Stories in polymer

Helena Bogosian pares holidays down to their essence on PolymerClayDaily

New Jersey’s Helena Bogosian celebrates Hanukkah in polymer and illustrates how families of all faiths gather for the holidays.

Simple flat circle heads with a dot for eyes and the slightest dashes for other features still read very powerfully and clearly. We know those curly beards and hair! We recognize those foods and the menorah. Helena pares everything down to its wonderful essence.

Ornamental puffins

Linda Leach adds puffins to her Christmas tree on PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s not surprising that Maine’s Linda Leach has sold out her puffin ornaments at CraftBoston. Who could resist the mix of canes and wire with a dash of color on their bills? Dangle them from the tree or stand them on the mantle.

Her flamingos have flown the coop too. She may still have a few loons left but you’ll have to move fast to catch them.

Why limit your holiday art to the usual candy canes and red/green palette? Linda shows us that all sorts of fanciful designs bring joy to the holidays.

Festive critters

Nichol Johnson calls out her Christmas creepies on PolymerClayDaily.com

Just when we thought Halloween was over, New York’s Nicole Johnson (mealymonster) shows us how we can extend the monster season.

But then Nicole (and plenty of other polymer sculptors) envision monsters lurking around every imaginable event. I can’t conjure up these creatures but I’m fascinated by what fantasies lurk in the minds of other artists.

Alberta Einstein

Anita Benhan interprets Alberta Einstein in clay on PolymerClayDaily.com

Was Ohio’s Anita Behnen thinking of me when she designed her new line of mixed-media sculptures? White hair, dots?

Turns out she calls her new imp Alberta Einstein and the story is that learning new math has turned her hair white. (Anita’s creatures all have stories.) It’s not about me at all.

PCD shows you the latest…you won’t find this on Anita’s FB because I’m at my first in-person event since, well you know when. I forgot how energizing and exciting and exhausting these events are. That hasn’t changed.

And hats off to the new people who jumped into this group (organized by Ron Lehocky and his group). It’s brave to jump into a group of buddies who have known each other for years. Hats off to Carla Bull, Priscilla Andrews, Paula Kennedy, and Lynn Abernathy who took the first-time plunge into the Kentucky event. Being creative takes courage, jump into a group in your area.


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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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