Finding the beach in your clay

Caroline Casswell frames a series of remarkable scenes on PolymerClayDaily.com

UK’s Caroline Casswell rips and tears her polymer to produce a series of remarkable seascapes. She layers and textures the ragged edges and smooth skies.

Caroline’s landscape tiles make us look at our clay with fresh eyes. The cropped images here look even better after Caroline mats and  frames her tiles. See her whole series on Instagram.

Tiled tea tables

Bridget Derc builds complex tiles for her tables on PolymerClayDaily

The UK’s Bridget Derc has two 27 1/2″ square patio tables to cover with polymer tiles. She calculated how much clay she’d need and got busy.

Bridget shares many of her work in progress shots on Flickr. No two of the 18 tiles (each about 9″ square) are alike. Her meticulous arranging of the kaleidoscopic pieces is amazing.

Bridget Derc builds complex tiles for her tables on PolymerClayDaily

She makes assembling hundreds of pieces look so effortless that we think, “Yeah, I could totally do that.” What is it about watching someone else work so diligently that allows us to forget the herculean effort involved?

Lots of clay, lots of math, lots of patience. Then lots of satisfaction having tea on your beautiful new tables.

Last year PCD watched her work on this smaller table.

Polymer pointillism

Leah Radlett rolls polymer into a pointillist sunflower on PolymerClayDaily

South Australia’s Leah Radlett tales a different approach to mosaics. Her 4″ tiles are composed of round polymer elements.

Nice of Leah to share her in-progress shots. She starts with the background and works inward. which isn’t what you might have expected.

See more of her landscapes on Etsy and Instagram. She calls this one Joyful and says, “I’ve been blessed by so many nice comments about my work and it makes my heart happy to know that people enjoy my art.”

100 tiles tell the story

Angie Wiggins tells the story of 100 days in 4x4 tiles on PolymerClayDaily.com

Angie Wiggins assembled the results of her 100-Day Challenge into one 40″ x 40″ tribute to tenacity.

Her tiles cover a wide range of subject matter, styles, and techniques. Each one records her unmistakable marks and colors.

Now that you’ve seen the work of 100 days in its entirety, visit her Instagram and Facebook to look at each tile and appreciate the whimsey, the detail and the delight she took in each day’s theme.

Living with polymer

Alev Gozonar renovates with polymer in the kitchen on PolymerClayDaily.com

Turkey’s Alev Gozonar moved from Istanbul to Ayvyalik, a small historic village 270 miles south. As part of the makeover of her old stone house, Alev added a polymer backsplash in the kitchen.

Alev Gozonar renovates with polymer in the kitchen on PolymerClayDaily.com

She covered vertical 10″ ceramic tiles with baked polymer veneers in an assortment of bargello-like patterns. She glued the baked veneers onto the tiles with superglue.

Integrating polymer into your home decor adds your very personal touch – plus it’s inexpensive. Got a backsplash that’s in need of an update? Think polymer.

See more on her Instagram and Facebook and follow her renovations there.

A day at the beach

Lyn Tremblay's small triptych takes us to the shore on PolymerClayDaily

Ontario’s Lyn Tremblay completed these small tiles at the recent Morrisburg Polymer Clay Retreat. The colors on the wonderfully textured beach-like triptych are enhanced with pan pastels. See more on Facebook.

Deep conversation with house guests (and maybe that glass of wine) made me forget all about writing a post for Friday!  PCD is a wee bit slow today.

Luckily my meandering assortment of discoveries, links, and ideas for Saturday’s StudioMojo is already composed. Join us for some lovely weekend morsels to savor and explore. 

Expanding within limits

Angela Schwer expands within limits on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Angela Schwer (DillyPad) has become known for her white-on-white flower and succulent polymer wall art. She sells her polymer wall tiles in sets or individually in a range of sizes.

Just think about it. All those decisions about color? Gone! You can see that Angela’s energy is redirected into dense, deep design as she layers as many hand-formed shapes as artfully possible into whatever space is allowed. See more of what happens within limits on Facebook and Instagram.

The idea of limiting your options as a way of diving deeper into your art is the kind of concept we explore every weekend on StudioMojo. It’s our weekly sandbox where we ask, “What if?” and marvel at the treasures we’ve dug up during the week. Join us!

Talking hydrangeas

Pasieka small art tile on PolymerClayDaily.com

Karen Pasieka (subtledetails) seems surprised that her little art tiles sell quickly. “Nothing overly unique about this design in terms of my own collection, but they have been very popular so it can’t hurt to have another one available to purchase!” she says.

This Hydrangeas is a work in progress. Its delicate petals jump over the edges of the softly gradated tile, bursting with delicacy and energy. No surprise to us that they’re popular. Here are more of them.

Are you sometimes surprised by what’s popular in your work? It pays to listen to your customers.

April 30 deadline – No fooling!

Phamova on PCDaily

Dana Phamova’s tile for the FIMO50 World Project shows off her fascination with color, light and shadow. Her 4″ tile could be a modern painting, a mosaic, or a collection of pieces from a Monopoly game. See more of Dana’s color studies here and here as well as on Flickr and Instagram.

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The tiles from American artists continue to pile up in my studio until April 30 when I’ll box them up together and whisk them off to Germany. You still have time to mail yours to me in Ohio. Let’s make a great showing.

A sampling of entries are fun to study on Fimo50WorldProject. (Instagram updated its system forcing me to learn a new routine. Not to worry if yours hasn’t shown up yet. Check back.) Now off to the studio to finish your tile!

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