Susan Crocenzi

Location

Carmichael, California

United States

About the Artist

Mixed-media, mosaic, and polymer clay have been central in my art practice for over a decade. They stand by me in good times and bad, these chunks of glass and polymer clay slabs. I've traveled many parts of the globe teaching my techniques for incorporating polymer clay into mixed-media tempered glass art. My work has been featured in several polymer clay blogs and books as well as mosaic-related publications. A Native Northern Californian, I love swimming in lakes and rivers, kayaking, bird-watching, space, solo road-tripping, french bakeries, and my dog. 

Websites

http://www.scmosaics.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MosaicTutorials

2021 Exhibition Images

Four Portals

Four Portals

23 x 10"

Polymer clay, ceramic tile, mirror

This is a hanging art sculpture. Both inner and outer O portals swing/rotate in relation to each other. The inner and outer surfaces of both portals are covered with polymer clay. The out-facing sides are covered with ceramic tile and mirror.

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Hanging mosaic sculpture having two parts, each an irregular oval shape

Four Portals (Component detail)

Four Portals (Component detail)

Larger component: 23 x 10"

Polymer clay, ceramic tile, mirror

This is a hanging art sculpture. Both inner and outer O portals swing/rotate in relation to each other. The inner and outer surfaces of both portals are covered with polymer clay. The out-facing sides are covered with ceramic tile and mirror.

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Two irregular oval, multi-colored mosaic rings

Satellite

Satellite

10 x 10"

Handmade polymer clay tiles, mirror, and stained glass

Wall-hanging

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Mosaic wall hanging having a circular focal point with radiating elements

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Diane Honegger

Location

Citrus Heights, California

United States

About the Artist

I am a life-long oil landscape painter turned polymer clay artist in 1991 under the influence of Nan Roche's book The New Clay. Fimo was too difficult to work with, so I abandoned my attempts until several years later with the release of the much-easier Premo and the onslaught of books, videos, and live instruction available from major artists. Life interruptions and dramas confounded my free time, but I stayed in touch with it vicariously, playing whenever I could and taking live instruction when possible. In 2003, I discovered a polymer clay group that eventually became Clayville California Polymer Clay Guild, to which I still belong today. Now, long-time retired and recently widowed, I have had time, over the past 5 years, to concentrate on becoming more proficient and finding a direction to which I can commit. The variety of possibilities with trinket boxes has captured my attention and excites my creativity. I have no doubt that it will consume me for the remainder of my years.

2021 Exhibition Images

Treasure Keeper

Treasure Keeper

3.5 x 3.5"

Polymer clay covered tin

Polymer clay Mokume Gane technique and metallic clay over metal tin container.

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Round box in a multi-colored marbled pattern and gold with tall legs in the shape of feathers and a lid

Treasure Keeper (View 2)

Treasure Keeper (View 2)

3.5 x 3.5"

Polymer clay covered tin

Polymer clay Mokume Gane technique and metallic clay over metal tin container.

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Round box in a multi-colored marbled pattern and gold with tall legs in the shape of feathers and a lid

Treasure Keeper (View 3)

Treasure Keeper (View 3)

3.5 x 3.5"

Polymer clay covered tin

Polymer clay Mokume Gane technique and metallic clay over metal tin container.

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Round box in a multi-colored marbled pattern and gold with tall legs in the shape of feathers and a lid

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Barbara McGuire

Location

Mars Hill, North Carolina

United States

About the Artist

Barbara McGuire has been working in Polymer for over 30 years, beginning in San Francisco as a licensed Street Artist. In 1990 she became introduced to polymer via early exhibits and ultimately ended up being the marketing director for the first importer of FIMO. Subsequently, Barbara developed products for the polymer industry through EberHard Faber and Polyform as well as authored over 10 books. Her stamps can be found online, and she offers free video tutorials on Youtube. Barbara teaches private and semiprivate classes in Mars Hill, NC at Mars Landing Galleries and via Zoom.

Websites

https://womancreativeconnection.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/artsource

2021 Exhibition Images

The Gathering

The Gathering

36" long

Polymer, ceramic, copper metal clay, lamp work disks

The spontaneity of Mokume Gane has delighted artisans over centuries and it always 'speaks'. There are many messages in art from the soul. This is a coming together.

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 Pendant of square and round shapes with abstract multi-colored designs on a metal chain

Playing Wild

Playing Wild

36" long

Polymer, lamp work, brass

Playable Jewelry. here is 22kt gold embedded in the mokume gane and the face is polymer millefiori. The 'wonky' glasswork adds sound to the movement. This work offers an interactive integrated 'slide' feature. It's fun to wear!

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Polymer clay pendant with serveral beads including a face, strung vertically and hanging on a metal chain

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

2" to 4"

Polymer clay

If I let myself go, it flows. I think these pieces make themselves.

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Group of beads with faces, hearts, spirals and other geometric designs

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Phil Porter

Location

Oakland, California

United States

About the Artist

Phil Porter is an artist, craftsperson, polymer enthusiast, improviser, teacher, graphic designer and writer. He is co-creator of the InterPlay philosophy/practice, and co-director of the non-profit organization Body Wisdom, Inc. He has been making art jewelry using polymer intensely for the past four or five years. He is a Hoosier by birth (born in Indiana), and has lived in Oakland, California for a long time.

Websites

https://philporterartjewelry.com/

2021 Exhibition Images

Bright Petal Necklace

Bright Petal Necklace

24" long

Polymer clay

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Necklace with a gradient of yellow, pink, red, and magenta stylized petals each having a contrasting dot near the end

Patterns in Gray Necklace

Patterns in Gray Necklace

18.5" long

Polymer clay, Apoxie clay

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Necklace of flat, circular discs, each with a bent, cicular disc mounted on it; all the discs with a variety of white to dark grey geometric patterns

Blue-Striped Geometric Necklace

Blue-Striped Geometric Necklace

22" long

Polymer clay

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Neclace of quadrilateral pieces, each having a part with multi-colored chevrons and a part with a speckled blue background and a yellow circle

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Rhonda Foster

Location

Hillsdale, MI

United States

About the Artist

Rhonda Foster is a lifelong resident of Hillsdale County, MI. She currently resides at a beautiful woodland paradise west of Hillsdale. Rhonda is a self-taught artist and creates whimsical and realistic sculptures and wall art using Sculpey products. Rhonda began working with polymer clay in 1987. In 2012 and 2015 she was a participant in ArtPrize Grand Rapids entering large jungle and seascape pieces. Rhonda has been an instructor in the Polymer Clay Creative Experience for several years teaching all ages from 3 to 93. She is the author and illustrator of a children's book, "What Does The Monkey Know" which she has shared with children in all of the Hillsdale County schools. The illustrations were made from polymer clay scenes from the 2012 ArtPrize entry. Rhonda has been a past president of ArtWorks, the arts council for Hillsdale County and a past vice president of the Hillsdale County Art Guild. She was the president of Gallery 49 Artists Co-op for 11 years and is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association.

2021 Exhibition Images

Aphrodite's Passion

Aphrodite's Passion

10" diameter

Sculpey, glass and pearl bead on metal base

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 Multi-colored bowl with silver-colored metal legs & purple & pink floral elements with pearl centers around the rim

Morning Flight

Morning Flight

9 x 12"

Sculpey on tile

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 Scene of snow-capped mountains with pine trees, a partly cloudy sky, and a sillouetted bird with long wings

Spellbound

Spellbound

9"h x 7"w x 6"d

Sculpey, quartz and mica powder

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 Sculpture of a wizard with a long, white beard in a purple robe and hat holding a staff with a lantern in one hand and a book in the other.

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Sarah Wilbanks

Location

Seattle, Washington

United States

About the Artist

I started making art as a little girl. It's been an amazing outlet and a great extension of my creativity. By High School I was still making 2D art. I, kind of by accident, started making my first line of jewelry made from wire. 

Some time later in 2002, I  started working as a Metalsmith. I set images into my metal frames and bezels. I focused primarily on the metal design and construction with polymer being almost an afterthought. After many years of this type of work I started longing to make something different. 

Several years ago after a couple of classes with Cynthia Toops I started to explore polymer. After a lot of experimentation I started to fall in love with the medium. Now I work primarily with polymer. It's been a huge shift but a happy one. 

The type of metalwork I was doing required a lot of planning and steps to get the outcome I wanted whereas polymer feels more fluid, to me at least. I have found that having a background in working with metal has informed how I approach polymer. I see it as something to build with as well as shape or mold. 

Websites

http://www.sarahwilbanksjewelry.com

https://www.sarahwilbanksjewelry.com/shop

2021 Exhibition Images

Untitled Necklace #1

Untitled Necklace #1

3.5 x .75 x .75" on 21" chain

Translucent polymer, silver leaf, sterling silver, sterling silver chain

Molded cups hanging above molded and gilded shaft.

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Pendant of translucent clay cups and oblong bead on a metal chain

Untitled Necklace #2

Untitled Necklace #2

4 x 1.5 x 1.5" on 21" chain

Translucent polymer, silver leaf, gold leaf, sterling silver, sterling silver chain

Two molded caps with molded and gilded petals with protrusions.

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Pendant of rods and leaf shapes coming out of a cupped cap

Untitled Brooch

Untitled Brooch

2 x 2 x .75"

Translucent polymer, silver leaf, sterling silver, image transfers

Molded layers over two gilded shells.

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Brooch of slices of clay in white and translucent clay

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Amy Short

Location

Moon Township, Pennsylvania

United States

About the Artist

Amy is a ceramic sculptor who grew up in Central New York. She works primarily in terracotta and polymer clay. Her work explores themes like humanity's impact on our environment, the human figure, self-esteem, and themes of motherhood. Through her art she tries to understand how humans affect our physical and psychological worlds. Amy grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Living in such close proximity to nature, filled her life with a deep appreciation of nature and animals and a strong desire to protect the very environment that brought her such joy. 

When Amy became a mother her desire to protect and preserve our environment along with her children's' emotional well being became stronger than ever. Her hope is to create a discussion about what we value as humans and draw attention to how our actions have an impact on those around us and on our world. She holds two bachelor's degrees one in French, the other in Fine Art with a concentration in Sculpture. She also spent time in Europe studying French and painting. You can currently find Amy creating in her studio with her spoiled dog at her feet.

Website

http://amyshortart.com/

2021 Exhibition Images

Birth of Venus

Birth of Venus

11 1/2"h x 12"w x 11"d

Polymer clay, paints, stains, waxes

I'm inspired by the intelligence, flexibility and color changing ability of octopuses. The care of our oceans also inspired this piece of a woman understanding the love and importance of this sea creature.

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 Sculpture of a woman holding an octapus

Diminished Protection

Diminished Protection

13"h x 12 1/4"w x 9"d

Polymer clay, wood, paints and stains

With many of my pieces I play with the idea of size and importance. The idea of humans being bigger and somehow more important than an elephant creates the idea that we must care for them and try and prevent their extinction.

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 Boy holding a small elephant that is looking back at him

The Weight of the Ocean

The Weight of the Ocean

13"h x 12"w x 8"d

Polymer clay, paint and stains

Playing once again with the idea of size and importance I am taking on the pollution of our ocean and the affect it has on the animals. Though the whale is smaller in size it is still incredibly heavy for the boy to hold indicating the weight and necessity to end plastic pollution.

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 Boy holding a small whale

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