Diva Jewelry

Techniques that are such fun to create often become mind-numbingly boring. Take those square extrusions. A professor of fluid dynamics bought a bowl of mine that was inlaid with square extrusions. He excitedly explained the physics of how the colors merged and formed. I was fascinated. After a while, however, they all look the same.

Some artists take these techniques to another level. These "Klimt pins" photos from Donna Kato illustrate the point. She takes a simple technique, renders it in unexpected colors and then pushes it further. In this case, she gave the pieces interesting shapes, added pearls and accented one with a textured layer.

It's that second effort that makes these pieces different from the rest. We must learn to obey that inner voice that says, "Take it farther…keep going"

The Ronna Weltman article in ArtJewelry Magazine was nicely written (I just got my copy) and I loved Steven Ford saying that polymer clay jewelry is "diva jewelry." He's right, of course (his new site is working a bit better today). These colors and styles are not for the shy or faint of heart.

Rave


Here's a bit of a sampling from the Ravensdale conference in Issaquah, Washington which is only a week away. These beads from Barbara Fajardo will be on display in "The Rave." If you can't get to Ravensdale, visit Barbara's site for lots more info.

Or if the conference is just too far away, you might be interested in the Judy Belcher/Kim Cavender workshop in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. Only a few seats remain. Sign up now for an informative polymer weekend with two of polymer clay's most entertaining authors.

 

NPCG Winners

The national guild's second juried exhibit is now on view on their web site. Julia Sober took top awards in both the personal embellishments and the best of show categories.

Since it's a bit tricky to find the pictures, here's the list of links to the Progress and Possibilities exhibit and its winners by category: Personal Embellishments, Figurative Sculpture, Non-figurative Sculpture, Containers, Dolls, Beads and Bead Sets, Alternative Use, Mixed Media, Best of Show.

Cynthia Toop's "Ginko" bracelet which placed third in the personal embellishments category is pictured here. Hope your weekend's a winner!

Multimedia

Be sure to look for the September issue of Art Jewelry Magazine. PCDaily gets a mention in the sidebar of an article by Ronna Weltman called "A Rarefied Medium: Polymer clay is now on the A-list for wearable art."

From an earlier Art Jewelry Magazine's "gallery" section, this description of Celie Fago's multimedia bracelet which is made of polymer clay, metal clay, acrylic paint, brass, and sterling silver. "Polymer clay and metal have a relationship of mutual benefit," Fago says. "Metal offers weight, both actual and aesthetic. Polymer clay adds richness of color." Good explanation.

Hollow Forms

I've looked for more information on Ai-ping Yeh who has been teaching her "closed form box" pin method for a couple of years. There's very little about her on the web. Perhaps students of hers can fill me in. Here are pictures from her June class in Philadelphia.

I learned from web bits and pieces that she "has worked in polymer clay for eight years, is a member of the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild and received a MA in jewelry design in 1991."

Her forms are intriguing with their depth, angles, curves, windows and holes…there's a lot happening in a little space. I'd like to know more. Glass Attic has a long description of Ai-ping's method that you might find helpful.

Yum-Yum

Did you see the new pictures on Lindly Haunani's site? Luscious colors, naturally, and all reflecting Lindly's Hawaiian heritage and her passion for food.

Several people wrote to tell me that Ford and Forlano had updated their site. It's coming up slowly and badly on my Mac….boo-hoo. Let's hope they get it up and running soon.

As I was rechecking links, I also see that we lost links for Karyn Kozak and Chris Bevins. Anyone know the story?

Sunshine

This "Sunrise Bowl" from Laura Timmins is a great way to end this hot week. It looks like she's constructed eight individual panels and then joined them at the seams and the base with extruded trim on the top edge. Very sunshine and flowers.

Be sure to look at the picture of Laura's show display and the clever way she illustrates her process (complete with handmade cording) as you scroll down that page. Have a cool weekend.

Cool Ideas

I imagine you all lounging at the pool with your laptops. Still too hot to clay? Here's another distraction.

The artists on the Charon Kransen Arts site are nothing short of spectacular. I shook my head in disbelief at some of the designs from all over the world. Take a look at Japan's Meiri Ishida's felt necklaces for starters.

I went through the whole long list (happy to see Ford/Forlano among them). The artists on this site will blow your mind and the rest of the overheated world will drift away.

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