Elevating polymer art

Amy Hucks elevates her art to a new level on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ohio’s Amy Hucks’ sculptures had much more gravitas or importance or significance (same clever weirdness) when she elevated them on wooden stands.

Are you elevating your work with stunning packaging or thoughtful stands or fabulous findings?

I admit that I may have been affected by the first debates playing on the tv in the background as I composed this post. We in the US will have lots more of this strange and important process to sort out in the coming months.

This weekend on StudioMojo we’ll take a look at the new leather, liquid, and other polymers that are cropping up. What’s ahead for you as a polymer artist? We may not have all the answers but we’ll point you in the right direction. Join us!

There’s no hiding in polymer


Miranda Farrand mirrors my mood on PolymerClayDaily.com

Funny how what I choose each day reflects my mood. This severed head from Ohio’s Miranda Farrand (MirandasCritters) looks spot on. Damned head cold.

Makes you wonder what’s in Miranda’s head, doesn’t it? She seems normal but strange things fly off her fingers when she picks up a hunk of clay. See more on Facebook.

I was feeling quite smug when my friends suffered through germy maladies this winter. Not so smug now. My cold medicine was 10 years out of date but it did the trick.

You know what’s good when you’re feeling sniffly? Cups of ginger tea, kleenex, and sifting through links on your phone! Tomorrow’s StudioMojo will be full of polymer wonders I sorted out just for you. Gather with us for the results of my deep dive.

Polymer that begs to be rescued

Boofant showed up on Amy Koranek’s Facebook page. Amy couldn’t resist Boofant’s request to be taken home from the gala weekend at Creative Journey Studios grand opening in their new Atlanta location.

Christi Friesen rids her mind of gremlins, grouches, and goofballs by capturing creatures like BooFant in polymer. They seem pretty harmless and are very endearing – especially with the plea to be rescued (clever marketing). Christi knows how to let her imagination and her humor run wild and that’s a talent.

Join us over at StudioMojo.org for this Saturday’s deep dive into events and ideas that give us ways to release tensions and help keep us sane and busy

Endangered melonious

Endanged melonious by Katrin Lukashuk on PolymerClayDailycom

Who knew there were watermelon people? Ukraine’s Katrin Lukashuk knows them and has captured them in polymer!

She’s also produced mixed media gorgons, fireflies, stones and other creatures from her imagination which she shows on Instagram and sells on Etsy.

Watermelon people have been a hit on the Art Toy Gama Collective that features toys and urban arts.

Fans speculate that melonious people are endangered because they’re so delicious!

Wooing with whimsy

 Serena Ghidoni's mermaids wrap up whimsy week on PolymerClayDaily.com

Italy’s Serena Ghidoni (Mondoinundito) admits that she loves swimming, photography, and Disney.

You can sense the heart she puts into her small, flowing, translucent mermaid charms. Her style combines Art Nouveau and fantasy with sparkle.

Today’s artists who gravitate to polymer whimsy mind their social media. Serena has nearly 44K followers on Instagram alone and she’s covered all the bases including YouTube. Facebook and Etsy.

The inspirations have ranged from Barbies and Disney to animals and monsters. The power of these handmade whimsies begins in the artist’s experience and travels online to a receptive audience.

Are there significant toys and trinkets in your experience that deserve to be included in your art?

Join Saturday’s StudioMojo group for a deeper dive into polymer ideas and trends. 

Whimsy week

Corbitt's pigmy marmoset visits PolymerClayDaily.com during whimsy week

It’s turned into PCD whimsy week and today’s features come from Washington’s Dayna Corbitt (WhimsyCalling). “I’m assuming you love all things fantastical, slightly odd, and melt-your-face-off-cute. I am the same sort,” says Dayna.

Corbitt's baby armadillo visits PolymerClayDaily.com during whimsy week

Here she dreams up a marmoset and a blue baby armadillo. Recently she added albino bats, butterfants, a lotus turtle, a dragon, a sloth with a cactus on its head, and a cute alien.

This kind of creation may not be wandering around in your head (not in mine, for sure) but we sure can admire the fantasy and the skill it takes to bring these creatures to life. See more on Facebook and Etsy.

Freeing your goolies

Friesen's Goolies on PolymerClayDaily.com

Christie Friesen is possessed by Goolies, small polymer sculptures that fly from her fingers.

In Virginia an admiring crowd gathered around the oven, waiting to adopt the figments of Christi’s imagination. She really can’t say where or how the Goolies originate or what they mean. You can see on her Facebook page that she’s made legions of them. And they keep coming.

What do the gremlins, grouches and goofballs that live in your imagination look like? Have you ever tried to capture them in polymer?

Whimsy for the weekend

BoingBoing featured Dayna Corbitt’s (WhimsyCalling) impossibly cute polymer clay figurines of whimsical and mythical animals.

This Olympia, WA artist quit her day job a month ago. “I found my happy place and it’s made of clay,” she says in a feature on BoredPanda. You’ll find her menagerie of real and fantasy creatures on Instagram, Facebook and Etsy.

Dayna’s Black Bear Cubs, 1 1/2″ high in their winter sweaters look ready for a chilly weekend. Enjoy it!

Black Friday polymer

Busanca on PCDaily

Black Friday sounds ominous. Let’s ward off evil with these small polymer monsters from Sardinia’s Alessio Busanca. These mini-dragons are named CloudJumper and Bewilder Beast.

Alessio began as an illustrator and comic artist and likes his dragons small. This picture helps put them in perspective. They’re a mere 2″ tall and full of small scale scariness. Sorry, the last of them sold on EBay last week.

Busanca on PCdaily

See more of his creatures on Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, and his Deviant site. This earlier Goblin piece looks like a bad day of shopping. Let’s hope you avoid this crowd today.

More autumn creatures

Schiller on PCDaily
Schiller on PCDaily

This slightly stunned group of CandleWycke sculptures sprouted in Dawn Schiller’s Chula Vista, CA class last weekend. They fit nicely with yesterday’s woodland find. In a second workshop Dawn taught her famous PocketFae sculpt. Wouldn’t that have been fun?

Oh well, you can glean how-to’s from her book and stroll through her world of Odd Fae on her blog and her Facebook page. This week Dawn is part of a panel of experts presenting on the Rise of the Artist Entepreneur at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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