Paste and polymer

Leah Lester uses high voltage color on

Seattle’s Leah Lester (LittleLazies) started as a full-time cake decorator in a small Bakery in Virginia. She sculpted with edible sugar paste and fondant until she discovered polymer in 2010. Read her story in this Discover Geek interview.

Her mix of monsters, cuteness and high voltage colors is a huge hit and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

What’s in the stars?

Katrin Yunh sees Taurus leading the charge in 2021 on PolymerClayDaily

Ukraine’s Katrin Yunh (on Etsy she’s Lunchik) carefully sculpts galaxies on a powerful looking 2.5″ fantasy bull, a symbol of 2021.

Katrin uses Cernit with Genesis paint then adds horns and stars in glow-in-the-dark clay.

“I create cute and crazy characters that live in my visionary world,” she says. Taurus is the second of the 12 astrological signs and is represented by the bull constellation.

I understand that you’re a stubborn bunch but I’ll leave the astrology to you. You’re also intelligent, dependable, hardworking, and dedicated. Sounds like that’s just what we need for 2021.

Yep, we’ll be looking for signs and reading tea leaves over at StudioMojo this weekend. Join us for some attitude adjustment and tips that can help you smoothly surf through what’s ahead. 

Stinky polymer cheese monsters

You may be pretty used to monsters during October, but I’m betting that cheese monsters like these from Spain’s Carlos Medinilla Castro (carcreatures) didn’t just pop into your head.

His polymer creations are part of the toy and art doll exhibition in Barcelona. Carlos’ art pays homage to the gastronomic and stinky universe of cheese with a zombie touch. You can sniff him out on Etsy too. Deliciously creepy.

And check out the hamburger workshop here.

I forgot how I get lost online. Whew, I gotta pace myself.

If you’re looking for the offbeat, cheese cutting edge of polymer news, come hang with us over at StudioMojo this Saturday. 

Lonely-hearted polymer

You may not be acquainted with Munny, Zukie, Bub, Trikky, Raffy, Rooz and the vinyl character gang but you have to admire what Dave Webb does with them. This Phoenix artist sculpts polymer over the plain DIY vinyl toys. His sculpts are both dark and cute. How does that happen?

It’s unclear whether Dave bakes his creations on the form. The manufacturer recommends sculpting on the form then freezing the piece. According to their instructions, the blank toy is removed from the cold sculpture and the hollow polymer shape is baked. (Let me know if that’s not correct.)

Take a walk on the wild side at his Pinterest and Facebook sites. The link was sent by Annie Pennington who was charmed by the little creatures. Have a wild weekend.

Scream of consciousness polymer

Wendy Malinow’s grinning polymer shaker is filled with steel shot which makes it fit for a serious percussionist. But her musician husband is frightened by the menacing 12 1/2″ tall multi-eyed root. The real teeth embedded in pink polymer gums add to the scariness of this piece that both attracts and repulses.

Her root has been accepted into this year’s 38th Toys Designed by Artists exhibition November 21 to January 6 at the Arkansas Art Center. Here’s Wendy’s official site.

In Las Vegas where Wendy taught last week, the shaker looked at home among the skulls and bones strewn across her work surface. The students made more benign eggs, bones and mushroom charms. Wendy’s quirky woodland vision merged perfectly with Leslie Blackford’s dark and deviant characters from the farm and circus. Check out this snake!

Their “scream of consciousness” approach to polymer art made students stretch their skills and search their souls. It was all in good fun and perfectly timed for Halloween.