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Emerging Artists - Mixed Media

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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"

Emerging Artists - Functional Containers

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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)."

Applicant Artists - Functional Containers

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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.

Applicant Artists - Mixed Media

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Georg Dinkel

Georg Dinkel

Day of Judgement

The Day of Judgement is a peep box about mind control and virtual reality. It is consisting of a wooden box with a big, flat magnifying screen, through which the viewer sees the stage setting.

The Major Judge is placed in the middle on a pedestal. He is a knight in shining armor equipped with a data helmet, a data glove on his left and a magic beamer in his right hand. He takes his power from a tapped and infected heart in the tower below him.

The twelve Grand Jury members are brain-controlled human heads placed on choir stalls. They are tied to a parasite worm in a bell jar.
The defendant with ball and chain is kneeing on a iron pedestal in front of the judge.

The peep box has a 24“x18“ fresnel screen which gives a artificial (and weird!) three-dimensional view of the scene inside. A lot of LED lights and mirrors on the walls and ceiling enhance this impression.
The lights and an ambient noise with sound effects will start after money is put in a coin slot.

( However I really tried, the 3D effect can’t be photographed, so I took one picture of the whole box with the stand and one of the interior without the screen.)

Size of the Box: LxBxH 95x60x75cm ( 38“x24“x30“)
Box with stand: H 185cm (73“)
(heavy)

EvaMarie	Törnström

EvaMarie Törnström

Na Pali Coast

Hawaii is paradise on earth – but Hawaii is also magnificient and wild. When I visited Hawaii this year in April I was madly inspired by the nature, the waterfalls, the colors and the wildlife. The most impressive and scenic part was the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai. The first time I saw the breathtaking scenery was from a helicopter where I could came right up to the cliffs with the blue sea with its white waves deep below. Next day I saw the Na Pali coast when we passed it with the cruising ship Pride of America. When I came home I knew I hade to make myself a very special memory. I decided to make a three-dimensional ”painting” with polymer clay on ordinary black canvas to show the structure of these old volcanoes and how the lava slowly have been floating down, creating these amazing shapes that you still can see, even if the lava stream now are cold and have been transformed into black stone. Sometimes my tears are falling when I create, and while creating these three pieces, I cried more than I have ever done before – listening to the soft Hawaiian folk music.

Linda Leach

Linda Leach

Feathers

Inspired by the gift of a labradorite cabochon from an artist friend, Feathers incorporates the lovely blues & golds of this unusual stone that shifts color with the light. Starting with a frame of brass strips and brass wire, the piece is then filled in with ultra-light Sculpey. During this process a copper plate which was hand drawn with double circles and stripes is etching in a bath of Ferric Chloride.

The Etching Alternative© veneer is made with liquid clay and alcohol inks in layers on the etched copper plate. Once the veneer is ready, it is cut to fit into the frame made by the brass strips and wire. A Mokume Gane veneer is fit into the remaining spots and on the clasp. The labradorite cabochon is adhered to the center of the pendant and surrounded by strips of gold clay. After baking the entire piece is assembled using brass jump rings.

Length of necklace: 23”

Pendant: 5” x 3”
Madlen Leitman

Madlen Leitman

Raspberry Gift

Materials: leather, backing polymerclay
The leather purse of handwork is decorated by fragrant berries of raspberry, the main thing not to eat them :)

Debbie Crothers

Debbie Crothers

Champagne Crab

How delicious is the delicate meat of a crab? We savour the flavour and marvel at the amount of luscious white meat in each claw. And when we’re done, those large, strong claws end up in compost or land fill somewhere. So let me take those claws and breath new life into them. Let me surround them with colourful goodness and let me show off their true beauty once again. Creating a MM, sculptural artwork in the shape of a necklace tells the story of my journey and my personal joy in creating bespoke jewellery pieces. Each polymer and MM component has been created as a stand alone element but when arranged together creates an artistic, symbolic neckpiece.

Materials used: Polymer clay, real crab claws and crab leg components, real coral, Tyvek paper, Swarovski beads and crystals, copper artistic wire, foils.

Size: 32cm wide x 39cm high

Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell

“Horta Culture”

Dimensions: necklace length- 23 ½”, dimensions of larger scroll element- 4 3/1/4” x 3”

Materials used: polymer, geode slices, wire, and metal clasp

Techniques: canes, cane veneer, hand sculpting, sandwich construction

The civilized world takes many twists and turns as it snakes its way toward overtaking natural (or alien) worlds. Inspired by the human drive for expansion in new lands, and their interaction with a silicon-based alien, the initial impression is one of hostility. An early encounter stirs up fear of the unknown, evoking the tribal instincts of the humans and sharp edged reaction of the alien. With an effort by the two entities to communicate and bond in unexpected ways, the experience eventually turns to a harmonious coexistence with discovery of common elements.

Applicant Artists - Non-functional Sculpture and Hanging Art

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Ken Reed

Ken Reed

What we salvaged after this morning's troubles

I was experimenting with forming polymer clay over a plaster life mask of myself. The first attempt cracked badly. I was subsequently able to make the technique work, but I wanted to put the “failed” attempt to use. I did a polymer version of the Japanese kintsugi ceramic repair technique, and liked the results.

Premo, gold liquid clay, cloth, wire. 7"w x 48"h x 4"h

EvaMarie	Törnström

EvaMarie Törnström

Banyan Tree Horse

In April this year I visited Hawaii for the first time in my life. It was one of the most wonderful and greatest experiences in my life. This visit made a total change of my way of thinking and from now a part of my soul will always be Hawaii – Aloha and Mahalo. One of the amazing signature trees of the Hawaiian islands is the banyan tree. This very special sort of fig tree made a great impression on me. These trees are characterized by aerial prop roots that mature into thick, woody trunks, which can become indistinguishable from the primary trunk with age. The most impressive banyan tree I saw was located in the Courthouse Sqare in Lahaina in Maui. It is the largest banyan tree in the United States. When I studied the winding and twisting branches and roots I saw that this could also be seen as a horse. So i created one. A banyan horse.

Lorrene Baum-Davis

Lorrene Baum-Davis

Raven Wannabe (No 27)

This whimsical creature has high hopes of becoming stronger and bolder. Not human nor a raven, but something in between.

Can you hear him think…? “When I grow up….?”

He has the combination of the human spirit going forward and the innocence of a woodland creature. His mask indicates his dreams…. As we humans dress the role.

He is created out of polymer clay over spun cotton armatures, craft wire, oil paints and acrylic details. The textures on the surface were made by my own hand-carved polymer feather stamps.

He is Number 27 in my one of a kind whimsy ornaments.
LaLa	 Ortiz

LaLa Ortiz

El Corazón de El Yunque (The Heart of the Rainforest)

Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika

Love Grows Here

This sculptural piece contains an anatomical heart that I created using a mold I made from a ceramic heart I found in Mexico. Many of my pieces show the influence that my travels to Mexico have had on my work. I often use sacred hearts as a traditional symbol but here the anatomical heart brings more personal meaning. Vines and flowers grow out of the heart muscle while a bird nests atop, symbols of rebirth and regeneration. The Latin banner that wraps the heart says, Art for Art's Sake and speaks to my passion for creating for the pure joy of it.

Wood substrate, polymer clay, jewelry parts, found objects. 3.5 x 7 x 4 inches

Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika

The Hand of Mysteries

Inspired by the art of alchemy, I enjoyed adding my own symbols to the hand, though I didn't stray far from the original alchemical symbols that depict the transformation of man into god, the apotheosis. It is also sometimes referred to as The Hand of the Masons because it was a secretive tradition among Masons and was used as an opportunity to learn secret knowledge. It was said that in deciphering these symbols that divine power and regeneration was brought to the one who received this honor. I used astrological symbols and added the all seeing eye in the center of the hand which floats on a black background etched with navigational lines.

Wood substrate, polymer clay and found objects. The eye was hand painted on a limpet shell. 6 x 11 inches

Fran Abrams

Fran Abrams

Turquoise Splash - polymer sculpture

This piece is created entirely of polymer clay. It began with the creation of a solid-colored cuff that was baked just long enough to make it stable. I then created a piece of clay "fabric" that I draped and arranged over the edges of the cuff to give the illusion of folded fabric caught at a moment in time. The entire piece is then baked.

For more than 15 years, I have been working with clay that looks like fabric . I have applied pieces of fabric-like clay to canvas to create work that hangs on the wall. The pieces in this application, and others in a similar vein, represent a new approach to creating faux fabric sculptures. People seeing them for the first time often want to try to lift the "fabric" off of the supporting structure.

Ken Reed

Ken Reed

The Crown of Love

Inspired by the song of the same name by Arcade Fire.

The crown is in the form of an ancient Greek boar’s tusk helmet which readies the wearer for the Battle of Love.

The crown is ringed by twelve square panels with illustrations of various aspects of love, under red glass, bursting thru. On top, a hand holding a heart emerges from a golden egg, amid the swirl of tusks. Cheek panels and chin strap complete the helmet.

Premo, glass, digital images, cord, egg and cardboard forms
9"l x 7"w x 10"h

Deb Hart

Deb Hart

Armadillo on the Town

Joyce Cloutman

Joyce Cloutman

Saint Nick of Assisi, North Pole

After an exhausting trip around the world, Nick loves coming home to the uncondtional love of all the animals that he and the elves share at the North Pole. Saint Nick and Maxx graciously agreed to pose for me. Sculpted from polymer clay around a foil and wire armature finished with a patina of oil paint and pastels then embelished with tiny jingle bells standing at six and one half inches tall.

Ken Reed

Ken Reed

The Hermit

Face of an old man emerging from a nautilus shell, the beard extending like tentacles.

Inspired by a Medieval margin illustration of a rabbit jousting while riding a snail with an old man’s head (from The Breviary of Renaud de Bar, Metz, 1302).

Premo, Inka Gold, aluminum foil core. 7"l x 3"w x 4.5"h

Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika

Shoe Shrine

In Mexico, one can often find many objects that are covered in Milagros. Milagros, meaning miracle, are small metal charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and are often attached to altars, shrines and sacred objects as a way of giving thanks for an answered prayer. My shoe shrine is an homage to this tradition. I took a vintage shoe form and covered it with polymer clay and then made many of my own milagros out of polymer. This votive offering is for my husband who is healing from foot issues!

Wood shoe form, polymer clay, milagro's, jewelry parts, found objects, charms. 7.5 x 3 inches

601 AA NSHA 2b

601 AA NSHA 2b

Peppermint Puddle, polymer sculpture

This piece is created entirely of polymer clay. It began with the creation of a solid-colored cuff that was baked just long enough to make it stable. I then created a piece of clay "fabric" that I draped and arranged over the edges of the cuff to give the illusion of folded fabric caught at a moment in time. The entire piece is then baked.

For more than 15 years, I have been working with clay that looks like fabric . I have applied pieces of fabric-like clay to canvas to create work that hangs on the wall. The pieces in this application, and others in a similar vein, represent a new approach to creating faux fabric sculptures. People seeing them for the first time often want to try to lift the "fabric" off of the supporting structure.

Claire Fairweather

Claire Fairweather

POPPY

This mosaic picture of a poppy interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of war. In the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, artificial poppies are worn on Remembrance Day or ANZAC Day, to commemorate those who bravely died in war. Poppies bloomed in between trench lines and ‘No Man’s Land’ on the Western Front, due to the extreme ground disturbance in warfare during World War 1. This is because the poppy is a coloniser, an annual plant that boldly goes forward, spreading itself by growing on disturbed ground.

Polymer clay mosaic on MDF board with acrylic paste for grout. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm)

LaLa Ortiz

LaLa Ortiz

Ode to Ernst

Ann Mitchell

Ann Mitchell

Title: Fallen Flower

Dimensions: Polymer clay wall art, 9 ¼” H x 7 ¼” W

To Boldly Go….Fallen Flower is a complete departure from my day to day polymer clay jewelry work. For inspiration I perused the many photos I have taken of flowers in botanical gardens. I wanted the look of a painting with three-dimensional form, a flower with stamens still reaching for the sky. The mosaic background has the feel of the ground and other plants blurred by the camera lens when the flower is in focus. Wall piece is done in a combination of solid and liquid polymer clay, with toothpick armature in the stamens.

Georg Dinkel

Georg Dinkel

The Rat Ship ( Das Rattenschiff)

The Rat Ship was inspired by a nef. A nef is an extravagant table ornament and container used in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, made of precious metals in the shape of a ship. If not just used for decoration, it could hold salt, spices, cutlery, or even napkins.

The only member of the Rat Ship’s crew is the helmsman, who has a mechanical device for creating a current of air used to move the ship and two control sticks to navigate his track-laying vehicle.

The cargo is a pack of (maybe infected) rats to be brought to new territories.

I used a thin metal armature for the ship’s body and wood and thread to stabilise the mast. The rest is made of polymer clay and metal powders.

Size: LxBxH 40x30x18cm ( 16"x12"x7“)

EvaMarie	Törnström

EvaMarie Törnström

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band with lyrics that mostly is about Viking mythology and history. When I saw them att Sweden’s biggest Music Festival Bråvallafestivalen in the summer of 2016 the very powerful music challenged my mind to create an explosive and powerful Viking horse that with the help of a fierce raven (a very important bird in Norse mythology) kind of exploded out from a pit of ferocious snakes, that also looked like flames from a fire. Even if I liked the concert, I had to leave, I had to find my way out of the enthusiastic crowd to get some paper and a pencil to make the first sketches. For almost a year I have been afraid of creating this sculpture because of the risk that it should not express power and boldness in the way I wanted it to. Now here it is…