Scarey autumn trends

Fall is Lance Perry’s (Crescent Hill Designs) season. His polymer clay sculptures are equal parts cute and scarey. Almost, but not quite, predictable with just enough spooky and strange to keep things interesting. See his work on Flickr and Etsy.

I can’t decide if Joo-Joo’s ghosts (Afsaneh Tajvidi) or Heather Powers’ gnomes suit me better. I’m a sucker for glow-in-the-dark but Heather’s gnomes have that dash of weird that I can’t resist. And her acorns and mushrooms look totally trendy for fall.

The Creagers are immersed in their element too. Jodi and Richard offer a few gothic pins (like the ghost above) and other small artworks on their Etsy site. I give up! It’s fall.

Welker’s new book

The eye candy in Bettina Welker’s new book is so engrossing that you’ll hardly notice that the text is in German. Fine jewelry including bracelets & accessories from Polymer Clay is Bettina’s first published work and she’s put her heart in it.

If you’re not familiar with her refined and appealing work, check out her Flickr pages for a sampling.


Kathi Gose is translating the project part of the book into English. A small printed leaflet of the translations will be included with the book.  The  Spanish version of the projects is ready and a French version is underway as well.

Montgrand’s seasonal bounty


found polymer clay acorns, pumpkins, ghosts and witches on the web this weekend. But I’m not ready for those themes.

Catch a last whiff of summer sea air and gather up some garden bounty on Delphine Roche de Montgrand’s site, La Fille du Consul. She helps us out with both French and English translations of most of her posts. There are lots of garden offerings on her online shop and her Flickr site.

I have to admit, I stopped to admire her peppermint candy holiday necklace while I was browsing. It can’t possibly be time for that, can it? She divides her work by seasons which makes it easy for you to choose how to start your week. What mood are you in this Monday?

Ohio polymer bonanza

It was a pleasure to find four Ohio polymer clay artists at our local art show last weekend. This bright piece with buds, beads and flowers is by Kimberly Arden. Here’s a picture of her fun booth from an earlier show.

And these snapshots of eye-popping purple beads and pendants are from Lori Wilkes‘ booth. I was too busy talking and buying to get good pix of Pat Bolgar and Valerie Wright (here’s an earlier page). The quality of all their works was top notch and made me proud.

Welcome Kim Cavender back to bloglandia this week with a visit and a comment. The time off must have done her good if her new work is any indication. Have a refreshing weekend.

Baldwin’s party animals


These party animals from Virginia’s Denise Baldwin (OddImagination) were built over burned out lightbulbs.

We looked at Denise’s bugs three years ago but then I lost track of her until she was prompted by last week’s post about lightbulbs to share some of her own work built over recycled bulbs. Denise’s recent work is large and sophisticated but, true to her name, still odd.

She has a blog and an Etsy gallery as well as a rich pbase site of older work.

Kirsch’s polymer clutches

Ronnie Kirsch’s has expanded beyond the box (see this Polymer Art Archive post) into clutch purses.

For twenty-five years she drew jewelry collections for Tiffany, Cartier and other luxury brands. Retired from jewelry designing, Ronnie discovered polymer ten years ago and concentrated on creating box forms.

Now the small purse has caught her fancy as she shows on her new web site. She applies sheets of pattern over metal forms.

Thanks to Elise Winters for the heads up. And you’ll want to read today’s update on her project to place fine polymer clay works donated from several private collections into museums’ permanent collections.

Carlson’s story necklace

Maureen Carlson’s necklace tells a charming story and invites a dialogue…and isn’t that what we want our jewelry to do?

She tells of her winter trip to a family reunion in simple polymer clay beads. And she suggests several ways that you might use this technique to tell your stories.

I saw Maureen wearing this intriguing necklace and wanted to know more. Now I’m itching to make one of my own. Enjoy this little video of our conversation. Maureen’s new jewelry-sized face molds will make their debut in November.

Spiesser’s cane critters

Sabine Spiesser from Melbourne calls herself a digital artist and she has only two pictures of polymer clay work on her Flickr site. But even from this small sampling you can tell that she’s unleashed her inner polymer artist.

Created for an Australian guild competition, the caterpillar was composed of cane ends. She credits Vancouver’s Wanda Shum as her inspiration. I’m hoping that Sabine’s cheery bugs will bring a smile to your face this Labor Day Monday.

I’m off to shop an art show and enjoy the bonus day of summer’s last long weekend. Thanks to Lorrene Davis for the link.

Geoffrey’s cuttouts

Rebecca Geoffrey’s polymer clay pendants look just right for a Friday – fall colors, tidy layered construction, judicious texturing.

After a week of electronic catching up and restoring order, I crave Rebecca’s delightful control and restraint. She shows more in her Facebook photos and her small purses on Etsy are fun too.

Vacation wreaks havoc with keeping up online (Facebook fatigue is the official term). I’ve reserved today to play in the studio with some of the ideas that have been moldering in my brain all week. Have a playful weekend.

New life to old lights


Leslie Blackford gives new life to old lights in her polymer clay sculpture class at November’s Clay Carnival in Las Vegas.

Watching Leslie effortlessly grow a fanciful creature out of scrap clay and old lightbulbs is worth the price of admission. Here’s another new piece, Blackbird Waiting, that she sent along.


As you’re looking ahead and making fall and winter plans, be sure to include Synergy2 in your schedule. Seth Savarick has launched the web site and registration opens September 15 for the February 25-27 event in Baltimore. Check out the list of presenters.