Thursday, April 9, 2015

April Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE April Challenge: "Covering something with clay" are:

Top entries selected by the public

1. Fancy Lantern  by Lisa of HiGirls

2. Green Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages

3. Tie
Dragonfly Journal by Arlene of Ashpaints

Faux Stained Glass Lampshade by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

Top entries selected by members

1. Covered Glass Bottle Journey by Linda of Claymation3d

2.  Fancy Lantern  by Lisa of HiGirls

3. Faux Stained Glass Lampshade by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

View all of the entries:

Congratulations to the drawing winners:

Dianne Grazier 
Linda Wondoloski 
Lisa Haney 

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

Comments from the voters:

I like the challenge and selection of their own unique styles to accomplish the topic for this month's challenge!
I do enjoy looking at all the beautiful entries.
Once again beautiful work!
All of them are great.
Wow! I loved these projects. Great work everyone!
So inspirational - all of them! Thanks again!!
I look forward to this contest every month!
Fantastic work everyone!
All deserve a prize, difficult decision to chooseGood artists. Very carefully detailed. My 3 votes, is beautifully finished work. Good luck to all !!!!
Amazing work!! I just love #7 though, very organic looking. Looks like it just rolled out of the sea. It's always hard making a decision.
Just another wonderful collection!
These entries are very artistic!
This is a great challenge. It was hard to pick just three! I saw the challenge on a Makin's Clay post.
I love the faux carved candle! I have always thought of doing it you nailed it!
Great theme, great entries!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Featured Artist Beth Petricoin

Meet Beth Petricoin of CreateMyWorld Designs
featured artist for the weeks of April 6th through April 19th

Beth has a BA in art from Penn State University. Following college, she worked in the printmaking industry (for laminates and fabrics) as a pattern designer and director, but left her day job 15 years ago. She lives in Lancaster Pennsylvania with her husband. A self described environmentalist, Beth’s other main interests are maintaining an organic heirloom garden and striving to lessen her impact on the planet. 

Beth has this to say about her creative journey: “The drive to create has been with me since a very young age. Like so many other artists, I had a lot of family members and teachers who fed and encouraged my creativity. Around 1996, a fellow designer and friend asked if I had ever used polymer clay. I told her that I had never considered it because the packages seemed so small, and I figured one either had to work tiny or spend lots of money on the media. A couple days later, she gifted me a generous supply of packages of polymer and convinced me to give it a go. We began, over our lunch hour, creating little brooches together, which usually sold immediately to our co-workers. It wasn’t long till I was hooked. The endless amount of possibilities and experimenting always call me back to try something new with this media… Like many polymer artists I began with jewelry, but the PCAGOE challenges have moved me into a completely different realm, which I so enjoy. The engineering of each new piece is the most exciting part of the process for me. I’m so glad to be a part of this wonderful community!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Challenge Covering Something with Clay

For our April challenge we are featuring Covering Something with 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.

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1. Counter Top Soap Dispenser by Brenda of BjeeWilson
Born from an ordinary coffee drink bottle, covered with different shapes and textures of polymer clay, and given a new life as a soap or lotion dispenser. Re-using ordinarily discarded glass vessels is my favorite thing to do. I especially enjoy covering them with polymer clay to create a new and innovative item to extend their life.

2. Hand Carved Polymer Clay Covered Glass Vase by Angela of polymerclaycreations  
A while back I saw a video of candle dipping and carving and thought I wanted to try that in clay. Here is my version of hand dipping and carving. I used a 10 inch glass vase and added 5 layers of different colored clays and then carved, cut and twisted it all over.
This is my entry into the PCAGOE monthly challenge. The theme for the month is covering something.

3. Fancy Lantern  by Lisa of HiGirls  
PCAGOE Challenge: Cover something
Pearl white clay with all kinds of detail covers most of this lantern. The glass has fun leafy shapes in tinted translucent clay that glows when a candle is lit inside.
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4. Fairy House by Freda of  FredaK
This Fairy House is constructed over a drinking glass.

5. Feelin' Groovy Covered Bottle by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
This upcycled bottle was given a new life for the April PCAGOE challenge to cover something with clay.  I wanted to do something unpredictable, nothing neat and lined up and symmetrical. I decided to combine two techniques I recently learned from the Polymer Clay Adventure series  The techniques involved "Cane Mutiny" with Teresa Pandora Salgado and "Polymer Painting" with Suzanne Ivester.  You can learn more about the process and see more views on my NEW blog at

6. Challenging Challenge Dispenser by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
I wanted a container to dispense sunscreen at our lake trailer, so I made a mokume gane block in the olive and blues of that color scheme. Deciding to cover a plastic shave lotion bottle was rather a task - it's melting point was just at the edge of polymer's curing temp. The bottom deformed a bit, and I had to screw the cap onto a hot base to reform the threads. But, all is well... stamping ink and metallic Lumiere paint adds a bit of bling. The large indents are part of the bottle design, and I chose to accentuate them. The silver "wave" element at the top will match the new bathroom silver backsplash.

7. Covered Glass Bottle Journey by Linda of Claymation3d
This polymer clay covered glass bottle journey began with a Skinner blend foundation of clay. Glass cabochons, more blends of clay and textures were worked over the top. Splashes of color were inserted using inks, micro beads, freshwater pearls and a few real shells.

8. Tissue Cover by Marcy of marcympc
A tissue cover created for my home trying out several techniques I hadn't used before. Purple and turquoise plus a nature theme.

9. Green Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages
Small Tea Pot covered with my original polymer clay cane designs. Sanded smooth and varnished. My entry into the PCAGOE April challenge.

10. Dragonfly Journal by Arlene of Ashpaints
This challenge piece came to mind because the theme was Cover Something with Polymer Clay. So I decided to create a "cover" for a journal. This piece incorporates one of my favorite sayings "Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things in Life" and a beautiful dragonfly stamped design. It is layered on top to two textured panels and for a whimsical touch I added flowers. The color scheme was copper patina. The journal itself measures 8 inches x 6 inches.

11. Fairy House by Line of PlaySculptLive
12. Faux Stained Glass Lampshade by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Made to coordinate with the first quilt I made (a wall hanging). Polymer covers a glass lampshade. To learn more about this project including a detailed tutorial to make your own, visit my blog post here:

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