About the Artist: Andrea Victoria Paradiso
Discovering the endlessly versatile medium of polymer clay in early 2012 prompted me to fulfill a childhood dream and become an artist by profession. I began with jewelry but quickly found I had a knack for sculpture. This led me to some very exciting and unexpected places. On my way to make make my dream a reality, I taught myself photography, became intimately acquainted with my IMac, learned the ins and outs of social media, resurrected my writing skills and, most importantly, connected to the wonderful community of polymer clay artists around the world. I won three top prizes in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2014 and 2016 clay competitions and am in the Gallery of Artist section of Marie Segal's book "The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide". Presently, I am working on my own projects and do commissions by request. This has proven to be a fascinating and multi-branched adventure which becomes richer with experience, new vistas to explore, old relationships to deepen and new ones to forge.
Votive LED light holder, app. 5" x 6". Premo polymer clay, sterling silver leaf inclusions, embossing powder, and Swarovski crystals on glass Mason jar. Genuine black onyx eyes for Scottie Terrier.
Outer jar was covered and decorated with textured tinted translucent polymer. Inner lid and bottom of jar were lined with textured polymer and a holder was built inside jar to hold a color-changing LED votive light. Textured polymer legs were added. Scottie Terrier was sculpted separately and attached to lid with E6000 adhesive. No molds or paints were used in this piece.
8" x 18" . Cernit translucent polymer clay with sterling silver leaf inclusions and Jacquard mica powders for flowers. Premo translucent polymer clay with sterling silver inclusions for water. Premo polymer clay for leaves and stems.
Flowers, leaves and water were sculpted separately and mounted on a gold-painted wooden board with E600 adhesive. No paints or molds were used in sculpting the polymer piece.