Friday, October 31, 2014

November Challenge Mandalas


For our November challenge we are featuring mandala 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.



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1. Mandala Bowl by Berit of ClayImages
A little fall/holiday spirit. Made with my polymer clay canes, this bowl is about 5 inches in diameter.

2. Good or Evil Cat Figurine by Marie Young of YoungCreative
This kitty has a lot to contemplate with an angel mouse whispering in one ear and a devil mouse whispering in the other. She is seated on a mandala made of polymer mosaic tiles sealed with a glassy liquid polymer finish.Approximately 3 1/2 inches tall.

3. Mandala Wall Plaque by Lisa of HiGirls
This wall plaque is created completely of polymer and is 7 inches diameter.
Cut outs were placed on a flat background, fired, then back filled with tinted liquid polymer. The entire thing was sanded and buffed for a great shine.

4. Geometry Class Redux by Jill of JKollmann
Challenge piece is totally pieced! Took me back to geometry classes, to get (and maintain) 12 sections throughout. This was a fun challenge. 

5. Snowflake Mandala Christmas Ornament by Angela of polymerclaycreations 
The theme for the month is "Mandalas". I chose to do an ornament because of the upcoming season. I love the timeless simplicity of blue and white together. This was made with scraps cut from cane ends and put on a background of pearl clay.

6. Mandala Challenge Ornaments by Arlene of Ashpaints
I was pretty much stumped on this challenge until someone mentioned repeating elements and someone else sent a link with many pictures. My mind immediately hit upon using a kaleidoscope cane to create the central element and repeat single elements from that. It may not be a traditional mandala but it makes me smile!

7. Woodland Mandala by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Layers, leaf and flower motifs and the colors of autumn create this fall season inspired polymer mandala. To read more about my creative process for this piece, please visit my blog:  http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/10/meditative-repetition.html

8.  Colors of Thailand Mandala by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
When I first started thinking of what to create for PCAGOE's Mandala challenge, I thought of the colors of the mandalas I saw in the temples of Thailand. Often you could see stunning stain glass mandalas behind statues of Buddhas. In addition to the beautiful patterns, I was struck by all the bright colors. I decided I wanted to use bright colors; those that reminded me of Thailand. Orange for the monks was a given, teal for the lush jungle vegetation, yellow for the marigold wreaths you see everywhere, purple for the color of Saturday, wasabi for the cuisine and just a touch of silver. Read more on my blog: http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2014/10/mandala-inspired-by-colors-of-thailand.html

9. Chakra Mandala by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/10/mandalas-are-fun.html


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Featured Artist Randee Ketzel



 Meet Randee Ketzel
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of October 13th through October 26th. 
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!


Randee works as both polymer artist and teacher in Austin, the capital city of Texas. She has been featured on both Polymer Clay Daily and The Daily Polymer Arts blog. Her work has been published in several magazines and featured in museum shops. Randee is also a member of the International Polymer Clay Guild and the Austin and Houston Polymer Clay Guilds. Randee has co-authored (with Kim Schlinke) a wonderful book entitled Polymer Clay Gemstones and the Art of Deception.

Randee says this about her journey to polymer: "I always suspected that art would be my life--and luckily, I was right. I studied Byzantine Art and Archaeology in Florida before being irresistibly drawn into the world of metalwork as one of the youngest women jewelers in the Southeast during the early eighties. Eventually, impending motherhood demanded that I bid metals goodbye, and I experimented with a variety of less-toxic media before discovering--and being discovered by--polymer clay. This incredible stuff has become muse and mantra, and I eagerly await each new day's adventure in it."

Find more of Randee's work at these online locations:

www.RMKDesign.etsy.com and
www.polymerartsupplies.etsy.com and
www.flickr.com/photos/8989180@N02

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Southwestern Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE October Challenge "Southwestern" are:


Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Southwestern Skull Wall Art by Lisa of HiGirls



2. Southwest Native American Kokopelli Faux Stained Glass Suncatcher by Angela of polymerclaycreations


3. Turquoise and Orange Celestial Sun Business Card Case by Marie Young of YoungCreative


Member Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Southwest Native American Kokopelli Faux Stained Glass Suncatcher by Angela of polymerclaycreations

 

2. Southwestern Skull Wall Art by Lisa of HiGirls



3. TIE 
Ancient Drinking Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive
4 Directions Dreamcatcher by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns 




 View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/09/october-southwestern-challenge.html



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

Maite Mora Ferrer
Susan Rankin
Gretchen Tara

Comments from the voters:
Fabulous WORK this month!
What a high standard of entries. It was very difficult to choose. I always seem to manage to take some form of inspiration from these challenges. Thank you.
Lovely work!
Wow, these entries are fabulous, all of them!! You guys are getting better and better.
Ladies I had a very hard time having to select a 1-2-3 this month. All works were so outstanding. I read about the history of the drinking vessel. What a great idea. Dream catcher - faux leather, faux wood faux feather that look like the real thing. The "skull" is so colorful, detailed and unique. SW colors stained glass, covered tins and case, tiles and mosaic and earrings. WOW! I feel like I have taken a trip out West this morning. Congrats to all for the great works! Very enjoyable to see.
They are all very nice and it is always hard to choose. Everyone has such creative talent.
Lovely
I really like at least 6 of them; too difficult to choose just 3.
I'm part native American and loved looking at all the items made. I think they are all great.
Well done!
For the three entries I voted for: beautiful earrings, inspiring Kokopelli image, and truly amazing looking covered tin. Such wonderful work for all of them, I hope one of them wins this challenge.
Great entries, I live in the Southwest 28 years and these creations are fantastic. Good luck to all.
All beautiful items.
Wonderful job this month!!!
Nice variety of color and creativity chosen for this month's challenge!!
Hard choices but the earring are so clean and elegant I had to make it the top choice. Reminds me of a lot of piedra dura work I saw in Santa FE.
Interesting pieces.
Love seeing new and exciting clayers.
Once again, beautiful art creations! I love southwestern style
#9 for originality and execution. #4 for design and execution, kudos for your patience. In my mind, #3, #5 and #7 were tied. I went for #5 due to my personal bias for celestial motifs.
Love to see the different takes on each challenge
So very hard to choose just three, they are all remarkable.
All are really wonderful representations of southwest art. Love them all.
Cool theme!
As a native of the southwest, this has to be my favorite challenge theme so far. And what a difficult choice to select my top three.
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Southwestern Challenge


For our October challenge we are featuring Southwestern 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.



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1. Turquoise Coral Earrings No. 126 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Faux blends of turquoise, coral and a back (not visible) in faux ivory, intermingle as inlays with black. Classic "Southwest"!

2. Coaster Tiles - Southwestern Theme by Marcia of marcymPC
This is a set of 4 polymer clay covered tiles with a Southwestern theme. The pattern was created using a Jacob's Ladder cane. Adjacent slices were matched to produce a mirrored kaleidoscope type design.

3. Southwest Native American Kokopelli Faux Stained Glass Suncatcher by Angela of polymerclaycreations
This suncatcher was made using tinted liquid clay. I first made the outlines on a piece of glass with silver clay then filled in with the liquid clay.

4. Southwestern Skull Wall Art by Lisa of HiGirls
This faux skull was created with 100% polymer clay. The base is slightly molded to add dimension. Faux tiles, rope and Native American inspired "bead work" made this a fun project for this native Pennsylvanian to experiment with! It measures 9 inches across the horns and 9 inches tall.

5. Turquoise and Orange Celestial Sun Business Card Case by Marie Young of YoungCreative
The fiery orange sun is hand-stamped onto translucent clay spiced up with dried paprika and inks. I sculpted the 3-D elements to lift the image from the background because I can't leave anything flat!

6. Covered Tin by Berit of ClayImages
To me Southwestern means bright reds, oranges, terra cotta, green and blue, as well as geometric patterns. I made this cane in a workshop with Julie Eakes.

7. Ancient Drinking Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read more here: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/09/ancient-drinking-bowl.html

8. Friends with Southwestern Style Heart by Arlene of Ashpaints
This mini-mosaic is one of my "Friends" series and features a heart with Southwestern designs. The color on the heart is a burnt orange acrylic glaze and a turquoise glaze was added to the designs. Each mini-mosaic measures 4 inches square by 3/4 inches thick and comes with a self-easel.

9. 4 Directions Dreamcatcher by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer, liquid polymer, string, acrylic paints and embossing powders create this dreamcatcher/medicine wheel. The wood frame, leather and even the feather are all faux and made with polymer. To read more about the process of creating this piece, please visit my blog:
http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/09/catching-dreams-in-four-directions.html


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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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Featured Artist Ilysa Ginsburg

 
 
Meet Ilysa Ginsburg
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of September 29 through October 12
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Ilysa Ginsburg has been working with polymer clay for over 25 years and creating her whole life. We actually have Ilysa to thank for founding the online etsy group which is now PCAGOE. Ilysa has traveled around the USA participating in art shows and fairs and has won numerous awards for her work including "Best Of Show" category awards. Her work can be seen in several polymer clay books and national magazines, including Cloth Paper Scissors. Ilysa has written a book called Polymer Clay Art Jewelry which is available here: http://tinyurl.com/polymerclayartjewelry

Ilysa has also designed projects for several companies, has produced instructional DVDs, and co-hosts (with Kira Slye) an online show called Polymer Clay TV, where they create online courses, downloadable videos and DVD's.

Find more of Ilysa and her work at these online locations:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ilysaart and

http://www.polymerclaytv.com/ and

http://www.emeraldearth.com/ and

http://www.ilysag.com/ and

https://www.facebook.com/ilysag and

https://www.facebook.com/KiraCraftyLink and

You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polymerclaytv
— with IlysaandKira GinsburgandSlye and Ilysa Ginsburg.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Featured Artist Linda Clay

Meet Linda Clay
She's our Facebook Featured Artist through September 28. 
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Linda is a native of West Michigan. She has always loved doing arts and crafts including: beading, embroidery and painting on many surfaces. Linda has attended silversmithing and creative painting classes, and has studied floral design. Linda's work shows a love for creating mixed media sculpts where she cleverly combines polymer clay with gemstones, shells, rhinestones, polished rocks, beads and other finds.

Linda shares her story of her polymer clay journey as follows: "While working with glass paints and ornaments one day, I picked up an issue of 'Expression' magazine. The issue featured a polymer clay item that was three dimensional, colorful and had lots of beads. The trifecta! After a trip to the store for polymer clay I was hooked. That was about eight years ago and I have been creating with polymer clay ever since. My Etsy store reflects my love of polymer clay and mixed media. "

Find more of Linda's work at these online locations:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Claymation3d 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/claymation3d 
www.facebook.com/Claymation3d 
www.claywomandesigns.webs.com

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Featured Artist Sage Bray


Meet Sage Bray
She's been the featured artist on our PCAGOE Facebook page for the past two weeks.  
Please go check out her work!



For the weeks of September 1st through September 14th, we had a special PCAGOE artist feature: Sage Bray, polymer artist at The Sage Arts and Publisher/Editor of The Polymer Arts magazine!
Whether wielding the pen or manipulating polymer to shape her ideas, Sage has been blessed with creativity and vision. Sage balances her two passions of art and writing and merges the two in The Polymer Arts magazine. The magazine publication continues to be a great source of inspiration and information for the polymer community, not only through the quarterly periodical, but also through The Daily Polymer Arts Blog.

Sage says this about her passion for polymer and the balancing act of publishing a magazine: "I had never been as obsessed with an art material as I was, and still am, with polymer clay. Four months after picking it up, I entered my first art show and sold out the handful of pieces I brought. Two months later I was juried into the country's biggest genre art show, DragonCon, selling all but one piece at that show. I then gave up my job, transformed my attached garage into a studio, and took on a life as a full time artist and freelance writer. That was almost 7 years ago and I'm happy to say, I'm still at it.

I now combine my love of this art form and my writing in the polymer centric magazine, The Polymer Arts and The Daily Polymer Arts Blog and will continue to do so in upcoming polymer and craft related books. I am also committed to returning to the studio this year to get back to creating my own pieces rather than simply developing techniques which has usually been in support of articles for the magazine these past couple years I am returning to teaching with my first hands-on class in two years at the new Great Create in Denver, CO on the 11th and 13th of this month. Yes, I stay busy (maybe a bit too much!) but I love the life I have and hope I can do this until I take my last breath."
The Polymer Arts magazine celebrated its 3rd anniversary this August! PCAGOE brings you this feature as a celebration of the magazine and the woman who continues to inspire us.

Find more about Sage and The Polymer Arts magazine at these online locations:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE September Challenge "Little Black Ball" are:


Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Chopped Metallic Polymer Pen with Black Ball No. 142 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet


2. Black and White Swirls Polymer Clay Box by Angela of polymerclaycreations



3. Filigree Swirls Decanter and Bottle Stopper by Arlene of Ashpaints 

Member Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Chopped Metallic Polymer Pen with Black Ball No. 142 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet

2. Black and White Swirls Polymer Clay Box by Angela of polymerclaycreations


3. Filigree Swirls Decanter and Bottle Stopper by Arlene of Ashpaints 
 View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/08/little-black-ball-challenge.html



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

Corrine Tripamer
Bob Young
Marilyn Buehler

Comments from the voters:
I could hardly choose, these are all wonderful!
A very interesting challenge idea!
Another great challenge! One of these months I'll get my act together and make something. Nice work, ladies. :)
All so beautiful! It was a difficult decision. Congratulations to all…you are all winners!
This one was a challenge in its true sense...stretching our members to create within their style while maintaining that little black ball.
Nice job from everyone! Talented group!
So many great items.
Very nice job on this, ladies! Not an easy challenge theme!
What a difficult challenge with such varied entries - very impressive. I loved the humor of the cut ball in Black and White impressions.
Seems whenever I look over the pieces to vote Hi Girls' work always jumps out at me. Like her style. This time when I saw the split ball I just knew that had to be her work!! Love it.
This was a tough one I thought but everyone came through once more with interesting ideas.
Beautifully done everyone!
Absolutely wonderful works of art. Was really a challenge to pick.
What a different challenge.
Very interesting pieces for what I consider a rather difficult challenge!
While I would have expected this to be an "unusual" challenge, the artists, as always, rose to the occasion & produced some really cool projects. Thank you PCAGOE for continuing these challenges!
Amazing what can be started from one little black ball! Great work.
Interesting challenge. I love seeing how different people interpret the same directions. We'll done ladies!