Saturday, August 9, 2014

August Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE August Challenge "Home Decor" are:

Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:

1. Cheery Songbirds Decorative Ornaments by Marie Young of YoungCreative


2.   Summertime by Brenda of BeeJWilson



3. Rays of Summer Soap Dish by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

 

Member Vote

Top entries selected by PCAGOE members:

1. TIE: 
Summertime by Brenda of BeeJWilson
Patriotic 'Scope Pledge of Allegiance by Jill of JKollmann


2. Rays of Summer Soap Dish by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns






3. Pink Flower Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive


View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/07/august-challenge-home-decor.html



Congratulations to the drawing winners. They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Susan Hicks
Sherry Lewis
Ronda Barber

Comments from the voters:
Muy buenos trabajos, difícil decisión elegir solo 3. Suerte a las participantes. Saludos cordiales
Such beautiful work to all but I can only choose three,:)
All the work you do is amazing wow!!
I like the idea of this challenge and the really useful items caught my eye. Decorative is nice, but not really what I think of as "for the home", which I took to mean something you would USE. They are all beautiful.
Very creative and beautiful entries.
Great work done by all
Beautiful, beautiful and y'all are very talented!
Love the colors on the teapot !
Love the creative artwork.
This time it was a real challenge to choose my favorites... They're all so wonderful.
This one was especially hard to choose, I love them all!
Great.
All these creations are wonderful! Well done everyone!
Great work ladies.
The Revolving Bottle Stopper Art Display is a perfect gift for a collector.
Great work to all.
Incredible work as always. Everyone has put an amazing amount of thought and effort into each piece and it is obvious. Thank you for your contributions during the summer months. I enjoy voting during this time as well as during the winter.
This challenge brought a nice verity of projects !! I loved that #5 was artistic, useful, and recycled items into the design. Great Job.
These were beautiful, creative and stimulating. Makes me want to get into the studio for about 10 hours.
It was very hard to pick just three items. All entries are winners.
I look forward to the monthly challenges and how each participating member interprets the theme selected for the month.
Very beautiful works.
Very diverse selection!
I'm in love with those songbirds, they're so delicate. If only I think of using eggshells I would be afraid I'd break them. The colors of this soap dish are magnificent, thanks for showing! and last, but not least, I do love precious teapots. This Balinese one would suit my collection ;-)
Sometimes I am just left speechless by all the beautiful claying.  Thanx.
I could just see my co-worker's daughter's picture in the frame #7.
All of the items are so beautiful. As usual, it is difficult to choose. Each of you has a unique style. I do love the bright colors!!!
Such talent! Love seeing all the creative ways of using clay!
This was a hard choice to make - you all do such beautiful work.
There are some very fine entries here, it's hard to choose.
So many great ideas this month!
As usual, very hard to choose just three!
Incredible creativity and design!
I am amazed to see all the different items that can be made from polymer clay! All the entries are such wonderful pieces of art!
Love the variety! Tough choices once again, everything is so well done!
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Featured Artist Linda Riopel


 
 
 
Meet Linda Riopel
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of August 4th through August 17th. 
(View her work featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.)    

 
Linda has lived in New York all of her life, calling Smithtown (on the North shore of Long Island) home. She is proud of both her state and the big city of Manhattan. Linda has been working with polymer for many years, since retiring from work at Stony Brook Hospital. Linda is well known for her impeccable image transfers, gorgeous floral cane work and flawless finishing. Linda says this about her polymer clay pursuits: "About ten years ago a friend invited me to a craft session. She was using polymer clay. I was so intrigued, I went and purchased some that very day. Since that time, I have been claying, teaching and loving every minute of my new found passion."

Find more of Linda's work at these online locations:

www.nkdesigns.etsy.com and
www.nkdesignslindariopel.blogspot.com and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkiken/

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Challenge Home Decor

For August our members focused on decorative items for the home. They could create anything inspired by the theme as long as the entries contained 50% polymer clay.



Vote for your favorites. Three lucky voters will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.

To see larger images visit:

1. Tea Pot for One by Berit of ClayImages
 A little tea pot for your tea party for one! This is my entry into the PCAGOE August challenge "Home Decor". Spiral canes make this tea pot fun and special. It's decorative as well as usable.


2. Balinese Silver Inspired Tea Pot by Lisa of HiGirls
This teapot was created with lots of black and burgundy clay and silver mica powders. The faux stones have a crackle of gold leaf.
To see more views: www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/

3. Black & Purple Stone Prism Sculpture No. 143 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Purely for display, this faux stone polymer sculpture serves no useful purpose, except as luxurious eye-candy in your home decor scheme. Oh, and you will want to pick it up and handle it, too - it's silky-smooth to the touch! 


4. Pink Double Switchplate with Ribbon Pattern by Marcia of marcymPC
 A single switch plate in an abstract pattern with lilac and pale orange or beige and black inclusions, giving the impression of ribbons and bows. A randomized cane was sliced and laid out in a kaleidoscopic pattern on backing clay to create the design.

5. Summertime by Brenda of BeeJWilson
.. and the living is easy. I brighten up the bath in the summertime, and try to bring some outdoor beauty indoors. This soap dish and lotion dispenser are the perfect fix to do just that. The soap dish is made from the center section of a bright green wine bottle, cut in strips, then fused together in a grid pattern. I then slumped that over a bowl mold. I laid polymer clay inside the bowl and trimmed it all with butterscotch to accent the edge pattern. The lotion dispenser was once a salsa jar, covered with polymer clay to coordinate with the soap dish.

6. Cheery Songbirds Decorative Ornaments by Marie Young of YoungCreative
These songbirds began their lives as chicken eggs. They were laid by a well-educated chicken on a farm near me owned by a university dean. I sculpted playful polymer details over the hollowed-out egg shells. The bright color was achieved with polymer clay tinted with alcohol ink. The extra details in the wings and tail-feathers are really precious.   

7. Colorful Millefiori Floral Photo Frame by Angela of polymerclaycreations
This is a glass photo frame that I have covered with my floral canes.  

8. Patriotic 'Scope Pledge of Allegiance by Jill of JKollmann
Patriotic 'Scope Pledge of Allegiance with coordinating polymer stand. The banner has the entire Pledge of Allegiance, stamped one letter at a time. And spelled correctly!

9. Winged Creature with Beady Eyes Night Light by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
I've been on a night light kick lately, having lots of fun with translucent polymer clay (liquid and solid) and alcohol inks. So I knew I would make a night light. I made two for the challenge and this was the one I decided to enter in the challenge. The finished product is a large 5" tall x 4 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep.  For how this creature evolved and for more views visit my blog post at http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2014/07/winged-creature-night-light.html

10. Peace Dove Mosaic Cross by Arlene of Ashpaints
The focal tile of this cross mosaic is a Peace Dove. Each tile in this inspirational piece is handmade and impressed with deeply etched stamps. After curing, a combination of antiquing mediums, acrylic paints and metallic wax is used to enhance and highlight the designs. The wooden form is the only part of this piece that is not handmade of polymer clay.

11. Rays of Summer Soap Dish by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer soap dish "lacy polymer" center and faux ceramic glaze finish. For more views and to learn more about my creative process for this piece, please visit my blog: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/07/rays-of-summer.html


12. Pink Flower Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive
Liquid polymer and fabric bowl. Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/07/something-for-home.html

13. Soap Dispenser by Freda of FredaK
Black and white mokume gane with red accents

14. Revolving Bottle Stopper Art Display by Jill Stone of Beautified Essentials
Some wine connoisseurs collect bottle stoppers and have them on display in their house. I have had fun making over 1,500 bottle stoppers over the past 2.5 years and selling them in olive oil and vinegar stores, wine stores, and wineries across Colorado and New Mexico. My new stopper designs have different art on each side of the chrome stopper- there are 30 stoppers on this display. You can take a closer look at my designs in my other Flickr pictures.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Featured Artist Freda Kramer


Meet Freda Kramer of FredaK
 PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of July 21st through August 3rd. 
(View her work featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.)    
 
Freda lives in Northeastern Ohio. Aside from polymer, Freda also dabbles with copper and wirework. Freda says this about her creative journey, "I've always loved jewelry and when I started making it, my jewelry box overflowed. I was getting a lot of compliments on the pieces I made so I decided other people might like to enjoy them too. That is why I started my Etsy store.

Making the jewelry and other items just keeps getting better and better. There are so many things to do with polymer clay that I'll never have time for them all."

Find more of Freda's work at these online locations:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/FredaK and http://www.flickr.com/photos/FredaK and http://www.beadnclay.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Featured Artist Becky Sue Mizell



Meet Becky Sue Mizell
PCAGOE feature artist for the weeks of July 7th through July 20th. 
(View her work featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.)  

Becky Sue has been working with polymer clay for over 20 years. She loves playing with color and creating whimsical items. One of Becky Sue's specialties is buttons… she has made buttons for a seamstress who has done work for celebrities. Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), actress Virginia Hankins, and novelist George R. R. Martin, are a few celebs who possess Becky Sue's work. Regarding her creative journey, here are Becky Sue's own words: "Being the eighth of twelve children and growing up in a small town, I learned to be inventive. I made Christmas gifts for my family, which were always unique. Over the years, I created with paper craft, stained glass, rubber-stamping, book making and sewing. I would dive whole- hog into each until I got burnt out and needed to try something else. Years later, as an adult, I found I was still doing different types of art for my family, changing to a new medium every two to three years. One day, I decided I was going to try to make something for myself. I was familiar with polymer clay but had not used it much. I began by making a barrette for myself. I made one and then another; I just couldn't stop. Learning to use the clay has been a journey of pure fun. It has been the first medium that I have not gotten tired of using nor found the limits to its usage."

Find more of Becky Sue's work at these online locations:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/beckysuecreations and
http://www.beckysuecreations.com/Home.html and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beckysuecreations/ and
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Becky-Sue-Creations/154290027986357 and
http://beckysuecreations.blogspot.com/

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Mixed Media Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE July Challenge "Mixed Media" are:

Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:

1. Patriotic "Betsy" Mixed Media Cat Art by Marie Young of YoungCreative


2.   Geometry in Motion by Brenda of BeeJWilson



3. Rich Jewel Toned Millefiori Floral Repurposed CD Suncatcher by Angela of polymerclaycreations

 

Member Vote

Top entries selected by PCAGOE members:

1. TIE: 
Geometry in Motion by Brenda of BeeJWilson
Patriotic "Betsy" Mixed Media Cat Art by Marie Young of YoungCreative


2. Rich Jewel Toned Millefiori Floral Repurposed CD Suncatcher by Angela of polymerclaycreations






3. Scrappy Necklace and Earrings Set by Lisa of HiGirls


View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/06/july-challenge-mixed-media.html



Congratulations to the drawing winners. They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Pam Christensen
Moyra Riley

Valerie Roberts 
Comments from the voters:
Love the work ladies!
Interesting ideas! Beautiful work ladies.
This was a fun challenge and was interpreted in so many different ways. Love the diversity and flexibility of polymer clay.
Really hard to chose they are all so good and creative. I wouldn't mind having any of them for my own.
Great.
All the entries are wonderful...it was not an easy choice...good luck!
Amazing stuff, ladies! Hard to choose!
Great work Arlene...I love it!
I saw the beautiful pieces on Facebook :)
These are AWESOME - I would LOVE to win one!!!
Amazing work everyone.
Your works of art are beautiful and dreamy. Keeps me fired up and inspired to create!
Fun to see such artistry!
So many clever designs this month!
I love to see all the talent that is here. Keep up the great work.
Love the ideas and originality
It was good to see some members getting away from what's "safe."
As usual - well done again!!
All the entries were exceptional and I had a hard time choosing this one.
Unusual entries this time!
Tough choice this month, all fantastic entries once again!
Great work, ladies!
All these are such worthy entries. It's really hard to decide.
Wonderfully imaginative work as always. It is so fun to see what everyone comes up with.

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Challenge Mixed Media

About the challenge: 
For July our members went mixed-media with their entries. They could create anything inspired by the theme as long as the entries contained 50% polymer clay.



Vote for your favorites. Three lucky voters will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.

To see larger images visit:

1. Patriotic "Betsy" Mixed Media Cat Art by Marie Young of YoungCreative
This mixed media piece features a polymer clay cat, "Betsy," sitting on a polymer airplane tail. The background is decoupaged tissue paper with a faux wood finish. Dimensions: 10 inches high and 10 inches wide with airplane overhang.

2. Carnival Mask by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
I love masks and tribal/totem designs so I decided to try my hand at a small mask in that style for this challenge. Materials include a cardboard mask base, acrylic paint, polymer clay, glitter glue and 20 gauge craft wire. You may view more photos and read about the process on my blog at http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2014/06/carnival-mask-made-for-pcagoe-july

3. Licorice Leather Bracelet No. 180 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Mixed media wristwear, in trendy "licorice" leather, silver plated wire, Swarovski crystals, assorted beads and, of course, a textured polymer focal.

4. Madam FooFoo by Marcia of marcymPC
Madam FooFoo is an elegant little polymer clay lady wearing a lovely red and black dress and furry jacket today. She is thinking deeply as she attends all her social functions, planning for tomorrow's outings. Her daughter's wedding is coming up soon and she is also contemplating her mother-of-the-bride outfit. Proper clothing is very important to her.

5. Scrappy Necklace and Earrings Set by Lisa of HiGirls
A very thrifty necklace made from repurposed scrap clay bicone beads mixed with rolled scrap fabric beads and some fun spacer beads I found at Goodwill! A super long necklace that can easily be doubled around your neck. 

6.  Geometry in Motion by Brenda of BeeJWilson
The glass bottom was once a wine bottle. I cut the center section of the bottle into strips, fused in a grid pattern, then slumped it over a bowl mold. I then covered the center of the bowl with polymer clay square cane slices and trimmed the edges with bright orange to accent the shape.

7. Cloudy with a chance of Tyvek® by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer clay, Tyvek®, gel inks, dyes and silk sari create this versatile minimalist necklace. To read about my creation process and to see the different ways this piece can be worn, check out my blog post on this piece here: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/06/cloudy-with-mix-of-tyvek.html

8. Steam-box-Etsy-mixed-media by Carole of CompelledCraft
This is a Wooden box that I covered in Premo polymer clay clay and I used metal legs and the metal Spigot in the center actually turns! To add to the steampunk look I used Swellegant to to patina and age the piece.

9. Mother's Hips by Line of PlaySculptLive
A mixed media sculpture that uses polymer clay, glass, metal and a secret bubble recipe. http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/06/a-mothers-day-inspiration.html

10. Time Began in a Garden by Arlene of Ashpaints
This is the top view of an upcycled wooden cigar box. The design includes several layers of textured polymer clay, a message - Time Began in a Garden - and several metal and sparkly elements.

11. Rich Jewel Toned Millefiori Floral Repurposed CD Suncatcher by Angela of polymerclaycreations
This is an old computer disc that I have repurposed into a new life as a suncatcher. One of my favorite color combos. I saw these beautiful iridescent green and purple beads at the the craft store and knew I had to make a suncatcher to match. I covered one side with polymer clay. After curing and sanding I drilled some holes and added the crystals and beads for extra sparkle. CD's make great suncatchers with their reflective film. They give off wonderful rainbows when light shines on them. These can be used indoors or out. 


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Featured Artist Lisa Rapp


Introducing Lisa Rapp of Hi Girls 
PCAGOE featured artist for June 9 through June 22
 (View her work featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.)  
 
Lisa hails from Ivyland, PA and has been working with polymer for several years. In addition to #polymer, her talents include designing and #sewing fabric handbags and personal accessories. Her bags usually incorporate some aspect of her polymer, whether in the form of a clasp or just a decoration. About her work, Lisa says this: "I have been obsessed with polymer for several years now. It has progressed from using polymer in bead making to covering anything that isn't nailed down with polymer clay! My latest creations include teapots which require many hours of work, and have become one of my favorite things to make. Every bag at HiGirls designs is handmade by me, and each one is unique. I especially love working with vintage and repurposed fabric. I've been sewing since I was a young girl, and have a huge collection of fabric to prove it!"

Find more of Lisa's work at these online locations:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/higirls
https://www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/
https://www.facebook.com/higirlsdesigns