Buhrman’s polymer mandalas

Texas’ Susan Buhrman (Three Eye Studio) designs dimensional polymer clay mandalas on 7″ squares. She explains that her work, “…reflects the soul’s yearning for balance and symmetry.”

I’m particularly frazzled today as I prepare for a weekend art show. Susan’s mandala pictured here, Just Before Dawn, caught my eye and calmed me down.

Take a look these unusual polymer constructions on her Flickr and Etsy sites. Her dream is to complete an installation of hundreds of mandalas for public view.

Chandler’s painterly techniques

Victoria, BC’s Gera Scott Chandler ends our week in a sea of polymer clay flowers. “She Could Only Choose One” is Gera’s largest piece to date. Composed on fibreboard, it’s 16″x19″(46x40cm) and weighs 11lbs. (5kg)!

Most recently, Gera’s been working with polymer on 5″x7″ stretched canvases, developing her own distinctive look and refining her painterly polymer techniques.

Weekend thought

If you’re in the mood for a bit of creativity talk, you’ll enjoy this TED.com talk by “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert. She reframes our thinking about creativity and suggests that instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Sanders’ integrative approach to polymer

Lately Washington’s Pam Sanders has been creating wall art frames that shelter companion polymer clay pieces inspired by ancient cultures and nature. Beads and clay also find their way into her paintings and collages.

Her “Old Man” and “I Am the Moon” pieces shown here illustrate her integrative approach.

Pam’s work is on the new “Crafthaus” site for artists as well as on Etsy.

Note: Sharon Sahl’s polymer clay gingerbread house was featured on a weekend Apartment Therapy post!

Miller mixes silk fusion and polymer

Tracy Miller

Colorado’s Tracy Miller mixes polymer clay with her bright southwest fiber art. Using silk fusion as a base, she paints, stitches, beads and sculpts the surface to create wall art. The medium has dramatic possiblities and Tracy achieves lustrous results.

This medium, also known as silk paper, looks like a promising new companion for polymer clay. Tracy demonstrated her technique on this HGTV tutorial.