Bead and Button winners

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Thanks to Julie Picarello who sent us these photos of the 2017 Bead Dreams winners in the polymer category.

First place went to Barbara McGuire’s Seeing Through Now necklace. The feather-textured teal and pearl collar ends with an etherial portrait. Barbara is a well known longtime polymer artist, author, teacher and supplier.

Kunnanchath's 2017 Bead and Button winner on PolymerClayDaily

The second place winner is California’s Arathy Kunnanchath with her opulent imitative turquoise, coral and amber multi-strand necklace from her Alchemist Collection.

Turquoise and silver pieces center the necklace yet the design is appealingly asymmetric.

Julie was particularly pleased to take these photos since Arathy is a member of her Clayville guild. Says Julie, “Arathy has just started working with polymer and is amazing. ¬†Two little kids at home, gets up at 4:30a.m. to get in clay time before they get up. Yowzer!”

  • reply LaLa Ortiz ,

    Congratulations to Barbara McGuire, who gave me so much encouragement decades ago when we were both in San Francisco doing the slocal shows and also through her books! My first polymer teacher and mentor! Congratulations also to Arathy Kunnanchath! We just met a couple of months ago when she stopped by my booth at a local show.

    Wonderful work! Bravo!!!

    • reply Barbara McGuire ,

      Thanks for sharing my excitement, there’s a lot of heart in this piece. It represents new life to me. Arathy, your piece is stunning. I see new life there too.
      Congratulations to all the winners.

      • reply Lorrene Baum-Davis ,

        Thanks for this, Cynthia. Arathy and Julie are in our Clayville-California guild. You have featured several other of our talented group in the past.

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