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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Full Name (required for voter prize notification):
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For current Dues-Paying PCAGOE Members: What is Your Etsy Shop Name?
Please select your 1st choice: (2nd & 3rd choice must be different from your 1st.)
Please select your 2nd choice: (2nd choice must be different from your 1st and 3rd.)
Please select your 3rd choice: (3rd choice must be different from your 1st and 2nd.)
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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!