Groovy polymer

Deb Hart takes us back to peace and love on PolymerClayDaily
Deb Hart takes us back to peace and love on PolymerClayDaily

Texas’ Deb Hart takes polymer back to its roots with these three hippie-themed tiles.

With regular retreats canceled, Deb is using her free time to indulge her inner flower child and make some class samples for next year’s events.

On her Facebook, you can see her in-process photos as she creates an outline with a string of extruded polymer and positions the main elements. She fills in later with colors and more patterns. The peace theme feels hopeful and right.

 

Walk on the wild side

Margaret Polcawich takes a different tack on PolymerClayDaily.com

Lindly’s fundraising campaign has put me back in touch with artists who usually lurk quietly in the background.

What a treat to get reacquainted with Maryland’s Margaret Polcawich. Her vessels and wall art have a delicate sensibility….reeds blowing in the wind, small tiles thick with color, vessels with spindly legs.

They trigger some part of my brain that says, “Yes…let’s try that!” Visit her site if you need to walk on the wild side.

Layers for 2020

Libby Mills 6x6 squares reveal layers of textures, shapes, and colors on PolymerClayDaily.com

Connecticut’s Libby Mills (Libzoid) has hit her stride with her wall tiles that are made of layered slabs of polymer. This latest is not only brighter but there’s a lot going on.

Look closely and you’ll spot veneers and canes, stitches and waffles, circles and arcs, cutouts and appliques.

That’s a lot of elements to make work together! And she does it! Libby comes into 2020 with a look that’s distinctly hers. Here she is on Facebook.

In this weekend’s StudioMojo, we will look into our crystal ball and see who’s leading us toward new ways with clay. Come on over if you want to see what’s ahead.

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.