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Emerging Artists: Nonfunctional Containers and Hanging Art 2018

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Kathy Butcher: United States

Kathy Butcher: United States

Name:Jungle Love

Dimensions:   11 ½" x 10" x 3 ½"

List of Materials

  • Polymer Clay:
    • Sculpey III – Gold
    • Sculpey III – Translucent (for teeth)
    • Premo Sculpey – Burnt Umber
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Yellow Gold Glitter
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Gold
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Twinkle Twinkle
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Antique Gold
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Pearl
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Bronze
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Bright Green Pearl
  • 2 crystals for eye highlight
  • 28 Gauge gold wire for whiskers
  • Wire cutters
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sculpey Bake and Bond
  • DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze

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Lola Marlene Gremillion: United States

Lola Marlene Gremillion: United States

The title of my piece is "Lime Intrusion" created all in polymer clay (Polyform).  The composition is based on a drawing I created for a Miniature Abstract Watercolor painting I did a number of years ago.  Having liked the composition, which was inspired by a simple object, drawing the important parts and least important parts, I decided to use it to create another abstract but in polymer clay. It is actually a larger piece than the watercolor painting plus much more colorful.  The piece is  flat and framed under glass, but has a three dimensional feel. Having fallen in love with polymer clay, I find it challenging to paint using merged shapes and colors.

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Elissa Hishikawa: United States

Elissa Hishikawa: United States

Title: Prisoned Spirit

Description: This haunted tin is possessed by a prisoned spirit from beyond..... Once a pirate on the high seas, now a dangerous fiend.  This moon-eyed demon will strike anything that comes near it, if deemed dangerous.  Once the seal is broken, it will unleash unimaginable horrors. The ghoul's talons have already scratch out an escape hole.   Beware!  Beware!

Dimension: 4" x 2.5" x 1"

Materials:

  • Premo Polymer clay
  • Pro sculpt clay
  • head pins
  • Altoid tin can
  • 18 gauge wire
  • Kato clear liquid clay for the eyes
  • magic transfer paper
  • chalk powder
  • acrylic paint 

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Cindy Gordon: United States

Cindy Gordon: United States

Fish pod, hand sculpted, hand painted wall hanging.

3027 E SHb


Jan Pini: United States

Jan Pini: United States

You are my Sunshine

This music box is about 1.5”x2.5”x3.5” tall. It is made entirely of polymer clay. My little granddaughter, Julia, was born in October three months premature. She’s doing great now, but it was a rough three months in the NICU. My daughter played the music box and sang “You are my Sunshine” to Julia as she held her. I decided to make a music box container for my daughter for Christmas. Because the music box itself could be replaced by another one with a different song, I needed to construct something that would permit that. The sides have mica shift hearts and Julia’s name is on one side. The top shows the sun peeking over a rainbow with a path of stones through a garden. Julia’s path has been challenging and may continue to be as she continues to “catch up” but we are hopeful that our feisty little ray of sunshine will prevail.

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Emerging Artists: Functional Containers 2018

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Jan Pini: United States

Jan Pini: United States

Rainforest Secrets

This wall piece is 8”x10” on board. It is made of polymer clay, beads, resin and acrylic paint for the background. It is inspired by a set of beads provided by Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA. I wanted to show all the hidden secrets found in rainforests, including flora, fauna and man’s presence. The sky, water and cave were painted on the board and the polymer clay and beads were first baked then glued onto the board with large gaps in the clay allowing the background to show through. The resin over the waterfall and pool was “contained” by a polymer clay dam which was later removed. See what you can find when you zoom in on the image. Can you find the slice of a Jon Stuart Anderson cane? All other clay items are mine.

2859 E FCb


Amy Hucks: United States

Amy Hucks: United States

Secret Keeper - Charmed- Secret Keeper "Inro" Box 

We all have a little secret that needs to be kept safe, so sculpted a little trusty critter to hold it for you. Drawer slides open to hold all your secrets. 

Hand sculpted polymer clay over paper match box. 

2.5 high, 1.5 wide, .5 depth

Polymer clay, paper matchbox, chalk pastels, resin & high gloss sealers

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Amy Hucks: United States

Amy Hucks: United States

Secret Keeper - Sly - Secret Keeper "Inro" Box 

We all have a little secret that needs to be kept safe, so sculpted a little trusty critter to hold it for you.    Drawer slides open to hold all your secrets.  Hand sculpted polymer clay over paper match box. 

2.5 high, 1.5 wide, .5 depth 

Polymer clay, paper matchbox, chalk pastels, resin & high gloss sealers

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Amy Hucks: United States

Amy Hucks: United States

Secret Keeper - Solemn - Secret Keeper "Inro" Box 

We all have a little secret that needs to be kept safe, so sculpted a little trusty critter to hold it for you.    Drawer slides open to hold all your secrets.  Hand sculpted polymer clay over paper match box. 

2.5 high, 1.5 wide, .5 depth

Polymer clay, paper matchbox, chalk pastels, resin & high gloss sealers

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Elissa Hishikawa: United States

Elissa Hishikawa: United States

Title:  Miss Delilah Le Poisson

Description:

Voila!  Miss Delilah Le Poisson! Four inches tall, black beady eyes on her head as well as her face, she can guard your most valuable items with ease.  An aspiring singer, who dreams of Broadway, her current job is guarding my mini jam jar.  Hide your precious gems in here. She is trained to guard them with her life!

 Delilah is a ferocious vegan who loves a stroll on a sunny beach, ever watchful.  In her down time, she reads crime novels with care, because  that call to audition for Law and Order might come at anytime!

 

Dimension:  4" tall 2 inches wide at the jar lid

Materials: 

  • Premo Polymer clay
  • glass beads for eyes
  • Swarovski crystal
  • acrylic paint for patina
  • mini jam jar for the base
  • aluminum foil for armature
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Kathy Butcher: United States

Kathy Butcher: United States

Name:  Venus de Fleur Box

Polymer Clay:

  • Sculpey III – Red
  • Scupley III – Red Hot Red
  • Sculpey III – Gold
  • Sculpey Soufflé – Cherry Pie
  • Premo Sculpey Accents – Yellow Gold Glitter
  • Premo Sculpey – Cadmium Red Hue
  • Premo Sculpey – Cadmium Yellow Hue
  • Premo Sculpey – Purple
  • Gold Leaf
  • Sculpey Bake and Bond
  • E6000 Glue
  • Clay slicing tool
  • Basket weave texture sheet
  • DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze
  • Lisa Pavelka Signature Series Border Molds Daisy Chain – use the rose border on the outside of the box
  • Funshowcase 21 Cavity Roses Collection Fondant Candy Silicone Mold – use large and small rose mold for outside of box
  • Wilton Fondant and Gum Paste Mold, Jewelry – use the circle border for the inside of the box
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Christine Bergman: United States

Christine Bergman: United States

WILDLING BOWL: DEEP SEA

This piece is inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral. I aimed to capture the color and feeling of coral, as well as the qualities of deep water. The coral interior is a mix of pink and 18k gold. The exterior is a midnight blue mixed with 5 shades of glitter, to provide specks and glimmers, like the ocean, when struck by sunlight. The strips of two-tone clay are adhered to each other, baked, and finished with a high shine varnish for gloss and durability. The Wildling Bowl is both decorative and functional. 

Materials

  • Premo Clay
  • Glitter
  • Fimo Gloss Varnish

Dimensions 11" diameter 5" tall

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Emerging Artists: Wearable Jewelry 2018

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Pavla Čepelíková: Czech Republic

Pavla Čepelíková: Czech Republic

Title : Midnight Butterfly Brooch 

The mystique of jungle was the inspiration for this project. I use my unique Batik technique to achieve interesting organic look, combined with primitive spirals and circles.

Dimentions: 80x85mm

Materials: Polymer clay, layered alcohol inks, wire

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Pavla Čepelíková: Czech Republic

Pavla Čepelíková: Czech Republic

Title: Jungle Leaf Brooch

The mystique of jungle was the inspiration for this project. I use my unique Batik technique to achieve interesting organic look which perfectly fits to exotic Monstera leaf.

Dimensions: 95x80mm

Materials: Polymer clay, layered alcohol inks

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Laura Summer: United States

Laura Summer: United States

Wearable Jewelry submission: "Ribbons" necklace

Description: This piece, "Ribbons," made entirely of polymer clay, showcases the color, flexibility, and versatility of the clay. The necklace makes a bold statement yet is very lightweight and easy to wear. Equally attractive when the beads are either all aligned or when they fall or are arranged in a haphazard manner, this is wearable polymer at its best: strong, beautiful and fanciful.

Materials: Polymer clay beads strung on flex wire with a brass lobster clasp.

Dimensions: Necklace is  24" long. Beads are 7/8" wide.

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Phyllis Pollema-Cahill: United States

Phyllis Pollema-Cahill: United States

Sculpted Nuthatch on Etched Silver Brooch

This hand-sculpted pygmy nuthatch on a leafy branch is integrated into the custom-designed leaf pattern of the etched and pierced sterling silver background.  The small, bas-relief sculpture brings additional dimension to the gently curved metal.  The aged, rustic polymer and the polished metal create a visual contrast which is unified by color and design.

 Materials:  Cernit polymer clay, Genesis Heat-Set Oils, sterling silver, patina

 Dimensions: 2" X 2.5"

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Phyllis Pollema-Cahill: United States

Phyllis Pollema-Cahill: United States

Sculpted Nuthatch on Etched Copper Brooch

This monochromatic, hand-sculpted pygmy nuthatch was created to resemble pressed glass and meld with the warm color of the copper it rests on. The sculpture and the metal curve outward, toward the viewer. The custom-designed, etched metal leaves are a complimentary extension of the polymer sculpture. The negative spaces around the polymer leaves are repeated in the openings pierced in the metal.

Materials: Pardo polymer clay, Genesis Heat-Set Oils, Pan Pastels, copper, patina

Dimensions: 2" X 2.5"

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Phyllis Pollema-Cahill: United States

Phyllis Pollema-Cahill: United States

Lavender Bellflower Pendant

Translucent flowers in gradations of lavender with delicate white lines and fine silver stamens are arranged on a simple, hand-fabricated, sterling silver arc.  The hollow flowers resemble porcelain and were molded around a sand core which was washed away after curing.  The construction allows the flowers and stamens to move naturally in this asymmetrical design. 

Materials: Pardo polymer clay, Genesis Heat-Set Oils, sterling silver and fine silver

Dimensions: 2.5" X 3.38"  

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Patti Bean: United States

Patti Bean: United States

Title: Ancestor's Secrets

Long barrel beads with high gloss finish hang from stamped and folded clay pendant with variety of surface treatments; invoking the look of old leather, metal, and glass in one piece.  Pendant shown here on leather cord with copper beads. Flat back finished similarly and signed

 Width 2"

Length 3.5"


Patti Bean: United States

Patti Bean: United States

Title:  Almost Zebra

Resin glazed clay cabochon on rustic, folded clay cuff.   No animals were injured in the making of this piece.

 Width of cuff: 2"

Size of cabochon: 30mm

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Patti Bean: United States

Patti Bean: United States

Title:  Excavations 

Width: 1 ½"

Length (including clay bail): 2 ½"

All clay cabochon in bezel with clay bail.  Surface finishes vary from a touch of mica to, patinated metal.


Malgorzata Wawrzynczak: Poland

Malgorzata Wawrzynczak: Poland

Two-tone Bracelet


Martina Buriánová: Czech Republic

Martina Buriánová: Czech Republic

Secret

On the surface only the part of the picture is shown. The rest is hidden below. You have to look at whole jewel. Then you will understand the whole picture.

The polymer necklace is hung on a steel wire. The wire spins around the jewel. The jewel is shaped like an egg. Part is recessed imide

Material: Premo, Steel wire, Alcoholic inks.

Dimensions of the work of art -Length 5.5 cm. Width 4.5 cm. Height 1.5cm . The length of wire for hanging  5cm

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Martina Buriánová: Czech Republic

Martina Buriánová: Czech Republic

Hope

The journey of life is complicated. Life have  its ups and downs. After the fall, you see small flashes of hope. Hope is glittering in gray life like gems

The polymer necklace is hung on a steel wire. The wire spins around the jewel. The jewel is shaped like an egg. Part is recessed imide. The steel wire has a track inside the jewelry.

Material: Premo, Steel wire, Alcoholic inks.

Dimensions of the work of art - Length 6.5 cm. Width 5cm. Height 1.5cm . The length of wire for hanging 7,5cm

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Martina Buriánová: Czech Republic

Martina Buriánová: Czech Republic

Deep in the sea.

 The view to the depth of the sea is mysterious. You can not see the bottom. You just think what's hidden in the sea. Your view attracts like a magnet. The color of the sea, its flashes.

 The polymer necklace is hung on a steel wire. Falling walls. They rise upward. Fine cracking. The color of the sea is from inks.

 Material: Premo, Steel wire, Alcoholic inks.

 Dimensions of the work of art - Circle diameter 6cm. Height 3 cm. The length of wire for hanging 10cm

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Kathy Butcher: United States

Kathy Butcher: United States

Name: STRATA

 Dimensions:   25" Length of Necklace

                         2 ¼" Length of Earrings

List of Materials

  • Polymer Clay
    • Sculpey III – Black
    • Sculpey III – Silver
  • Premo Sculpey Accents – Bronze
  • Sculpey III – Gold
  • DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze
  • Sterling silver findings
  • Hematite Beads
  • Leather cord

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Christine Dumont: France

Christine Dumont: France

Brooch:

Title: Britannia

Materials: Polymer clay, stainless steel and slate

Dimensions: 65mm x 80mm x 20mm

Description: As an artist I see myself also as an interpreter of my surroundings. I live near the sea as well as an abandoned slate quarry that shipped slate through France in the 18th and 19th centuries. The slate was used in the construction of castles and cathedrals.

The construction of the piece is architectural, built on a base of found slate. Angled above the slate is a metal sheet topped by one of my signature motifs. Inserted between these layers are a depiction of seaweed from my walks along the sea. 

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Linda Leach: United States

Linda Leach: United States

 Title: Crazy Quilt Ensemble

Category: Wearable Jewelry

This ensemble of jewelry started with the crazy quilt veneer pictured in the frame. The veneer is constructed of various techniques of polymer clay in black and white bordered by gold strips. The veneer is then used to create the bangle bracelets, pendant necklace, and earrings.

Materials: Polymer clay

Measurements – various

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Jana Honnerová: Czech Republic

Jana Honnerová: Czech Republic

 Axess necklace

This beaded necklace in the shape of two handed axes is stringed on the ball chain – actualy the ball chain is incorporated into the beads so they hold position. I used my favorite colour palette enriched with light green.

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Jana Honnerová: Czech Republic

Jana Honnerová: Czech Republic

 Snake finger bracelet

These bracelets always remind me snake skin. I love them. They are simple, easy and has many variations. Can´t wait what will bring another one (or two). Medium size full bracelet, 100% Premo clay.

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Jana Honnerová: Czech Republic

Jana Honnerová: Czech Republic

Five suns necklace

I realy love how the colours turn out here, it is a smooth play of light and shade.

The bowl shaped circles with slight crackles are both side patterned, made with my faux mosaic technique. The engraved peebles in matching colours are sitting in the middle of the bowls.

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Beverly Chesterby: United States

Beverly Chesterby: United States

BENTLEY BUD VASE BROOCH

If a vintage Bentley sat in the garage next to my mud-spattered Honda, I would definitely honor the tradition of bud vases in luxury vehicles. Here it is! Full disclosure: I made a gridded bump texture plate and black and white bargello tube during a couple of long gossipy phone calls and just let them lead me to the goony flower. No way was it going to be the “Just Messing Around Brooch,” though!

Materials: Polymer Clay, commercial pin findings

Dimensions: 3″ wide x 2-5/8 high x 1″ deep

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Melinda Puho: United States

Melinda Puho: United States

TITLE: Eternal Love

DESCRIPTION: Infinite love that flies on the wings of eternity, with ever-changing colors and glow that enlightens the darkest nights.  

I entirely sculpted this iridescent, glow-in-the-dark piece of wearable art by hand, without the use of any molds.

MATERIALS: 

– PREMO polymer clay (regular and glow-in-the-dark one handmade by me using translucent polymer clay and glow-in-the-dark powder)

– Swarovski crystals 

– Swarovski drop

– Iridescent pigments that change their colors depending on the angle

– 14K gold filled chains

– Magick

DIMENSIONS:

Pendant  – 120mm wide, 125mm tall, including the Swarovski drop

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Khatuna Liluashvili: Georgia

Khatuna Liluashvili: Georgia

Pendant: Brooch Spring

Material: Polymer clay, Metal

Length 4, 5 cm

Width 3,5 cm 

Firstly, I made background from red polymer clay, which had glitter effect. Then I made colors  which I needed for this composition. Therefore I mixed different colored polymer clays with each other. Given composition required approximately 12 colors for small details. 

I sticked in every piece of flower petal or flower stem , leaf, dot one by one by needle on surface. I used magnifying glass. 

Firstly, I made big flowers, secondly leaves, and then small flowers.  

Finally, I fired this piece of work in the oven according to the rules. 

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Khatuna Liluashvili: Georgia

Khatuna Liluashvili: Georgia

Pendant: Great blue Heron

Material: Polymer clay, Metal

Length 5,0 cm

Width 3,7 cm 

Firstly, I made background  from polymer clay on metal carcass. Then I sculpted in clay naked bird’s figure.  Then I mixed different colored clays, and got different colors which I needed for this composition.

I sculpted feather and shaft of feather  one  by one , and gradually sticked in bird’s naked body by needle.  I used magnifying glass. I added marsh plants.

Finally, I fired this piece of work in the oven according to the rules. 

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Khatuna Liluashvili: Georgia

Khatuna Liluashvili: Georgia

Pendant: Flamingo

Material: Polymer clay, Metal

Length 5,0 cm

Width 3,7 cm 

Firstly, I made background  from polymer clay on metal carcass.  Then I sculpted in clay naked Flamingo’s  figure.  Then I made colors which  I needed for this composition . For this effect I mixed different colored polymer clays with each other. I never use paint, lacquer. I sculpted each feather, shaft of feather individually and gradually sticked  in  bird’s naked body by needle. I used magnifying glass.  Then I added plants.

Finally, I fired this piece of work in the oven according to the rules. 

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Sarah Machtey: United States

Sarah Machtey: United States

White Leaves from the White Continent

This pendant was not actually made in Antarctica but it did visit there in November 2018. While it loved the snow and penguins, it hopes to someday get to visit someplace where there will be other leaves to keep it company – perhaps a summer wedding?

Polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, mica powders (Cernit, Sculpey, Pearlex)

About 4.5 inches long and 5 inches wide.

3068 A WJ2 b


Linda Webb: United States

Linda Webb: United States

 The rich, natural color and bright contrast of a winter-hardy red fox was the inspiration for my pendant. My goal was to capture the bold color and distinctive fox face while applying my own geometric style to create something truly unique. I began by sculpting a base in black clay. I then made a palette of veneers in a variety of subtle shades of brown and cream. Most of the veneers were made entirely from clay but some have bits of iridescence sparkle or thin layers of acrylic paint. I cut tiny strips from the veneers and laid them on the clay base mosaic-style. The patterns created by the tiles were playfully designed piece-by-piece and include a heart in the center of the forehead symbolizing a love of art and nature.

The finished piece is 2″ X 2″. The eyes sparkle with black Swarovski crystals. A rustic leather cord and handmade copper findings complete the necklace. 

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Fiona Abel-Smith: United Kingdom

Fiona Abel-Smith: United Kingdom

 Title – Kings of Borneo.

Materials Used – Plaque and leaves made solely from Kato Polyclay with  metal wire, findings and links creating the ‘chain’ of the necklace.

Dimensions – the focal area of the leaves and plaque is 6 x 5 inches, and the necklace itself is 16.5 inches long.

Description – There is something about baby orangutans. They have that look which makes them seem so all knowing, as if they are staring into your soul. There is no reproach in their gaze, no judgement, but I look at the devastation that we are causing to their habitat, and I feel such sorrow for their plight.

In this necklace, I wanted to capture that look they have, that gentle knowing gaze in a portrait of a baby orangutan, created completely from polymer clay. It is done in an oval plaque, much like the miniature portraits so popular in the Victorian age, capturing a moment.

The image is textured and sculpted and seemed to grow by itself, creating its own character, and watching me with that enigmatic half smile, as I worked.

To me, orangutans are the Kings of the Borneo jungle, so what better setting than to have my orangutan face plaque staring out through the leaves of the actual Borneo King plant, Alocasia Macrorrhiza, with the tops of those huge leaves created with bail’s reflecting the colours of the orangutan.

2 Kings of Borneo together in one piece.

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Laurie Mika: United States

Laurie Mika: United States

Years ago while teaching polymer clay workshops in Israel, I was treated to a day at the flea market in Old Jaffa. There was a vendor selling metal embossed and jewel-encrusted antique Old Testaments that caught my eye. I ended up bringing home two small tomes that I have treasured to this day. These beautiful books have become a continued source of inspiration for a series of Medieval-looking, jeweled book covers I have been creating in polymer clay on tin boxes.

During the Medieval period, monks were often commissioned to create lavish book covers with “treasure binding” where metalworkers would use embossed patterns of gold and silver and set precious stones into the surface creating an ornate, jeweled cover. Using polymer clay and gold leaf I was able to create the look of these jeweled covers. I have also been exploring ways to create bezels in clay to surround and secure gem stones and pearls. All of the jewel clusters on this book cover were created from scratch using polymer clay.

The focal point of the cover is a handprinted transfer from an illuminated manuscript with a banner written in Latin that snakes through the middle of the floral design.

Tin box

Polymer clay pieces that are gold leafed and painted

Hand made jewelry pieces

Transfers of Illuminated Manuscripts

6.5 x 5 x 1.5 inches

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Helen Malchow: United States

Helen Malchow: United States

 Hollow form 32. This is a Hollow form that has no interior armatures. I have use two different types of Mokume Gane, inlayed colors and a carved top. You open the box by sliding the hollow form lentil out of the concave insert. The lentil is a hollow form. I used black Premo and sterling silver sheets to make jellyroll veneers, glued two ½ rounds together, polished to 800 grit. The Concave insert in the lid is a mixture of all colors used in the box. It harmonizes the patterns. Shaed accents were rolled into the veneer. The box was constructed using the slab technique. The box is 10”x7”

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Helen Malchow: United States

Helen Malchow: United States

Boomerang Box. This hollow form has no interior armatures.  The veneer is made from a  Mokume Gane background. Jelly rolls were allowed to dryout so they would crack around the outside edges when enlarged. They were inlayed onto the Mokume Gane sheet. Applied to a form and constructed using the slab technique. The sides are sanded to 400 grit. A small black pinch pot is glued to the lid. 7”x12”

1695 A FC3a copy


Helen Malchow: United States

Helen Malchow: United States

Outside/Inside  Box. I am exploring  a series of containers using images we usually see on the outside of containers and transferring them to the inside of my hollow forms. Food that we love but may not love us. What we see and eat everyday does end up on the inside. This hollow form used  Sculpey original clay, watercolors, graphite, Prismacolor pencils, Salt and a Pringles can transfer.  3″x7″

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Linda Leach: United States

Linda Leach: United States

Title: Matched Mosaic Vessel

This matched mosaic vessel started with a bowl of solid polymer clay. A structure of steel wire was added on the outside and woven to the top. Panels of polymer clay were attached to the outside of the bowl and wire basket and decorated with sections of matched mosaic. The stopper is a hollow cone of clay with openings to hold the hammered wire shawl pins topped with mosaic designs.

Materials: Polymer clay, steel wire, nickel silver wire.

Vessel measures 15x8x8”

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Beverly Chesterby: United States

Beverly Chesterby: United States

OPTICAL ILLUSION RING TRAY
 
Maybe it IS a good thing that I don't have a two and a half carat diamond ring to remove when (if) I do the dishes! Bling like that in this little triangular ring tray by the kitchen sink would be the only thing that would take your attention away from the amazing 3-dimensional visual tricks possible with Skinner Blended polymer clay. (Just kidding... I'd take the ring!)
 
Material: Polymer Clay
Dimensions: Triangular-3-1/2" per side

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Margaret Polcawich: United States

Margaret Polcawich: United States

 

“Para Vessel”
Polymer Clay, Epoxy Clay, Wire, Paint, Copper
12″x10″x10″

A lidded vessel of growth and delicate decay. Natural processes simultaneously demonstrate building while deconstructing; tending while sabotaging; peace and conflict. Vessels contain and protect, while restraining and hiding.

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Sarah Machtey: United States

Sarah Machtey: United States

Autumn Box 

Made entirely of polymer clay and liquid polymer clay (Cernit and Sculpey), this box grew from two inspirations: 

The fall leaf influence is obvious; I live in Vermont.  

The other inspiration came from a ceramic box my father made and I inherited when I was eight years old. Thrown on a wheel, it was designed to look like a vase with a very tight neck, but the neck was closed and there was an opening cut lower down that was partially disguised by decorative patterns. I always loved the idea and wished the true opening was completely hidden. So now I make boxes that are not recognizable as boxes when they are closed. 

The color gradations within each leaf are not skinner blend or caning; they are my own technique which I developed to take advantage of slightly translucent clays to achieve not only a smooth color transition but also extra color depth/glow. Each leaf is hand shaped to taper from a center thick enough for vein impressions out to very thin sharp edges. The strength of Cernit allows this. 

Nearly 5 inches tall and 3 inches across. 

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Susan Detwiler: United States

Susan Detwiler: United States

This horned reliquary with its shape suggestive of a human heart was inspired by visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and especially by those artifacts from ancient and medieval times in Europe. I found their mix of sophistication and crude crafting methods fascinating and charming. This is my interpretation of such an artifact, one that might be found hidden deep in the mysterious Black Forest. The exterior of the reliquary is adorned with precious jewelry left as tributes by the devout. The gold-lined interior holds relics whose origin has long since been lost to history.

The Black Forest Reliquary is approximately 7 x 5.5 inches, not including its stand. It was constructed over an armature made of a bivalve shell and foil which was subsequently removed. It is made of polymer clay with bits of paint, glass beads, crystals, and a repurposed rosary.

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Fiona Abel-Smith: United Kingdom

Fiona Abel-Smith: United Kingdom

Title – Save our Seas

Materials used – Created completely from Fimo Polymer Clay, apart from a thin layer of wire mesh buried inside the bowl to give it more strength.

Dimensions – 9.25 inches diameter x 3 inches deep.

Description: We know pollution’s devastating our seas, our reefs, coral and marine life. But many of us only see this through pictures on glass screens, (TV / Computer) or in glossy magazines. These often-contrived images prepared for our enjoyment are reflected on the inside of this fish bowl. A 2d image, of a reef in a pristine state, a characterisation, finished to a glass smooth surface, just like those screens we see the world through.

But the underside of the bowl depicts a different scene, beneath the waves, and takes us to the reef itself. Textures, 3d fish and coral, and unlike that choreographed 2d image, here some species are missing, others are reduced in numbers, and parts of the coral are bleached and dying. It is for me, a more realistic representation of how we are affecting marine life and our seas.

And while I am aware of the irony of depicting ‘saving our seas’ in Polymer Clay, I consider that not all plastics are in themselves bad, and it is what we do with them, how we dispose of them, that is important. I am hoping this polymer artwork will not be consigned to the depths of our seas.

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Claire Fairweather: New Zealand

Claire Fairweather: New Zealand

Title: ‘Inspiration’

Description: The meandering line of small glow in the dark tiles represents the initial inspiration or brainwave. I often get my creative inspiration in the dark of the night. The graded colors that ripple out from this brainwave represent the development of an idea into the whole concept. The choice of shades of turquoise reflects the restful, calm, contemplation that forms part of my inspirational process. Each mosaic tile that covers this sphere is like one small part of a grand plan, and it is very satisfying when they all come together, to create the whole thing. As I was making this sculpture, I was already getting inspiration for my next creation.

Materials: Polymer clay tiles and acrylic paste grout (over stainless steel sphere)

Dimensions: 17 cm (63/4 inches) across x 17 cm (63/4 inches) high

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Laurie Mika: United States

Laurie Mika: United States

Embedded Heart

Having traveled extensively in Mexico, sacred hearts have long been a source of inspiration in my work. In this piece, I have also incorporated the practice in parts of Mexico for attaching Milagros to wood substrates like shoe forms and hands. Milagros, meaning miracles, are small tin pieces, often representing parts of the body, that were traditionally nailed onto church doors and pinned onto garments to give thanks for prayers that were answered.

This heart was first created in ceramic clay that was bisque fired. I then covered the heart with gold-leafed polymer clay and was then able to embed the surface with a variety of jewelry pieces, metal findings and charms similar to the Milagro-encrusted objects found in Mexico. The small window cut out in the center is symbolic of a portal to inner peace that only the heart can provide.

Ceramic clay base

Polymer clay with gold leaf

Metal findings

Charms

8 x 4 inches

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Laurie Mika: United States

Laurie Mika: United States

Hand of Mysteries

Alchemy and the art of the ancients is the inspiration for this shadowbox shrine, Hand of Mysteries. Historically, the hand, also called the Hand of the Philosophers, is a talisman that depicts the symbols of man’s transformation into god, however, this piece is secular in nature and speaks more to the way that the universe was understood in the 16th century. In the hand is locked the secrets of the philosophers about “earth and seed”. Traditionally represented with unique symbols on each of the fingers and thumb, The Hand of Mysteries is often portrayed with the all-seeing eye (also found on US currency!) and the symbols of the moon, the sun, a crown, and a star. I added the personal symbolism of the clam shell since it represents pilgrimage and travel, something that appeals to me. The eye, that I painted on a limpet shell, in the center is based on Victorian jewelry called Lover’s Eyes and is not associated with the original alchemical symbolism but was added as a way to incorporate and reinterpret symbols from various cultures and time periods.

Wood shadowbox

Polymer clay pieces that are hand stamped, painted and stenciled.

Found objects, jewelry pieces

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Donna Greenberg: United States

Donna Greenberg: United States

RUSTY REEF – Polymer Wall piece

Rusty Reef represents a small intimate bio-system based on forms and shapes found in the sea or perhaps even the forest as nature repeats herself endlessly. In this piece I’m most interested in exploring the movement, transition and transformation that happens in the natural world while not being slavish to realistic interpretation. I imagined this fantasy system almost as a piece of metal, affected by the passage of time by creeping rust and verdigris. In keeping with the organic quality of the piece, I chose to create an irregular edge dictated by the interplay of the individual forms themselves. I challenged myself to find depth and interest and life using a limited palette to focus more on the forms and movement. 

Rusty Reef Materials – Ultralight polymer clay, wire armature for the largest flower form, Genesis oil paints and glazes, Gesso board with adhered Arches paper for the base. base. Dimensions- 12 x 12 in. , 1 ½ in D.

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EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

 Title: Haru

Description: Haru is a Japanese word that means “Springtime”. With the mild colors of this sculpture, I want to give a salute to traditional Japanese art with its sparse and very precise lines, which ” coincidentally” happen to express beauty and harmony.

The zipper on the back becomes a contrast to the soft and timeless attitude. A zipper is a modern invention and thus becomes a break of style. In addition, it reveals a shimmering inside that also is a strong contrast. Question: What does this mean? There are many hidden messages in this little horse sculpture that, with great expectation, looks up to what is coming. Answer: The messages you find by yourself are always the right ones. 

Materials used: Concrete (as the armature), polymer clay, black zipper, copper leaf metal, soft pastels, acrylic paint.

Dimensions: Height: 21 cm, Width: 10 cm. Depth: 6 cm

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EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

Title: Global Warming

Description: One of humanity’s greatest challenges is the global warming. It is all about decisions: Political decisions, corporate decisions and the decisions that each individual person make – we are all important.

I present our earth as a globe, wildely forced forward by a resolute rider with a whip. In front of the globe stands a symbol of the future – a little child. With a droopy flower in her hand, she bravely stands still and with her right hand raised she tries to stop the very big runaway horse. She wants to have a world to live in when she grows up.

The creation of this sculpture unexpectedly touched me very deeply. Keeping the round globe in my hands and carefully placing out the different continents and understanding their relations to eachother made me understand how important it is for us to take really good care of this little globe that is our mutual home in the universe.

Everyone should create their own globe with their bare hands to understand how important it is for us to cooperate in nurturing the world we live in. And to not push it beyond its limits.

Materials used: Steel wire, apoxie sculpt and aluminum foil as the armature, papier maché for the shape of the globe, polymer clay, soft pastels, acrylic paint. 

Dimensions: Height: 71 cm, Width: 66 cm, Depth: 20 cm

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Beverly Chesterby: United States

Beverly Chesterby: United States

ROBOT FLUTIST

This guy was inevitable! He was created for a flutist buddy who collects vintage robot art and wears Vibram sole shoes. Since I’m also a flutist, polymer clay has proved to be the perfect medium in which to work. It’s super easy on the pinkies! No more telling the conductor that I can’t play F# for a while since I burned my ring finger while soldering a bezel or had a little boo-boo with the lapidary wheel… 

Materials: Polymer Clay, craft wire, silver findings and beads for eyes

Dimensions: 4″ high x 3-1/2″ wide x 1-3/4″ deep

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Henry Aschner: United States

Henry Aschner: United States

Title: Desert Tortoise

Description: Many of my creatures are southwest inspired, sometimes known as spirit animals. This is my polymer clay desert tortoise sculpture. The tortoise represents patience, persistence, and well-grounded in folklore.

A base clay figure is sculpted over armature wire and foil for initial shape, then fired. The millefiori tiles are placed over the base sculpture, smoothed and fired again. I then sand and buff using wet sanding and micromesh to a 12,000 grit for a super-smooth finish. Even with its small size, this tortoise represents many hours of work.

List of Materials: Polymer Clay, armature wire, taxidermist glass eyes

Dimensions: 3” x 4” x 5.5

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Henry Aschner: United States

Henry Aschner: United States

Title: Nine-banded Armadillo

Description: Many of my creatures are southwest inspired, sometimes known as spirit animals. This is my polymer clay armadillo sculpture. The armadillo represents a heightened sense of awareness, security and strength in folklore.

A base clay figure is sculpted over armature wire and foil for initial shape, then fired. The millefiori tiles are placed over the base sculpture, smoothed and fired again. I then sand and buff using wet sanding and micromesh to a 12,000 grit for a super-smooth finish. These millefiori canes were made just for this sculpture, and this armadillo represents many hours of work.

List of Materials: Polymer Clay, armature wire, taxidermist glass eyes

Dimensions: 5” x 6” x 13”

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Henry Aschner: United States

Henry Aschner: United States

Title: Barn Owl

Description: Many of my creatures are southwest inspired, sometimes known as spirit animals. This is my whimsical polymer clay barn owl sculpture. Wise and mystic, the barn owl has a classic heart-shaped face and piercing eyes looking through you.

A base clay figure is sculpted over armature wire and foil for initial shape, then fired. The millefiori tiles are placed over the base sculpture, smoothed and fired again. I then sand and buff using wet sanding and micromesh to a 12,000 grit for a super-smooth finish. My process represents many hours for each sculpture.

List of Materials: Polymer Clay, armature wire, taxidermist glass eyes

Dimensions: 4” x 4” x 7”

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Kelly Hoffman: United States

Kelly Hoffman: United States

“A Bird’s Eye View”

16″ x 16″

My sculptures usually include a “found” or discarded object. For this piece it was a silver plated teapot. At the same time, seeing crows in my neighborhood inspired me to create one out of polymer clay. I imagined putting the two forms together, the life size crow and the teapot. Making several sketches, the concept and design for how to physically connect them came together.

The landscape image created on the teapot builds a narrative for the sculpture while the curved branches suggest mystery and movement.

The crow has a cardboard and wood armature with a polymer veneer. The branches are made from extruded polymer which were then coiled over formed wire. The silver plated teapot was sprayed with a paint primer and then was covered with a polymer veneer. Lastly, a wash of acrylic paint was brushed over the entire piece.

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Fran Abrams: United States

Fran Abrams: United States

Title:  Abstract Influences

Dimensions (not counting frame): 12″ x 16″

Materials used: Polymer clay, fabric, pre-stretched canvas, glue

Description: I create polymer work that hangs on the wall. My work uses polymer clay glued on canvas that I have covered with fabric to bring out the color of the work.  The clay design is created using the tapestry technique that I learned from Carol Zilliacus (deceased). I use Premo clay for its strength and flexibility.  The black lines are applied over the design layer.  I enjoy pushing the clay to see what colors can be blended successfully and seeing how the clay can be used sculpturally as well as flat on the canvas. In this piece, my intent was to evoke abstract art and the lines in work such as that of Kandinsky.

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Fran Abrams: United States

Fran Abrams: United States

Title:  Hanging Around

Dimensions (not counting frame): 8″ x 10″

Materials used: Polymer clay, fabric, pre-stretched canvas, glue

Description: I create polymer work that hangs on the wall. My work uses polymer clay glued on canvas that I have covered with fabric to bring out the color of the work.  The clay design is created using the tapestry technique that I learned from Carol Zilliacus (deceased).  I use Premo clay for its strength and flexibility.  In this piece, the design has been cut and then assembled with spaces between the sections. It was baked over a rope of clay to provide the shape. I enjoy pushing the clay to see what colors can be blended successfully and seeing how the clay can be used sculpturally as well as flat on the canvas. In this piece, my intent was to create a sense of joy and ease.

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Fran Abrams: United States

Fran Abrams: United States

Title:  Knotted

Dimensions (not counting frame): 12" x 12"

Materials used: Polymer clay, fabric, pre-stretched canvas, glue

Description:  I create polymer work that hangs on the wall. My work uses polymer clay glued on canvas that I have covered with fabric to bring out the color of the work.  The clay design is created using the tapestry technique that I learned from Carol Zilliacus (deceased).  I use Premo clay for its strength and flexibility.  In this piece, the ribbon is gold clay that has been textured with sandpaper. I enjoy pushing the clay to see what colors can be blended successfully and seeing how the clay can be used sculpturally as well as flat on the canvas. In this piece, my intent was to take advantage of the alluring combination of red and gold to evoke a sense of love and love's never straight path.

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Marisol Ross: United States

Marisol Ross: United States

“Walk Off Grand Slam”

16″ L x 20″ W

polymer clay, italian glass, metallic powder, grout & acrylic on wood.

“Walk off Grand Slam” depicts New York Yankee, Mark Texeira’s dramatic come from behind grand slam win at home over the rivalry Boston, Red Sox. Fellow team mate, Bret Gardner gives Mark the cutomary, come from behind, game winning, Gatorade bath. Mark retired that year, making that exciting moment unforgetable.

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