Jayne Dwyer

Location

Newcastle, Maine
United States

About the Artist: Jayne Dwyer

Jayne Dwyer is a polymer clay artist based in Newcastle, ME who has been working in the medium for over 25 years. Her one-woman-show company, Paper Moon Jewelry, is the medium for over 25 years. Her one-woman-show company, Paper Moon Jewelry, is dedicated to building painterly images through canework. Dwyer pulls much of her inspiration from nature; in particular the wildflowers, birds, and scenery found around her home in Midcoast Maine. While much of her work is wearable, she also experiments sculpturally by upcycling second hand vessels into art objects covered with recyled clay and canework.

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Pemaquid Lighthouse Teapot

Pemaquid Lighthouse Teapot

7x5x3.5'', Premo Clay hand sculped and applied, with the sky patterned carved and backfilled. the lighthose windows are made from a tiny piece of clear acrylic.

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Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Thrifted silver Teapot, Premo clay, Ultralight clay dimensions are: 10x8x6'', This vessel was made using complex partridge canework, as well as simple pear and leaf canes which were incorporated as 3D objects to reference sculptural majolica aesthetics. After applying the partridge cane slices to the teapot, the background was filled with shades of recycled blue and black clay and thoroughly textured with a needle tool. The vines were then hand sculpted and applied, and the pear and leaf canes were added as sculptural embellishments. Lastly, a large, hand sculpted pear was fixed to the top of the teapot lid. In a conversation between two clays, the pears and leaves were finished with alcohol ink to transform the polymer and emulate the look of a traditional ceramic glaze, while the rest of the piece was left matte to showcase the properties of Premo clay, the material actually used.

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Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Thrifted silver Teapot, Premo clay, Ultralight clay dimensions are: 10x8x6'', This vessel was made using complex partridge canework, as well as simple pear and leaf canes which were incorporated as 3D objects to reference sculptural majolica aesthetics. After applying the partridge cane slices to the teapot, the background was filled with shades of recycled blue and black clay and thoroughly textured with a needle tool. The vines were then hand sculpted and applied, and the pear and leaf canes were added as sculptural embellishments. Lastly, a large, hand sculpted pear was fixed to the top of the teapot lid. In a conversation between two clays, the pears and leaves were finished with alcohol ink to transform the polymer and emulate the look of a traditional ceramic glaze, while the rest of the piece was left matte to showcase the properties of Premo clay, the material actually used.

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Inge Abrahamsen

Location

Denmark

About the Artist: Inge Abrahamsen

Polymer clay has been in and out of my life since mid-1970’ties. After getting in contact with the Scandinavian PC community a few years ago, the urge to develop my skills and find my own voice became more important. As I work fulltime teaching IT, the clay must too often be on stand-by. I do not plan much but like to go with the flow, e.g. incorporate an accidental rugged edge created by the pasta machine. I do not strive for perfection; a fingerprint here and a spot there is OK. The small boxes are tactile; I have found a size that is small enough to fit in a hand, yet a big enough canvas to play with surface techniques – smooth like polished marble or textured. And, of course, the colours. A box is a world in itself. Earrings – which I have made a lot of - lays idle around when not worn, but the box has a life on its own, also when it is just there: it could contain something, even a surprise. Perhaps it is also a very suitable 2020 project: I may be locked in here – but I am still on the outside of the box.

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Mystery Mushroom

Mystery Mushroom

Height 6cm (1.2 inch). Polymer clay, soft pastel. Lines representing the leaveless autumn branches with a few berries left for the birds, while the mushrooms thrives.

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Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Height 6cm (1.2 inch). Polymer clay, brass wire, acrylic paint.

Inspiration for the textures and colours is from the doors of the Forbidden City.

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Textured Texture

Textured Texture

Height 4cm (1.6 inch). Polymer clay acryllic paint onyx bead. Positive/negative versions of the same pattern on the top, and double texture on the positive part.

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Helen Malchow

Location

Ashford, Connecticut
United States

About the Artist: Helen Malchow

Helen's work has been affected by years of observation and a love of all things patterned. On a walk with friends you might find her lagging behind because she found an interesting color combination and the patterns it makes on a leaf that has started to turn and how the bugs have started to eat it, how nature has formed a bud on a tree. She finds herself always investigating how thing are put together, formed or disintegrating. These lifelong observations float to the top when she is designing her veneers, inlays, carvings and Mokume Gane. Helen designs originate from her own texture plates and master molds based on those daily observations. Helen has been a fine arts teacher, (Ceramics, Jewelry, Lapidary, Sculpture, Art Foundations) for 34 years, a working artist for 15.

Websites

https://silverthumbstudios.com

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Crunchie Box 22

Crunchie Box 22

8" long x 6" wide x 6" tall, Hollow form box with no interior armature or supports. Made using the slab and drape method of construction. The box was created using a handmade ceramic form base on the abstracted female form. Crackle was created using a heat treatment applied to the surface layers and then expanded to create the effect one would see when mud dries and contracts under the summer sun. The handle is a sculpted squiggle, lightly sanded in directional motion with a smooth oval spot at the top for visual weight and interest. A calm spot in all the crunchiness if you will.

Premo, Sculpey lll, liquid clay

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Pods

Pods

6z5.5x6 premo, Sculpey ll, Ceramic honeycomb, liquid polymer clayThese Hollow formed Pods were created using handmade ceramic forms. The forms were used to drape the polymer clay, creating the pods. They were cured and cut off the forms, then reconnected. The outside was carved using a lino tool. The edges were snapped off to create interest and contrast. The lids are made of an expandable ceramic honeycomb material. I painted the inside of the cells with black liquid polymer. After curing it would help the ceramic honeycomb retain its shape inside the pods, creating the lids. If left on Its own, it would expand and pop out. The lids were put back into the pods and then cured. Once cured it was inlayed with some tinted translucent polymer to resemble bee's wax. Some of the cells were perforated and opened as if something had "hatched". The pods were glued together with a two- part epoxy.

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Helen Cruickshank

Location

United Kingdom

About the Artist: Helen Cruickshank

I have been claying for around 8 years and enjoy making quirky designs, mostly with animal themes. I love making canes so they feature in many designs, and I have an eclectic taste in projects, including sculptures, jewellery, vases, tree decorations and recently an advent calendar. Basically I like making people smile, so most of the projects I make are fun, colourful, and amusing. I also love teaching; I'm an Occupational Therapist, which means I adapt things to make them more achievable, so write tutorials and run workshops with the aim of the project being completed by people of all abilities and experience. I've written a book called "Amusing Artistry in Polymer Clay" featuring detailed photos and step-by-step directions for 9 projects composed of 19 canes which aims to inspire and encourage creativity.

Websites

https://www.blueseabirdclaydesigns.com

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Gecko Sculpture

Gecko Sculpture

11" long, 7" Wide, 1.5" high. Wire & foil armature with polymer clay surface design using a variety of clay blends and canes.

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Llama Sculpture

Llama Sculpture

8" high, 6.5" wide, 2.5" deep. Wire & foil armature with polymer clay surface design, using blends and canework.

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Advent calendar

Advent calendar

Advent calendar

 

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Georg Dinkel - Members' Choice Award Recipient

Location

Zirndorf
Germany

About the Artist: Georg Dinkel

I had my first contact with polymer clay in the 1980s when I made product shots for FIMO. But it took me until 2011 to realize the possibilities of this material. My works combine medieval aesthetics with sociological and technological aspects, a good pinch of humour and a childlike playfulness. I create my own world which expresses my reflections on the use of modern technologies in the digital age. Because of its suppleness, tenderness and strength I prefer to work with Polymer Clay. The willingness to be changed in form, color and structure makes it a perfect medium for me to imitate the iconic works of medieval goldsmiths and silversmiths and to fill them with new content.

Websites

https://www.vunderkammer.com

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iOstensorium

iOstensorium

43"x12", Polymer clay, wood, wire, iPhone

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Der Mosquitoreiter - the Mosquito Rider

Der Mosquitoreiter - the Mosquito Rider

43"x12", Polymer clay, wood, wire, iPhone

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Drache Nr.4 - Dragon Nr.4

Drache Nr.4 - Dragon Nr.4

13“x16“, Polymer clay, wire

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Fiona Abel-Smith

Location

United Kingdom

About the Artist: Fiona Abel-Smith

I love creating art in all shapes and forms, it makes me happy, and hopefully that shows in my work. In polymer clay I found a medium that allowed wonderful versatility. I can create detailed canes, sculptural pieces, even works that look painted. I also love to share my passion for polymer clay and teach and demonstrate techniques and designs both in person and through tutorials.

Websites

http://www.fionaabel-smith.co.uk

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Stretching Frog

Stretching Frog

Polymer Clay with metal armature and resin drops. 9.5 x 7 x 7 inches.

Built over a basic wire armature, the frog, leaf and flower are veneered with polymer clay canes and then textured.

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When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

Polymer Clay over wire armature. 14 x 16 x 8 inches.

The little caterpillar longs to be a wonderful butterfly when she grows up. She doesn't realise that the colourful adult has been augmented and enhanced beyond its natural state. In fact, the little caterpillar will grow into a beautiful moth and is already a stunner in her own right, if only she could see herself as others do.

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Bluetit on Apple Blossom

Bluetit on Apple Blossom

Polymer Clay. 5 x 6.5 inches.

Textured picture created with a basic initial inlay of plain coloured pieces. All the detail is added by using thousands of tiny pieces of extruded polymer clay.

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Fran Abrams

Location

Rockville, Maryland
United States

About the Artist: Fran Abrams

Fran Abrams, Rockville, MD, has been creating work with polymer clay since 2000. She enjoys the colors and three-dimensional nature of polymer clay. Her work includes "paintings" and sculpture. She does not use any paints or added color in her work. Fran's artwork has been in more than a dozen solo shows in the greater DC metropolitan area. Many of her polymer clay paintings have been included in national and regional juried and invitational shows throughout the country and have won numerous awards in competition with work in more traditional mediums. Fran's work titled "Warmth of the Fire" was recognized as Best 2-D Art by the International Polymer Clay Association in 2014 and is now in the polymer clay collection of Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI. She has received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. Fran is a member of Foundry Gallery in Washington, DC, an artist-run cooperative gallery, where she serves as Treasurer.

Websites

http://franabrams.com

Exhibition Images

2020 FAbrams 2 Triple Progression 12x12

2020 FAbrams 2 Triple Progression 12x12

Triple Progression

12" x 12" not including frame, polymer clay on fabric-covered canvas

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Seeking Connection

Seeking Connection

6" x 6" x 7.5" high, polymer clay, supported by hidden pegs

2020 FAbrams 1b Seeking Connection

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