks for following along!

The icing on today’s cake is the fine polymer work of Oregon artist Dede Leupold which made its online debut in her budding site and Etsy gallery. Have a sweet weekend.


Yesterday’s artist, Mary Tempesta, writes that she is from L’Aquila, Italy, the site of that monstrous earthquake in April. Mary and her family have to rebuild their home and she says, “My work with polymer has been great therapy and has given me a push to start over anew.”

  • reply Pippa Chandler ,

    Congratulations – 1000 posts!!! What an amazing achievement and what an amazing site. I visit every day and am always inspired. Thank you so much for all your hard work, every day.

    Here’s to the next 1000 posts – I will await them all with the eagerness of a small child in a sweet shop.

    • reply Nevenka Sabo ,

      You are doing a great job. It is real pleasure reading about news in polymer clay world.
      Thank you for searching for us, this is a great blog to follow. 🙂

      • reply Jeannie ,

        Cindy, I also visit everyday and I’m always amazed at what you find and I appreciate the time and work you put into it for all of us. Congrats on the 1000!

        Dede’s polymer clay designs are something I can only imagine doing, so I’ll just admire. I love the kaleidoscope pendant the the Etsy shop. Awesome!

        • reply Melanie West ,

          Happy Birthd… er… Happy 1000 Post Da… um. Oh heck.

          Congratulations on your 1000th post, Cynthia! You are an amazing woman, and your Blog reflects that in every way. I love visiting, and always find a gem to inspire or inform me when I do. Thank you so much for being there!

          Uprichard’s work is wonderful! I wish there was more to see on line. Perhaps I will have to seek her out when my son and I (hopefully) go to New Zealand this winter (that would be our winter, not theirs).

          Welcome to Etsy, Dede! May your shop be both active and profitable! Delightful work! 🙂

          • reply Deborah Francis ,

            Congratulations on 1000!
            A cup of tea and reading your posts make starting my day more pleasant.
            Thanks you Cynthia.

            • reply Carol Simmons ,

              1000 posts! Who would have imagined when you first stated talking about creating a blog that would require posts every weekday? Congrats!

              Your work is beautiful. I’m glad you have it out there where people can see it purchase it!

              • reply Kellie Robinson ,

                Congratulations on 1000 Cynthia! I read your blog first thing every day before work, along with a cup of coffee and it’s a wonderful way to start the day!

                I am so happy to see DeDe making a mark for herself on the internet. I met DeDe once in the bead store I work in. There was much excitement when we saw her beads! The store purchased them, but most of them never even made it out to the sales floor, all the employees were fighting over them. The bead I ended up with is one of my prized possessions in my collection of beads.

                • reply Dede Leupold ,

                  Wow, 1000 posts! Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work! You have really connected the world wide polymer community, and am grateful to be a part of it. What a privilege to be a part of your 1000th post.

                  • reply Pat Bolgar ,

                    Cynthia, Thank you for promoting polymer clay and the artists who create with it. I’m grateful to you and admire you for all the effort and skill you put into this blog. I’ve learned so much about other polymer clay artists. Congratulations on 1000 posts.

                    • reply Lindly ,

                      Cynthia: Thank you for making my morning coffee time so delightful each day…I look forward to seeing what you have come up with and am always inspired by the number of artists working with this material world wide. Your dedication to this site is amazing. Thank you.

                      • reply Lynda Moseley ,

                        Thank you so much, Cynthia, for all you do to promote polymer clay artistry. I start my day, every day, with a visit to your wonderful website for inspiration. Congratulations on your 1000th post, and here’s to many, many more!

                        • reply Loretta ,

                          WOW. who’d a thunk it?? Time flies when you’re getting inspired. Thanks Cynthia. I guess WE all agree that you are doing your community a great service and we hope you continue to get as much out of this as we do. you are appreciated!
                          big hugs

                          • reply Jane Paul ,

                            Thank you so much. I look forward to your posts every day. They have enriched my life.

                            • reply Shirley De'Vard ,

                              Cynthia, I am relatively new to the polymer community and have fallen in love with the medium. I had the honor of meeting you, in your beautiful black & white outfit, this past weekend at Synergy. It is such a pleasure to visit your site everyday and glean all of the knowledge that you’ve research for us. Thank you and please continue your good work.

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