Diane Kremer

Location

Longmont, Colorado
United States

About the Artist: Diane Kremer

I began my professional career as a computer engineer and worked in high-tech for 20 years. It was rewarding and I enjoyed it. Changing careers never entered my mind until I was laid off during the great recession of 2009. A world of possibilities opened up. Could I travel a completely different road? Could I turn my jewelry making hobby into a business? Could I make jewelry that was art? I believe I was a "maker" long before the term was coined but I never considered myself an artist. I believed that artists were born, not made. I have since discovered that many different paths can make one an artist as long as you love what you do and work hard to grow and improve. Now I am working full-time as an artist and selling my work at juried art fairs and on my website. I am thrilled to be exhibiting at the Lincoln Gallery in Loveland, CO and the Museum of Boulder, and to be an active member of the Firehouse Art Center, East Boulder County Artists Association, Mile High Polymer Clay Guild, Longmont Polymer Clay Guild and to be the current president of the Rocky Mountain Bead Society.

Websites

http://dianekremerjewelry.com

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Impressionist Earrings

Impressionist Earrings

I made these colorful earrings using Premo polymer clay, Derwent Inktense pencils, JetAge Lumiere Lusters, Pan Pastels and Lisa Pavelka foils. The coppery brown earrings are accented with goldstone beads.

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Crackle Pod and Disk Necklace

Crackle Pod and Disk Necklace

Made this necklace after taking a crackle class with the fabulous Debbie Crothers. I used Premo polymer clay, Lisa Pavelka foils, and JetAge Lumier Lusters. It is strung on leather and accented with wood beads.

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Ethnic Vibe Earrings

Ethnic Vibe Earrings

I made these ethnic vibe earrings using Premo polymer clay which I crackled using 99% alcohol. I used a silkscreen with acrylic paint as well as some Pan Pastels. The earrings are accented with dzi agate beads.

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Denise Fitzsimmons

Location

Brookfield, Connecticut
United States

About the Artist: Denise Fitzsimmons

My name is Denise Fitzsimmons and I have been making jewelry of some kind for over ten years. I started with beading, moved to metal and wire, on to enamelling, and now my passion is polymer clay. I just love the way the clay feels in my hands and how I can mold and create something unique with every block of clay. I am inspired by texture, color, and shape and I try to bring all of those things into my items and pieces. I will often combine mediums and gemstones to create unique and fun designs. I am a member of the CreateAlong design team and have been published many times in Passion for Polymer. I am an instructor for Polymer Clay Adventure 2021 and Polymer Clay Symposium 2021. In my "real life" I am a high school Spanish teacher.


Exhibition Images

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

This wall hanging entitled Egypt was created during the Clay ConneCTion challenge. I challenged myself to create a series of four wall hangings incorporating the lotus flower and different cultured where the lotus is a predominant symbol. For this piece, I created canes of faux lapis with blue clay and pepper. I used a variety of techniques on this piece in addition to the faux lapis cane. This piece is about 1' wide.

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Gladys

Gladys

Gladys is the name of this fantastical dragon eye. It was made with Sculpey Souffle, a glass cabochon eye, hot fix rhinestones, mica powders, acrylic paint, and quartz points. She was sold to a friend who created a beautiful journal with her. This piece is about 3.5" in diameter.

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Lazy River 1

Lazy River 1

Mokume Gane pendant and earrings set made with Sculpey Souffle, Cernit Metallic, texture sponge, and Inka Gold. Pendant is 4" tall.

This was my second attempt at Mokume Gane and I love the set.

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Deborah Goodrow

Location

Sun City Center, Florida
United States

About the Artist: Deborah Goodrow

Now living in Florida, Deborah Goodrow has been creating with polymer clay since 1995. Previously owning and teaching ceramics, polymer clay has allowed her to be more creative, more unique, and more colorful. She most enjoys teaching classes, particularly beginners, helping people that think they have no artistic ability to see otherwise. Former President of Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, she has been part of the Guild's planning Clay ConneCTion retreats over the years, exhibits to showcase members art, and arranging art retreats.

Websites

http://scpcg.org

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Ode to Spring

Ode to Spring

Polymer clay, wire, wood. Approximately 8" by 6"

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Untitled

Untitled

Polymer clay, backer board

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Yellow Bracelet

Yellow Bracelet

Polymer clay, metal

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Darren Aiken

Location

Pretoria
South Africa

About the Artist: Darren Aiken

Born 24 February 1966 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Emigrated to Durban, South Africa, in 1968. Emigrated to Durban, South Africa, in 1968. I have no Art schooling and no formal training, so entirely self-taught. I paint people in line and wash and acrylics, and acrylic jungle scenes, but my true passion lies in sculpture in polymer clay (for 27 years). In 1997 I started my art career at the age of 31 after completing 5 years of Audit articles, a career in business and 7 years in Game Reserves. I came up with a Chess set of The Old vs New Parliament of SA at 1994 elections. I make chess sets of the greatest Musicians, Soccer players, Golfers at the Ryder cup, Actors and actresses, the State Capture Chess set and The World Leaders Chess set – Money vs religion. Currently I specialize in sculpting (only Polymer clay) bespoke chess sets, wedding couples and your favorite band, or musician on stage, and colorful people in the townships (Max size 17cm). I also make large unique polymer clay portrait earrings and teach sculpture classes.

Websites

https://thehoozoo.com

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Fashionable Earrings

Fashionable Earrings

35mm diameter, Das and Clayology and Fimo Polymer Clay

Funky Fashionable earings and pendants with fresh, cool 3D faces, with silver hooks and ringlets

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Kirsty and Mike Wedding Portrait

Kirsty and Mike Wedding Portrait

40mm x 50mm, Clayology Polymer Clay

Kirsty and Mike got married in London during Covid in May and their parents in South Africa couldnt attend. Instead they zoomed. This was her parents' Christmas present to the couple.

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

140mm, Clayology Polymer Clay,

An example of a musician I Sculpt. I do sculpt your favorite band on stage complete with drums, amps etc

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Claire Maunsell

Location

Gatineau, Quebec
Canada

About the Artist: Claire Maunsell

After working for 20 years as a professional glass blower, I found myself drawn to polymer in retirement because I could touch it directly. I've continued to evolve ideas I explored in glass while rejoicing in the approachability of this generous material. Surface design and the investigation of treatments to achieve them on polymer are my love, followed closely by the creation of forms best suited to wear them.

Websites

http://stillpointworks.zibbet.com/

Exhibition Images

Not my dog collar

Not my dog collar

Polymer, paint, alcohol ink. have been working with ways of stringly curiously angled beads to create a more 3 dimensional effect which is larger than expected given the beads used to create it. This necklace is also reversible and looks very different worn the other way around. I wanted the final piece to be utterly simple and sculptural as well.

Dimensions 9 inch diameter (goes over the head)

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Not my dog collar

Not my dog collar

Polymer, paint, alcohol ink. have been working with ways of stringly curiously angled beads to create a more 3 dimensional effect which is larger than expected given the beads used to create it. This necklace is also reversible and looks very different worn the other way around. I wanted the final piece to be utterly simple and sculptural as well.

Dimensions 9 inch diameter (goes over the head)

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Not my dog collar

Not my dog collar

Polymer, paint, alcohol ink. have been working with ways of stringly curiously angled beads to create a more 3 dimensional effect which is larger than expected given the beads used to create it. This necklace is also reversible and looks very different worn the other way around. I wanted the final piece to be utterly simple and sculptural as well.

Dimensions 9 inch diameter (goes over the head)

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Christine Dumont

Location

France

About the Artist: Christine Dumont

I am a contemporary jewellery artist and international instructor in the art of polymer clay. My degree in Cognitive Science has been instrumental in my personal approach to tapping into creativity in my own work as well as my students. In 2010 I created Voila!, an influential polymer design website that brought professionals and beginners together in a unique online format. Voila! is the first platform to focus on the importance of good design practice within the polymer community. By offering a thoughtful balance of practical, technical information with more in depth discussion concerning emotional and aesthetic choice, Voila! became a 'go to' site for artists wishing to improve their work. I created a critique system that focuses primarily on the strengths of participant's works while tactfully guiding them to reach higher for the best possible outcome. Art is a way of connecting with the world and I share the joy I find in it through teaching.

Websites

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Mending Time: new flowers in an old pot

Mending Time: new flowers in an old pot

Brooch, Size: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.75 cm, Materials: Polymer clay, stainless steel, silver, bamboo

2020 has been tough, chaotic and almost surreal for everyone. There was certainty in the sculptural forms I had explored earlier in my artistic career. Reconnecting with them anchored me. As I was finishing my piece, placing flowers in a pot felt like an affirmation of the continuity of existence and a counterweight to the madness outside my window.

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Beth Schwartz

Location

Maryland
United States

About the Artist: Beth Schwartz

I am Baltimore-based mixed media artist as well as a rogue pathologist, art history nerd and literary geek. These eclectic interests unite into a unique visual voice. My art incorporates polymer clay, hand cut collage, altered photographs, acrylic paint, and ink. What comes out the other end is an assortment of boxes, journals, mixed media wall pieces and assemblages. My sketch pad was a fairly constant companion from late college into my early 30s, when "real" life grew too hectic (career, children, house, etc.). In 2004, I began creating jewelry with polymer clay. Although I mastered many skills, my artistic voice remained mute. Even worse, the perfectionist tendencies of a good pathologist crept in, displacing the joy. To change the paradigm, I began adding paints, papers and found objects to my repertoire. I was home. The ideas flooded in and my voice sang out. And polymer clay has retained a valued place in my toolbox. Since my semi-retirement in 2015, my artwork has been in galleries and craft shows in the Baltimore/DC area, and I have been selling from my website. A percentage of my sales are donated to Healthcare for the Homeless.

Websites

https://bethschwartz.studio/

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Leonardo's Advice

Leonardo's Advice

Media used: Polymer clay, acrylic paint, ink, collage with transfers on a wooden cradled panel. Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 2".

Da Vinci recorded his careful observations about the human figure in his notebooks and in his "Treatise on Painting". Here I combine his advice to artists regarding anatomy with classic anatomic images from other sources. I built this piece out three dimensionally with polymer clay. I invite the viewer to contemplate how our miraculous brains are always translating between 2 and 3 dimensions when we look at and create images, such as those in an anatomy book.

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Handala

Handala

Media used: Polymer clay canes & freestyle in background, beads, metallic acrylic paint, homemade mold of a tin hand, on a framed wooden board. Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5"

Caning was my first love in polymer clay and here I return to my roots. Creating art enables me to enter "the zone" where time blurs and the mind clears. To celebrate this meditative state invoked by hand work, I placed a clay hand in the center. Furthermore, I have made the atrocious pun of naming this piece "Handala", a reference to the mandalas of Asian art which are instruments of meditation.

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Opiate of the People

Opiate of the People

Opiate of the People

Media used: Polymer clay (mokume gane and stamping), acrylic paint, inks, transferred text, found objects including a computer part, stencils, on a wooden plaque. Dimensions: 12 x 9.75".

This piece addresses my ambivalence about the role technology plays in our lives. The text throughout reads "opiate of the people of the opiate of the people...." etc. Marx called religion the opiate of the people. The shrine-like structure of this piece alludes to this. "Soma" (the centrally framed clay word inside the computer chip) is the fictional hallucinogenic drug in Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World"; this is the drug which kept society sedated and happy. Huxley no doubt borrowed the word "soma" from the Sanskrit word for a ritual drink in ancient Indian texts. Is technology a stupefying drug? Is it on par with a holy power? Have we abdicated our will to it? Here the claywork takes a backseat to the message.

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