Making the season bright

Evelyn Jay makes the season bright on PolymerClayDaily.com

In my ideal Instagram reality, my studio looks as festive and tidy as Australia’s Evelyn Jay’s. I like the idea of holly leaves and berries on a clean work surface.

Who are we kidding? My festive reality involved tossing strings of lights on the bushes and watching the four-year-old across the street build a snowman. That felt right. Close enough.

But maybe, just maybe, I’ll whip myself up a pair of these cute earrings. It’s an odd season this year and we’re allowed to celebrate in whatever way suits us. Raise your hand, if you’re with me.


My studio isn’t tidy but my hard drive is chock full of gift-wrapped goodies that you can play with every Saturday morning in StudioMojo. Find out what Santa brought us!

Out of clay, full of imagination

Kathy Koontz turns scrap into not-so-ugly Christmas sweater ornaments on PolymerClayDaily

Soulth Carolina’s Kathy Koontz (FlowertownOriginals) thanks the pandemic for one of her best sellers this season. Yes, Covid slowed the manufacture and shipping of clay but she didn’t let that stop her as she saw her supplies running low.

Kathy Koontz turns scrap into not-so-ugly Christmas sweater ornaments on PolymerClayDaily

Kathy got creative with her scraps. “Whether it’s old canes being reimagined or unsuccessful veneers that I somehow knew to keep, they both found a place in these Christmas sweater ornaments. So thanks corona virus!” There are a few left on Etsy.

Unexpected holiday element

Jenny Sorensen mixes her media on PolymerClayDaily.com

You may not be ready for the holidays but Jenny Sorensen (WishingWellWorkshop) won’t let you forget.

What really got me about this cardinal in the snow ornament was the unexpected element — a cinnamon stick perch! She often adds a rock or wood or some other natural element to ground her work.

The polymer is smooth and whimsical. The cinnamon adds a natural and fragrant touch. I love the holiday combo.

Santa Gonk Gnomes

Dani Kirova wears a Santa gnome on her ears on PolymerClayDaily.com

Let’s kick off the holidays with these cheeky earrings from UK’s Dani Kirova (temptedbyartjewelry).

We’ve been awfully restrained up to now and Dani’s Santa Gonk Gnome helps us begin to put all the 2020 nonsense in the rearview mirror.

At StudioMojo we’ll be looking at how the holidays will play out with virtual festivals and online sales. Handmade gifts, personalized presents are will be particularly important this year as our priorities shift and we chill in place for the holidays. 

We’ll look at what polymer elves are making for Santa season. Need a little shove to shift your attitude? Join us. 

Polymer Christmas elves

Pete Simpson's imps bring Christmas magic on PolymerClayDaily.com

UK’s Pete Simpson’s Imps and Things can make you a believer in all kinds of fantastical spirits.

Each imp relaxes in a 10cm diameter frosted bauble that’s ready to hang. “He’s completely guaranteed not to misbehave or cause chaos on your tree when you are not looking!” says Pete.

Watch Pete build his faerie folk on Instagram.

PCD viewers have made me a believer in helpful elves. We quickly met our goal of raising funds to purchase an industrial rolling machine for the polymer students at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

Even better, the exact machine we were looking for appeared on my porch this weekend from a special secret sprite. Get the whole story tomorrow on PCD.

Mix and match tree decorations

Erika Bregani decorates her trees on PolymerClayDaily.com

These bright, cheery trees are from Italy’s Erika Bregani (Centodiecigrad).

Their sharp-edged shapes are covered with happily collaged patterns. Because Erika consistently uses bright colors and strong contrasts in her canes, even the smallest bits play nicely with each other and make sense.

She mixes and matches her earring pairs, putting a tree on one and an ornament on the other.

Tomorrow’s StudioMojo takes a look at some of polymer’s current cutting edge artists who are reflecting current cultural thoughts in their work. Join us for a look at what our work says about us.

Christmas in a cup

Sparkling polymer with your Christmas coffee on PolymerClayDaily.com

Merry Christmas! These Christmas trees from Ludmila Eveeva sparkle with jewels.

They are decorated with rhinestones, Swarovski pearls, and pendants. She tops them with ribbons and stars. Ludmila is an instructor with the Deco Craft Academy in Russia.

Enjoy a touch of elegance with your Christmas coffee and see the rest of her bejeweled polymer decorations on Instagram.

Tres Reyes in polymer

Olga Ayala puts her culture in her art on PolymerClayDaily.com

These Tres Reyesmake up an exotic three kings ornament set from New York’s Olga Ayala.

Olga calls herself a Nuyorican (Puerto Rican New Yorker) who grew up in the heart of Spanish Harlem in New York City.

Influenced by the music and cultures around her, she infuses her polymer works with those same rhythms and colors. Here she is on Facebook.

Feliz Navidad!

This week on Saturday’s StudioMojo we’ll be figuring out how to leave a few breadcrumbs around the studio so that when the holiday hubbub settles down, you will enthusiastically follow them back to your art. 

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