Polymer shows off spring’s bounty

Linda Loew assembles a stunning vase from polymer circles on PolymerClayDaily.com

Two big thick circles with a narrow slab in between are all it takes to make a stunning polymer vase like this one from Baltimore’s Linda Loew.

The periwinkle and purple colors are lush, the edges are smoothed and there’s a freeform design in the circles’ centers.

Why not show off some of spring’s bounty in a vase made especially for the occasion? Here’s Linda on Instagram.

Wednesday rainbow

Clare Lloyd relies on spot-on color for her feel-good rainbow on PolymerClayDaily.com

UK’s Clare Lloyd doesn’t quite know why but she’s been making rainbows lately. “Somehow all the bright colors together seem to be necessary at the moment,” she says.

No fancy techniques here. Clare concentrates on color. The jolt of color is a tonic for me. Need more? Here’s her website.

Why the Aussies are leading the way

PickledGinger's Drifters earrings teach us a thing or two on PolymerClayDaily.com

Perth’s Pickled Ginger (pickledgingerjewellery) is on fire…in a good way. Owner Fe is one of the young, energetic, enthusiastic polymer artists that are currently on the cutting edge in polymer clay art.

They know how to use social media, they know how to produce products, collaborate with clothing designers and start social campaigns. They take simple designs like these Drifters earrings and inject them with color and excitement.

Over at StudioMojo, we’re spending January looking ahead to see what’s on the horizon. Australian artists seem to have a strategy that works. Come on over if you’d like to know what secrets the Aussies have unlocked and why they’re so hot right now. They’re teaching us a thing or two. 

Artful home is full of polymer

Klara Borbas joins over 20 polymer artists on ArtfulHome. PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s not too early to shop, is it? For polymer art, you can’t do better online than Artful Home.

I searched the site for “polymer clay” and page after page of gorgeous jewelry popped up. I counted 22 polymer artists in this high-end catalog!

These simple circle studs from Pennsylvania’s Klara Borbas appealed to me. But oh, there’s much more!

CEO Lisa Bayne is to be congratulated for including such a rich selection of polymer art into her great online catalog. Judy Belcher and I met Lisa some years ago at an ACC meeting. Judy has a way of connecting with people and she certainly connected with Lisa and introduced her to polymer.

If you’re struggling with holiday shows, take a look and take heart! Stick with it and you’ll go places.

Sweet bell earrings

Kate Lee Foley's see-through bell earrings on PolymerClayDaily

Australia’s Kate Lee Foley gives us sweet innocence with pastel gradations on bell earrings. Flat two-sided cutouts with curved edges wrap around and overlap to form a soft cone shape.

Circular holes cut out of the polymer let light through as the earrings dangle. Simple and sweet.

Success with circles

Shannon Tabor makes sophisticated post earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

After a frustrating day in the studio, it’s a relief to me to see how something like these post earrings from South Carolina’s Shannon Tabor (Charleston_Clay_Jewelry) can be so straightforward and successful.

Sometimes we make things more difficult than they need to be.

Shannon cuts textured circles in several sizes then highlights the textures and stacks them falling downward.

Unusual, sophisticated and done! Posted on Instagram.

Circling back to simple

Anouk Stettler bends simple clay into charming shapes on PolymerClayDaily.com

Switzerland’s Anouk Stettler (Habetrot) looks like she’s having fun as she bends and twists ropes of polymer into earrings like these.

She explains, “I make costume jewelry. I do not use gold, silver, and gems. I am not a goldsmith. My works are made of polymer clay, leather and brass –  beautiful to look at and memorable for its wearer. Its value lies in the individuality, the creative process and the time I invest in each piece.” Get Anouk’s full effect on Instagram.

After pushing ourselves toward increasingly complex shapes and techniques, it’s good to circle back to simple and delightful ideas.

If you’re looking for more info about the quirky and weird paths your fellow artists are taking, join us at StudioMojo on Saturdays where we gather the most interesting ideas, tools, and trends I run into so that you can round out your polymer education. Join us!

Earrings just for fun

Breezy and bright from Barbara Jarman on PolymerClayDaily

These colors, favorites of California’s Barbara Jarman, speak to us this Monday morning.The blues and purples remind us that spring violets and bright dandelions will soon burst out on the lawn.

Barbara spent twenty years as a commercial artist and the last ten as a multi-media jewelry artist.

Breezy and bright from Barbara Jarman on PolymerClayDaily

How unworried and unselfconscious Barbara’s compositions are! No matchy-matchy. Nothing precious and perfect. Her breezy lightweight polymer earrings are created to delight the wearer.

Salads and polymer

Jane Cox turns simple wooden kitchen utensils into special gifts on PolymerClayDaily.com

The UK’s Jane Cox (JaneLovesCreativity) turns simple wooden kitchen utensils into special gifts.

She winds comfy colors of extruded polymer strings around the handles, smooths the clay and polishes it to a shine after curing.

Imagine a friend smiling as she stirs dinner or serves salad with the spoon that reminds her of you.

There’s plenty of time to create these before the holidays, right?

We’ll be peeking into Tory Hughes Santa Fe atelier this week on StudioMojo. See how she surrounds herself with samples of luscious colors before she begins. Join us!

 

Complex simplicity

Niese on PCDaily

Michigan’s Sandra Niese (DandyBeads) eases us into Monday with a simple pendant. On its own, the spiral would have been too simple.

By embedding those metal pins into the edge of the design, Sandra makes us stop and take in the texture and the metallic finish and ponder the piece.

The dance between complexity and simplicity is a tricky one. See more of Sandra’s organic and slightly grungy works on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.