Polymer mosaic entry

Bobbi Fraser Davis enters a local exhibit with her tiger lilies on PolymerClayDaily.com

Kentucky’s Bobbi Fraser Davis finished this lovely entry for the Louisville Artisan Guild Annual Exhibit. She shows a grouping of tiger lilies in pinks and rose colors mosaicked on a 5.5″ square shallow polymer dish in rusts and tans.

It’s time for guild shows and fair exhibits. Go ahead, jump in with your work.

French flair from a dream vacation

See how the colors and styles of France emerge from classes there on PolymerClayDaily.com

These canes, veneers and finished pieces come from a student (not sure which one) in the small intensive classes with Meisha Barbee, Dayle Doroshow and Julie Eakes in Durfort, France.

What luscious colors and fashionable floral shapes with a very French feeling!

See how the colors and styles of France emerge from classes there on PolymerClayDaily.com

Thumb through Julie’s gorgeous photos on Facebook to see how a week with these three powerhouse polymer teachers. While classes were intensive study, there was obviously some serious frolicking around the countryside. What a dream vacation.

Planting bits of clay

Eva Thissen captures Saturday on a bead on PolymerClayDaily.com

Germany’s Eva Thissen says that she doesn’t work as intensively with polymer these days but she still enjoys it immensely. Her current crop of minutely appliqued beads has already sold on Etsy after only days. 

Eva used to create narratives around a single character. Now her stories are bigger and focused on groups as in this community garden, part of her Saturday series.

Eva Thissen captures Saturday on a bead on PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s hard to imagine working this small. A needle, good eyes, and steady hands are the only tools required.

A colorful Monday mystery

Monday is delivered on colorful dishes from fimo.passion.vb on PolymerClayDaily.com

This shallow polymer bowl and plate bring together hot colors, soothing shapes, and perfect patterns. The white edge on the bowl shows itself delicately.

Though it’s hard to tell from the photo, it seems as if the pine needles on the plate are raised…perhaps a Sutton slice.

What I can’t tell you is who the artist is other than Fimo.passion.vb who writes in French. Another Mystery Monday post.

Elevating polymer art

Amy Hucks elevates her art to a new level on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ohio’s Amy Hucks’ sculptures had much more gravitas or importance or significance (same clever weirdness) when she elevated them on wooden stands.

Are you elevating your work with stunning packaging or thoughtful stands or fabulous findings?

I admit that I may have been affected by the first debates playing on the tv in the background as I composed this post. We in the US will have lots more of this strange and important process to sort out in the coming months.

This weekend on StudioMojo we’ll take a look at the new leather, liquid, and other polymers that are cropping up. What’s ahead for you as a polymer artist? We may not have all the answers but we’ll point you in the right direction. Join us!

Trendy stud with dangle

Scrutinize the design of this Konooz9 stud with dangle earring on PolymerClayDaily.com

Full disclosure – sometimes I choose a design to feature just because I want to remember it for my own work. That’s how I came to pick out this earring from Konooz9 on Instagram. I know very little about this artist who seems to be UK-based. I’m hoping someone can help me out.

What I do know is that this hinged earring is fashionable and cleverly assembled. The construction makes it both a stud and a drop earring.

The polymer pattern is a stamped texture highlighted with gold. I’m assuming there’s a wire that lets the bottom circle swing from the top square. You can hear echoes of tribal and ancient rendered in a totally contemporary design.

Here’s the artist on Facebook.

Faceted and striped

Alessia Bodini treats us to both facets and strips on her beads on PolymerClayDaily.com

Italy’s Allesia Bodini keeps her options open. When confronting the decision of whether her beads should be faceted or striped, she merely says “Yes.”

Are they cut from solid blocks of stripes? Or created as faceted beads and covered with slices of stripes? Is it too early in the week for this brain teaser?

Inquiring minds want to know. Take another look on Facebook.

 

 

Virtual polymer

Fabi Perez Ajates makes you daydream about exotic classes on PolymerClayDaily.com

If you could take any class, what would it be? You can hop around the globe virtually and find some marvelous adventures in polymer.

Just for kicks, I scrutinize my dream classes and try to imagine how I’d make these beauties. My current favorite is Spain’s Fabi Perez Ajates who’s teaching at Polymer Clay Carnival Australia in August this year.

What a roster of polymer luminaries! It doesn’t cost anything to daydream and look! It could happen!

But then I’m already hosting a fab class with Bonnie Bishoff right here in the heart of very affordable Ohio! Your dream class could be closer than you think!

The freedom of polymer

Ohio women inmates' collaborative wall piece and Ohio classes

This 28″ x 34″ wood panel is decorated with 118 polymer triangles shaped over bead scoop forms and covered with scraps of patterns made by students in the polymer program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). The piece was created for a Columbus gallery exhibit this fall.

Visiting polymer teachers have stressed the importance of balancing lights, darks and middle values for a successful piece. Still, it surprises me when this big range of colors and styles add up to one cohesive and happy image. I must also credit my husband who checks my math and mounted their works on a custom panel.

Even though they are imprisoned their art travels, communicates, and frees their spirits. The inmates send thanks to our polymer community for their support.

There are a few seats available for the September Ohio class! Maine’s Bonnie Bishoff will teach “Capturing Wire with Polymer.” Her approach to polymer is unusual and her class has received rave reviews. Sign up!

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