Color winners and Simmons’ jeweled beads

Three polymer clay artists were named in the top 10 entries in the Step by Step Beads Colorworks Contest that was limited to works in the purple-green-orange triad. The other finalists are seed bead artists.

Lindly Haunani, Maureen Thomas and Carol Simmons were among the finalists. Carol entered the beads pictured above that use an extruded cane process she’s been refining. See the complete necklace here.

Carol has resumed teaching after an 8-year hiatus, hitting the road to teach her new jeweled technique that exploits the properties of metallic clay, producing patterned surfaces with extraordinary depth and luminosity. See her jewel eggs from an earlier post.

Carol is a researcher and scientist at heart and you can be sure that she’s discovered some entirely new processes that will change the way you think. Her fall classes are full. She’ll be teaching at the Phoenix guild in March (I’m signed up) and is setting up her 2010 schedule.

  • reply Mary Fassler ,

    Hi Cynthia,
    Is there any more information or pix you can post about Maureen Thomas who was also a winner in the contest?
    Thanks for the info.

    • reply Cynthia Tinapple ,

      • reply Jeannie ,

        One of my goals for 2010 is to take some classes. I will definately put Carol on my list.
        The necklace is just my style, colorful!

        • reply Julie Picarello ,

          BIG congrats to all three polymer artists, and to Carol for emerging from her teaching hiatus as well. I checked out Maureen’s website and not only enjoyed her art jewelry but also her way cool “Off With Their Heads” paper mache busts. Love the name as well as the product!

          • reply Sherry Bailey ,

            Yummy colors! Might have to try them myself!

            • reply Barbara P-W ,

              Oh my God, I LOVE Those beads! Those colors are stunning together and I love the sheen! WOW.

              • reply Alice Stroppel ,

                The colors are so intense and rich. Beautiful.

                • reply Karen Sexton ,

                  Carol’s newest work reflects her love & understanding of color, inventiveness and exquisite craftsmanship. The eggs and beads are even more beautiful ‘in person’. Those lucky enough to take her classes are in for a wonderful learning experience. She is truly a master teacher!

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