Heart shrines from Gesing

One more little heart to end the week. Ohio’s Michele Gesing (Gabriel Studios) nestles hearts in wearable polymer shrines and niches. Using her own molds she turns lushly textured and painted pieces into buttons, beads, and buckles (great idea).

Her work has ancient air and very personal point of view. “I’m an acquired taste,” Michele says of herself. Read her charming profile to learn more….and have a charming weekend.

Chandler and MacLeod over and under construction

This polymer and paper bracelet, a Synergy2 exhibit entry by Sharon MacLeod, has intrigued me for days as I put the show catalog together. Her over/under construction is clever and full of possibility.

Then I came across a new bangle by Gera Scott Chandler. More over/under and inside/outside treatments in fabulous colors. I must back away from the computer and head for the studio to try a few new things.

The catalog (here’s the updated entry list) is nearly done and looks delicious. The Synergy conference will make your head spin with ideas. There are still some open classes (here, here and here). Check it out and sign up.

Corrie – What works

Sue Corrie’s latest polymer pieces with their edgy colors and layers of unexpected patterns are refreshing as they tweak our notions of what’s right.

Somehow, they work. Examining what works is a good way to start the week.

Sue lets her work speak for itself and doesn’t provide much information about herself on her Ghost Shift Flickr page. I think she’s part of the Euroclay gang.

Caroline Harvey sent the link along and Helen Cox mentioned Sue on her site too.

Samsonova builds big canes

Elena Samsonova introduces us to polymer clay canes in hot colors on a day when I’m surrounded by cold white snow.

I warmed up with her Flickr photos and was thrilled to find her website which is bursting with more bright treats, tutorials and videos.

You’ll see how she transforms this big fish cane into beads of all shapes and sizes and then fashions them into many wearable pieces.

Elena assembles a similar big cane in a series of videos, muttering softly in Russian and English all the while. It’s great watching when you’re snowbound. Thanks to Randee Ketzel for the link and have a warm weekend.

Botton transfers fabrics

The textiles from her day job in China have crept into French artist Cecilia Botton’s (Mabcrea) newest work. Cecilia’s obviously comfortable with crossing borders and mixing cultures.

The caption on this new monochromatic necklace says that she’s using a transfer technique and transfers catch my attention these days. She promises to create a tutorial soon.

Her Flickr pages are filled with experiments and exercises. She credits the work and artists who inspire her and lets us watch as she works out her versions. Cecilia also offers a bunch of fun step-by-step visual tutorials which are easy to understand in any language.

Collins makeover


Colorado’s Tish Collins decided to start 2010 with a makeover – new website, new look.

Her signature collection reveals an Asian influence with soothing shapes and subtle images while her mosaic collection is more energetic and colorful. Seems smart to have two different lines so that you can match your studio work to your mood.

Wild West work

Melanie West promised new work and true to her word, she’s featuring a new line of brooches that expands her sea creature-inspired repertoire. She’s bravely posted her plans for the year.

New beginnings are good for us. Lots of polymer clay artists are rolling out fresh work, reorganizing, posting and updating. There’s a definite out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new vibe in the air.

My young tech-saavy neice is coming over today to discuss my social networking strategy. Losing weight used to be my social networking strategy but I don’t think that’s what she has in mind.

Shriver’s new year, new site

Sarah Shriver has started her year with a new website. To click on the images of the sixteen new works that march across the top of her home page is like a getting a booster shot of creativity.

Sarah debuts more dimensional and more colorful pieces on her updated site.

Some of her new canes are brighter, more jewel-like and often more organic. She adds accents of color, flawless trim and silky smooth finishes that make them irresistible.