Monday, January 26, 2015

Featured Artist Brenda Wilson


Meet Brenda Wilson of BeejWilson
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of January 26th through February 8th
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Brenda works in both polymer and upcycled glass arts, and often combines the two art forms resulting in very unique creations. Brenda has this to say about herself: “I grew up in a very talented family. Mom was a porcelain doll artist. My sister became a world renowned artist at an early age. As a single mom, I didn't have much time to develop a creative style. Since retirement, I've played around with several mediums. My passion has become working with polymer clay. I really enjoy recycling ordinarily disposed of items by covering them with clay to give them another purpose.”
Find more of Brenda’s work at these online locations:
www.beejwilson.etsy.com and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124229935@N07/ and
https://www.facebook.com/bj.wilson.376?pnref=lhc.recent and
http://www.beejrecreations.com/home.html

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Featured Artist Lise Boss


Meet Lise Boss of Ooh La De Da by Lise
Featured artist for the weeks of December 12th through January 25th
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!


Lise resides in Edwardsville, IL and has this to say about herself: .“I’ve spent most of my life as a Nail Stylist. I have always been into creative possibilities. But one day I had a terrible fall, and destroyed my femur (leg). It changed a lot of my life, since I was wheelchair bound almost a year, So I discovered polymer clay. So I now create polymer clay jewelry. I love all things jewelry, so I also make jewelry with beads, and vintage pieces too. I live in a cute little house in a very nice college town near my brother, with my spoiled cat I rescued.” Find more of Lise in these online locations: www.oohladedabylise.etsy.com and https://www.facebook.com/OohLaDeDaByLise/photos_stream and https://www.flickr.com/photos/lise-elliott

Friday, January 9, 2015

Illuminated Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE January Challenge "Illuminated" are:

Top entries selected by the public


1. Global Warming - Polar Bear sitting on a Hudson Bay blanket by Betsy of PolyClayCafe



2. Tinsel Tree Light by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

3. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of polymerclaycreations 


PCAGOE Member Vote

 

1. Tinsel Tree Light by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


 

2. Global Warming - Polar Bear sitting on a Hudson Bay blanket by Betsy of PolyClayCafe



3. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of polymerclaycreations 




View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/12/january-challenge-illuminated.html



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

Alina Preston
Ginger Petraglia
Beth Bunts

Comments from the voters:
-As always, some very creative and well-executed interpretations of the theme.
-It was hard to choose, because they are all so good!
-Hard to make a choice. All so beautiful.
-I look forward to this event every month...LOVE all the beautiful creations :)
-The work of all the artists is just wonderful!
-What fun!
-Happy creative 2015 to all.
-Beautiful work by all, it was hard to choose and rank a top 3! I eventually chose what I felt best addressed the challenge topic, then ranked by what appealed to me most. So much talent!
-It has been very very difficult to choose three creations this month!! They all are wonderful.
-Beautiful work on all.
-Beautiful as always, ladies! So inventive. :)
-Thanks for offering us a chance to see such neat creations!
-All the works are wonderful. So many talented artisans!
-It was very difficult to choose, as always. All of the projects were very creative and well done.
-Hard to choose this month!
-I was so impressed this month with the challenges that I actually went around and read how they were accomplished! It was difficult to decide on the top three and I wished that I could have more options for an additional runner-up....
-Wow! What a challenge this month was what came out of it at this time of the year was amazing! So well done everyone! Thank you!!
Esta vez fue muy, muy difícil la elección. Todos son fantásticos, felicito a las creadoras.
!!! FELIZ AÑO !!! which means This time it was very, very difficult choice. All are fantastic, I congratulate the creators.!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
-Pretty! I love Light ups--very hard to shoot, though.
-Beautiful designs. It was hard to pick.
-As always lovely work !!
-Beth uses Ginger's Holo effect very well - I love that it's a recycled item, love the magnetic star, and I can see that it would give a beautiful glow when lit from inside.
-Hard to choose.
-Really nice job.
-Loved the whimsy of Little Red Riding Hood!
-#8 these are stunning!!! Very delicate yet striking!
-So much creativity shown here...Very hard to choose!
-I tend to enjoy the more organic and the more intricately creative pieces.
-Very creative as always!
-Wow, so tough to choose this month! Awesome entries by all!
-Keep up all the great work! Beautiful creations!!
-GREAT way to kick off the new year!
-Boy was it hard to choose! Fantastic job everyone! I am so impressed as always with the talent in this guild. I think I chose the polar bear not only because it is just a wonderful art piece but also for the cause behind it.
-Excellent interpretations. As always, it's difficult to choose my top 3. Well done to all the artists.
-I’m just amazed by all the beautiful work you all do and the time you put into your work..( it shows!) keep up the great work happy New Year!
-Hard to choose. All are beautiful!
-It is so cool to see all the variations of using pc in these illumination pieces. They all are wonderful, as usual it was very hard to pick three!
-I love the Global Bear.
-Marie Young mentioned the contest on her FB page. She is an amazing artist!
-Truly impressive work with a fairly difficult process! Congrats to all - well done!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Challenge Illuminated



For our January challenge we are featuring illuminated designs. 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:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1089891@N25/

1. Red Riding Hood Votive by Marie Young of YoungCreative
For this piece, "Red meets Granny," I covered a recycled blue glass jar with a thin layer of translucent clay. Cut outs show off the bright blue underneath. Over this "sky," I recreated the moment when Red Riding Hood and her "Grandmother" come face-to-face for the first time. Read more: http://marieyoungcreative.com/red-riding-hood-votive/


2. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of polymerclaycreations 
This was made by "drawing" the solder lines with silver clay and then filling in with tinted liquid clay. It took forever to make because each panel had to be made and baked before I could do the next one.

3. Lighted Dome by Jill of JKollmann
Up-cycled glass element fits into a polymer base with a bezel to secure a battery operated 'candle', then topped with sculpted floral elements. The shape of the glass is rather egg-like.....hmmmm!

4. Tinsel Tree Light by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Christmas tree themed light created with polymer on a wire base with magnetic removable star topper. The dichroic surface effect of this piece was created using The Blue Bottle Tree's Holo effect tutorial, by Ginger Allman. To read more about the process of creating this piece, please visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/12/happy-shiny-christmas-tree.html

5. Illuminated Ocean by Lisa of HiGirls
This small votive uses tinted translucent clay highlighting rough edges and a bit of carving. Molded seashells form the base.

6. Organic Light Pod by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read more here: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/12/let-there-be-light.html

7. Sunflower Garden Votive by Arlene of Ashpaints
The sunflower is my daughter's favorite flower so I chose it to use in this challenge. The design begins with a square glass votive. The "frosted window" on two sides is a unique combination of white and translucent and I've added a cross-hatched design to give it a more pane-like look. The sunflowers petals are from a petal cane that I made and each is individually shaped and placed. Vines and leaves plus ball feet to lift it just a tad add that finishing touch. 

8. Candle Holders by Berit of ClayImages
Another use for my Stroppel 2 cane. These are lovely like stained glass when lit. 
  
9. Global Warming - Polar Bear sitting on a Hudson Bay blanket by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
I knew I wanted to do a globe shaped nightlight for the January PCAGOE challenge theme illumination. I recently finished taking Leslie Blackford's class at Creative Journey Studios in Buford, GA on nightlights - an awesome experience.

Global warming is of great concern to me and I worry about our future generations both two and four legged when it comes to the changes it is causing in our environment. I decided to do a polar bear on a shrinking sheet of ice to signify what is happening. The Hudson Bay blanket takes me back to my childhood when there were no such worries.

The nightlight globe is made from an inverted round glass vase covered with ink dyed Pardo translucent polymer clay. To see more views including a turned-on view and to learn a little about the process visit my blog post: http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2014/12/global-warming-polar-bear-sitting-on.html

10. Red and Black with Translucent Earrings No. 175 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Light-diffusing chopped translucent polymer is the bottom element for these polymer earrings, with red and black polished focals and a ruby Swarovski crystal.

Read the expanded rules here.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Featured Artist Elizabeth Schydlower


Meet Elizabeth Schydlower of Artisan Knob Shop
Featured artist for the weeks of December 29th through January 11th
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Elizabeth resides in El Paso, TX. I asked Elizabeth to write a little bit about herself for this feature, here's what she shared:

“I am a wife, mother of three and grandmother of seven all of whom are the light of my life. I am retired now, but professionally worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

My intro to pc occurred one morning when I happened onto the Carol Duvall Show. Donna Kato was a guest and did her magic with a beautiful pendant. I was hooked and remain so to this day. 

I must admit that I've been all over the place with my pc projects. I started with beads, moved to jewelry and finally landed on home decor projects, more specifically, drawer and cabinet knobs. My favorite efforts in this area are the custom orders that I receive, which allow me to become an integral part of a client's custom design. 


I humbly acknowledge that any growth I achieve in this wonderful medium is a credit to the Masters, so many of whom so generously share and teach so others may learn.”


Find Elizabeth’s work at these online locations:
www.artisanknobshop.etsy.com and
https://www.facebook.com/artisanknobsbyelizabeth

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Featured Artist Anita Buckowing


Meet Anita Buckowing of Waterborn Productions
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of December 15th through December 28th 
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Anita lives in Shelbyville, MI. She describes herself as a wife, artist, mother, daughter, sister, friend, business professional, volunteer and survivor of cancer, who strives to make the world better each day. In her own words, Anita writes about her creative drive: “I am inspired by the natural world around us. I'm constantly amazed at the beauty that is part of all facets of our lives. I create to share my "vision" of this beauty.”

Find Anita’s etsy shop here: www.waterbornproductions.etsy.com

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Featured Artist Jenny Sheppard




Meet Jenny Sheppard of Vievespolys
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of December 1 through 14. 
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!
 
Jenny lives in Mesa Arizona and her polymer specialty is creating one of a kind trinket boxes. Jenny says this about her polymer journey: “After discovering how fun it is to work (play) with polymer clay, I started to decorate small keepsake boxes to store those special keepsakes that we all cherish.”
Find Jenny’s shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/vievespolys

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE December Challenge "Carving" are:

Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Long Tall Santa Ornament by Arlene of Ashpaints



2. Chocolate and Vanilla Kitchen Switchplate Cover by Marie Young of YoungCreative

3. Tropical Donut Pendant by Lorraine of Wired Orchid


Member Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Tropical Donut Pendant by Lorraine of Wired Orchid


 

2. Chocolate and Vanilla Kitchen Switchplate Cover by Marie Young of YoungCreative



3. Peace Bird by Line of PlaySculptLive




 View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/11/december-carving-challenge.html



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

Karen Leeman
Tammy Claxton
Joan Cain

Comments from the voters:
Buenos trabajos-desafíos, difícil elección.Saludos cordiales, which means: Good jobs - challenges, difficult choice. Best Regards.
 
I would like challenges Hairclips, Jewelry, fantasy, Window hangings, wearable art, wine glasses, Ornaments.
 
Keep playing with clay, it lights up your life.
 
The Santa ornament is spectacular. The use of deep carving in the beard and the antiquing is perfect. I also love the reasons for the making of the tropical donut and the up cycled crop circles.
 
All great work.
 
Fabulous carving!!
 
You have all carved out a unique look!
 
I am now inspired to try carving as a technique...thanks!
 
I always look forward to the monthly challenge and how each artist interprets the theme.
 
Fun pieces, all of them!
 
Love all the colours