Iconic earrings

Chloe at Blue Beetle Co looks for women to feature on her icon earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Chloe at Australia’s Blue Beetle Co creates this new line of earrings and imagines Malala staring out her window, with the twinkly sky behind her. She thinks of all the ways Pakastani activist Malala is changing the world.

In her search for women icons, Chloe has also created a line of Dolly Parton earrings too. She’s searching for a third icon. Your suggestions?

 

Spectacle receptacles

Lisa Renner's spectacle receptacles help you organize on PolymerClayDaily.com

These creations from Texas’ Lisa Renner made me chuckle at her clever solution to our shared problem.

They’re the latest additions to Lisa’s  “All in Her Head” tool caddies formed from polymer sculpted over 4” tin cans. Finally, a perfect place to park your readers where they can’t be missed.

Whimsical noses can keep several pairs of glasses in place while adding a bit of humor to your office, studio, bathroom, or bedroom.

The tin additionally serves as a container for art tools, pens, pencils, markers, even make-up brushes. Or, as the title suggests, a receptacle for more of your spectacles! They’re nearly sold out on her Etsy shop.

FRIDAY FOLLOW – Grace Oliver

Grace Oliver ties polymer in knots on PolymerClayDaily.com

That’s what we’ll do with Friday! We’ll find somebody fresh and new and off the beaten path to keep our eye on.

This week follow the UK’s Grace Oliver (grace.oliver.designs). She’s only been in business since June 2020 and already she’s a standout with her extruded sculptural knots and decorative big letter garlands. Oh yeah, she’s got earrings with a twist too but she’s a free-range girl who tries lots of paths.


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Friday thimble terrors

Brooke Duckart's thimble terrors are ready for the weekend on PolymerClayDaily.com

These characters from Oregon’s Brooke Duckart jumped right out at me. Recognize those screwy grins and bulging googly eyes?

Yep, it’s Friday and somebody’s had too much screen time. We know just how Brooke’s finger puppets are feeling.

Brooke uses thimbles as the form for her thimble terrors.


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Build-a-bug

Watch Wanda Shum build a bug in 3 minutes on PolymerClayDaily.com

Sometimes watching an artist’s hands is so instructive and calming.

That’s what Canada’s (BC) Wanda Shum does in this 3-minute bug-building video. She’s in control, she knows what she’s doing. Sigh! Relax and watch.

Wow, that bug’s got a lot of wings! Who knew?

Wanda uses the littlest bits of canes to build an extravagant creature. Lots of wild variations crawl around on her site.

Polymer meme

Popular polymer meme finds itself on PolymerClayDaily.com

“In the end, Waldo found himself.”

Relax and breathe as we start the week. My husband spotted this polymer meme on Facebook. Blair has never sent me a link before so I’ll reward his effort with a post.

I hoped to locate the artist but memes spread like wildfire, The posting and reposting obscured the artist’s identity. The name is lost but the meme lives on. (Let me know if you have a clue.)

Polymer’s popularity has contributed to the current clay shortage. Young people are picking it up and it’s being woven into the culture. Looks like we’re finding ourselves.

Celebrating lineage in polymer

Dominique Scaife shows how Roots Run Deep on PolymerClayDaily.com

I have a story to tell of the beauty I see. Of a beautiful people that are my lineage. The intent of my art is to capture the vastness of who we are as a people, our culture, our style, our essence and share that beauty with the world,” explains Pittsburgh polymer artist Dominique Scaife

In her 2019 solo show, World Melanation: A Celebration of Hue, Dominique exhibited 20 one-of-a-kind sculptures created to celebrate the beautiful skin tones of black women. 

Dominique’s newest works are part of the Roots Run Deep: A Contemporary Survey of African American Hair Culture at Brew House Association. She’s here on Instagram.

Dominique Scaife shows how Roots Run Deep on PolymerClayDaily.com

Roots Run Deep looks at the ways in which Black hairstyles are tied to tradition and examines the historic influences on modern styling. The show runs through March 6.