I Heart Polymer Clay: Elissa Powell
Elissa Powell is best known for her “Elissahearts” – cheerful, brightly colored polymer clay hearts made with a wide variety of surface techniques, like the “Mosaic Cane”. Elissa shared those techniques through her free tutorials, which are still available today at the PC Polyzine and Polymer Clay Central websites. In so doing, she passed on a love for softly rounded hearts covered in a “Chrysanthemum Cane”, a look which became synonymous with her name.
When asked what motivated her to choose a heart over other shapes, she replied, “There's their versatility, sensuous simplicity, yet endless variability - but primarily, it's their universal message. My mother loved and collected hearts, and apparently I've inherited that passion from her, though I've taken it to a greater extreme!” Elissa published a great tutorial for making beautifully shaped, symmetrical hearts in her “E-Z Heart Lesson”.