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Applicant Artists: Nonfunctional Containers and Hanging Art 2018

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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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Applicant Artists: Mixed Media 2018

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Donna Greenberg: United States

Donna Greenberg: United States

WEDGEWOOD WAVE-Mixed Media wall piece

Wedgewood Wave is a new direction incorporating cut paper along with polymer to augment my interest in bas relief and classical craft forms such as decorative plaster work, cameos and even Wedgewood pottery. The piece also pushes past what we usually expect by mixing design metaphors such as realistic clay leaves that transform into classical paper scrollwork and pairing it with clay flora that still feels more naturalistic. Movement and thrust is the over riding theme as the wave of scroll work grows up and out of the bottom leaf forms then lifts off the base, creating a band shell effect and curling into the spray of flora. It’s a tempest that could easily feel out of control but maintains a sense of calm do to the soft pencil drawing techniques and color washes in a limited palette. I also created a hand drawn and painted pattern in the back ground to continue the scrolling wave theme and anchor all the diverse elements.

Wedgewood Wave Materials – Ultralight polymer, Arches cold press paper, Acrylic goache paints, Underwent water color pencils, Apoxie paste, oval stretched canvas base. Dimensions- 13 in. W x 17 in. H x 8 in. D

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Donna Greenberg: United States

Donna Greenberg: United States

TALKING ‘BOUT REGENERATION-Mixed Media wall piece.

Talking b’out Regeneration is an exploration in mixing organic materials with polymer that allows for equal importance between all the chosen elements. Regrowth is the main concept and enduring interest of mine as the organic polymer fungi, lichen and leaf like forms defiantly sprout from the natural woods that are in various stages of transition and decay. Whereas most of my work incorporates organic free form edges, I challenged myself to work with in a classical shadow frame box to see if I could keep the organic flow going while also attempting to break down the very frame, or wall as I began to see it . All the while keeping everything connected and unified. I built the laminated frame then carved and drilled areas to effect a worm eaten quality. The Locust wood panel is very dry and spongy and needed treatment to strengthen it from within. I painted the background flat black to float the natural woven bark paper on and to add a textural segue between the panel and painted surface. Adding polymer elements to the actual front of the frame also aided the regeneration theme as fungi can often be found growing and taking over man made creations.

Materials used- Ultralight polymer, Acrylic goache, carved and drilled laminated wood, locust tree bark panel, woven bark paper, apoxie paste. Dimensions- 12in.W x 17in.H x 2 ½ in D.  

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EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

Title: Exploring Energy

Description: The very creative process of this T-shirt was very interesting to me as I learned a lot while I went through a variety of stages with my sketches and my attempts to master the clay.

I knew from the beginning it would be a horse’s head, and I knew it would have a lot of color. In the beginning, I worked very purposefully for several months on various Sami patterns for braids and beads. But in the end, when I peeled off the complexity, simplified and clarified, I landed in something totally different and more stylistic, with inspiration from impressionism.

The intent of this T-shirt is to boost energy and power for the person who wears it. It brings a feeling that you have a lot within you and that you are allowed to let it shine – just like the horse does.

Materials used: Polymer clay, Dark blue T-shirt, hot glue

Dimensions: Height: 64 cm, Height: 64 cm

Linda Leach: United States

Linda Leach: United States

Title: Lotus Garden

The Lotus Garden started with a hand etched copper plate which was used to create a liquid polymer clay veneer that was hand painted using oil paint and liquid clay. Another etched copper plate was created for the lotus leaf and alcohol ink added for color. The lotus blossom was inserted into a copper strip frame and wired to the copper leaf. Peridot drops were encased in polymer clay and attached to the pendant with covered wire. The entire pendant was strung with faceted citrine beads and freshwater pearls.

Materials: Etched copper, Etching Alternative veneer, liquid polymer clay, alcohol ink, oil paint, copper wire, copper strips, Peridot drops, faceted citrine beads, freshwater pearls.

Necklace measures 7”wide x 26” long.

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Laura Tabakman: United States

Laura Tabakman: United States

Title: Mardi Gras

Materials: Polymer clay, steel wire, sewing thread and flooring materials.                 

Dimensions: This configuration is 20″x16″x 9″, but it could be arranged in different ways, changing the total size it occupies.

Description: The piece consists of 16 separate units built with polymer clay vessels (1/2″ to 1 1/2″ tall) suspended with steel wire on a flooring material. The vessels are balancing in away that a small breeze or just blowing on them makes them “dance”.

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Sarah Machtey: United States

Sarah Machtey: United States

Steampunk Pouch Necklace with Removable Magnifying Glass 

The front and back of the pouch are embossed aluminum from a soda can (inside you can see the original red and white exterior) with pearlex powders in liquid polymer filling the low areas to highlight the pattern. The top is a scrap strip of used copper from a renovation, embossed and then antiqued. The sides and bottom are polymer clay (Cernit) with mica powders (Pearlex). 

The removable magnifying glass is a vintage optometrist’s test lens. 

Also various chains, findings, and copper wire.

Approximate dimensions:   

Pouch/pendant 2″ x 4″ x 1″

Magnifying glass 1.5″ diameter 

Length from top of pouch to bottom of magnifying glass 7″ 

Chain 23″ 

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Nikolina Otržan

Nikolina Otržan

To boldly go where no cats have gone before... - collection

It's 2350 and cats decided it was a high time they started exploring the Universe themselves. They'd built their first Cruiser and off they went. Their first colony was in the Alpha quadrant. They wanted to keep close to Federation since they'd heard that they are creatures out there even scarier than humans, so they figured out it's better to stick to already known enemies.

And, of course, they wanted to get their hands on Federation's replicators, so they never had to worry about having enough food again. Next ship they built was a Napper. Napper's never gotten a replicator, but it had a huge supplies of catnip. By the way, catnip was a ticket if you wanted to visit those cats, they would never receive anybody without it. Once dog delegation came knocking without catnip. Cats let them in, took them hostages and made their relatives build them a brand new docking station. :) Then they built the Explorer. It's not that they really needed it, but some older cats were getting really fed up with those kittens constantly running around, so that was the perfect way to get rid of them. For a while, at least. And when they thought they can finally enjoy some peace and quiet, the Borg came. So they needed another ship… and another…“

All those pieces were made only out of polymer clay and they are completely hollow. Napper is also a brooch and Cruiser is a pendant. Cruiser has a little round about inside, so the cord is fed around it. Defender also has 2 round abouts, so basically it could be transformed into a pendant. Size wise, Cruiser measures 8x5 cm, Napper 9,5x3 cm, Explorer 11x2 cm, Defender 16x3 cm and the Docking station is 11x5x10.

Fiona Abel-Smith

Fiona Abel-Smith

One small step....one giant leap

Dreams of flight aren’t restricted to man, and preparing to take that first step into the unknown has called to many a soul. In this case, tales of wondrous dragons inspire a humble lizard to take to the skies. He builds a hang glider from twigs, leaves and petals ready to launch into the air, to boldly go where dragons went before. The top of the glider is covered in leaves, the bottom made up with a colourful array of petals, he clings on tight to the frame and takes that one small step. Made completely from Polymer Clay on a wired frame with a small hidden brick base for ballast, the whole piece is precariously balanced on one point, as the lizard takes that final step. The weight of the hang glider needed to be kept to a minimum in order to maintain the balance, but the overall feeling of launching off the stones was paramount.

The piece is 13 x 11.5 x 12 inches, (33 x 29 x 30cm).

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Yen Lotherington

Yen Lotherington

TREE OF LIFE

As a MM bas relief artist, I have worked predominantly with air dry clays, paper, wood and acrylic gels. Then some years ago, my daughter took an art class in polymer clay. I played with it a little with her but did not pursue it.

Then I noticed more and more pictures of beautiful polymer clay creations with very diverse finishes, posted on the internet. This piqued my interest so last year, I decided “to boldly go” with polymer clay.

My evolutionary “Tree of Life” is my first piece made substantially from this material. All of the 81 animals (except the ants, dragonfly and brittle star), are made from polymer clay.

As it was my first attempt with this medium, I made a small mountain of mistakes on my way to developing the final animals. It certainly was challenging but it was a very rewarding experience too.

I enjoy the amazing versatility of polymer clay and intend to work more in this medium in future.

Materials: Polymer Clay, Sukerukun Resin Clay, Coarse Pumice Gel, Pouring Gel, Glitter, Acrylic Paint Dimensions: 78cm X 58cm (31 inches X 23 inches)

幹子	伊鍋 (Masako Inabe)

幹子 伊鍋 (Masako Inabe)

Washi lamp

I used Japanese traditional craft paper "washi" and "wood"

Beverly Chesterby

Beverly Chesterby

Desert Driftwood Brooch #1

The Desert Driftwood jewelry features polymer clay with bits of weathered manzanita picked up on my hikes in the high desert foothills of central Arizona. I wanted to find a way to combine these delicious little wooden pieces with polymer clay and had that "ah-ha" moment when I saw pictures of painted sticks. Each piece offers an opportunity for an individual "design dialog." The wood pretty much is what it is and my job is to pay attention and see where it leads me.

Polymer Clay and Weathered Manzanita

3-1/4" x 1" x 1/2"

Beverly Chesterby

Beverly Chesterby

Desert Driftwood Brooch Pair

The two pieces of wood in this brooch pair are from the same old manzanita skeleton. In the arid high desert climate, the branches take many years to decompose. They just break into smaller and smaller pieces of very hard wood. These aren't broken to size, but were found together and just seemed to want to stay that way. They were in the morning shadow of an eleven foot granite "chimney" in our foothills that looks just like the figure of a pregnant woman. Her name is Eve and she is 1.735 billion (yes, with a "b") years old!

Polymer Clay and Weathered Manzanita

5-3/8" x 1/2" x 1/2" (each)

Beverly Chesterby

Beverly Chesterby

Desert Driftwood Brooch #3

What can I say? The weird design dialog with this stubby piece of manzanita amused me all along the way. It's not at all what I consider "my style," but it just seemed to want to turn out like this. I live in a remote mountainous off-grid location at the edge of the National Forest. While I haven't personally had any UFO sightings or been abducted by aliens or anything like that, this is exactly the kind of place you'd expect it. If this brooch looks a little "other worldly" it really isn't my fault. Just sayin'...

Polymer Clay, Weathered Manzanita, Mica Powder

4-1/4" x 1-1/2" x 3/4"

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Teresa Torba Stepp

Teresa Torba Stepp

Moon Glow Enchanted Moth Trinket/Treasure Box

Moon Glow Enchanted Moth Trinket/Treasure Box featuring a lovely majestic moth amidst a bounty of deep blue, green and purple polymer clay floral foliage. Elegantly accented with mosaic crystal beads and gems then lightly dusted in shimmering iridescent mica powders. This vintage Italian gilt wood box includes a hand sewn satin pillow adorned with a vintage Czech glass button.

Teresa Torba Stepp

Teresa Torba Stepp

Fairy Tale 'Happily Ever After' Trinket/Treasure Box

Fairy Tale 'Happily Ever After' Trinket/Treasure Box featuring a whimsical dragonfly amidst a golden backdrop surrounded by a field of deep purple and blue polymer clay floral scrolls. Finely jeweled with mosaic accent charms and crystals then finely dusted in shimmery mica iridescence. This vintage Italian gilt box includes a hand sewn Chinese brocade pillow adorned with a vintage Czech glass button.

Teresa Torba Stepp

Teresa Torba Stepp

River Rain Wooden Jungle Elephant Trinket/Treasure Box

River Rain Wooden Jungle Elephant Trinket/Treasure Box showcasing a hand sculpted polymer clay ornamental elephant embedded in a forest of deep green and purple polymer clay foliage further accented with mosaic charms and beads then finely dusted with shimmering iridescent mica powders. This hand stamped and stained wood box includes a hand sewn satin pillow with glass focal button.

Fiona Abel-Smith

Fiona Abel-Smith

Earth Flower Bowl

The Earth is a like a precious jewel, nestled in the centre of the universal flower. We need to care for her, and nurture her as, like the seeded centre of any flower, she is our future. The flower may appear dark, but is actually made up with a shimmering array of colours if you look deeply, and nestled in each unfurled petal are stars, shining with possibilities.

Cupping the bowl are tendrils of smooth flame, representing the bursts of warmth and light from the sun which keep the flower nourished and safe.

The whole piece is made with Polymer Clay. The ‘earth’ was made from 2 skinner blends using the Pietra Dura technique, (where individual little pieces of clay are inlaid into a clay background), as were the petals, and the anthers. All of the stars and the petal outlines were carved and drilled then backfilled. The piece is 8.5 inches diameter, and 2.5 inches high (21 x 5 cm)."

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Claire Fairweather

Claire Fairweather

CANDLE HOLDER

This candle holder interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of adventurous exploration. The simple figure is bold, climbing up the side of the container, not knowing what may be inside. As he peaks over the rim, there is a sense of danger, as he sees the flickering flame of the tea light candle within. Polymer retro canes cover the glass candle holder in a thin veneer, so the light within can shine through, where translucent colours have been used in the canes. The figure has been sculpted from white polymer and kept very simple so as not to detract from the pattern on the vessel. Polymer clay over glass candle holder.

Dimensions: 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) in diameter x 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) high

Linda Leach

Linda Leach

4 Petal Bowl

As with all my work I love experimenting with mixed materials. Taking the brass strips and hammering one edge produced a lovely curved edge for the “petals” of this bowl. The petals were then laced together with brass wire and filled in with scrap clay.

Black and white Etching Alternative© veneers were made from hand drawn etched copper plates and cut to fit both sides of each petal. An alizarin to red gradient was created to surround each panel and meld the bowl together. The bowl sits on a round of red clay. It’s very heavy with all the layers.

Measures 7 ½” round x 2 ¾” high

Kathryn Corbin

Kathryn Corbin

Pompeii Pentimento vase

Polymer clay, pastels

Height: 6”.

In exploring ways to enlarge the scale of vessels made entirely of polymer clay (not supported by or built over any other material or pre-existing form), I have discovered the potential of composite forms, in this case a half sphere and a cone. Because I prefer to work directly with a mixed bag of texture, carving, crackled pastel-colored veneers and applied color (cane bits, pastels, paint and alcohol markers) in very thin layers, I am able to treat the resulting form as a canvas for spontaneous design. To emphasize the fragmented appearance I was after, I worked with the colors of faded frescos and tones complimentary to the weeds and wildflowers that grow amid ruins.

Madlen Leitman

Madlen Leitman

Guiding Star

Lamp of 21 cm.

Materials: backing polymerclay, glass beads, paint, electric lamp

This magic lamp will please you at any time. Gentle transitions and tropical flowers will turn into the fairy tale of the playing fires at night.