Heirloom polymer

Kathleen Dustin turns kids' art into polymer heirlooms on PolymerClayDaily.com https://wp.me/pegT3-61j

New Hampshire’s Kathleen Dustin reinterprets her grandchildren’s artwork as polymer brooches in her newest series.

The artwork combines the kids’ loose and colorful style with Grandma’s distinctive wirework and polymer skills.

See the rest of her series on Instagram.

What could you turn into a polymer heirloom in your family?

Another mystery

Anna Nel resonates with Wassily Kandinsky on PolymerClayDaily

Anna Nel layers crisp pieces of abstract patterns into a brooch. Her colors tease the eye with subtle gradations. Curves and angles cluster around a window in the center of the pin.

I’m not sure where she is in Europe but her heart resonates with the art of Wassily Kandinsky.

This is turning into a week of mysteries. Here is Anna on Facebook and Instagram.

Theory meets reality

Sue Wartell's student piece from a Lindly Haunani master class on PolymerClayDaily

Our master class with Lindly Haunani exhilarated us to exhaustion. She wraps color theory and head-slapping tricks and her years of experience into a two-day blitz of information and exercises.

This piece from Ohio’s Sue Wartell is a lovely one of many examples created by students in the last couple hours of class. But more importantly, we understood the how and why of what we were doing. It’s no wonder that many students in the class were back for a second time. Learning from a polymer master is a heady experience.

My poor brain needs a well-earned rest.

Spring bouquet

Bonnie Bishoff offers a spring bouquet at the ACC show in Baltimore on PolymerClayDaily.com

Bonnie Bishoff offers us a bouquet of buds with her latest brooch.

My heart did a little flip for the colors, the simplicity, the beauty of this piece that she’ll be offering at the ACC show in Baltimore this weekend. It seems to promise that spring is on the way. Don’t you want to brush your fingertips over the buds?

On StudioMojo we’ll be discovering other polymer artists in the ACC show. The emerging artist award went to a polymer artist who’s new to PCD. Come on over and see all the exciting stuff that doesn’t quite fit into the daily posts. 

A heart is born

You didn’t think PCD would get through Valentines Day without featuring Ron Lehocky, did you? Nope!

The problem was picking one. Ron has photos of his avid collecters bedecked in his pins. They make perfect gifts for any occasion.

This heart is just emerging from a great collaged sheet of veneer.

For those of you who don’t know Ron, he’s a Kentucky physician/teacher/author who has been creating heart pins for sale with all proceeds going to Louisville’s Kids Center since 2005. He’s aiming to hit 50,000 hearts in his fundraising effort. He’s the undisputed king of hearts and this is his day.

Forced blooms

Odile Marchais and Nikolina Otrzan team up for early spring flowers on PolymerClayDaily.com

France’s Odile Marchais uses techniques she learned from Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan to make these stylized springy brooches. Nik teaches a surprisingly simple way to fill unusual shapes with air, keeping them light yet strong.

The childlike design of spring Odile’s flowers reminds us of the spring flowers we’re forcing to bloom at this time of year.

Nikolina Otrzan gathers her inchies into a brooch on PolymerClayDaily.com

In Nikolina’s most recent post, she shows how to make use of those “inchies” that lots of us have collected from various classes and events. She picks out a few favorites and gathers them into a great looking pin.

Goodbye to 2018

Tory Hughes brooch entitled The Path from Nothing to Something hints at the themes of her works on PolymerClayDaily.com

In 2018 we said goodbye to Tory Hughes, one of the polymer community’s true pioneers. This piece entitled The Path from Nothing to Something hints at the ethereal, celestial themes that appeared in Tory’s works.

To close out the year, enjoy one more walk through her Santa Fe studio and savor the richness of her work. We will miss her.

Dreaming in color

Cecilia Leonini dreams in color on PolymerClayDaily.com

What is it about the Dreaming in Color brooch by Italy’s Cecilia Leonini that feels calm, happy, and dreamy?

The gradation of her colors is masterful and the floating shapes (drawn and painted, I’m guessing) feel 3D.

The edges flip up to reveal hot red underneath.  There’s texture in the base layer and a black shadow on the edges. Super cool and totally dreamy.

You’ll find her on Facebook and Etsy.

Keep going

Meisha Barbee's pushes forward to a new retro brooch on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Meisha Barbee began this brooch with a slice of stripes in her wonderful colors. I might have stopped there but she wanted to push on.

She was fond of her silicone trivet with a bubble pattern (strange in-process shot) so she made a mold of it and used that mold to create a mokume gane pattern on top of the stripes which looked weird to my eye.

Meisha Barbee's pushes forward to a new retro brooch on PolymerClayDaily.com

Meisha kept going and added random balls with her Etch ‘n Pearl tools. Better, but I wasn’t loving it.

Stretch, make a border, bake over a lightbulb and wow! A retro pin is born…along with a lesson about following your vision.

So I’m back to daily posting, refreshed and wiser and following my vision thanks to a month of being with friends who know the importance of following theirs.

Settled and safe creating

Juliya Laukhina's cosmic mokume gane on PolymerClayDaily.com

This cosmic-looking mokume gane brooch from Moscow’s Juliya Laukhina stopped me in my tracks. Turns out, a while ago Juliya’s home caught fire and she and her family moved to another place. She’s finally feeling settled and safe.

“The tragic mood has already passed, everything will be fine. I will sculpt here, but it takes time while we settle down. A beautiful night like this I wish to all. Sculpt, create, create! It is not so important that others buy or not, appreciate or not, it is important for the tranquility of the soul to create something,” she says.

Juliya’s Instagram and Etsy are full of pieces that reflect her gratitude and tranquility.

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