Fish and waves

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Victoria’s Wanda Shum entered this dimensional Fish & Waves polymer-over-glass vase into the Sooke Fine Arts show that runs from now until August 1. The show is Vancouver Island’s longest-running juried fine art show and the island’s premier summer arts event.

Over her 18 years working with polymer Wanda has become expert at caning, often pushing canes from 2D slices to 3D sculptures and jewelry. Read about her on her website and then hop over to her Instagram page to see more of her collection.

You won’t want to miss Wanda’s signature cane and her alphabet canes. She offers unusual stainless steel and polymer chopsticks on her Etsy site. You’ll also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

 

Spring shapes emerge

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London’s Olga Perova used oil paint with Cernit polymer to wind this 6″ x 7″ vessel into its elaborately layered and sculpted shape.

Olga experiments with many techniques and objects, occasionally leaving jewelry to craft small bulbous vases that express her feelings about events and places. Her series of vases leave the viewer wanting to know and see more. You can follow her on Flickr, Etsy, Instagram and Facebook.

Are there shapes that you find yourself trying again and again?

Thanks to teachers

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For this decorated vase London’s Olga Perova uses Jana Roberts Benzon’s New Age Bargello methods and applies them to a vessel rather than jewelry. The result is stunning.

Olga cut autumn colored sheets of raised bargello textures into leaf shapes that drape comfortably over the 11″ x 5″ vase’s curves. The rugged terrain of this pattern is best enjoyed up close and the vase shows it off to real advantage.

Here’s Olga on Facebook and Etsy. You may remember her earlier vessels on PCD in September.

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A look through Jana’s bargello photos shows you how she continues to push polymer to new textural limits that her students take in all directions.

Thanksgiving giveaway

Leave a comment on Polyform’s FB page to be entered in their drawing for a pasta machine! Today’s the day.

Finding a format

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London’s Olga Perova formed this 9″ x 7″ x 3″ polymer vase, adding decoration later. She treats the surface as her canvas, painting, carving and applying patterns to the openwork structure.

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While Olga dabbles in jewelry, it’s clear that she’s most at home with larger forms where she can tell a bigger story. See Olga’s work on Flickr, Facebook and Etsy.

What format feels best for your art?

On-the-road polymer

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Vera Kleist Thom shows up with this dynamite looking polymer Kameko Vase for our last post from the road. I’ll be home-based tomorrow.

Vera’s work makes me want to get back in the studio and make something big and unusual. You too?

Terrific muted colors, zooming shapes, slightly retro , updated mosaic and it could be extruded! Here’s her Etsy shop.

Detmers’ vintage bugs and flowers

Kim Detmers’ test tube vases and art nouveau bugs make for a colorful Friday. She is particularly adept at combining polymer clay cane slices and vintage brass findings to make bright bugs. The mixture sounds all wrong but looks very right.

Kim is the first craft artist ever officially licensed by the University of Utah. Kim created a petition that helped local artists get a crafters license in place so that artists could sell their handmade products and be in compliance with the University of Utah licensing guidelines.

You can see more of Kim’s polymer work on her website and in her Etsy gallery. Here’s an earlier post about her as well.