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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Friday, February 27, 2015

Featured Artist Natalia Pisarev



Meet Natalia Pisarev of NataPi (Natalia Pisarev Polymer Clay Carnival)
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of February 23rd through March 8th
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Natalia was born in the Ukraine and has lived in Israel since 1977. She is a retiree, a mother and grandmother.

Natalia has this to say about her Polymer journey: “I was always creative – sewing, knitting and sketching. I designed and renovated my apartment by myself. I also write poetry and stories in Russian. A few years ago I saw Polymer Clay jewelry in the internet and several Clay lessons and I just fell in love with the process. Creating Polymer Clay jewelry makes me happy and relaxed like a meditation. I make my creations with love and I hope you'll feel it.”

To see more of Natalia’s work, visit these online locations:
www.natapi.etsy.com and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34700900@N02/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Featured Artist Betsy Strebe


Meet Betsy Strebe of PolyClayCafe
PCAGOE’s featured artist for the weeks of February 9th through February 22nd
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Betsy lives in Ashland, OR. She has been working in polymer in recent years, but has enjoyed creating in various media throughout her lifetime. Betsy has this to say about her creative journey and life:

“I have been producing art since I was a small child. I was fortunate to have a nurturing art teacher who early on encouraged me and taught me about color combinations, perspective, and most importantly encouraged me to go with my ideas.

I am retired from the technology world. Although I love painting and handcrafting I chose to make computer science my profession. Throughout my decades of working, however, I always managed to be involved in at least one artistic endeavor.”

Find More of Betsy’s work at these online locations:
www.polyclaycafe.etsy.com and
http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/ and
http://www.pinterest.com/BetsyStrebe/ and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/polyclaycafe/ and
https://plus.google.com/+BetsyStrebe44/posts and
https://www.facebook.com/PolyClayCafe

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Masks Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE February Challenge: Masks are:

Top entries selected by the public


1. Balinese inspired mask by Lisa of HiGirls  

2. Ms. Violet on Her Mask by Betsy of PolyClayCafe  


3. Purple Passion Millifiori Mask Plant Stake by Arlene of Ashpaints


 

Top entries selected by members

1. Funny Bone Mask by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns 


2. TIE
Teal and Purple Fiber Mask Brooch no. 139 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet

Masked Mardi Gras Fox by Marie Young of YoungCreative



3. Balinese inspired mask by Lisa of HiGirls      
View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2015/01/february-challenge-masks.html


Congratulations to the drawing winners:

Elizabeth Sanders
Joan Cain
Sue Urich

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

Comments from the voters:


-I ran across your group while searching for Polymer clay crafts on the internet. I love having the opportunity to look at such great creations and picking my favorites. I look forward to starting my own ETSY shop and joining your group!
-I love the colors and the simplicity of this Mask by Angela, and the black/white combination that Line uses is always a winner.
-They're all awesome, lots of inspiration here!
-Love the beauty and creativity!!!
-All masks were fabulous!
-Such diverse ideas! The artistry is amazing.
-Loved the fox with the mask.
-Las máscaras son fantásticas, muy difícil la elección. Pero la #7 es "impresionante". Felicitaciones a todas las artistas. (which translated says): The masks are fantastic, very difficult choice. But the #7 is "impressive". Congratulations to all the artists.
-Too bad I could not view these masks from closer up... i.e. could not enlarge the picture.
-Beautifully creative pieces!
-Beautiful work.
-As usual, very hard to pick! You are all so talented!
-Love the creativity and colors.
-They are all so beautiful and so much talent here. It was hard to choose.
-LOVED the colors of # 8; beautiful flowers.
-#5 spoke to my textile background and loved the sparkle and sheen on this one.
-Truly Amazing! Each mask is so different and was approached with a different idea and concept. I had a hard time choosing - once again!
-The funny bone mask shows talent and creativity and scores high points, but is just too creepy for me to vote for.
-You guys just keep getting better and better!
-I wait to see lovely creations each month and I must say I am always surprised to see so talented people around and awesome creation we get to look at :)
-Hard choice this month.
-Wow the 4th one is just over the top amazing in detail!
-So cool--I love masks!
-Clever, gorgeous, awesome, beautiful, etc etc etc.... thanx again for sharing your art.
-Let the good times roll!! It is Mardi Gras time here in Mississippi so this was a wonderful theme for me. It was very hard to pick three winners as they are all awesome. Incredible talent ladies! Love them all!
-I love silly and weird and fell in love with Beth's funny bone mask. The creativity is inspirational.
-I am very impressed with all these entries. Masks creep me out, that's why I didn't participate, but I sure loved to see what you all did with them!
-So much thought and effort went into every entry. I am in awe! Very difficult to choose favorites this time.
-Wonderful work everyone!
-All of the entries are incredibly designed! Best wishes.
-Love the idea of masks for a challenge. I collect masks, so one of these would be very welcome to my collection. Good luck to all the participants and it was hard to pick a best out of all of them.
 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Challenge Masks



For our February challenge we are featuring Masks. 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.  Balinese inspired mask by Lisa of HiGirls
The mask measures 11 inches tall and is molded for dimension when hanging. I was inspired by fun painted masks from Bali and used a polymer interpretation with lots of tiny snips of clay in bright colors.

2. Jewel Toned Coiled Filigree Mardi Gras Mask by Angela of polymerclaycreations 
This Mardi Gras mask was made in the rich jewel tones of Premo pearl clay. The thin ropes were coiled and placed in an all over filigree pattern. It was textured lightly and finished off with a gold rub and buff wax coating.



3. Masked Mardi Gras Fox by Marie Young of YoungCreative
Marcelle, The Masked Mardi Gras Fox is set to party. She'll stand about 7 inches tall when she's done. She's waiting for her creator to add some dancing legs. Read more about how she was created: http://marieyoungcreative.com/masks-challenge/


4. Ms. Violet on Her Mask by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
Ms. Violet sits atop the world on her eye mask. Wearable for fun, or hang as wall art. Read more about the process and see other views on my blog polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2015/01/ms-violet-on-her-mask.html

5. Teal and Purple Fiber Mask Brooch no. 139 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Starting with a layered polymer base, this brooch features two fiber techniques: metallic fusible fibers cover one side and the other is tinted gauze/liquid polymer. Lumiere paint accents and a Czech glass bead add accents. 3 1/4" x 2"

6. Zentangle Mask by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read about Line's entry: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2015/01/blog-post.html

7. Funny Bone Mask by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Built upon a base of a turkey's breastbone. This polymer mask incorporates other armature for supporting it's creepy/weird/funny style! To read about the creation process of this piece, and how I used a process similar to a cast to fix broken pieces, visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/01/funny-bones-and-how-to-permanently-mend.html

8. Purple Passion Millifiori Mask Plant Stake by Arlene of Ashpaints
This mask started out with a purple base layer, then I pulled out my flower and leaf canes and used quite a few of them on this millifiori sheet. The final touch on the millifiori sheet was very thin slices from a spiral ghost cane. The millifiori sheet was carefully fitted over the base layer and trimmed out with purple "snakes" of clay. A wooden dowel fits into a special fixture on the back to make this mask the perfect companion to your favorite house plant.

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