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.

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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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE June Challenge "Art Deco" are:

Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:

1. Art Deco Stained Polymer Clay Box by Betsy of PolyClayCafe 


2.  Art Deco Treasure Box by Arlene of Ashpaints



3. Art Deco Decanter by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns 

 

Member Vote

Top entries selected by PCAGOE members:

1. Art Deco Stained Polymer Clay Box by Betsy of PolyClayCafe 


2. TIE:
Nouveau Tile Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls
Art Deco Decanter by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns  






3. Art Deco Siamese Cigarette Girl by Marie Young of YoungCreative


View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/05/june-challenge-art-decoart-nouveau.html



Congratulations to the drawing winners. They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.
Holly Piper-Smith
Donna Price
Melissa Houck 

Comments from the voters:
It was EXCEPTIONALLY difficult to choose this month! Everyone really nailed it!
This month was the hardest to choose from so far! Very well done on everyone's part!
I am a new polymer clay artist and I happened upon your site while doing research. I am thrilled to see there is a community of polymer clay artists who have formed a guild. I look forward to joining your group in the future!
This month it was soooo hard to choose. Really great work from all.
I'm a past member - love seeing what everyone is creating! Maybe it will inspire me...
I love all the talented artists on here!
Heard of this contest through PlaySculptLive.
Folks your work was wonderful this month! I wish I could pick more than three this time around. Very interesting and definitely can feel the deco flavor in the entries.
Lots of fabulous ideas from all of you this month.
Love the work of everyone!
Gorgeous creations!
Very imaginative.
This was a really hard month to choose. So many beautiful pieces.
I felt these three artists represented this month’s challenge extremely well. I really liked them all and choosing 3 was very hard.
Nice entries! Great work.
They are all so good it was difficult to make a 1, 2, and 3 choice.
Learned about the challenge from Gryffin Design Studio, fun stuff!
All exceptional work !! I enjoy the blog.
You’re all amazing artists ..I’m jealous lol.
Love your creations, keep up the good work.
I think this is the best group of entries in the challenge ever. It is very hard to vote this month!! Everyone did an incredible job! You've raised the bar and done an outstanding job of incorporating this month's art nouveau challenge.
Really fine designs!!!!!!
I heard about this challenge on the Blue Bottle Tree's Facebook. These are some seriously lovely creations! It was fun looking through them.
I thought Art Deco was not really a style I liked, but looking at these entries I must say I have changed my mind.
Wonderful showcase of skill and diversity of interpretation. These designs really highlight the endless possibilities of polymer clay.
Wish I could choose more. This one was tough! I also love the clock (11) and the bowl (12).
Gorgeous work!
All I can say is WOW.
Wonderful work everyone!!!
All these entries are really creative.
Nice group of entries!
Cool theme this month!
Beautiful work as always. The diversity is incredible.
You can see all the love these are made with!
Seriously tough to choose just 3 this month! Wonderful work all around!
 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

June Challenge Art Deco-Art Nouveau

About the challenge: 
For June our members a stylistic theme: Art Deco/Art Nouveau. They could create anything inspired by the theme as long as the visible part of 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. Nouveau Tile Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls
I was inspired by examples of beautiful Art Nouveau tiles. Created using a faux ceramic technique, this project required multiple firings to achieve the look. Take a look at the details here: www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/ I wish one picture could show every side! 

2. Cranberry Art Deco Brooch No. 131 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Using a palette of three packs of polymer on close-out sale, this brooch was inspired by the curves and symmetry common in the Art Deco style. Accents of silver plated wire and UV resin domes on the round inlays are the finishing touches. 2 1/2" diameter.

3. Decorative Art Deco Olive Oil Bottle by Brenda of BeeJWilson
My goal in each piece I create is to re-use an item that would ordinarily end up in the trash. This Decorative Art Deco Olive Oil Bottle was in fact born of an olive oil bottle. The original pour insert was saved and replaced after the bottle was decorated with tones of gold polymer clay. I toned down the gold clay with chocolate, then each of the lighter colors were lightened with pearl and translucent clay. 


4. Art Deco Stained Glass Mandala Sun Catcher by Angela of polymerclaycreations
This is two repurposed, upcycled computer discs that I gave new life to by making them into a sun catcher. First I cut the two discs so that they would interlock together. Then I drew an Art Deco mandala design on them. Then I extruded silver polymer clay to make the "solder" lines. Next I filled in the spaces with liquid polymer clay that I had tinted with oil paints, alcohol inks and mica powders. After curing them I drilled holes to attach wire and strung some lamp work glass beads.
One of the hardest parts was getting a good photo ;), lol. Check out more photos of it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/polymer_clay_creations/14240151695/in/photostream/

5. Art Deco Stained Polymer Clay Box by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
Being an Art Deco junkie I was really excited about PCAGOE's challenge this month with the theme of Art Deco/Art Nouveau. Since I started working with translucent clay dyed with alcohol inks I had a vision for a faux stained glass box for this challenge. The box is approximately 4" square and 2" high. Read about the process on my blog at http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2014/05/pcagoe-june-challenge-piece-art-deco.html

6. Art Deco Siamese Cigarette Girl by Marie Young of YoungCreative
My Siamese cat, Emily, with her sleek black-gloved paws, reminds me of a slinky "cigarette girl" from the 1930s. I decided to sculpt this anthropomorphic cat art doll based on that crazy picture in my head. Meet my model and see how it came together: http://marieyoungcreative.com/art-deco-cigarette-girl/
 
7. Two Margarita Glasses by Berit of ClayImages
This is my entry for the PCAGOE June challenge, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. I embellished the glasses with extruded clay and Mokume Gane sheets. They are fun to use!

8. Art Deco Treasure Box by Arlene of Ashpaints
 Since a recent workshop with Laurie Mika, mosaic artist extraordinaire, I've been inspired to create more of these mini works of art.  I call these my Treasure Boxes because they are just the right size to keep little treasures in.  This treasure box reflects the Art Deco period with the straight lines and shapes you see in the textures and in the "crystal" at the top. 

9. Deco Cuff by Jill of JKollmann
Art Deco is the theme for this month's challenge. I made a cane based on an art deco stained glass window.

10. Art Deco Decanter by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Glass whiskey bottle that was decked out in Art Deco themed polymer. This is a huge bottle measuring in at 16" tall (with stopper). To read more about how this piece was created and to see more views, please go to my blog post here: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/05/art-deco-dreams.html

11.
Art Deco Clock by Mary of MaryClaires 
This is a copy of a Japanese art deco clock, but in more color and texture. To see more go to maryclaires.indiemade.com/blog

12. Art Deco Black and White Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read about my entry here:
http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/05/a-lesson-in-art-deco.html




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Monday, May 26, 2014

Featured Artist Mary Hargrave

 
 
Introducing Mary Hargrave of MaryClaires 
PCAGOE featured artist for May 28 through June 8
 (View her work featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.) 

Mary is a jewelry artist who works primarily in polymer. A member of the Northern California Artists, she sells her work in the gift shop of the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. She recently won the SFAC Animal House Show humor award for a polymer piece inspired by Friesen entitled "Elephant in the Living Room". Mary is also a member of the International Polymer Clay Association.
About her artistic journey, Mary says:

"My love of color traces back to kindergarten where, standing in line to wash my hands, I smeared the purple tempra paint remaining on my hands to cover both arms up to the elbow making lovely matching gloves. Favorite crayons included fuchsia and turquoise. I was an acrylic painter of cars (not like Earl Schieb but think rather of portraits of headlights) until 18 months ago when I found Cristi Friesen's book on polymer and steampunk. I started at it and have not stopped. This medium has such endless possibilities, joy and color that it almost self-propelling. I find that I have to work at it daily or my hands twitch.

Jewelry has always been a fun source of inspiration for me and art-sy jewelry, in particular, makes a strong statement of individuality like small sculptures that you can wear. I value creativity, design, color and a sense of humor. I also am a compulsive shopper at Goodwill, Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale, Hospital Guild shops and other such places where I find old jewelry to re-use in new compositions. I take great delight in tearing these "found" pieces apart, never knowing where they might fit into designs of my polymer jewelry. My adventure with polymer has many teachers and mentors who provide inspiration and technical advice on a daily basis, but I find myself in my shop alone with that inspiration trying to do it justice while not copying. Translating that spirit and technique into jewelry for the shop is a never-ending story. If I miss day in the studio, I am a little down and feel I have missed the creative journey for that day. I hope my visitors will also enjoy my constant striving to create more interesting and colorful work."

Mary's primary interests are making art and colorful objects that serve as wearable art and her shop contains many different kinds of unique creations. Find Mary at these online locations:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MaryClaires
https://www.flickr.com/photos/98395435@N05/
Maryclaires.indiemade.com