Smile for hairy pods

Sarah Shriver's inscrutable pods elicit smiles on PolymerClayDaily.com

Why do Sarah Shriver’s new Hairy Pods (at another point she calls them rubber chickens) make us smile? Those bushy tops look unmanageable. Does one wear the pods or are they simply meant to delight the eye? The colors and patterns are tribal and muted yet unquestionably hers.

Don’t you imagine that Sarah has an explanation and joke to accompany these smile-eliciting objects? Sometimes it’s just as well that we don’t understand a piece. Better to just smile and enjoy their beauty.

Get more clues about what Sarah’s thinking on her Instagram.

On the road polymer

Kim Arden creates smiles and pendants on the road on PolymerClayDaily.com

Let’s keep the smiles going with these hot, bright colors from Ohio’s Kimberley Arden.

“Every single one of the canes used on these pendants was made while we were at our camper this past week! I am absolutely in LOVE with the bright colors and can’t wait to finish them! They are so happy!” she says.

She’s on the road all summer and I just figured out that her “Dashboard Studio” is called that because she shoots photos on the dashboard of her vehicle.

The new fabric panels Kim sewed to match her jewelry give her booth a very cohesive and put-together look. In her bright booth, she always has a smile on her face and it’s infectious.

Join her on the road on Facebook and her site.

Smile-worthy polymer

Smile-worthy polymer from France’s Caroline Cornic Isola (Klick-art) feels awfully good.

Stripes, dots, a big mug and swinging legs. And what about those orange ears and mean teeth on her Happy Wolf?Caroline knows just how to tickle our fancy and start the week with a smile. Follow her on Facebook and shop on Etsy.

Caroline is an illustrator and comic artist who translates her art perfectly to polymer. What do you draw that could be translated?

50 Days of shimmering veneers

Leanne Fergus puts a glitzy touch on day 50 of her 100 veneers project on PolymerClayDaily

Melbourne’s Leanne Fergus loves mixed media on polymer clay. Pearly, shiny, glowing, golden…anything that shimmers is right up her alley. Texture adds another level of interest and intrigue.

Leanne is up to day 50 on her 100-day project and it’s paying off. Some veneers she captures under resin.

Flip through her Instagram to see how she’s progressed. “When I’m in my workroom creating I feel like everything including time, stands still. It is my therapy, meditation and happy place.  It is a time for being fully in the moment and recharging my spirit,” says Leanne.

Her new website is stunning.

Welcoming the familiar

Cynthia Tinapple finds comfort in a bright striped inlaid bowl on PolymerClayDaily.com

I hesitate to feature my own work but when I run out of research time, it’s the best option. Here’s the 11″ diameter bowl I inlaid last week.

I was happy to get back to my easy stripes at the Virginia conference. Rather than fight against doing the “same old, same old” I welcomed the ease of the familiar. And I had Lindly Haunani nearby to give me color guidance.

I laid narrow strips of veneer into a shallow groove in the spalted maple bowl turned by my husband, Blair Davis. There’s something comforting in knowing that the bowl is made from the tree across the street. “Spalted” is a fancy word for rotted and the tree had to go. You can see a few in-process shots on my Instagram.

Now I can get to composing this week’s Saturday newsletter and gathering up the last tidbits that surfaced at the end of Shrine Mont. Just as we were packing up, people were sharing their “one-last-thing.” And there was a sudden spring crop of tutorials online this week. Join us over at StudioMojo for the scoop. 

Ke Garne

Samunnat angels won't be flying this year. Ke Garne! on PolymerClayDaily.com

Three Samunnat ladies were due to fly from Kathmandu to Detroit in October for a US tour. This week Ron Lehocky and I learned that the US denied their visa applications. There is no appeals process.

Bummer! Or as they say in Nepal “Ke Garne” That’s a resigned, “What can you do?”

We imagined angels Gita, Pramila, and Kopila with their bags all packed.

“We knew it was a possibility that they wouldn’t get the visas but I guess we let ourselves feel hopeful. It all comes down to convincing the interviewer that you have adequate ties in Nepal to make sure you return,” says founder and organizer Wendy Moore from Australia.

Thanks to all you polymer folks who so graciously offered your help and hospitality. The funds raised for travel will be redirected to other projects. Samunnat is now in its eleventh year. Please follow them on Instagram and on their blog to track their progress.

Our apologies to our would-be visitors. Let’s hope the world becomes more welcoming in the future. For now, “Ke Garne.”

Queen of it all

Alice Stroppel spotlights women in her work on PolymerClayDaily.com

Florida’s Alice Stroppel is cooking up some workshops that focus on women. “I wasn’t able to make the wedding, OK I wasn’t invited. But I do feel like the Queen of it All in my own mind. A new cane, more queenly women to come,” says Alice

Alice Stroppel spotlights women in her work on PolymerClayDaily.com

Look for black and white with echoes of Picasso. “Here comes a workshop or a series,” she predicts.

Women are standing out this year. How could you feature them in your work?

Find Alice on Instagram and her site.

Carefree and Seuss-like

Joey Barnes makes carefree a catching concept on PolymerClayDaily

This wonky, carefree vessel was built over a wooden form and has a bright red interior. The Dr. Seuss-like form is from Texas’ Joey Barnes and its carefree attitude made it a hit in the conference auction. Examine Joey’s whimsical piece on Instagram and Facebook.

After a long drive home I’m reinvigorated and back on schedule. A few days of playing and experimenting can wake you up and move you in surprising directions. PCD is back!

 

Purses for chips

Linda Pearl's purse chips make a fashion statement on PolymerClayDaily.com
Linda Pearl's purse chips make a fashion statement on PolymerClayDaily.com

Linda Pearl decided that this silicone purse fondant mold filled with polymer could make great poker chips!

Chips are hotly traded during the silly part of conferences and Linda’s were real winners. Of course, you’ll note how she’s upgraded her mini-purses with paints and custom handles.

See Linda’s more serious works on Instagram. Her dog earrings were also real crowd-pleasers.

More of the tips and tools we played with this week will be listed on StudioMojo. Unless the rains flood the wifi, it’ll all be covered in Saturday’s newsletter. Hope you’ll join us. 

 

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