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Non Functional Sculpture and Hanging Art

Non Functional Sculpture and Hanging Art


2436 E SH

2436 E SH

The title of my piece is “Lime Intrusion” created all in polymer clay (Polyform).  The composition is based on a drawing I created for a Miniature Abstract Watercolor painting I did a number of years ago.  Having liked the composition, which was inspired by a simple object, drawing the important parts and least important parts, I decided to use it to create another abstract but in polymer clay. It is actually a larger piece than the watercolor painting plus much more colorful.  The piece is  flat and framed under glass, but has a three dimensional feel. Having fallen in love with polymer clay, I find it challenging to paint using merged shapes and colors.


2859 E SH2a

2859 E SH2a

You are my Sunshine

This music box is about 1.5”x2.5”x3.5” tall. It is made entirely of polymer clay. My little granddaughter, Julia, was born in October three months premature. She’s doing great now, but it was a rough three months in the NICU. My daughter played the music box and sang “You are my Sunshine” to Julia as she held her. I decided to make a music box container for my daughter for Christmas. Because the music box itself could be replaced by another one with a different song, I needed to construct something that would permit that. The sides have mica shift hearts and Julia’s name is on one side. The top shows the sun peeking over a rainbow with a path of stones through a garden. Julia’s path has been challenging and may continue to be as she continues to “catch up” but we are hopeful that our feisty little ray of sunshine will prevail.

 


2977 E SHa

2977 E SHa

Title: Prisoned Spirit

Description: This haunted tin is possessed by a prisoned spirit from beyond….. Once a pirate on the high seas, now a dangerous fiend.  This moon-eyed demon will strike anything that comes near it, if deemed dangerous.  Once the seal is broken, it will unleash unimaginable horrors. The ghoul’s talons have already scratch out an escape hole.   Beware!  Beware!

Dimension: 4″ x 2.5″ x 1″

Materials: Premo Polymer clay, Pro sculpt clay, head pins, Altoid tin can, 18 gauge wire, Kato clear liquid clay for the eyes, magic transfer paper, chalk powder, acrylic paint 


3027 E SH

3027 E SH

Fish pod, hand sculpted, hand painted wall hanging.


3066 E SH3a

3066 E SH3a

Name:              Jungle Love
 
Dimensions:   11 ½” x 10″ x 3 ½”
 
List of Materials
Polymer Clay:
Sculpey III – Gold
Sculpey III – Translucent (for teeth)
Premo Sculpey – Burnt Umber
Premo Sculpey Accents – Yellow Gold Glitter
Premo Sculpey Accents – Gold
Premo Sculpey Accents – Twinkle Twinkle
Premo Sculpey Accents – Antique Gold
Premo Sculpey Accents – Pearl
Premo Sculpey Accents – Bronze
Premo Sculpey Accents – Bright Green Pearl
2 crystals for eye highlight
28 Gauge gold wire for whiskers
Wire cutters
Aluminum foil
Sculpey Bake and Bond
DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze

 

 

 


Mixed Media

Mixed Media


3027 E MM3

3027 E MM3

Polymer clay whale, hand sculpted and painted, with a concrete base, and hand folded paper boat.


3027 E MM2

3027 E MM2

Dozen rays wall hanging sculpture, hand sculpted hand painted, mounted on a wooden base. 


583 E MMa

583 E MMa

Mixed media…..the more mixed, the merrier. This piece mixes silver, polymer mokume, glass, crystals and artists. Collaboration with another artist is adding a new dimension to my work. I have always loved mixing a plethora of materials to accomplish my mokume, but working with Sherry Moser has added a whole new level of possibilities. Knowing Sherry and her kaleidoscopes and dichroic glass creations has led to a synchronism of our aesthetics. We start to create and then come together to see how our beginnings can meld into a combined thing of beauty. On this occasion, a shard of black glass revealed its true color of underlying green shades that led to color mixing experiments. These led to the color variances of the layers of mokume, with the glint of silver leading to a call for the sparkle of Swarovskis and the embrace of a silver bezel. Ideas lead to drawings in a true collaborative fashion, that lead to a partnership that is solidified in this exquisite piece, “Reversal of Shards — A Union”.

This piece is bezeled in roller printed silver that holds the piece of Bullseye glass that has been set with tiny Swarovski crystals. The glass is surrounded by polymer mokume that is the result of layering tinted translucent clay that was skinner blended and stacked with composite silver. The crackled silver repeats the sparkle of the crystals. The translucency of the clay melds with the shading of the glass and repeats its depth. The piece is 44mm wide, 56mm long and 24mm deep. It is on a 1.5mm round omega 18” sterling silver cable.

 

 

 

 


Functional Containers

Functional Containers


2859 E FC

2859 E FC

Rainforest Secrets

This wall piece is 8”x10” on board. It is made of polymer clay, beads, resin and acrylic paint for the background. It is inspired by a set of beads provided by Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA. I wanted to show all the hidden secrets found in rainforests, including flora, fauna and man’s presence. The sky, water and cave were painted on the board and the polymer clay and beads were first baked then glued onto the board with large gaps in the clay allowing the background to show through. The resin over the waterfall and pool was “contained” by a polymer clay dam which was later removed. See what you can find when you zoom in on the image. Can you find the slice of a Jon Stuart Anderson cane? All other clay items are mine.


2908 E FC A

2908 E FC A

Secret Keeper – Solemn – Secret Keeper “Inro” Box

We all have a little secret that needs to be kept safe, so sculpted a little trusty critter to hold it for you.    Drawer slides open to hold all your secrets.  Hand sculpted polymer clay over paper match box.

2.5 high, 1.5 wide, .5 depth

Polymer clay, paper matchbox, chalk pastels, resin & high gloss sealers


2908 E FC2 A

2908 E FC2 A

Secret Keeper – Charmed- Secret Keeper “Inro” Box

We all have a little secret that needs to be kept safe, so sculpted a little trusty critter to hold it for you.    Drawer slides open to hold all your secrets.  Hand sculpted polymer clay over paper match box.

2.5 high, 1.5 wide, .5 depth

Polymer clay, paper matchbox, chalk pastels, resin & high gloss sealers

 


2908 E FC3 A

2908 E FC3 A

Secret Keeper – Sly – Secret Keeper “Inro” Box

We all have a little secret that needs to be kept safe, so sculpted a little trusty critter to hold it for you.    Drawer slides open to hold all your secrets.  Hand sculpted polymer clay over paper match box.

2.5 high, 1.5 wide, .5 depth

Polymer clay, paper matchbox, chalk pastels, resin & high gloss sealers


2977 E FC2a

2977 E FC2a

Title:  Miss Delilah Le Poisson

Description: Voila!  Miss Delilah Le Poisson! Four inches tall, black beady eyes on her head as well as her face, she can guard your most valuable items with ease.  An aspiring singer, who dreams of Broadway, her current job is guarding my mini jam jar.  Hide your precious gems in here. She is trained to guard them with her life!

Delilah is a ferocious vegan who loves a stroll on a sunny beach, ever watchful.  In her down time, she reads crime novels with care, because  that call to audition for Law and Order might come at anytime!

Dimension: 4″ tall 2 inches wide at the jar lid

Materials: Premo Polymer clay, glass beads for eyes, Swarovski crystal, acrylic paint for patina, mini jam jar for the base, aluminum foil for armature

 

 

 


3066 E FC2a

3066 E FC2a

Name:              Venus de Fleur
Polymer Clay:
Sculpey III – Red
Scupley III – Red Hot Red
Sculpey III – Gold
Sculpey Soufflé – Cherry Pie
Premo Sculpey Accents – Yellow Gold Glitter
Premo Sculpey – Cadmium Red Hue
Premo Sculpey – Cadmium Yellow Hue
Premo Sculpey – Purple
Gold Leaf
Sculpey Bake and Bond
E6000 Glue
Clay slicing tool
Basket weave texture sheet
DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze
Lisa Pavelka Signature Series Border Molds Daisy Chain – use the rose border on the outside of the box
Funshowcase 21 Cavity Roses Collection Fondant Candy Silicone Mold – use large and small rose mold for outside of box
Wilton Fondant and Gum Paste Mold, Jewelry – use the circle border for the inside of the box

 

 


3067 E FC1

3067 E FC1

WILDLING BOWL: DEEP SEA

This piece is inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral. I aimed to capture the color and feeling of coral, as well as the qualities of deep water. The coral interior is a mix of pink and 18k gold. The exterior is a midnight blue mixed with 5 shades of glitter, to provide specks and glimmers, like the ocean, when struck by sunlight. The strips of two-tone clay are adhered to each other, baked, and finished with a high shine varnish for gloss and durability. The Wildling Bowl is both decorative and functional. 

Materials
Premo Clay
Glitter
Fimo Gloss Varnish
 
Dimensions
11″ diameter
5″ tall

 

 

 


Wearable Jewelry

Wearable Jewelry


2887 E WJ2b

2887 E WJ2b

Sculpted Nuthatch on Etched Silver Brooch
This hand-sculpted pygmy nuthatch on a leafy branch is integrated into the custom-designed leaf pattern of the etched and pierced sterling silver background.  The small, bas-relief sculpture brings additional dimension to the gently curved metal.  The aged, rustic polymer and the polished metal create a visual contrast which is unified by color and design.
Cernit polymer clay, Genesis Heat-Set Oils, sterling silver, patina
2″ X 2.5″

 


2887 E WJ3a

2887 E WJ3a

Sculpted Nuthatch on Etched Copper Brooch

This monochromatic, hand-sculpted pygmy nuthatch was created to resemble pressed glass and meld with the warm color of the copper it rests on. The sculpture and the metal curve outward, toward the viewer. The custom-designed, etched metal leaves are a complimentary extension of the polymer sculpture. The negative spaces around the polymer leaves are repeated in the openings pierced in the metal.

Pardo polymer clay, Genesis Heat-Set Oils, Pan Pastels, copper, patina

2″ X 2.5″


2887 E WJa

2887 E WJa

Lavender Bellflower Pendant
 
Translucent flowers in gradations of lavender with delicate white lines and fine silver stamens are arranged on a simple, hand-fabricated, sterling silver arc.  The hollow flowers resemble porcelain and were molded around a sand core which was washed away after curing.  The construction allows the flowers and stamens to move naturally in this asymmetrical design. 
 
Pardo polymer clay, Genesis Heat-Set Oils, sterling silver and fine silver
 
2.5″ X 3.38″  


2950 E WJ

2950 E WJ

Title:  Ancestor’s Secrets
Width 2″
Length 3.5″
 (1 Photo only. back has signature)
Long barrel beads with high gloss finish hang from stamped and folded clay pendant with variety of surface treatments; invoking the look of old leather, metal, and glass in one piece.  Pendant shown here on leather cord with copper beads. Flat back finished similarly and signed

2950 E WJ2

2950 E WJ2

Title:  Almost Zebra
Width of cuff: 2″
Size of cabochon: 30mm
Resin glazed clay cabochon on rustic, folded clay cuff.   No animals were injured in the making of this piece.

2950 E WJ3a

2950 E WJ3a

Title:  Excavations 

Width: 1 ½”

Length (including clay bail) 2 ½”

All clay cabochon in bezel with clay bail.  Surface finishes vary from a touch of mica to, patinated metal.


3051 E W

3051 E W

Bracelet

 


3065 E WJ2a

3065 E WJ2a

Secret
On the surface only the part of the picture is shown. The rest is hidden below. You have to look at whole jewel. Then you will understand the whole picture.
The polymer necklace is hung on a steel wire. The wire spins around the jewel. The jewel is shaped like an egg. Part is recessed imide
Material: Premo, Steel wire, Alcoholic inks.
Dimensions of the work of art -Length 5.5 cm. Width 4.5 cm. Height 1.5cm . The length of wire for hanging  5cm


3065 E WJ3a

3065 E WJ3a

Hope
The journey of life is complicated. Life have  its ups and downs. After the fall, you see small flashes of hope. Hope is glittering in gray life like gems
The polymer necklace is hung on a steel wire. The wire spins around the jewel. The jewel is shaped like an egg. Part is recessed imide. The steel wire has a track inside the jewelry.
Material: Premo, Steel wire, Alcoholic inks.
Dimensions of the work of art – Length 6.5 cm. Width 5cm. Height 1.5cm . The length of wire for hanging 7,5cm


3065 E WJa

3065 E WJa

Deep in the sea.
The view to the depth of the sea is mysterious. You can not see the bottom. You just think what’s hidden in the sea. Your view attracts like a magnet. The color of the sea, its flashes.
The polymer necklace is hung on a steel wire. Falling walls. They rise upward. Fine cracking. The color of the sea is from inks.
Material: Premo, Steel wire, Alcoholic inks.
Dimensions of the work of art – Circle diameter 6cm. Height 3 cm. The length of wire for hanging 10cm


3066 E WJa

3066 E WJa

Name:              STRATA
Dimensions:   25″ Length of Necklace
                         2 ¼” Length of Earrings
List of Materials
Polymer Clay:
        Sculpey III – Black
        Sculpey III – Silver
Premo Sculpey Accents – Bronze
Sculpey III – Gold
Clay slicing tool
Chain-nose pliers and a crimping tool
DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze
 
Necklace:
* 1 – Clasp, lobster claw, stainless steel, 29×5.5mm with 9×5.5mm and 6x3mm cord ends
*2 – Jump ring, sterling silver, 4mm round, 2.6mm inside diameter, 22 gauge
*39 – Metallic Hematite spacer beads black, 3x3mm
*10 – ¾” circular clay beads
*24 – ½” bi-cone clay beads
*25″ 2mm Imitation leather cord – black
 
Earrings:
*2 – Ear wire, sterling silver, 14mm flat fishhook with 2mm coil and open loop, 22 gauge
*2 – Jump ring, sterling silver, 4mm round, 2.6mm inside diameter, 22 gauge
*4 – Rondelle, sterling silver, spacer beads 4x5mm
*4 – Metallic Hematite spacer beads black, 3x3mm
*2 – Head pins 2″ length of 20 gauge wire

 


3066 E WJb

3066 E WJb


2800_E_WJa

2800_E_WJa

Wearable Jewelry submission: “Ribbons” necklace
 
Materials: Polymer clay beads strung on flex wire with a brass lobster clasp.
 
Dimensions: Necklace is  24″ long. Beads are 7/8″ wide.
 
Description: This piece, “Ribbons,” made entirely of polymer clay, showcases the color, flexibility, and versatility of the clay. The necklace makes a bold statement yet is very lightweight and easy to wear. Equally attractive when the beads are either all aligned or when they fall or are arranged in a haphazard manner, this is wearable polymer at its best: strong, beautiful and fanciful. 


1790 E WJa

1790 E WJa

Jungle Leaf Brooch
Polymer clay, layered alcohol inks
The mystique of jungle was the inspiration for this project. I use my unique Batik technique to achieve interesting organic look which perfectly fits to exotic Monstera leaf.
95x80mm


1790 E WJ2a

1790 E WJ2a

Midnight Butterfly Brooch
Polymer clay, layered alcohol inks, wire
The mystique of jungle was the inspiration for this project. I use my unique Batik technique to achieve interesting organic look, combined with primitive spirals and circles.
80x85mm

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306 A MMa

306 A MMa

Title: Mardi Gras

Materials: Polymer clay, steel wire, sewing thread and flooring materials.                 

Dimensions: This configuration is 20″x16″x 9″, but it could be arranged in different ways, changing the total size it occupies.

Description: The piece consists of 16 separate units built with polymer clay vessels (1/2″ to 1 1/2″ tall) suspended with steel wire on a flooring material. The vessels are balancing in away that a small breeze or just blowing on them makes them “dance”.


1672 A MM2a

1672 A MM2a

WEDGEWOOD WAVE-Mixed Media wall piece

Wedgewood Wave is a new direction incorporating cut paper along with polymer to augment my interest in bas relief and classical craft forms such as decorative plaster work, cameos and even Wedgewood pottery. The piece also pushes past what we usually expect by mixing design metaphors such as realistic clay leaves that transform into classical paper scrollwork and pairing it with clay flora that still feels more naturalistic. Movement and thrust is the over riding theme as the wave of scroll work grows up and out of the bottom leaf forms then lifts off the base, creating a band shell effect and curling into the spray of flora. It’s a tempest that could easily feel out of control but maintains a sense of calm do to the soft pencil drawing techniques and color washes in a limited palette. I also created a hand drawn and painted pattern in the back ground to continue the scrolling wave theme and anchor all the diverse elements.

Wedgewood Wave Materials – Ultralight polymer, Arches cold press paper, Acrylic goache paints, Underwent water color pencils, Apoxie paste, oval stretched canvas base. Dimensions- 13 in. W x 17 in. H x 8 in. D


1672 A MM3a

1672 A MM3a

TALKING ‘BOUT REGENERATION-Mixed Media wall piece.

Talking b’out Regeneration is an exploration in mixing organic materials with polymer that allows for equal importance between all the chosen elements. Regrowth is the main concept and enduring interest of mine as the organic polymer fungi, lichen and leaf like forms defiantly sprout from the natural woods that are in various stages of transition and decay. Whereas most of my work incorporates organic free form edges, I challenged myself to work with in a classical shadow frame box to see if I could keep the organic flow going while also attempting to break down the very frame, or wall as I began to see it . All the while keeping everything connected and unified. I built the laminated frame then carved and drilled areas to effect a worm eaten quality. The Locust wood panel is very dry and spongy and needed treatment to strengthen it from within. I painted the background flat black to float the natural woven bark paper on and to add a textural segue between the panel and painted surface. Adding polymer elements to the actual front of the frame also aided the regeneration theme as fungi can often be found growing and taking over man made creations.

Materials used- Ultralight polymer, Acrylic goache, carved and drilled laminated wood, locust tree bark panel, woven bark paper, apoxie paste. Dimensions- 12in.W x 17in.H x 2 ½ in D.  


2088 A MM

2088 A MM

Title: Exploring Energy

Description: The very creative process of this T-shirt was very interesting to me as I learned a lot while I went through a variety of stages with my sketches and my attempts to master the clay.

I knew from the beginning it would be a horse’s head, and I knew it would have a lot of color. In the beginning, I worked very purposefully for several months on various Sami patterns for braids and beads. But in the end, when I peeled off the complexity, simplified and clarified, I landed in something totally different and more stylistic, with inspiration from impressionism.

The intent of this T-shirt is to boost energy and power for the person who wears it. It brings a feeling that you have a lot within you and that you are allowed to let it shine – just like the horse does.

Materials used: Polymer clay, Dark blue T-shirt, hot glue

Dimensions: Height: 64 cm, Height: 64 cm

 


2639 A MMa

2639 A MMa

Title: Lotus Garden

The Lotus Garden started with a hand etched copper plate which was used to create a liquid polymer clay veneer that was hand painted using oil paint and liquid clay. Another etched copper plate was created for the lotus leaf and alcohol ink added for color. The lotus blossom was inserted into a copper strip frame and wired to the copper leaf. Peridot drops were encased in polymer clay and attached to the pendant with covered wire. The entire pendant was strung with faceted citrine beads and freshwater pearls.

Materials: Etched copper, Etching Alternative veneer, liquid polymer clay, alcohol ink, oil paint, copper wire, copper strips, Peridot drops, faceted citrine beads, freshwater pearls.

Necklace measures 7”wide x 26” long.


3068 A MM 3a

3068 A MM 3a

Steampunk Pouch Necklace with Removable Magnifying Glass 

The front and back of the pouch are embossed aluminum from a soda can (inside you can see the original red and white exterior) with pearlex powders in liquid polymer filling the low areas to highlight the pattern. The top is a scrap strip of used copper from a renovation, embossed and then antiqued. The sides and bottom are polymer clay (Cernit) with mica powders (Pearlex). 

The removable magnifying glass is a vintage optometrist’s test lens. 

Also various chains, findings, and copper wire.

Approximate dimensions:   

Pouch/pendant 2″ x 4″ x 1″

Magnifying glass 1.5″ diameter 

Length from top of pouch to bottom of magnifying glass 7″ 

Chain 23″ 


Functional Containers

Functional Containers


61 A FCa

61 A FCa

This horned reliquary with its shape suggestive of a human heart was inspired by visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and especially by those artifacts from ancient and medieval times in Europe. I found their mix of sophistication and crude crafting methods fascinating and charming. This is my interpretation of such an artifact, one that might be found hidden deep in the mysterious Black Forest. The exterior of the reliquary is adorned with precious jewelry left as tributes by the devout. The gold-lined interior holds relics whose origin has long since been lost to history.

The Black Forest Reliquary is approximately 7 x 5.5 inches, not including its stand. It was constructed over an armature made of a bivalve shell and foil which was subsequently removed. It is made of polymer clay with bits of paint, glass beads, crystals, and a repurposed rosary.


137 A FC3a

137 A FC3a

Years ago while teaching polymer clay workshops in Israel, I was treated to a day at the flea market in Old Jaffa. There was a vendor selling metal embossed and jewel-encrusted antique Old Testaments that caught my eye. I ended up bringing home two small tomes that I have treasured to this day. These beautiful books have become a continued source of inspiration for a series of Medieval-looking, jeweled book covers I have been creating in polymer clay on tin boxes.

During the Medieval period, monks were often commissioned to create lavish book covers with “treasure binding” where metalworkers would use embossed patterns of gold and silver and set precious stones into the surface creating an ornate, jeweled cover. Using polymer clay and gold leaf I was able to create the look of these jeweled covers. I have also been exploring ways to create bezels in clay to surround and secure gem stones and pearls. All of the jewel clusters on this book cover were created from scratch using polymer clay.

The focal point of the cover is a handprinted transfer from an illuminated manuscript with a banner written in Latin that snakes through the middle of the floral design.

Tin box

Polymer clay pieces that are gold leafed and painted

Hand made jewelry pieces

Transfers of Illuminated Manuscripts

6.5 x 5 x 1.5 inches


638 A FC1a

638 A FC1a

Title – Save our Seas.
Materials used – Created completely from Fimo Polymer Clay, apart from a thin layer of wire mesh buried inside the bowl to give it more strength.
Dimensions – 9.25 inches diameter x 3 inches deep.
Description: 
We know pollution’s devastating our seas, our reefs, coral and marine life. But many of us only see this through pictures on glass screens, (TV / Computer) or in glossy magazines. These often-contrived images prepared for our enjoyment are reflected on the inside of this fish bowl. A 2d image, of a reef in a pristine state, a characterisation, finished to a glass smooth surface, just like those screens we see the world through.
But the underside of the bowl depicts a different scene, beneath the waves, and takes us to the reef itself. Textures, 3d fish and coral, and unlike that choreographed 2d image, here some species are missing, others are reduced in numbers, and parts of the coral are bleached and dying. It is for me, a more realistic representation of how we are affecting marine life and our seas.
And while I am aware of the irony of depicting ‘saving our seas’ in Polymer Clay, I consider that not all plastics are in themselves bad, and it is what we do with them, how we dispose of them, that is important. I am hoping this polymer artwork will not be consigned to the depths of our seas.


1695 A FC2a

1695 A FC2a

Hollow form 32. This is a Hollow form that has no interior armatures. I have use two different types of Mokume Gane, inlayed colors and a carved top. You open the box by sliding the hollow form lentil out of the concave insert. The lentil is a hollow form. I used black Premo and sterling silver sheets to make jellyroll veneers, glued two ½ rounds together, polished to 800 grit. The Concave insert in the lid is a mixture of all colors used in the box. It harmonizes the patterns. Shaed accents were rolled into the veneer. The box was constructed using the slab technique. The box is 10”x7”


1695 A FC3a

1695 A FC3a

Boomerang Box.
 This hollow form has no interior armatures.  The veneer is made from a  Mokume Gane background. Jelly rolls were allowed to dryout so they would crack around the outside edges when enlarged. They were inlayed onto the Mokume Gane sheet. Applied to a form and constructed using the slab technique. The sides are sanded to 400 grit. A small black pinch pot is glued to the lid. 7”x12”


1695 A FCa

1695 A FCa

Outside/Inside  Box. I am exploring  a series of containers using images we usually see on the outside of containers and transferring them to the inside of my hollow forms. Food that we love but may not love us. What we see and eat everyday does end up on the inside. This hollow form used  Sculpey original clay, watercolors, graphite, Prismacolor pencils, Salt and a Pringles can transfer.  3″x7″


2639 A FCa

2639 A FCa

Title: Matched Mosaic Vessel

This matched mosaic vessel started with a bowl of solid polymer clay. A structure of steel wire was added on the outside and woven to the top. Panels of polymer clay were attached to the outside of the bowl and wire basket and decorated with sections of matched mosaic. The stopper is a hollow cone of clay with openings to hold the hammered wire shawl pins topped with mosaic designs.

Materials: Polymer clay, steel wire, nickel silver wire.

Vessel measures 15x8x8”


2889 A FC3a

2889 A FC3a

OPTICAL ILLUSION RING TRAY

Maybe it IS a good thing that I don’t have a two and a half carat diamond ring to remove when (if) I do the dishes! Bling like that in this little triangular ring tray by the kitchen sink would be the only thing that would take your attention away from the amazing 3-dimensional visual tricks possible with Skinner Blended polymer clay. (Just kidding… I’d take the ring!)

Material: Polymer Clay

Dimensions: Triangular-3-1/2″ per side

 

 


2927 A FCa

2927 A FCa

“Para Vessel”
Polymer Clay, Epoxy Clay, Wire, Paint, Copper

12″x10″x10″

A lidded vessel of growth and delicate decay. Natural processes simultaneously demonstrate building while deconstructing; tending while sabotaging; peace and conflict. Vessels contain and protect, while restraining and hiding.


3068 A FC A

3068 A FC A

Autumn Box 

Made entirely of polymer clay and liquid polymer clay (Cernit and Sculpey), this box grew from two inspirations: 

The fall leaf influence is obvious; I live in Vermont.  

The other inspiration came from a ceramic box my father made and I inherited when I was eight years old. Thrown on a wheel, it was designed to look like a vase with a very tight neck, but the neck was closed and there was an opening cut lower down that was partially disguised by decorative patterns. I always loved the idea and wished the true opening was completely hidden. So now I make boxes that are not recognizable as boxes when they are closed. 

The color gradations within each leaf are not skinner blend or caning; they are my own technique which I developed to take advantage of slightly translucent clays to achieve not only a smooth color transition but also extra color depth/glow. Each leaf is hand shaped to taper from a center thick enough for vein impressions out to very thin sharp edges. The strength of Cernit allows this. 

Nearly 5 inches tall and 3 inches across. 


Non Functional Sculpture and Hanging Art

Non Functional Sculpture and Hanging Art


111 A SH1A

111 A SH1A

Title: ‘Inspiration’

Description: The meandering line of small glow in the dark tiles represents the initial inspiration or brainwave. I often get my creative inspiration in the dark of the night. The graded colors that ripple out from this brainwave represent the development of an idea into the whole concept. The choice of shades of turquoise reflects the restful, calm, contemplation that forms part of my inspirational process. Each mosaic tile that covers this sphere is like one small part of a grand plan, and it is very satisfying when they all come together, to create the whole thing. As I was making this sculpture, I was already getting inspiration for my next creation.

Materials: Polymer clay tiles and acrylic paste grout (over stainless steel sphere)

Dimensions: 17 cm (63/4 inches) across x 17 cm (63/4 inches) high


137 A SH2a

137 A SH2a

Embedded Heart

Having traveled extensively in Mexico, sacred hearts have long been a source of inspiration in my work. In this piece, I have also incorporated the practice in parts of Mexico for attaching Milagros to wood substrates like shoe forms and hands. Milagros, meaning miracles, are small tin pieces, often representing parts of the body, that were traditionally nailed onto church doors and pinned onto garments to give thanks for prayers that were answered.

This heart was first created in ceramic clay that was bisque fired. I then covered the heart with gold-leafed polymer clay and was then able to embed the surface with a variety of jewelry pieces, metal findings and charms similar to the Milagro-encrusted objects found in Mexico. The small window cut out in the center is symbolic of a portal to inner peace that only the heart can provide.

Ceramic clay base

Polymer clay with gold leaf

Metal findings

Charms

8 x 4 inches

 

 

 


137 A SHa

137 A SHa

Hand of Mysteries

Alchemy and the art of the ancients is the inspiration for this shadowbox shrine, Hand of Mysteries. Historically, the hand, also called the Hand of the Philosophers, is a talisman that depicts the symbols of man’s transformation into god, however, this piece is secular in nature and speaks more to the way that the universe was understood in the 16th century. In the hand is locked the secrets of the philosophers about “earth and seed”. Traditionally represented with unique symbols on each of the fingers and thumb, The Hand of Mysteries is often portrayed with the all-seeing eye (also found on US currency!) and the symbols of the moon, the sun, a crown, and a star. I added the personal symbolism of the clam shell since it represents pilgrimage and travel, something that appeals to me. The eye, that I painted on a limpet shell, in the center is based on Victorian jewelry called Lover’s Eyes and is not associated with the original alchemical symbolism but was added as a way to incorporate and reinterpret symbols from various cultures and time periods.

Wood shadowbox

Polymer clay pieces that are hand stamped, painted and stenciled.

Found objects, jewelry pieces

 

 


601 A SH1

601 A SH1

Title:  Abstract Influences
Dimensions (not counting frame): 12″ x 16″
Materials used: Polymer clay, fabric, pre-stretched canvas, glue
Description:  I create polymer work that hangs on the wall. My work uses polymer clay glued on canvas that I have covered with fabric to bring out the color of the work.  The clay design is created using the tapestry technique that I learned from Carol Zilliacus (deceased). I use Premo clay for its strength and flexibility.  The black lines are applied over the design layer.  I enjoy pushing the clay to see what colors can be blended successfully and seeing how the clay can be used sculpturally as well as flat on the canvas. In this piece, my intent was to evoke abstract art and the lines in work such as that of Kandinsky.

 


601 A SH2

601 A SH2

Title:  Hanging Around
Dimensions (not counting frame): 8″ x 10″
Materials used: Polymer clay, fabric, pre-stretched canvas, glue
Description:  I create polymer work that hangs on the wall. My work uses polymer clay glued on canvas that I have covered with fabric to bring out the color of the work.  The clay design is created using the tapestry technique that I learned from Carol Zilliacus (deceased).  I use Premo clay for its strength and flexibility.  In this piece, the design has been cut and then assembled with spaces between the sections. It was baked over a rope of clay to provide the shape. I enjoy pushing the clay to see what colors can be blended successfully and seeing how the clay can be used sculpturally as well as flat on the canvas. In this piece, my intent was to create a sense of joy and ease.

601 A SH3

601 A SH3

Title:  Knotted
Dimensions (not counting frame): 12″ x 12″
Materials used: Polymer clay, fabric, pre-stretched canvas, glue
Description:  I create polymer work that hangs on the wall. My work uses polymer clay glued on canvas that I have covered with fabric to bring out the color of the work.  The clay design is created using the tapestry technique that I learned from Carol Zilliacus (deceased).  I use Premo clay for its strength and flexibility.  In this piece, the ribbon is gold clay that has been textured with sandpaper. I enjoy pushing the clay to see what colors can be blended successfully and seeing how the clay can be used sculpturally as well as flat on the canvas. In this piece, my intent was to take advantage of the alluring combination of red and gold to evoke a sense of love and love’s never straight path.

961 A SH

961 A SH

“Walk Off Grand Slam”

16″ L x 20″ W

polymer clay, italian glass, metallic powder, grout & acrylic on wood.

“Walk off Grand Slam” depicts New York Yankee, Mark Texeira’s dramatic come from behind grand slam win at home over the rivalry Boston, Red Sox. Fellow team mate, Bret Gardner gives Mark the cutomary, come from behind, game winning, Gatorade bath. Mark retired that year, making that exciting moment unforgetable.


1672 A SHa

1672 A SHa

RUSTY REEF – Polymer Wall piece

Rusty Reef represents a small intimate bio-system based on forms and shapes found in the sea or perhaps even the forest as nature repeats herself endlessly. In this piece I’m most interested in exploring the movement, transition and transformation that happens in the natural world while not being slavish to realistic interpretation. I imagined this fantasy system almost as a piece of metal, affected by the passage of time by creeping rust and verdigris. In keeping with the organic quality of the piece, I chose to create an irregular edge dictated by the interplay of the individual forms themselves. I challenged myself to find depth and interest and life using a limited palette to focus more on the forms and movement. 

Rusty Reef Materials – Ultralight polymer clay, wire armature for the largest flower form, Genesis oil paints and glazes, Gesso board with adhered Arches paper for the base. base. Dimensions- 12 x 12 in. , 1 ½ in D.

 

 


2088 A SH2a

2088 A SH2a

Title: Haru

Description: Haru is a Japanese word that means “Springtime”. With the mild colors of this sculpture, I want to give a salute to traditional Japanese art with its sparse and very precise lines, which ” coincidentally” happen to express beauty and harmony.

The zipper on the back becomes a contrast to the soft and timeless attitude. A zipper is a modern invention and thus becomes a break of style. In addition, it reveals a shimmering inside that also is a strong contrast. Question: What does this mean? There are many hidden messages in this little horse sculpture that, with great expectation, looks up to what is coming. Answer: The messages you find by yourself are always the right ones. 

Materials used: Concrete (as the armature), polymer clay, black zipper, copper leaf metal, soft pastels, acrylic paint.

Dimensions: Height: 21 cm, Width: 10 cm. Depth: 6 cm

 

 


2088 A SH3a

2088 A SH3a

Title: Global Warming

Description: One of humanity’s greatest challenges is the global warming. It is all about decisions: Political decisions, corporate decisions and the decisions that each individual person make – we are all important.

I present our earth as a globe, wildely forced forward by a resolute rider with a whip. In front of the globe stands a symbol of the future – a little child. With a droopy flower in her hand, she bravely stands still and with her right hand raised she tries to stop the very big runaway horse. She wants to have a world to live in when she grows up.

The creation of this sculpture unexpectedly touched me very deeply. Keeping the round globe in my hands and carefully placing out the different continents and understanding their relations to eachother made me understand how important it is for us to take really good care of this little globe that is our mutual home in the universe.

Everyone should create their own globe with their bare hands to understand how important it is for us to cooperate in nurturing the world we live in. And to not push it beyond its limits.

Materials used: Steel wire, apoxie sculpt and aluminum foil as the armature, papier maché for the shape of the globe, polymer clay, soft pastels, acrylic paint. 

Dimensions: Height: 71 cm, Width: 66 cm, Depth: 20 cm

 

 


2889 A SHa

2889 A SHa

ROBOT FLUTIST

This guy was inevitable! He was created for a flutist buddy who collects vintage robot art and wears Vibram sole shoes. Since I’m also a flutist, polymer clay has proved to be the perfect medium in which to work. It’s super easy on the pinkies! No more telling the conductor that I can’t play F# for a while since I burned my ring finger while soldering a bezel or had a little boo-boo with the lapidary wheel… 

Materials: Polymer Clay, craft wire, silver findings and beads for eyes

Dimensions: 4″ high x 3-1/2″ wide x 1-3/4″ deep


2951 A SH2a

2951 A SH2a

Title: Desert Tortoise

Description: Many of my creatures are southwest inspired, sometimes known as spirit animals. This is my polymer clay desert tortoise sculpture. The tortoise represents patience, persistence, and well-grounded in folklore.

A base clay figure is sculpted over armature wire and foil for initial shape, then fired. The millefiori tiles are placed over the base sculpture, smoothed and fired again. I then sand and buff using wet sanding and micromesh to a 12,000 grit for a super-smooth finish. Even with its small size, this tortoise represents many hours of work.

List of Materials: Polymer Clay, armature wire, taxidermist glass eyes

Dimensions: 3” x 4” x 5.5

 


2951 A SH3a

2951 A SH3a

Title: Nine-banded Armadillo

Description: Many of my creatures are southwest inspired, sometimes known as spirit animals. This is my polymer clay armadillo sculpture. The armadillo represents a heightened sense of awareness, security and strength in folklore.

A base clay figure is sculpted over armature wire and foil for initial shape, then fired. The millefiori tiles are placed over the base sculpture, smoothed and fired again. I then sand and buff using wet sanding and micromesh to a 12,000 grit for a super-smooth finish. These millefiori canes were made just for this sculpture, and this armadillo represents many hours of work.

List of Materials: Polymer Clay, armature wire, taxidermist glass eyes

Dimensions: 5” x 6” x 13”


2951 A SHa

2951 A SHa

Title: Barn Owl

Description: Many of my creatures are southwest inspired, sometimes known as spirit animals. This is my whimsical polymer clay barn owl sculpture. Wise and mystic, the barn owl has a classic heart-shaped face and piercing eyes looking through you.

A base clay figure is sculpted over armature wire and foil for initial shape, then fired. The millefiori tiles are placed over the base sculpture, smoothed and fired again. I then sand and buff using wet sanding and micromesh to a 12,000 grit for a super-smooth finish. My process represents many hours for each sculpture.

List of Materials: Polymer Clay, armature wire, taxidermist glass eyes

Dimensions: 4” x 4” x 7”


3070 A SH A

3070 A SH A

“A Bird’s Eye View”

16″ x 16″

My sculptures usually include a “found” or discarded object. For this piece it was a silver plated teapot. At the same time, seeing crows in my neighborhood inspired me to create one out of polymer clay. I imagined putting the two forms together, the life size crow and the teapot. Making several sketches, the concept and design for how to physically connect them came together.

The landscape image created on the teapot builds a narrative for the sculpture while the curved branches suggest mystery and movement.

The crow has a cardboard and wood armature with a polymer veneer. The branches are made from extruded polymer which were then coiled over formed wire. The silver plated teapot was sprayed with a paint primer and then was covered with a polymer veneer. Lastly, a wash of acrylic paint was brushed over the entire piece.


Wearable Jewelry

Wearable Jewelry


638 A WJ2a

638 A WJ2a

Title – Kings of Borneo.

Materials Used – Plaque and leaves made solely from Kato Polyclay with  metal wire, findings and links creating the ‘chain’ of the necklace.

Dimensions – the focal area of the leaves and plaque is 6 x 5 inches, and the necklace itself is 16.5 inches long.

Description – There is something about baby orangutans. They have that look which makes them seem so all knowing, as if they are staring into your soul. There is no reproach in their gaze, no judgement, but I look at the devastation that we are causing to their habitat, and I feel such sorrow for their plight.

In this necklace, I wanted to capture that look they have, that gentle knowing gaze in a portrait of a baby orangutan, created completely from polymer clay. It is done in an oval plaque, much like the miniature portraits so popular in the Victorian age, capturing a moment.

The image is textured and sculpted and seemed to grow by itself, creating its own character, and watching me with that enigmatic half smile, as I worked.

To me, orangutans are the Kings of the Borneo jungle, so what better setting than to have my orangutan face plaque staring out through the leaves of the actual Borneo King plant, Alocasia Macrorrhiza, with the tops of those huge leaves created with bail’s reflecting the colours of the orangutan.

2 Kings of Borneo together in one piece.


1632 A WJa

1632 A WJa

Brooch:

Title: Britannia

Materials: Polymer clay, stainless steel and slate

Dimensions: 65mm x 80mm x 20mm

Description: As an artist I see myself also as an interpreter of my surroundings. I live near the sea as well as an abandoned slate quarry that shipped slate through France in the 18th and 19th centuries. The slate was used in the construction of castles and cathedrals.

The construction of the piece is architectural, built on a base of found slate. Angled above the slate is a metal sheet topped by one of my signature motifs. Inserted between these layers are a depiction of seaweed from my walks along the sea. 


2639 A WJa

2639 A WJa

Title: Crazy Quilt Ensemble

Category: Wearable Jewelry

This ensemble of jewelry started with the crazy quilt veneer pictured in the frame. The veneer is constructed of various techniques of polymer clay in black and white bordered by gold strips. The veneer is then used to create the bangle bracelets, pendant necklace, and earrings.

Materials: Polymer clay

Measurements – various


2742 A WJ2a

2742 A WJ2a

Axess necklace

This beaded necklace in the shape of two handed axes is stringed on the ball chain – actualy the ball chain is incorporated into the beads so they hold position. I used my favorite colour palette enriched with light green.


2742 A WJ3a

2742 A WJ3a

Snake finger bracelet

These bracelets always remind me snake skin. I love them. They are simple, easy and has many variations. Can´t wait what will bring another one (or two). Medium size full bracelet, 100% Premo clay.


2742 A WJa

2742 A WJa

Five suns necklace

I realy love how the colours turn out here, it is a smooth play of light and shade.

The bowl shaped circles with slight crackles are both side patterned, made with my faux mosaic technique. The engraved peebles in matching colours are sitting in the middle of the bowls.


2889 A WJ2a

2889 A WJ2a

BENTLEY BUD VASE BROOCH

If a vintage Bentley sat in the garage next to my mud-spattered Honda, I would definitely honor the tradition of bud vases in luxury vehicles. Here it is! Full disclosure: I made a gridded bump texture plate and black and white bargello tube during a couple of long gossipy phone calls and just let them lead me to the goony flower. No way was it going to be the “Just Messing Around Brooch,” though!

Materials: Polymer Clay, commercial pin findings

Dimensions: 3″ wide x 2-5/8 high x 1″ deep


3063 A WJa

3063 A WJa

TITLE: Eternal Love

DESCRIPTION: Infinite love that flies on the wings of eternity, with ever-changing colors and glow that enlightens the darkest nights.  

I entirely sculpted this iridescent, glow-in-the-dark piece of wearable art by hand, without the use of any molds.

MATERIALS: 

– PREMO polymer clay (regular and glow-in-the-dark one handmade by me using translucent polymer clay and glow-in-the-dark powder)

– Swarovski crystals 

– Swarovski drop

– Iridescent pigments that change their colors depending on the angle

– 14K gold filled chains

– Magick

DIMENSIONS:

Pendant  – 120mm wide, 125mm tall, including the Swarovski drop

– total length: 20 inches, adjustable (the width of the pendant is added to the length.)

 

 


3064 A WJ

3064 A WJ

Pendant: Brooch Spring

Material: Polymer clay, Metal

Length 4, 5 cm

Width 3,5 cm 

Firstly, I made background from red polymer clay, which had glitter effect. Then I made colors  which I needed for this composition. Therefore I mixed different colored polymer clays with each other. Given composition required approximately 12 colors for small details. 

I sticked in every piece of flower petal or flower stem , leaf, dot one by one by needle on surface. I used magnifying glass. 

Firstly, I made big flowers, secondly leaves, and then small flowers.  

Finally, I fired this piece of work in the oven according to the rules. 


3064 A WJ2

3064 A WJ2

Pendant: Great blue Heron

Material: Polymer clay, Metal

Length 5,0 cm

Width 3,7 cm 

Firstly, I made background  from polymer clay on metal carcass. Then I sculpted in clay naked bird’s figure.  Then I mixed different colored clays, and got different colors which I needed for this composition.

I sculpted feather and shaft of feather  one  by one , and gradually sticked in bird’s naked body by needle.  I used magnifying glass. I added marsh plants.

Finally, I fired this piece of work in the oven according to the rules. 


3064 A WJ3

3064 A WJ3

Pendant: Flamingo

Material: Polymer clay, Metal

Length 5,0 cm

Width 3,7 cm 

Firstly, I made background  from polymer clay on metal carcass.  Then I sculpted in clay naked Flamingo’s  figure.  Then I made colors which  I needed for this composition . For this effect I mixed different colored polymer clays with each other. I never use paint, lacquer. I sculpted each feather, shaft of feather individually and gradually sticked  in  bird’s naked body by needle. I used magnifying glass.  Then I added plants.

Finally, I fired this piece of work in the oven according to the rules. 


3068 A WJ2 A

3068 A WJ2 A

White Leaves from the White Continent 
 
This pendant was not actually made in Antarctica but it did visit there in November 2018. While it loved the snow and penguins, it hopes to someday get to visit someplace where there will be other leaves to keep it company – perhaps a summer wedding? 
 
Polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, mica powders (Cernit, Sculpey, Pearlex) 
 
About 4.5 inches long and 5 inches wide. 


3069 A WJa

3069 A WJa

The rich, natural color and bright contrast of a winter-hardy red fox was the inspiration for my pendant. My goal was to capture the bold color and distinctive fox face while applying my own geometric style to create something truly unique. I began by sculpting a base in black clay. I then made a palette of veneers in a variety of subtle shades of brown and cream. Most of the veneers were made entirely from clay but some have bits of iridescence sparkle or thin layers of acrylic paint. I cut tiny strips from the veneers and laid them on the clay base mosaic-style. The patterns created by the tiles were playfully designed piece-by-piece and include a heart in the center of the forehead symbolizing a love of art and nature.

The finished piece is 2″ X 2″. The eyes sparkle with black Swarovski crystals. A rustic leather cord and handmade copper findings complete the necklace.