Thursday, April 9, 2015

April Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE April Challenge: "Covering something with clay" are:

Top entries selected by the public

1. Fancy Lantern  by Lisa of HiGirls

2. Green Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages

3. Tie
Dragonfly Journal by Arlene of Ashpaints

Faux Stained Glass Lampshade by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


Top entries selected by members

1. Covered Glass Bottle Journey by Linda of Claymation3d


2.  Fancy Lantern  by Lisa of HiGirls


3. Faux Stained Glass Lampshade by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-challenge-covering-something-with.html




Congratulations to the drawing winners:

Dianne Grazier 
Linda Wondoloski 
Lisa Haney 

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


Comments from the voters:

I like the challenge and selection of their own unique styles to accomplish the topic for this month's challenge!
I do enjoy looking at all the beautiful entries.
Once again beautiful work!
All of them are great.
Great!
Wow! I loved these projects. Great work everyone!
So inspirational - all of them! Thanks again!!
I look forward to this contest every month!
Fantastic work everyone!
All deserve a prize, difficult decision to chooseGood artists. Very carefully detailed. My 3 votes, is beautifully finished work. Good luck to all !!!!
Amazing work!! I just love #7 though, very organic looking. Looks like it just rolled out of the sea. It's always hard making a decision.
Just another wonderful collection!
These entries are very artistic!
This is a great challenge. It was hard to pick just three! I saw the challenge on a Makin's Clay post.
I love the faux carved candle! I have always thought of doing it you nailed it!
Great theme, great entries!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Featured Artist Beth Petricoin



Meet Beth Petricoin of CreateMyWorld Designs
featured artist for the weeks of April 6th through April 19th

Beth has a BA in art from Penn State University. Following college, she worked in the printmaking industry (for laminates and fabrics) as a pattern designer and director, but left her day job 15 years ago. She lives in Lancaster Pennsylvania with her husband. A self described environmentalist, Beth’s other main interests are maintaining an organic heirloom garden and striving to lessen her impact on the planet. 

Beth has this to say about her creative journey: “The drive to create has been with me since a very young age. Like so many other artists, I had a lot of family members and teachers who fed and encouraged my creativity. Around 1996, a fellow designer and friend asked if I had ever used polymer clay. I told her that I had never considered it because the packages seemed so small, and I figured one either had to work tiny or spend lots of money on the media. A couple days later, she gifted me a generous supply of packages of polymer and convinced me to give it a go. We began, over our lunch hour, creating little brooches together, which usually sold immediately to our co-workers. It wasn’t long till I was hooked. The endless amount of possibilities and experimenting always call me back to try something new with this media… Like many polymer artists I began with jewelry, but the PCAGOE challenges have moved me into a completely different realm, which I so enjoy. The engineering of each new piece is the most exciting part of the process for me. I’m so glad to be a part of this wonderful community!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Challenge Covering Something with Clay



For our April challenge we are featuring Covering Something with 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:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1089891@N25/

1. Counter Top Soap Dispenser by Brenda of BjeeWilson
Born from an ordinary coffee drink bottle, covered with different shapes and textures of polymer clay, and given a new life as a soap or lotion dispenser. Re-using ordinarily discarded glass vessels is my favorite thing to do. I especially enjoy covering them with polymer clay to create a new and innovative item to extend their life.

2. Hand Carved Polymer Clay Covered Glass Vase by Angela of polymerclaycreations  
A while back I saw a video of candle dipping and carving and thought I wanted to try that in clay. Here is my version of hand dipping and carving. I used a 10 inch glass vase and added 5 layers of different colored clays and then carved, cut and twisted it all over.
This is my entry into the PCAGOE monthly challenge. The theme for the month is covering something.

3. Fancy Lantern  by Lisa of HiGirls  
PCAGOE Challenge: Cover something
Pearl white clay with all kinds of detail covers most of this lantern. The glass has fun leafy shapes in tinted translucent clay that glows when a candle is lit inside.
For more views : www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/

4. Fairy House by Freda of  FredaK
This Fairy House is constructed over a drinking glass.

5. Feelin' Groovy Covered Bottle by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
This upcycled bottle was given a new life for the April PCAGOE challenge to cover something with clay.  I wanted to do something unpredictable, nothing neat and lined up and symmetrical. I decided to combine two techniques I recently learned from the Polymer Clay Adventure series http://craftylink.ning.com/get-involved/polymer-clay-adventure.  The techniques involved "Cane Mutiny" with Teresa Pandora Salgado and "Polymer Painting" with Suzanne Ivester.  You can learn more about the process and see more views on my NEW blog at http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2015/03/feelin-groovy-covered-bottle-simply.html

6. Challenging Challenge Dispenser by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
I wanted a container to dispense sunscreen at our lake trailer, so I made a mokume gane block in the olive and blues of that color scheme. Deciding to cover a plastic shave lotion bottle was rather a task - it's melting point was just at the edge of polymer's curing temp. The bottom deformed a bit, and I had to screw the cap onto a hot base to reform the threads. But, all is well... stamping ink and metallic Lumiere paint adds a bit of bling. The large indents are part of the bottle design, and I chose to accentuate them. The silver "wave" element at the top will match the new bathroom silver backsplash.

7. Covered Glass Bottle Journey by Linda of Claymation3d
This polymer clay covered glass bottle journey began with a Skinner blend foundation of clay. Glass cabochons, more blends of clay and textures were worked over the top. Splashes of color were inserted using inks, micro beads, freshwater pearls and a few real shells.

8. Tissue Cover by Marcy of marcympc
A tissue cover created for my home trying out several techniques I hadn't used before. Purple and turquoise plus a nature theme.

9. Green Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages
Small Tea Pot covered with my original polymer clay cane designs. Sanded smooth and varnished. My entry into the PCAGOE April challenge.

10. Dragonfly Journal by Arlene of Ashpaints
This challenge piece came to mind because the theme was Cover Something with Polymer Clay. So I decided to create a "cover" for a journal. This piece incorporates one of my favorite sayings "Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things in Life" and a beautiful dragonfly stamped design. It is layered on top to two textured panels and for a whimsical touch I added flowers. The color scheme was copper patina. The journal itself measures 8 inches x 6 inches.

11. Fairy House by Line of PlaySculptLive
12. Faux Stained Glass Lampshade by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Made to coordinate with the first quilt I made (a wall hanging). Polymer covers a glass lampshade. To learn more about this project including a detailed tutorial to make your own, visit my blog post here: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-promise-kept-free-tutorial.html



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Featured Artist Phoebe Doehring


Meet Phoebe Doehring of happycreations4u 
featured artist for the weeks of March 23rd through April 5th

Phoebe lives in Brunswick, Maine with her husband and two sons. Phoebe says this about her life and creative journey:  “I am a mother of two amazing and inspiring boys. They keep me busy along with our two dogs and three cats. I have been married to my best friend and husband for 26 years. We are very blessed to live in the beautiful state of Maine. I have loved art and creating since I was a little girl. I have tried different mediums over time but I have to say that my favorite to date is polymer clay. There is something really fun and exciting when I shape a new creation and give it life and personality.”

Find Phoebe’s shop here:
www.etsy.com/shop/happycreations4u

Friday, March 20, 2015

Featured Artist Cecilia Leonini


Meet Cecilia Leonini of ImasteArte (www.ImpastArte.etsy.com ) 
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of March 9th through March 22nd

Cecilia lives and works near Siena, (in Tuscany) Italy. Cecilia is a pianist, but she is no longer able to play. She works in a school. Cecilia has this to say about her polymer journey: “I met with polymer clay in March 2013 and it was love at first sight. Since then, every day working the clay and love !! Polymer Clay is my love and it's a creative tool exceptionally flexible, pliable, colorful, no limits ... all my pieces are unique and original in the details and colors.

Cecilia has been featured many places across the web, on Cynthia Tinapple’s "Polymer Clay Daily","The Daily Polymer Arts Blog", "Polymer clay Planet", and ”Polymeri Online".

Find more of Cecilia’s work here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/110254474@N02/ 
https://www.facebook.com/ImpastarteGioiellieCreazioni 
https://www.facebook.com/cecilialeoninialcoholink


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE March Challenge: Nature are:

Top entries selected by the public

1. Forest Floor Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls 

2. Scarlet Macaw by Linda of Claymation3d

3. Once Upon a Time by by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


Top entries selected by members

1. Once Upon a Time by by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

2. TIE 
Forest Floor Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls 

Turquoise Whale Fluke Box No. 147 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet

3. Scarlet Macaw by Linda of Claymation3d


View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2015/02/march-challenge-nature.html




Congratulations to the drawing winners:

Dawn Howard
Fernanda Brooke Slonaker
Nauga Hyde 

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

Comments from the voters:

As always... so beautiful!
All are talented artists! Look forward to finding out who wins.
All items are gorgeous and such talented artisans!
Hard to interpret this category in a way that allows for enough of a wide range of interpretations. The truest creativity emerges when a category stretches the imagination.
the teapot is beautiful....
At first glance #2 teapot may look "basic", 2nd look you see more than leaves, and the next, I spent time really looking at enlargement. Details in moss, stones, handle, etc, really are what made this piece stand out for me. Along with all the space fillers that are simply done but, for me done right. If all was done in detail I think it would be too much. Perfect balance I think and once again "less is more"!
Beautiful work.
All beautifully expressed works of art.
Such amazing talent - it's hard to vote!
Tough choice. They were all really good!
Beautiful work on all entries.
Very difficult to choose only 3 from these exquisitely crafted pieces! Great artwork!
Love #10
this one was really hard to decide all of you did such a great job.
I am in awe of Linda Clay's talents! I love her whimsical creatures that she creates!
I've been wondering how to fix a switch plate with same problem as #1 and now I know!
Always so hard to choose. I am really drawn to those artists who try something new! Lots of that here.
Thoughts of warm spring!
It has always been hard to choose in the past, but this month is IMPOSSIBLE! How am I supposed to pick only 3?! All 12 are incredibly gorgeous and perfect.
Thanks to everyone who entered. Your work has made me want to get back into my studio and then turn on the oven!
Beautiful work... hard to pick just 3!
Very cool--I love the nature theme!
Lovely work all!
You are all winners in my book!
These are great!
The switch plate cover caught my eye and kept it through the entire process. I kept going back to it, even after thoroughly examining every item.
Amazing pieces this month! So hard to choose just three, great work everyone!!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

March Challenge Nature



For our March challenge our theme is nature. 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. Scarlet Macaw by Linda of Claymation3d
Macaw, leaves and green blends background are all made from of polymer clay and feathers are carefully detailed. Macaw is perched on a piece of a real tree branch.


2. Forest Floor Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls
Inspired by the ferny, mossy forest floor. Polymer clay over ceramic teapot. Lots of details including pebbles, moss, bark, flowers, leaves, ferns and a mushroom lid. A couple of beetles snuck in too!


3. Red Riding Hood and Her Wolf by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
Free-form polymer sculpture over a hollow duck egg

4. Flower Petal Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages
A mini tea pot covered with my flower petal canes, sanded, smoothed and varnished. Spring is coming!

5. Turquoise Whale Fluke Box No. 147 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
This polymer-covered box features an original liquid-polymer photo transfer from my birthday in '07 - whale watching near San Francisco. Wire accent. 3 5/8" sq x 1 3/8" h.

6. Tropical Spice Switchplate by Arlene of Ashpaints
I made this switchplate to solve a problem in my home. I had a double switch that got changed to a single, yet I still had this extra switch that I kept trying to flip! So I had my electrician remove the second switch and covered the switchplate in a copper tone clay that was complimentary to my wallpaper. This first layer was heavily textured, then I added tropical leaves and a flower that I am sure exists only in my imagination! So much fun and what a great solution!

7. Ode to Spring by Angela of polymerclaycreations 

Even though it technically is still winter, here in the Pacific Northwest Mother Nature thinks Spring has already started. Everywhere you see new growth. Beautiful purple Crocus and bright yellow and orange Daffodils. New leaves everywhere and the fruit trees are blooming.
This is my Ode to Spring. A bright pink, orange and yellow millefiori floral covered chicken egg on a nest of leaves.

8. Black and White Pendant by Jill of JKollmann
For this piece I took a marquis-shaped based and formed it over a half-dome, then built the floral elements on top of that. It's on a beaded Kumihimo cord and finished with a polymer clasp (not shown).

9. Owl by Freda of FredaK
Owl among the leaves 
  
10. Flight of the Bumble Bee Tin by Betsy of PolyClayCafe  
just recently took a virtual class titled "Cane Mutiny" - on how to join, twist, turn and pucker your canes. Lots of fun. Thanks to Teresa Pandora Salgado and the Polymer Clay Adventure (craftylink.ning.com/get-involved/polymer-clay-adventure). The tin is 4" in diameter by 4"high (including the sculpture). See more views on my blog: http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2015/02/flilght-of-bumble-bee-tin.html
 
11. Fruit Pins by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-many-wonders-of-nature.html 

12. Once Upon a Time by by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Paperback copy of Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver is converted into a hardcover via polymer clay, incorporating the Fibonacci sequence ratio. To learn about the conception and design of this piece, please read the blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/02/once-upon-time.html



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Please select your 2nd choice: (2nd choice must be different from your 1st and 3rd.)
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