Liga Valge

Location

Ireland

About the Artist: Liga Valge

Liga Valge, designer maker behind Valg Studio specialises in simple, contemporary statement jewellery and sculptural wall art. Although self thought, Liga continues to master her craft by participating in international workshops always striving to bring her work to the next level. Her current collection Shadow and Light is inspired by Liga's close connection to nature. Need for change, connecting with nature and self care during the challenging time of pandemic are core pillars behind the new work.

Websites

http://www.valgstudio.com

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Element Series Fire Necklace

Element Series Fire Necklace

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Golden Bird

Golden Bird

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Melody

Melody

26cm x 26cm, Polymer clay

I was on my flight from Dublin to Riga at the end of Winter 2019 when an idea for this wreath or crown design started to form. I suppose thread has a symbolic meaning of connection. In the creation process, extruded polymer clay threads are twisted and aligned, mirroring our everyday thoughts; the invisible connections we make with nature, ourselves, family and community around us.

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Lesley Delia

Location

Huntington, New York
United States

About the Artist: Lesley Delia

Before devoting full time to creating functional aesthetic crafts, Lesley Magaril Delia, the artisan behind "Down the Road Designs",practiced law for over 35 years as a staff attorney with, and ultimately Director of, a public interest legal services program serving individuals struggling with mental health challenges. While juggling family and demanding career she reminded herself often that "down the road" she could someday retire and paint full time. One day she watched an accomplished polymer clay artist making a cane. Lesley started to experiment with polymer and was seduced by this remarkable, versatile medium and set to work to understand its behavior and all of its unique properties. Lesley retired from practicing law in 2014 and is finally "down the road". She refers to her current work as "claynting" ... painting with polymer clay. The first $1,000 of her sales each year are donated to "A is for Africa" to support education in a Massai village in Tanzania where she has volunteered time with her husband, teaching computers skills to teachers. Lesley is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association, the Art League of Long Island and the Long Island Craft Guild. She lives with her husband in Huntington, NY.

Websites

https://downtheroaddesigns.net

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Sing and Whisper

Sing and Whisper

Materials and description : Pardo on underside of 10" glass plate

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Pele's Gift

Pele's Gift

Premo and mica powder, druzy beads and titanium coated pyrite chip, 5" pendent. I created this piece after returning from Volcano National Park in Hawaii and discovering the hidden beauty of lava.

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Tranquility

Tranquility

Materials and description: Premo on underside of 10" glass plate

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Lenora Kandiner

Location

Princeton Junction, New Jersey
United States

About the Artist: Lenora Kandiner

Lenora Kandiner has been working in polymer since 1991, when she accidentally walked down the polymer clay aisle in an art supply store. She is a past board member of the NPCG and the International Polymer Clay Association. Her work was on the cover of the Polymer Clay 2000 Calendar and is included in 400 Polymer Clay Designs published by Lark Books.

Websites

http://www.lenorastudio.com

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Spring and Fall Ginkgo

Spring and Fall Ginkgo

These ginkgo neckpieces have become Lenora's signature. They are completely reversible and may be worn open or closed. They have hidden magnetic closures to allow them to be worn in various ways. The inspiration is being able to wrap a ginkgo branch around your neck. This particular piece has the coloration of spring ginkgo leaves on one side and fall on the other. Lenora is drawn to ginkgo because it is a survivor.

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Spring and Fall Ginkgo

Spring and Fall Ginkgo

These ginkgo neckpieces have become Lenora's signature. They are completely reversible and may be worn open or closed. They have hidden magnetic closures to allow them to be worn in various ways. The inspiration is being able to wrap a ginkgo branch around your neck. This particular piece has the coloration of spring ginkgo leaves on one side and fall on the other. Lenora is drawn to ginkgo because it is a survivor.

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Spring and Fall Ginkgo

Spring and Fall Ginkgo

These ginkgo neckpieces have become Lenora's signature. They are completely reversible and may be worn open or closed. They have hidden magnetic closures to allow them to be worn in various ways. The inspiration is being able to wrap a ginkgo branch around your neck. This particular piece has the coloration of spring ginkgo leaves on one side and fall on the other. Lenora is drawn to ginkgo because it is a survivor.

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Layl McDill

Location

Minneapolis , Minnesota
United States

About the Artist: Layl McDill

Layl McDill grew up in Gillette, Wyoming where she began creating everything from dollhouses to marionettes and even an entire “Smurf Village”. Layl received her BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art Design but after graduating she began to experiment with polymer clay using the technique of millefiori to create tiny images that appear with every slice. She has shown her sculptures all over the country at arts festivals, art centers, galleries and museums since 1994. She sells her canes as Silly Millies and loves to see her art becoming part of other’s art. During the pandemic she has started to teach classes on Zoom which has been a great way to connect with students all over the world!

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Results of Closet Cleaning During Quarantine

Results of Closet Cleaning During Quarantine

8"x12"x5". Found shoe, polymer clay, wire, glitter, beads. I was literally cleaning out my closet when I came across these shoes I had meant to repair for years. I almost threw them out and then I thought- why not cover it with clay? Then as I added to the piece it got very random and started to show the way I felt- kind of on the edge of sanity- during this challenging time.

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Some Kind of Mountain Royalty

Some Kind of Mountain Royalty

18"x12"x3". Polymer clay, glitter, wire.

The face is one of my drawings transferred to clay. Her dress becomes her setting and her relm she reins over. She seems serene and joyful nature and wildlife. She has many hidden millefiori details of tiny like a moon, flowers and butterflies.

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Birds on a Wire Teapot

Birds on a Wire Teapot

13"x8"x6" Polymer Clay, found teapot, wire

I love to find teapots and transform them into scenes, animals or other worlds. The teapot tells me what it wants to be as I create. This piece has millefiore bricks with tiny faces and animals around most of one side and tall grass of green millefiore designs on the otherside. The lid has telephone poles with tiny birds

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Laurie Mika

Location

Encinitas, California
United States

About the Artist: Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika is an artist, author and instructor. Over the last two and a half decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic and assemblage work using polymer clay has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile and found objects. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats. She has taught across the States as well as in France, Canada, Israel, Australia and Mexico. Laurie’s work has been published in countless magazines and books. She is the author of “Mixed Media Mosaics”, published by North Light Books in 2007. Laurie has appeared on both HGTV, the DIY Network and most recently she was featured on a new PBS series, Make It Artsy. Laurie’s work has been shown in galleries in San Diego, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles including La Luz de Jesus and the Hive Gallery. She is currently represented by Pop Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Laurie’s work hangs in private collections here and abroad.

Websites

http://www.mikaarts.com

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

20 x 16 inches. Polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, beads, charms, souvenirs, jewelry pieces and found objects. As a continued exploration of a theme, My Tree of Life, incorporates traditional iconography presented in a new way using modern materials. Using both polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt, I am able to fabricate works that incorporate the many found objects, bits, pieces and souvenirs I gleaned while traveling the world. This is a tree that symbolizes my life’s wanderings through the tiny tokens, amulets and treasures embedded throughout the branches, each with a story to tell of a particular time and place. As such, this narrative mosaic serves as a keeper of my memories of the past few decades.

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Our Lady of the Pandemic

Our Lady of the Pandemic

20 x 16 inches. polymer clay with image transfers, collage, jewelry pieces, charms and found objects. Lady of the Pandemic is part of a series of artworks called During the Pandemic that I began back in March when Covid was just taking hold as a way to “mark” this historic time. These pieces address the issues of isolation, staying home and mask wearing. Inspired by both Spanish colonial art and Medieval art, Saint Corona figures predominately into this body of work. I used the now-ubiquitous imagery of the virus in both the background behind her halo and also on her cloak. She is holding a crown (corona) in her clasped hands, a symbol of the coronavirus. Below this is a banner that says Memento Mori, an artistic reminder about the inevitability of death and that death comes to us all regardless of our station in life. In my work, Saint Corona is invoked as a symbol of protection.

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The Tarot Card, Justice

The Tarot Card, Justice

12 x 9 inches. polymer clay, handmade jewels, and found objects. This piece was created in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent social justice movement that aimed to address the systemic racism that has plagued our nation for centuries. This polymer mosaic presents this contemporary theme about racial inequality but the imagery is juxtaposed with Medieval iconographical elements. Using the tarot card justice, this female figure holds the scales of justice in one hand and a sword in the other, a symbol of balance and fairness in dispensing justice. When viewed upright, tarot cards have one meaning, in this case that justice will be served. When viewed in reverse, they have the opposing meaning which in this case would mean unfairness, bigotry and bias. As a symbol of hope and “justice for all”, my image is facing upright.

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Laura Tabakman

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

About the Artist: Laura Tabakman

I was born in Argentina, where my family and I lived until we moved to the US. I currently live and work in Pittsburgh. After exploring several media including photography, I discovered fiber arts and later polymer clay. I began working with polymer clay in 1995, making jewelry. The attraction to polymer clay comes from the versatility of the material. My current work integrates all my interests into jewelry, digital printing, mixed-media sculptures and installations. An award-winning studio artist, my work has been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and has been featured in books and magazines. I have been teaching in the US and abroad since 2005.

Websites

http://lauratabakman.com

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Marked field broch

Marked field broch

Polymer clay, steel wire, embroidery floss. 2.5" x 2.5"

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Flower Field

Flower Field

Polymer clay, steel wire and thread. Individual flowers around 4,5"x 1.5" x 0.5"

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Mobile

Mobile

Polymer clay, steel wire and thread. Individual flowers around 4,5"x 1.5" x 0.5"

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Laura LePere

Location

Tucson, Arizona
United States

About the Artist: Laura LePere

Studying archaeology and geology gave Laura a love of the outdoors. After college, she spent nearly 10 years living overseas and traveling, being immersed in other cultures. Always fond of animals, she more recently became a birder—now having seen over 800 species. With these varied experiences, it's no surprise that Laura has worked with many creative media. Professionally, she spent 8 years hand-drawing maps and 16 years as a website designer. Creativity for fun included textile arts, jewelry design, and mosaics. In 2008, she discovered polymer clay and it became a favorite medium. Later, she studied traditional 2-D art media—receiving a Certification in Nature Art in 2019 from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. She now teaches polymer clay classes there. Her recent work is often low-relief, polymer clay and mixed media wall pieces. Laura belongs to the Tucson Polymer Clay Guild, the International Polymer Clay Association, and the Southern Arizona Arts Guild. Her work has been exhibited in juried, invitational, and solo shows at diverse venues across Arizona and as far afield as Florida. She is extremely honored to have a piece in the permanent collection of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Websites

https://www.3larts.com


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Monster Emerging

Monster Emerging

Polymer clay, wire mesh, acrylic paint, glitter, and oil pastels over acrylic ink painting on clayboard; 14 x 11"

This Gila Monster lizard used to visit our house. He was a little over a foot long and the piece is close to life-size. Gila Monsters have bumps all over their bodies. Each bump was individually cut out with a micro cutter, applied, and shaped by hand using custom tools I created from silicone molding material. There are over 2,000 bumps on the clay part of the lizard. The back half of the lizard and of the background are a 2-D acrylic ink painting with details scratched into the ink using an X-acto knife. I wanted to create the effect the lizard was coming out of the painting.

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Giant Hawkfish: Sea of Cortez

Giant Hawkfish: Sea of Cortez

Polymer clay, wire mesh, mica powder, Micron pen, gel pens, acrylic paint, oil paint, embossing powder, seed beads, microbeads, seashells, fossil coral, epoxy, wire, and MDF board; 8" x 10"

Hawkfish are so named because they perch on their fins on top of rocks waiting for prey. This fish is called Mero Chino (Chinese grouper) in Spanish because its markings look a bit like Chinese characters.

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Horny Toad

Horny Toad

Polymer clay, mica powder, pastel powders, acrylic paint, glass beads, glitter; 5.5" x 4" x 1";

The sculpture is approximately life-size, but the colors are a bit intensified. Most Regal Horned Lizards, their proper name, have more subtle coloring to blend into the sandy ground where they live. They do have the lighter spot on their heads, the lighter stripe down their backs, and the lighter spines on their sides. Their horns are not shiny though; that's my artistic license. These animals live in some of the driest areas of Arizona and eat mostly ants. I think they are adorable.

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