Jeff Dever’s winter blossom on display

Jeff Dever's blossom steals the show on PolymerClayDaily.com

Maryland’s Jeff Dever’s work gives us another mid-winter pick me up.

Jeff hand rolled over 150 petals in nine different hues and mounted them into the center blossom of his Eden’s Promise necklace. It’s surrounded by two dotted leaves and strung on a multi-strand cable.

The necklace was juried into the prestigious Wayne Art Center International Juried Exhibition of Fine Craft and will be on display in Wayne, PA until February 1.

See more of Jeff’s stunning signature works on his Facebook page.

Bright colors reflect a bright spirit

Polymer and a bright spirit helped Rachel face challenges and look forward to a bright spring on PolymerClayDaily.com

If the holidays are truly over, spring can’t be far behind, right?

Need a shot of springy colors? Here’s a super one from the UK’s Rachel (madebyracheluk)

Her colors remind you that brighter days are coming and her story will certainly lift your spirits. Rachel had her heart set on a career in medical science but health challenges made her change directions.

The bright colors reflect the bright and determined spirit of the artist. Here’s Rachel’s story on Facebook. Her can-do spirit shines through in these delightfully colored flower cane beads gathered into bouquets on a string.

Dad’s ties in polymer

Olja brings silk ties to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

These pieces from Germany’s Olja (@olgasmodeschmuck) look like men’s silk tie patterns.

There’s something very buttoned-down and crisp about the blue gradations intersected by gold lines. The bail is made from the same clay.

The polka-dotted element loosens up the tight geometry.

I couldn’t find much info on Olja. Care to comment with some details or links?

Confounding Monday twists

Carol Blackburn twists black and white in new ways on PolymerClayDaily.com

We thought we’d seen black and white manipulated and stretched and combined in every way possible. Then UK’s Carol Blackburn took another look and came up with this Barcode necklace.

It’s made of her hollow tetra beads, dimensional shapes that remind me of small cream containers and fancy tea bags.

So not only are the striped patterns confounding, but the shapes add another layer of difficulty. The most magical thing is that her methods are actually elegantly simple. Here’s hoping she adds this to her upcoming classes.

What will 2020 look like?

Nadia Elkina points us toward the future of polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

Will 2020 polymer look more like Poland’s Nadia Elkina’s mosaic brooch? Dimensional, mixed, polychromatic?

It’s hard to tell which elements are which medium. And who really cares? It’s the overall snap, crackle, and pop that makes this piece compelling. Look even further ahead on IG here.

Join us this weekend over at StudioMojo where we’ll have our eye on new and interesting directions we can expect in polymer 2020. Who can predict? We’re gonna try. Come on over and add your two cents.

2020 moves forward

Kristi Thorndike-Kent and Jen Young make joyful 2020 hearts on PolymerClayDaily.com

There’s plenty of party left in Washington’s Kristi Thorndike-Kent and Jen Young (Go Inside and Clay).

These joyful hearts are made from bits of color, slab work, and wire. Look at their Instagram to see how they’ve skipped right ahead to Valentine’s Day. Lookout 2020!

Polymer madonnas

Susan Hyde's Madonnas make a lovely Christmas decoration on PolymerClayDaily.com

Luminous, bright, moving Madonna and Child from Washington’s Susan Hyde.

I’d almost forgotten how much I loved my collection of Susan’s works until I saw that Debbie Jackson had featured Susan’s angels on her Facebook post.

This 7″ Madonna hangs on the wall behind my computer desk and is a perfect polymer touch for a merry PCD Christmas. Here are pendants from Susan’s 2019 collection.

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