Polymer therapy

Mira Pinki Krispil used polymer to heal her hands on PolymerClayDaily.com

Mira Pinki Krispil surrounds her pieces with women and that feels comfortable for a Monday. The faces seem concerned and connected.

The polymer portraits have been cured on a 6 1/2″ marble vase. The other side of the vessel is covered with Mira’s bright millefiore flowers.

Some years ago she came to polymer after enduring eight surgeries on her hands. Working with clay was part of her occupational therapy and she used it to document her recovery. “Since then I can’t stop creating with this amazing material,” Mira admits.

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.

Flower cups

Nicole Bucher builds layers of petals on her flower cups on PolymerClayDaily.com

If you’re fed up with jewelry and tiny formats, take a tip from Australia’s Nicole Boucher (BlueMallee) and slap some layers of color on a straight-sided form to make flower cups!

Layers of bright sunflower petals stack up over a graduated background. She piles on leaves and flowers with delightful energy. Her sculptural composition is topped with a decorative edge and brushed with a wash of dark paint to enhance the details.

Who couldn’t use a creation like this to hold tools or utensils? Nicole will introduce her new series at her gallery.

Over at StudioMojo, we’ll be looking at how to keep moving when your heart doesn’t wanna. How do you loosen up and let the clay do the talking? Come on over and explore with us.

Mystery in twelve parts

Olga Perova's patterns zig and zag around this vase on PolymerClayDaily.com

Perth, Australia’s Olga Perova showed this 7″x11″ polymer vase in the Wanaroo Arts Awards exhibit.

She is drawn to vessel shapes and bargello-like patterns. Here she combines both favorites, lining up multicolored patterns in a most meticulous way.

By my count, there are twelve segments to this piece. Can you imagine applying all those strips of clay? It seems too textural to be a cane. It is baffling.

Look more closely on Facebook and Instagram.

Last minute creations

Kathy Koontz' handy magnetic and easy vases for last-minute gifts on PolymerClayDaily.com

South Carolina’s Kathy Koontz (Flowertown_Originals) reminds us that there’s still time to make a gift or two like these small magnetic vases that would look so pretty on a fridge or a wall.

“The leaf imprint was done by pressing some leaves from my lantana bush into the clay before curing and then highlighting the design with white paint. Simple and minimalist,” she says.

Kathy offers polymer covered seam rippers, crochet hooks, and buttons among the items on her Etsy shop.

It’s faster (and more fun) to create something at home than it is to get caught up in the holiday shopping crowds.

Slow show, new work

La Perle Rouge found a new way to work at a slow show on PolymerClayDaily

France’s La Perle Rouge admits in a post that one of her shows was not well attended so she kept herself busy making canes and visiting nearby thrift stores.

Voila! A new way of working!

Unleashed from her usual setting, she sliced thick cane pieces and formed them into cuplike shapes that she arranged on the thrift shop finds. The results have a happy and unconstrained look.

We could use your help with the artist’s name which we couldn’t find on either the La Perle Bijoux site or Facebook page.

Thanks to PCD reader Aims Abson for the link!

Budding vase

Phyllis Pollema Cahill's vase moves us to spring on PolymerClayDaily.com

This lily bud from Colorado’s Phyllis Pollema Cahill hints at spring. Dark veins cut through the Skinner blended green and lavender petals.

Phyllis spent years as an illustrator which helps explain her thorough planning and construction of this vase. She’s also been trying out her carving skills on this necklace from her Symmetry/Asymmetry online class with Christine Dumont and Donna Greenberg.

Phyllis carefully documents her technique and product experiments on her blog which contains lots of DIY tips and solutions.

Phyllis shows she’s ready for a new season. Watch her bloom on Facebook and Instagram.

Flowery polymer teapot

Florida’s Pamela Carman makes a flowery pot of tea on a spring Monday.

A visit to her Flickr site shows you the vases, bottles, pots, birdhouses and fish shapes that she covers with polymer.

Usually she uses hundreds of slices of small canes to build her images. Her stash of neatly stored small canes makes us caners envious.

But for today’s teapot on her Instagram she grows a garden out of layers of larger textured circles and leaves.

Is there a bottle in your kitchen that wants to be covered?

Follow the dots

Perova on PCDaily

UK’s Olga Petrova shows off her latest polymer-covered 4″ x 8″ vessel.

Extruded designs? Probably. Textured? That too. Accented with a wash of black? Yes. Begs to be touched? Indeed!

The vase looks like a 3D zentangle with islands of designs floating in rivers of dots. Wouldn’t this look stunning as a shelf accent? See more on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.

Room accents

If you’d like to create accents for your home decor, sign up for one of the remaining seats in my class at Creative Journey Studios in Georgia, October 7-9. You’ll learn all about polymer and wood plus other unusual decorative accents that will make your heart sing.