Collaboration of Strengths : Polymer Clay meets Metal

Its probably what we all strive for : strength, flexibility, lightness, longevity and colorful expressiveness. This might sound like the introduction to a yoga practice but for me this describes the combined strengths of two mediums: polymer clay and metal when used in jewelry.

I will share the varied ways that we have used polymer veneer techniques that started with furniture and lighting and have now evolved with the help of metal into jewelry and even sculpture. Overarching this will be a discussion of process. How do we use all that we know to launch into new directions. How do we move beyond the limitations of one material and combine it with another to explore new territory? How do we as artists find our voice, take risks, develop our artistic practice and expression in this journey?

Presenter: Bonnie Bishoff

Bonnie Bishoff & J.M. Syron

Bonnie Bishoff & J.M. Syron


Bonnie Bishoff has been collaborating with her partner J.M. Syron in the design and making of furniture since 1987. Early in their career they started to explore the use of  polymer clay as a decorative surface and have continued to develop the use of this medium for over 20 years. Their application of the material has been most unique ranging from tiles and sculptural elements to light shades and most recently large painterly, marquetry veneers. Most recently Bonnie has begun to explore her marquetry technique on a smaller scale with jewelry pieces that combine polymer with carved wood, and silver. Their work has been exhibited in galleries, craft shows and museums across the country and abroad. They have had the honor of exhibiting their work at the likes of the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show as well as SOFA Sculptural
Objects and Functional Art. Most recently the Racine Museum of Art acquired one of their pieces for their permanent collection.








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