Colorado’s Diane Kremer packages up fall in a simple pair of earrings. Subtly textured shades of orange/red/gold circles stack like a pile of leaves.
The wire that ties it all together is featured front and center. Why not?
This week’s StudioMojo wraps up my last event as I head out for another one. We’ve been cooped up too long! All that pent-up energy has to be unleashed! Come on over and see what’s new and where it’s coming from.
Maintaining the shape of extruded polymer clay flower canes as you reduce them is nearly impossible. At a recent gathering, Minnesota’s Jenny Patterson reminded me of a clever workaround.
She extrudes her canes and slices them after they’re cured!
Jenny sells at big shows (she’ll be at the Balloon show in Albuquerque) so her production skills are well honed.
She cuts the cured extrusions once they’re cool or slightly re-warms them to make them pliable depending on the brand of clay. Try it both ways to see what your clay prefers. She punches a hole in each thin slice with hole punch pliers.
A notch on the top of each big polymer nose creates a secure resting place for spare glasses. No more rummaging around the house at the last minute. Iryna is a clever artist making her way through tough times. Art for organizing and for a cause.
Seattle’s Sara (g.oo.d.ee) works in a digital environment. “I don’t get the chance to craft and build physical objects with my hands as I used to,” she says.
Enter polymer clay. Her hands are now happily sketching, rolling, cutting in their off-duty moments.
Check out how this free-flowing pattern that includes glow-in-the-dark clay lights up the dance floor. Sara’s only been at this since December. Look out!
In the weekend StudioMojo newsletter, we love to suss out artists like Sara who are new to clay and take to it like ducks to water. This week’s edition looks at head-turning new designs that are commanding high prices and showing up in the most fashionable places.
Who doesn’t feel a shiver of delight as a Skinner blend drops down from between the rollers of a pasta machine?
I know there are millions of ways to layer, scratch, pound, and twist clay into intricate patterns. Yes, you can add bling, paints, inks, and sparkles. But for my money, nothing compares to the thrill of color.
An off-center hole sideways through each of the smaller disks keeps the flat rounds bumping against each other in the most energetic way. It was so simple and it pleases me. What could be better than that?
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New Mexico teacher Gael Keyes says she can’t get away from schools, even on vacation.
Gael has developed her own method of book-matching bits of scraps. Even small remnants of canes make elaborate and unique patterns. They dive under and around a found branch, happy to be back in school.