Picking up where I left off

Cynthia Tinapple dusts off old bowls and adds new on PolymerClayDaily
Cynthia Tinapple dusts off old bowls and adds new on PolymerClayDaily

This Mendocino bowl brings back memories. I made it while on vacation with friends in California some years back.

I loved that walnut bowl and its polymer inlaid pattern. The photo is being used to promote an upcoming exhibit of works by seven black and seven white artists.

I decided to revive these lively stripes on a new bowl. Finally, I’m tackling the stack of polymer-ready bowls turned by my husband. The bowls languished in my studio while life got strange and creativity waned.

I’m excited (and nervous). Can I do it again? Come back next week to see. Can you tell that I’m forcing myself to finish this project?

Hold me to it.

Color study earrings

Mary Anne Loveless opens her show with a color study on PolymerClayDaily.com

This tray of earrings from Utah’s Mary Anne Loveless keeps the colors under control in a most appealing way. The graduated backgrounds are tied together into neat dangles held together visually by contrasting stripes.

Is it the vertical blends that make these feel so right? The blends run in opposite directions on the left and right dangles. There’s a color lesson here.

FRIDAY FOLLOW: indigo.sands

Krymsyn (indigo.sands) reveals the glow of her imitative amber on PolymerClayDaily.com

North Carolina’s Krymsyn (Indigo.Sands) uses the hashtag “claytocope” because she picked up polymer to help her through the pandemic.

It’s worked! She has more followers than I thought possible and her business is thriving.

Yes, she’s trendy and savvy but better than that, she’s curious and has an itch for imitative techniques like her latest faux amber. Here her hoop’s rich color is revealed by her phone flashlight. Worth following along, right?

Keep the garden going

Kathy Koontz keeps her garden going with scraps on PolymerClayDaily.com

A discarded 11″ x 27″ cabinet door leaning against the garage wall called to Kathy Koontz (Flowertownoriginals). The door begged for a second chance and Kathy was in a mood to grant it.

She painted the door and scooped up all the scrappy polymer bits lying around.

Stems and leaves grew first. Then the scraps organized themselves into jolly layered blooms.

The playful process made Kathy remember how much fun wall art can be.

FRIDAY FOLLOW: Bloomandclay

I could certainly learn a thing or two from Texas Meghan Allen, the marketing maven at ShopClayandBloom.

You’ll recognize the shapes and cutters and appreciate her productivity.

It’s her colors that hit the sweet spot and draw you in. These dusky pinks and tans are spot on. She’s busy and savvy with scads of followers.

Check out her Bloom Boxes that contain a selection of accessories that reflect the season.


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Ghost cactus

Chelsea (Altarware) couldn't get this cactus out of her head on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Chelsea (Altarware) says, “You are a living altar. Adorn accordingly.” I can go with that tagline.

This ghost cactus (glow-in-the-dark, I assume) was an idea stuck in her head and now it’s stuck in mine…and yours.

 

Shelties and cattle

Lindsay Locatelli carves cattle earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Colorado’s Lindsay Locatelli was trained in woodworking. So what does she do with polymer? She carves it! She experiments and fools around and has fun.

Lindsay Locatelli's carved Shelties on PolymerClayDaily.com

Here she turns her horned friends into post earrings. Picture yourself wearing these at your next party. Getting a few looks? Uh-huh.

If you’re more of a dog person, try on her Shelties.


Join other serious clay freaks over at StudioMojo every Saturday. If you’re itching to get beyond your comfort zone and bored with what’s trendy, come on over. We’ll show you some exciting, edgy stuff that will stretch your brain and make you the belle of the ball. 

One cake topper

Ashley celebrates one with a clever cake topper on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ashley’s one-year-old daughter was probably interested in the yummy cake. But I did a little “awww” and admired her clever polymer cake topper made from extruded strings. (The cake looks good to me too.)

That’s Ashley (HeyLetsClay) from Oregon. She excels at colors and the softest, dreamiest blends. And she’s right, her daughter is even cuter than the cake.