2021 punctuated with dots

Kathleen Dustin adds dots (big ones) to her purses on PolymerClayDaily.com

Kathleen Dustin ends the year with some playful dots on upcoming purses in her New Hampshire studio. What fun!

Dots were sprinkled throughout 2021! From Sun_sprinkles to Lindly Haunani getting her dot groove back to PacPens that keep your hand from cramping. Dot’s have punctuated 2021.

Is the trend meditative, silly, happy…oh who cares? We did lots of stuff just to get by. We’re all getting our groove back. Happy 2022!


Drop on over to StudioMojo for the weekend wrap-up. Lots of sculptures and young artists floated to the top of our list. See who’s hot and what’s on the horizon. It’s just an educated guess of course, but take a look and consider where you’re headed. 

Holiday stress reliever

When you’re simply overwhelmed by holiday and all the hubbub, this little video tutorial from New York’s Cathryn (bluebassoonhandmade) may be just the thing to calm your jangled nerves.

Rolling little balls and then poking them with a dotting tool is the perfect stress reliever. Nothing more satisfying than mindlessly squishing dots.

Make a slab and you have your very own 2021 holiday collection! Cathryn specializes in grungeglam and farmpunk fashions.

A festive pile of circles

Dani of the Whimsical Bead makes simple circles sing on PolymerClayDaily.com

This darling tree made from a stack of polymer clay circles is a reminder to me courtesy of the Whimsical Bead in Australia.

Every year I tell myself to make some ornaments and every year time gets away from me. Something about these is so simple and light-hearted and yes, easy. And dots are very in.

I count 27 circles in 4 colors. Yikes…but only half of them require painted dots or stripes. And some circles are the same size.

Ok, I’m getting my Tuesday night girls together in the studio for a session. String circles onto a wire, slap a star on the top and we’re done. My friends swear they’re not artists but for an evening, I’ll persuade them otherwise.

Check out the other color palette Dani offers in her kits.

Polymer pointillism

Leah Radlett's bubbles create an arresting gaze on PolymerClayDaily.com

This framed 4″ polymer tile from Australia’s Leah Radlett (leaha_radlett) is entitled A Mother’s Prayer. The shades of gray and intense gaze feel solemn and serious.

Leah admits she’s been troubled about mothers and their children in these tough times.  Leah rolls balls of color by hand. She calls them her bubble paintings. She recently added a number of new scenes and animals in this style to her Etsy site.

It’s hard to look away from this polymer.

Hidden secret

Donna Greenberg makes the back as interesting as the front on PolymerClayDaily.com

New Jersey’s Donna Greenberg adds a secret to her scrappy leaf earrings. On the front, she adds dots for interest.

Donna Greenberg makes the back as interesting as the front on PolymerClayDaily.com

Only the wearer knows that the back is as interesting as the front. Donna added an overlay of cutout clay. It’s like a private message from the artist.

Donna reminds us that the back is as important as the front.

Molecules and moments

Terri Powell was thinking "molecules" with this throwback bowl on PolymerClayDaily.com

You may see circles joined into a shallow bowl but scientist/clay artist Terri Powell (ArtScidesigns) sees molecules. Though this work was a throwback to 2017, Terri correctly foretold the correct 2020 Pantone colors of gray and yellow.

I’m currently fixated on dots and this piece grabbed me. We all see things differently, don’t we?


I had several “moments” this week when things seemed confusing, then clearer. For better or worse, it’s a turning point. On StudioMojo we’ll look at changes that are clearly emerging and ponder what the future of polymer will bring. Join us for the latest scoop.

Big reveal cane

Robyn from Kaori shows us her first slice on PolymerClayDaily.com

My brain’s all mushy and there’s nothing better than this cane reveal from Australia’s Robyn at Kaori Studio to capture a tired mind. That first slice is the equivalent of a cat toy for caners.

Robyn from Kaori shows us her first slice on PolymerClayDaily.com

Robyn has pumped out one big batch of extruded dots! She has a baby so she works at night which accounts for the lighting. Doesn’t it make you want to try it? This is what we extruder types dream about. Watch her upcoming jewelry to see where this pops up.

Get the full slicing effect on Robyn’s Instagram (@shop.kaori). Now wasn’t that satisfying?

 

Dots with a twist

Gail Garbe takes dotted tube steps forward on PolymerClayDaily.com

I flinched when this necklace from Ontario’s Gail Garbe popped up on my screen. “That looks remarkably familiar,” I thought.

Then I had to laugh at myself when I realized that Gail took my Saturday Craftcast class and stayed up late coming up with her own twist on the concept. I must have done something right! Gail extruded the tubes and added the dots perfectly.

Then she added her own off-kilter gaily colored spacer beads. It all works!

This is what teachers hope to see – students who take their concepts to the next level. Gail has taught me a thing or two!

Layered translucents

Lynn Yuhr pushes liquid polymer in translucent directions on PolymerClayDaily.com
Lynn Yuhr pushes liquid polymer in translucent directions on PolymerClayDaily.com

Florida’s Lynn Yuhr (the FlyingSquirrelStudio) explores liquid polymers. “What if?” is her guiding principle.

In this case, Lynn dotted, painted and stamped liquid polymer over thin translucent. She wanted the metal grid behind the veneer to show through so she used a light touch and kept the patterns sparse with plenty of translucent showing.

The piece at right is the start of the veneer.

You may have seen this 2019 video before, it’s Lynn in her early liquid polymer exploration. She’s on day 63 of her 100-day 2020 excursion

Daring dots

Debbie Crothers takes dots to a new place on PolymerClayDaily.com

Last I talked with Australia’s Debbie Crothers she was going to lay low for a while.

If you check in with her Instagram, you’ll see she’s wasted no time and is coming up with hot new ideas like crazy. “I’ll be running an eight-week course in Geraldton next term so I’ve been busy preparing workshop content,” she reports.

I particularly like this dotted “stick” necklace that shifts between positive and negative dots on narrow strips of polymer. Some are painted on, some are cut out. The colors are muted with a  fashionable grungy feel.

Over at StudioMojo we’ll look at how our current situation has affected us. Some of us hunker down and others are kicked into high gear. There’s no right way, there’s only your way. Join us at StudioMojo.org