Sunday, February 9, 2014

February Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE February Challenge "Wall Art" are:


Top entries selected by the public:
1. Durer's 1515 Rhino by Mary of MaryClaires 
2. Polymer Clay Celtic Owl by Carole of CompelledCraft
3. Sunburst Medallion by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns 



Top entries selected by PCAGOE members:
1. Seal Cove by Lisa of HiGirls
2. TIE
   Polymer Clay Celtic Owl by Carole of CompelledCraft
   Durer's 1515 Rhino by Mary of MaryClaires
3. Gnome Domes 4x4 Wall Plaque by Jill of JKAY Jewelry
 



Congratulations to the drawing winners. They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners
  • Julie Umfrid
  • Alina Preston 
  • Anne Mainville 

Comments from the voters:

- Incredible variety and complexity - amazing work.
- As always, a wonderful show of variety!
- You all are amazing so keep up the great work!
- It's always so tough to choose, but for me, the Durhrer Rhino was just too incredible.
- Of course it is so hard to choose only 3! Great job everyone!
- Wish I were creative! Keep up the nice work!
- Love the ever evolving of polymer clay.
- Great work by everyone!
- Extremely creative, original and well executed!
- I liked the owl #6 as well.
- Such beautiful things, as always! I have the worst time choosing which ones as they are really all winners!
- Great variety of projects.
- Very hard to choose. The diversity is wonderful to see.
- Very creative once again!
- I have never had such a hard time as this to pick just 3 favorites. I really loved something from all 15 pieces.
- It certainly was hard choices this time as they all were great. Hugs!
- The Pleasant Pheasant is one of my fave clay artists and I follow her on Facebook!
- Fantastic as usual!
- A very hard decision to make. All of the pieces were very well done.
- Another fun challenge and such a nice variety in the interpretation.
- My first choice was #8 because the rhino was so beautifully and interestingly rendered--amazing, really. But I wish that Mary had said more about the technique: How did she achieve that metallic look? My second choice was the owl, not only for the balance and beauty of the design, but also for the Celtic theme and the fact that the patterns are interesting. After my first two choices, it was really hard to decide on a third, there were so many lovely things here. For instance, #1 was based on a very original idea. If I owned it, though, I probably couldn't bring myself to stick earrings into it and break up the beautiful patterns! #5 is a gorgeous "painting", and deserves special mention for its having been done entirely in clay, not paints. Great work. I wish it were possible to see the mica shift effect in #7, which must add a lot to its appeal; it's too bad that the shift doesn't show well in a photo, especially when not in a "metal" color. As a sometime quilter, I also felt drawn to #13. I liked the way the symbols were handled in black and white. Several pieces here were notable for the way they used recycling or contained an inspirational message or story of some sort. There was a lot of variety. Anyway, to choose my number three, I finally had to resort to "Which entry would I most want to hang on my own walls?" That quickly narrowed it down to #3 and #4. The stained glass effect in #3 is very appealing; the whole peaceful scene is lovely, and if I were choosing on the basis of the impressiveness of technique, this would have been my third choice. However, #4 won out because it makes me smile. The little "story" attached to it gave it an extra warmth, and if even an old lady loves it, I could well imagine how much a child would enjoy having it on his/her wall.
- The work just keeps on getting better and better. AND, harder and harder to choose the top three. Thanks for doing all you do!
- Exquisite entries!
- All great works. Hard to choose.
- This challenge really highlights what I love about polymer clay ...... It's diversity !
- Amazing work everyone.
- I always am so amazed with the talent and creativity for all the pieces but my favorite is #3. I love the colors and the stained glass effect that Lisa achieved. I live in coastal Maine so that looks like home to me. Awesome job everyone!!!
- Wonderful selections. The rhino is extraordinary.
- Love the work guys!!!
- Love the idea of layered clay and cutting out pieces to create a design. I'd love to try this.
- This month's pieces are just... WOW!! I think this was the toughest one to choose only 3! Amazing work everyone!
- AMAZING creations this month folks!!
- I love looking at and discovering upcycled or recycled polymer clay items. All of the artists entering these items are truly versatile in their crafts ! Just awesome ladies !