de la Torre’s shifting polymer gestalt

Madrid’s Silvia Ortiz de la Torre is fascinated with shifting colors and patterns, from soap film to fractals. A look at her Flickr page shows you how she translates this fascination into polymer patterns. Polymer was made for artists like Silvia.

I’m mesmerized by these recent pieces. I can’t tell if they’re made from extruded blends or hand-built canes. The colors pop and the patterns play nicely with each other.

Friday Giveaway

My daughter’s visiting and she’s making me tidy my library. The brand new Art of Metal Clay, a beautiful revised and expanded book from Sherri Haab comes complete with a project DVD.

While there are several polymer and mixed media artists in it, this book deserves a good home with a metal clay artist. If metal clay rings your chimes, leave a comment and my daughter will draw a name on Monday. Have a lucky weekend.

  • reply Sandy ,

    I’d love to own that book! I admire Sherri Haab’s work tremendously.

    • reply Emily Miller ,

      Book looks like a great addition to a library!

      • reply Lisa ,

        Ooh, yes, please!

        • reply Pat ,

          I would love to have this book of Sherri Haab’s, she is a great inspiration!

          • reply barbara taroni ,

            I would love to add Sherrie’s new book to my collection!

            • reply Erin Strother ,

              I’d love this book!

              • reply Leanne ,

                My next venture of exploration will be metal clay so the book would be wonderful. Gosh all these mediums to play with and so little time to explore them all!!

                • reply Joni ,

                  I love Polymer Clay Daily. It’s my daily treat of inspiration!

                  • reply Kristi Wodek ,

                    ohhhhhhhhh.. i was so excited to see that she has a new book out. I have all of the stuff to do metal clay, just a tad bit of fear that holds me back from using my metal clay, tools, torch. I need to be liberated. On a side note. Getting your daily e-mails, is a joy! Thank you!!!!!!

                    • reply Christina Nevin ,

                      Would love to add this to my library! 🙂

                      • reply Dianne Johnson ,

                        I would live to have this book in my library, and a freebie is my only chance.

                        • reply Barb Rutter ,

                          Love your blog – always look forward to seeing what you are showcasing. Just got into PMC so I’m always looking for new information on it. Thanks!

                          • reply PLaneFancies ,

                            Don’t put me in the drawing because I don’t really do metal clay. But MANY thanks for bringing us inspiration from all over the world 5 days a week.

                            • reply Nancy Neff ,

                              The book sounds terrific–please add my name to the drawing!

                              And thanks for all the great polymer clay artists you bring to our attention with your postings!

                              • reply MARIJKE TANSEY ,

                                WHAT A FUN WAY TO END THE WEEK AND BEGIN THE WEEKEND.

                                • reply Beverlyjane ,

                                  Oh what a lovely thing to do. I used to do metalsmithing as my favorite love, but with breathing problems had to give it up and have been learning polymer clay for about two years now. I would dearly love too have this amazing book.

                                  • reply Rosa Martha Celorio ,

                                    Would love to have that book!
                                    Warm regards from Mexico!
                                    Rosa Martha.

                                    • reply Janice Sears ,

                                      I would love to have this book. I admire Sherri Haab’s work and would love to learn precious metal clay and combine it with polymer clay work. Thanks for having a drawing!

                                      • reply Wendy Oestreicher ,

                                        I can’t tell you how much I appreciate PCD for bringing polymer clay artists, who all do such an amazing variety of work, into my life each day. Inspiration abounds! And, yes, I’d also love to be the winner of Sherri Haab’s latest book.

                                        • reply Linda Roberts ,

                                          An outstanding book that I would love to have. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

                                          • reply Iris Mishly ,

                                            what a lovely necklace!
                                            and thank you for the gift! i love giveaways!

                                            Regards from Israel 🙂

                                            • reply Jay Williams ,

                                              I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of doing metal clay and almost there. I think having this book would put me over the edge towards the pros. I really like metal clay jewelry.

                                              • reply Pye Squire ,

                                                I just fell in love with polymer clay so i need all the help i can get
                                                Thanks for the chance to win

                                                • reply Sharon Palac ,

                                                  I have dabbled in bronze clay and need Sherri’s help! Hope I win!

                                                  • reply Vicki ,

                                                    LOVE your daily inspiration and also Sherri’s work in Metal Clay.

                                                    • reply Audrey ,

                                                      I love your site, I love the clay, and i would really love the book!
                                                      Thank you for being here!!

                                                      • reply Beth4hugs ,

                                                        I’ve worked with silver and bronze metal clay. I’m ready to learn more and thank you for the chance to this drawing…I really want to incorporate glass into the metal clay jewelry I create. Fun!

                                                        • reply Andi Lackey ,

                                                          i haven’t had the chance to try metal clay yet, but i am saving my change so i can, i would love the chance to win this book! And thanks for providing such great inspiration through the week!!

                                                          • reply Silvia Ortiz de la Torre ,

                                                            What a nice surprise when I opened this morning my Flickr page! Jill Palumbo told me about this featuring. Thank you everyone for your kind comments :))

                                                            • reply Jackie ,

                                                              What amazing beads, I loved the idea of soap film for inspiration, I never heard of this although I always did admire the pretty colours in the bubbles!
                                                              Thank you for sharing.

                                                              • reply LISA ARNOLD ,

                                                                i would love to own this book!

                                                                • reply Renee ,

                                                                  Great addition to my library and to my working pieces. Would love to own and peruse this book!


                                                                  • reply audrey ,

                                                                    I am just entering the field and your site makes me want to improve fast!! Love your site and would love the book.

                                                                    • reply Jennifer ,

                                                                      Love PMC Daily, it inspires me to try new things. Would love Sherri Haub’s book to add to my library. Have been interested in venturing into metal clay for awhile but need some guidence. Please pick me!!


                                                                      • reply jackie koudry ,

                                                                        Would love to have this book. Just got started with metal clay.

                                                                        • reply Dakotah Flannery ,

                                                                          Thank you for the daily inspiration (and work of keeping up the site). I learn many ways to continue my polymer journey from your entries and their flicker sites. I am trying to incorporate metal clay with my polymer and your giveaway would help.

                                                                          Thanks again for all you do, Dakotah

                                                                          • reply darleen bellan ,

                                                                            I need inspiration and perhaps this book will motivate me to use the metal clay kiln that I purchased several years ago and still sits in a box in the studio! My mojo just is not in a go go mood lately!

                                                                            • reply karleen bumatay ,

                                                                              i love metal clay too! i have 1 book now, please let me include this one too. *wink*wink*

                                                                              • reply Michelle ,

                                                                                I love getting your daily inspirations and info.
                                                                                I’ve been saving for this book and I hope I’m lucky enough to receive it…thanks for the giveaway and the oportunity!

                                                                                • reply Daphne Seaman ,

                                                                                  What an awesome daughter you must have to help you with organizing your library and web site! She probably just works for love and food–and maybe some of your own creations. Good deal! I’d love to own the book and borrow your daughter and let her have a shot at organizing my work spaces. 🙂 Draw my name, sweet daughter, and then deliver it in person–I will cook for you!

                                                                                  • reply Janice F. ,

                                                                                    Thank you for featuring such talented polymer clay artists.
                                                                                    I have taken a few polymer clay and silver metal clay workshops and would love to learn, explore and create more. Would love to be in the drawing for Sherri Haab’s book. Love her work. Have a nice weekend.

                                                                                    • reply Martha ,

                                                                                      Love the color shifts on those beads. Love reading Polymer Clay Daily. And would love the metal clay book, too:)

                                                                                      • reply Linda ,

                                                                                        Thanks for sharing with Polymer Clay Daily. It gives me a chance to see work and people that I might not normally come across and is so inspiring! I, too, would love to add the book to my library!

                                                                                        • reply Michele Tobler-Sutter ,

                                                                                          It just wouldn’t be a great day without my daily inspiration of PCD! Sometimes just the colors of a feature get me running to my pasta machine!!!

                                                                                          • reply Greek Alphabet Rubber Stamps, Unmounted Sheet ,

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                                                                                            • reply Janice Tompkins ,

                                                                                              I would love to have Sherri’s new book.

                                                                                              • reply Trina ,

                                                                                                I would love your book. I’m toying with metal clay as well as polymer clay. I love both.

                                                                                                Thanks . . .

                                                                                                • reply Annemieke van Gent ,

                                                                                                  Hi, I like the Polymer Clay Daily news. So much nice things to make! I’m just a beginner at this craft. Here in Holland we have not so much tools and workshops. I would love to give this book a (Dutch) home and family!
                                                                                                  greetings from Annemieke

                                                                                                  • reply Wendy Bailey ,

                                                                                                    I am a subscriber from the UK to your great newsletter,thank you.
                                                                                                    I have now been on a course for silver art clay and I have just started learning the polymer clay techniques.
                                                                                                    We don’t have anything like this in England and I am semi retired due to arthritis and loving making jewellery.

                                                                                                    I love the idea of recycling books and passing on learning so would really appreciate your kind offer of the free Sherri Haab book.It will add to me creative approach in jewellery design.
                                                                                                    Many thanks for a great newsletter.

                                                                                                    Wendy Bailey,Winchester,England UK

                                                                                                    • reply Debi Orndorff ,

                                                                                                      Yes please, put my name in the pot for the drawing of the book.

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