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!
 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Little Black Ball Challenge

September's theme is the "little black ball" challenge. Everyone had to started with a 1-inch black ball of clay that remained recognizable in the final piece. As an added twist, members were asked to choose a technique or something discussed in The Polymer Arts magazine or blog published by fellow member Sage Bray who is the feature artist on the PCAGOE Facebook page right now.


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. Chopped Metallic Polymer Pen with Black Ball No. 142 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
This pen with stand expands upon an idea that I floated past Sage Bray and which was included in The Polymer Arts, Spring '12 issue. Instead of only chopped translucent polymer, this piece utilized metallics and leaf to adorn the black ball starting point. Happy Anniversary, TPA! See more about this piece at http://www.11boldstreet.com/2014/08/pcagoe-little-black-ball-challenge.html


2. Black and White Swirls Polymer Clay Box by Angela of polymerclaycreationsThis is a collectible box handmade from 100% polymer clay, covered with a technique I like to call faux silkscreen mokume gane. 

3. Black Pearl by Line of PlaySculptLive
The seashell is a mokume gane cane made of pearl green, pearl blue, purple and black. I covered the black pearl with iridescent mica powders and sanded a bit off of the top to show the black through. The sea foam is from a neat trick I learned from a fellow sculptor. Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/08/a-little-black-pearl.html

4. Fan Pull by Jill of JKollmann
Fan Pull for the September Little Black Ball Challenge and inspired by TPA articles on repetition, flow, caning and contrast.

5. Black and White Impressions by Lisa of HiGirls
I chose to slice up my little black ball, as well as add natural texture. The Polymer Arts issue I was inspired by was Fall 2013 "Plein Air Polymer". Using impressions of leaves on white polymer followed by a wash of black tinted liquid clay, I achieved a ceramic look for the white disks. The little black ball has been textured using the very spiky center of a purple cone flower. For more views: www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/14983816372/

6. Filigree Swirls Decanter and Bottle Stopper by Arlene of Ashpaints
 The Little Black Ball required for this challenge is actually the ball on the bottle stopper. But it was lonely by itself, so I created a decanter covered with filigree swirls inspired by Sage Bray's blog post on May 21: Monochromatic Intricacy (http://www.thepolymerarts.com/blog/monochromatic-intricacy/)

7. Black Ball Challenge Mandala Ornament by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
A 1" black polymer ball is the center base for this mandala ornament. The mandala is constructed of polymer, dowel supports, and liquid polymer coated cotton thread. This piece was inspired by two blog posts from The Polymer Arts Daily Blog, one on mandalas and another on repetition. For better photos and to read more about the creation of this piece, visit my blog here: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/08/11th-hour-work-sessions-and-other.html




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Featured Artist Lorraine Vogel

 
 
Meet Lorraine Vogel
She's been the featured artist on our PCAGOE Facebook page for the past two weeks. 
 

Lorraine lives in Delray Beach, FL. Living in South Florida lends inspiration to this artist's creations with the execution of playful, colorful pendant and beads which she then incorporates into jewelry pieces. With a graphic artist background, Lorraine's jewelry designs are clean and bold with a tropical flair. About her polymer journey, Lorraine says this: "6 years ago I decided I needed to find something to do creatively that wasn't like my day job as a graphic artist. I needed time away from the computer. So, I took a local wire-wrapping class...and fell in love. Soon after, I was browsing in the book store for jewelry making instructional books and picked up a book on polymer clay. I fell in love again.
I bought a few blocks of clay and some cheap tools and got to work. I'll never forget the first time I created a design using the mokume gane technique. I could hardly wait to try other colors and stamps."

Lorraine opened a two other etsy shops in recent years, one called MySchoolJewels…dedicated to fun jewelry for the avid college or school fan.
And the second called LOVOBeads dedicated to handcrafted beads and jewelry components.

Find Lorraine at these online locations:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE August Challenge "Home Decor" are:

Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:

1. Cheery Songbirds Decorative Ornaments by Marie Young of YoungCreative


2.   Summertime by Brenda of BeeJWilson



3. Rays of Summer Soap Dish by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

 

Member Vote

Top entries selected by PCAGOE members:

1. TIE: 
Summertime by Brenda of BeeJWilson
Patriotic 'Scope Pledge of Allegiance by Jill of JKollmann


2. Rays of Summer Soap Dish by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns






3. Pink Flower Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive


View all of the entries:
http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/07/august-challenge-home-decor.html



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

Susan Hicks
Sherry Lewis
Ronda Barber

Comments from the voters:
Muy buenos trabajos, difícil decisión elegir solo 3. Suerte a las participantes. Saludos cordiales
Such beautiful work to all but I can only choose three,:)
All the work you do is amazing wow!!
I like the idea of this challenge and the really useful items caught my eye. Decorative is nice, but not really what I think of as "for the home", which I took to mean something you would USE. They are all beautiful.
Very creative and beautiful entries.
Great work done by all
Beautiful, beautiful and y'all are very talented!
Love the colors on the teapot !
Love the creative artwork.
This time it was a real challenge to choose my favorites... They're all so wonderful.
This one was especially hard to choose, I love them all!
Great.
All these creations are wonderful! Well done everyone!
Great work ladies.
The Revolving Bottle Stopper Art Display is a perfect gift for a collector.
Great work to all.
Incredible work as always. Everyone has put an amazing amount of thought and effort into each piece and it is obvious. Thank you for your contributions during the summer months. I enjoy voting during this time as well as during the winter.
This challenge brought a nice verity of projects !! I loved that #5 was artistic, useful, and recycled items into the design. Great Job.
These were beautiful, creative and stimulating. Makes me want to get into the studio for about 10 hours.
It was very hard to pick just three items. All entries are winners.
I look forward to the monthly challenges and how each participating member interprets the theme selected for the month.
Very beautiful works.
Very diverse selection!
I'm in love with those songbirds, they're so delicate. If only I think of using eggshells I would be afraid I'd break them. The colors of this soap dish are magnificent, thanks for showing! and last, but not least, I do love precious teapots. This Balinese one would suit my collection ;-)
Sometimes I am just left speechless by all the beautiful claying.  Thanx.
I could just see my co-worker's daughter's picture in the frame #7.
All of the items are so beautiful. As usual, it is difficult to choose. Each of you has a unique style. I do love the bright colors!!!
Such talent! Love seeing all the creative ways of using clay!
This was a hard choice to make - you all do such beautiful work.
There are some very fine entries here, it's hard to choose.
So many great ideas this month!
As usual, very hard to choose just three!
Incredible creativity and design!
I am amazed to see all the different items that can be made from polymer clay! All the entries are such wonderful pieces of art!
Love the variety! Tough choices once again, everything is so well done!
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Featured Artist Linda Riopel


 
 
 
Meet Linda Riopel
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of August 4th through August 17th. 
(View her work featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.)    

 
Linda has lived in New York all of her life, calling Smithtown (on the North shore of Long Island) home. She is proud of both her state and the big city of Manhattan. Linda has been working with polymer for many years, since retiring from work at Stony Brook Hospital. Linda is well known for her impeccable image transfers, gorgeous floral cane work and flawless finishing. Linda says this about her polymer clay pursuits: "About ten years ago a friend invited me to a craft session. She was using polymer clay. I was so intrigued, I went and purchased some that very day. Since that time, I have been claying, teaching and loving every minute of my new found passion."

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

www.nkdesigns.etsy.com and
www.nkdesignslindariopel.blogspot.com and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkiken/

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Challenge Home Decor

For August our members focused on decorative items for the home. 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.

To see larger images visit:

1. Tea Pot for One by Berit of ClayImages
 A little tea pot for your tea party for one! This is my entry into the PCAGOE August challenge "Home Decor". Spiral canes make this tea pot fun and special. It's decorative as well as usable.


2. Balinese Silver Inspired Tea Pot by Lisa of HiGirls
This teapot was created with lots of black and burgundy clay and silver mica powders. The faux stones have a crackle of gold leaf.
To see more views: www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/

3. Black & Purple Stone Prism Sculpture No. 143 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Purely for display, this faux stone polymer sculpture serves no useful purpose, except as luxurious eye-candy in your home decor scheme. Oh, and you will want to pick it up and handle it, too - it's silky-smooth to the touch! 


4. Pink Double Switchplate with Ribbon Pattern by Marcia of marcymPC
 A single switch plate in an abstract pattern with lilac and pale orange or beige and black inclusions, giving the impression of ribbons and bows. A randomized cane was sliced and laid out in a kaleidoscopic pattern on backing clay to create the design.

5. Summertime by Brenda of BeeJWilson
.. and the living is easy. I brighten up the bath in the summertime, and try to bring some outdoor beauty indoors. This soap dish and lotion dispenser are the perfect fix to do just that. The soap dish is made from the center section of a bright green wine bottle, cut in strips, then fused together in a grid pattern. I then slumped that over a bowl mold. I laid polymer clay inside the bowl and trimmed it all with butterscotch to accent the edge pattern. The lotion dispenser was once a salsa jar, covered with polymer clay to coordinate with the soap dish.

6. Cheery Songbirds Decorative Ornaments by Marie Young of YoungCreative
These songbirds began their lives as chicken eggs. They were laid by a well-educated chicken on a farm near me owned by a university dean. I sculpted playful polymer details over the hollowed-out egg shells. The bright color was achieved with polymer clay tinted with alcohol ink. The extra details in the wings and tail-feathers are really precious.   

7. Colorful Millefiori Floral Photo Frame by Angela of polymerclaycreations
This is a glass photo frame that I have covered with my floral canes.  

8. Patriotic 'Scope Pledge of Allegiance by Jill of JKollmann
Patriotic 'Scope Pledge of Allegiance with coordinating polymer stand. The banner has the entire Pledge of Allegiance, stamped one letter at a time. And spelled correctly!

9. Winged Creature with Beady Eyes Night Light by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
I've been on a night light kick lately, having lots of fun with translucent polymer clay (liquid and solid) and alcohol inks. So I knew I would make a night light. I made two for the challenge and this was the one I decided to enter in the challenge. The finished product is a large 5" tall x 4 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep.  For how this creature evolved and for more views visit my blog post at http://polyclaycafe.blogspot.com/2014/07/winged-creature-night-light.html

10. Peace Dove Mosaic Cross by Arlene of Ashpaints
The focal tile of this cross mosaic is a Peace Dove. Each tile in this inspirational piece is handmade and impressed with deeply etched stamps. After curing, a combination of antiquing mediums, acrylic paints and metallic wax is used to enhance and highlight the designs. The wooden form is the only part of this piece that is not handmade of polymer clay.

11. Rays of Summer Soap Dish by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer soap dish "lacy polymer" center and faux ceramic glaze finish. For more views and to learn more about my creative process for this piece, please visit my blog: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/07/rays-of-summer.html


12. Pink Flower Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive
Liquid polymer and fabric bowl. Read more: http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2014/07/something-for-home.html

13. Soap Dispenser by Freda of FredaK
Black and white mokume gane with red accents

14. Revolving Bottle Stopper Art Display by Jill Stone of Beautified Essentials
Some wine connoisseurs collect bottle stoppers and have them on display in their house. I have had fun making over 1,500 bottle stoppers over the past 2.5 years and selling them in olive oil and vinegar stores, wine stores, and wineries across Colorado and New Mexico. My new stopper designs have different art on each side of the chrome stopper- there are 30 stoppers on this display. You can take a closer look at my designs in my other Flickr pictures.


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