Crowley on PCDaily

Olympic fervor has thrown us into an oddly patriotic mood. Who better to show team spirit than Chicago’s Dan Crowley? His ladies, loosely based on his aunts, are his favorite characters. This one is called America the Beautiful!

Crowley on PCDaily

Dan is a sculptor and puppeteer and you can watch him build a finger puppet while he talks about his career in this short video interview. He sells online through Etsy and Art Of Toys and shares new works and tidbits on Facebook.

Five winners

Five lucky PCD readers will be picked to win a copy of the Fire issue of From Polymer To Art magazine published by Saskia and Marjon in the Netherlands.

Scroll down and submit a comment to this post and you’re automatically entered in the giveaway drawing. Instead of competing for Olympic gold or silver, you’ll be in the running for Fire if you make a comment by Sunday midnight. Look at the goodies in this issue and have a winning weekend.

  • reply Jenny Marsden ,

    I just had a sneak peek at the “Fire” issue of Polymer to Art. Saskia and Marjon have delivered another inspiring magazine. I would love a copy of it.
    Dan Crowley’s work is amazing, a bit scary but amazing.

    • reply Margaret Heizenrader ,

      The ugly side of America.

      • reply Margaret Heizenrader ,

        I dislike this piece less now that I have watched Mr. Crowley’s video. It’s more the expression on the the character’s face that gives me the creeps then Mr. Crowley’s talent. And he has talent! And is brave enough to use it!

      • reply Margy Moranz ,

        Oh, this lady looks like someone to reckon with! The new issue of From Polymer to Art looks hot….

        • reply Susan ,

          Fire looks like an amazing publication! Plus, Dan’s aunts must be really something!

          • reply Wendy Moore ,

            As one who has attempted the occasional bodacious babe, I am in awe of Dan. A very suitable picture for a magazine on FIRE!

            • reply Crystal carpenter ,

              Love it!!! Very talented

              • reply Crystal carpenter ,


                • reply Laurie Lee ,

                  she looks like a real competitor!

                  • reply Karen ,

                    Would love to see this!!

                    • reply mislpe ,

                      what and inspiration…
                      “sculpting in color”
                      “something I am drawn to is artist who are unique”
                      “trust the overall process”
                      “the image or the thing is already complete and it is just up to my hands to brush the sand away.”
                      “the need to create”
                      would love to sit down and have coffee with this amazing artist

                      • reply Carole Monahan ,

                        I I love this bowdy gal!
                        I JUST saw the weekly MOJO and I have seen that BOX TROLLS teaser while watching cable on demand shows and EVERY time it comes on I’m paralyzed with wonder!!
                        I was somewhat deflated when it shows the september open date…..
                        Now there is a dream clayers job!!!
                        As per the Fire issue … what’s NOT to love about that! I have only gotten them in electronic format. Can you tell me if anyone distributes them in the US?

                      • reply Rebecca Watkins ,

                        add Artybecca to the list please. I see my friend Denise Graham listed in that issue!

                        • reply Valérie ,

                          I love “fire”!!!!!

                          • reply Valérie ,

                            Just wonderful

                            • reply Valerie ,


                              • reply Sherry Bailey ,

                                I’m embarrassed to admit I never heard of that magazine — but I’d love a copy to inspire me!

                                • reply mary hargrave ,

                                  That is one sassy broad!! Just wondering which event she is competing in.

                                  • reply Janet Bouey ,

                                    Love the character in the face!
                                    I have not seen this magazine but would love to.

                                    • reply Zan C ,

                                      I love this lady! A force to be reckoned with for sure. This magazine looks great!

                                      • reply Teresa Denemy ,

                                        love the personality he puts into the characters, kinda’ like Dinko but just a bit tighter in technique but what you fall in love with is the personality of the piece.

                                        would love to win a copy of the fire issue of From Polymer To Art magazine!

                                        • reply Rita hammock ,

                                          Fire !!!!!!

                                          • reply Cathy Graziano ,

                                            Beautious!! Love her!

                                            • reply Meticulissa ,

                                              So many ideas to create in polymer- would love the magazine!

                                              • reply Nancy Ulrich ,

                                                Dan’s characters are very expressive, and she’s a blonde bombshell. Have you seen his finger puppets?

                                                • reply Nancy Ulrich ,

                                                  And did I mention that I’d really like to have FIRE?
                                                  Thanks for offering us this opportunity Cynthia.
                                                  ~ Nancy

                                                  • reply Karen Koch ,

                                                    I would love to have a copy of the Fire issue of From Polymer to Art. Please enter my name in the drawing. As to the lady in the sculpture above – she does look like a competitor, and I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of anything she was contesting!

                                                    • reply Andrea Victoria Paradiso ,

                                                      Well, Dan…just watched your video. Thank you for writing my “Why I Would Rather Be An Artist than Anything Else In The Whole Wide World” essay for me…lol! After many years, I have finally taken the plunge. I may be sinking…but I have taken the plunge. The water is cold, fresh and clear and I am replenished! Your work is beautiful and funny and endearing. I remember it as one of the first extremely unique works in polymer that I saw in Donna Kato’s book. So I recognized your “America The Beautiful” right away…and The Lady certainly is. Congratulations for being featured and kudos for taking the life-long challenge, no-holds barred!

                                                      • reply Anne M ,

                                                        Love America. Would love a copy of the magazine, too. Good polymer clay day today – finished 2 projects!

                                                        • reply Anne M ,

                                                          Love her, too.

                                                          • reply Sharon B. ,

                                                            She certainly is sassy! Love the outfit!

                                                            • reply Sue ,

                                                              Love Dan’s work and love the magazine. Would love to win a copy. And thanks for the video link to learn more about Dan and his work. Just wish I could be that creative.

                                                              • reply Ymke ,

                                                                I could use come Fire in my claystash..;)

                                                                • reply sandra deyoung niese ,

                                                                  What an amazing post today. Thank you for doing what you do and sharing with the world the art of polymer clay!

                                                                  • reply Susan ,

                                                                    Have been enjoying other issues – want to own this one, as well. Hope I win!

                                                                    • reply Cindy Bielefeldt ,

                                                                      Amazing lady, so unique!

                                                                      • reply Dawn Stubitsch ,

                                                                        I really like Dan’s work. It makes me uncomfortable and draws me in at the same time.

                                                                        • reply Becky Mizell ,

                                                                          Love the fire

                                                                          • reply Pamela Esser ,

                                                                            Dan’s detail work is amazing! There is so much to draw You in!

                                                                            • reply Natalja Ivankova ,


                                                                              • reply Bette ,

                                                                                Happy to see the Olympics come and go. Mostly I get tired of the theme song.
                                                                                Miss USA Olympic Aunt is fabulous though. Hope I win the Fire issue!

                                                                                • reply Marie ,

                                                                                  Wow! I never thought of making finger puppets! These are such cartoons!

                                                                                  • reply Karen Ashley ,

                                                                                    Instead of Uncle Sam — She is Auntie Sammie! Made in America for sure. Keep up the great work, Dan. The Fire Issue sounds fabulous too. Hope I win a copy. Thanks Cynthia for the work you do with PCD…it is my home page…Love it.

                                                                                    • reply Sophia Tranoris ,

                                                                                      I would love to win this issue, love what I saw in the previews.
                                                                                      Please add me to the list, ty!

                                                                                      • reply Sydney ,

                                                                                        Thanks for the opportunity – terrifc magazine!

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