Saturday, June 30, 2012

July Challenge Sponsors

Public voting opens for our July Challenge on tomorrow. Here is a sneak peek at the prizes up for grabs for three lucky voters! If you win the drawing YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR PRIZE(see below).

Winners will be notified by email and given instructions on how to select and claim a prize.  Before or after you vote, we invite you to visit the shops and start thinking about what you will choose if you win the drawing.  Have fun browsing!

Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance.

$25 gift certificate towards total purchase amount, good for 60 days

Small Ideas
Free map pins: cookies and crackers

Elemental Dragons
Custom made dragon (value of 24.99)
Gift certificate of $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner   
$20 on anything in my shop, must be used within 60 days, no cash remuneration.

$20 gift certificate to be used within 60 days

any item(s) worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days

Young Creative
any item worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days

Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance

Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance; good any time

In stock items under $20, no made to order items

$20 gift certificate (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days

$20 Gift Certificate

Gift certificate up to $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner

$20 gift certificate, up to 60 days unless by private arrangement with me

$20 dollar gift certificate to be used within 60 days

$20 gift certificate towards any item good for 60 days

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Feeling Patriotic

Red, White, and Blue Star Necklace
Here are a couple of jewelry pieces that will have you feeling patriotic no matter how you celebrate the 4th of July.

This festive star necklace (above) is from Freda's Jewelry Garden found at FredaK on Etsy.

The patriotic lentil swirl earrings (below) are from Renaissance Gal of San Antonio found at Rengalsa on Etsy

Red, White, and Blue Lentil Swirl Earrings

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Shades of Summer

When you work in polymer, everything starts to look like something that should be covered with clay!
Polka Dot Shades

Lisa of HiGirls on Etsy has turned her clay addiction into some pretty cool looking shades. She's experimenting with lots of designs, and she even has one where she "knits" the polymer.

Knitted Sunglasses

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Like Us on Facebook

Want another way to browse the creations of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy's member artists? Then "Like" our Facebook page. It is filled with great artist galleries for lots of window shopping. And don't forget, many of the items are available in individual members Etsy shops.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day 

From the members of the PCAGOE
 to all of you new dads and those of you who are old pros! 
Pookie and his New Friend by Peggy of Peggers

Sunday, June 10, 2012

June Challenge Winners

And the winners of the June Challenge are:

Winners Voted on by PCAGOE Members

1st Place
Olive Gauze Bowl No. 126 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
 2nd place
Colorful Rainbow Paisley Mosaic Bowl by Angela of polymerclaycreations
  3rd place
Textured Clay Pinch Pot by Marcia of MarciaPalmer
Winners Voted on by Non Members

1st Place
Frolicking Pisces Bowl by Marie of YoungCreative
 2nd Place
Sweet Petite Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages
3rd Place
Colorful Rainbow Paisley Mosaic Bowl by Angela of polymerclaycreations

Drawing Winners

Congrats to Janette Walters, Cynthia Walcott, and Cheryl Holland.
They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating shop owners.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted and supports our challenges each month.
186 votes were cast this month.

Comments left by voters:

Lovely bowls! Thanks for sharing with us.

Fabulous creations this month! So hard to choose!

I love the tea pot but also am partial to inros so it was a toss up ;-)

I love Beth's piece because it's eco-friendly. The title is clever too!

Some great work here love all the colors.My first pick is because I see so much work and thought that has gone into this project very colorful.
All others great too.

amazed by the colors and different ideas...awesome.

I see lots of attention to detail and quality this month. Congratulations.

I hope to be a member someday soon!
Love all things polymer:)

I think the talent in these challenges keeps getting better and better. I know they get harder and harder to choose. Everyone did such beautiful work. Thanks

Love these challenges!

Fantastic entries - such a variety of "vessels," and so many techniques! What a talented group we are. :)

Wonderful imaginations and talent .. as usual!
 I really enjoy looking at everybody's art work. You are all so creative!

Fantastic entries!! everyone has done an exceptional job!! Was difficult to choose. Love Lisa's unusual idea of creating a bowl out of buttons!!

Such talented artists!

Very hard to select only the top 3 as they were all lovely works of art!

The teapot is beautiful. I have never seen one with so much color and personality. What fun!
The link came to my own wall ( as I already friend, LIKE, and subscribe.

All are so beautiful. I just love the uniqueness of the pieces I chose.

They are all beautiful and happy!

Every piece was very very nice.

excellent work, as usual. this one was a difficult decision.

These are all wonderful!

These were all so very well done it was really hard to choose!

Such beautilful work I'd love to be able to do such fine work.

I would love to decorate my house with some of these bowls.

They're all beautiful creations!!!

It was practically impossible to pick favorites this time! Congratulations to everyone who entered the challenge this month. All of your pieces are beautifully done.

Great workshop everyone!

A difficult choice this month. There were many wonderful entries

So many lovely items, it was hard to choose, even harder when you get to know the artists!!

Very creative and love the colors.

What a tough selection - I'm SO proud of our Guild :)

I Love all the entries but that little Teapot is fabulous as is the Pisces was a very tough decision! Good Luck to all :)

This was an extremely hard month
to choose from. They are all lovely and beautiful!

Wonderful art ladies. Hard to choose again this month.

very hard to choose. All are great.

very nice and full of inspirationcreations-not easy to choose the winners!

lots of very cool entries--the variety is really astonishing. good luck to all!!

Gosh it was hard to pick just 3! I spent hours trying to make up my mind.

What'em all...!!

Rainbow colors & black and white... my favorite combinations and the fit perfect in a bowl, inro and teapot!!!

I loved viewing all the entries the three I picked though were my fav. If I could of picked a 4th I would of picked the little salt and pepper shakers...

Great items to choose from again this month.

i love the diversity that each member uses to cover a topic. i am always fascinated by the outcome and every time it is difficult to choose among such great art work!

although the challenge was bowls and vases. The creativity and work is great!

Amazing. I get inspired every month.

Beautiful pieces - the choosing was difficult.

Each entry is unique and so creative. What a great group of artists!!

Very hard to vote, such good work! Marie's fun and frolicking fish vessel won me over completely. I was very impressed with all the ideas presented.

11. I love using lightbulbs, my own way if recycling them. I love the creativity here.
8. Spiral canes are the best. I love making them and seeing others as well. Love the colors.

Janice Vuncannon Sears posted the contest on facebook. I am glad she did. I didn't know this was around. Very taleted artist

This one was tough. There were so many wonderful entries.

Beautiful array of artistic interpretations of vessels. Difficult to decide on favorites this month with so many excellent entries.

All the pieces are amazing, hard to vote. If I got more votes I could keep going.

Everything is amazing. Well done everyone.
So many wonderful entries, but I am always drawn to the colorful ones...

WOW! Wonderful entries. You've outdone yourselves once again Ladies :)

An especially challenging challenge, but what a great group of entries. Lovely. Just Lovely.

Really enjoyed the variety this month!

What a great challenge! Once again,you all have forced me to make a very difficult decision. What a talented group!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

June Challenge: Bowls and Vessels

Scroll to the bottom of the post to vote for your favorites!

About the Challenge: 
Our artist-members celebrated the functional side of polymer art this month with the theme "Bowls and Vessels." Some created 100% polymer containers and others chose to cover existing ones.

Vote at the bottom of the page and you might win!
Vote between June 1-7 and you could win. Three lucky winners will be selected in a drawing of all non-member voters and will be able to choose a prize offered by our member shops sponsoring this month's challenge. See the list of participating sponsors and prizes.  

And the entries are:

TO VOTE: scroll to bottom of post.

1. Olive Gauze Bowl No. 126 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Bowl from gauze soaked in liquid polymer, with solid polymer clay accents and feet. 8" diameter x 4" high.

2. Inro by Jill of jkollmann
This is my first ever inro, created for the PCAGOE vessels challenge. I enjoyed applying Julie Picarello's approach to layering, texturing and slicing to create the clay sheet from which this is made. It's 100% clay, not a covered base of some sort. The lid is perfect fit - whew!

3. Black & Silver Bowl by Freda of FredaK 
One day I was making something with black clay and silver leaf and had quite a bit left over. I decided to try and make a bowl with the leftovers and this bowl is what I made. I realized it would be perfect for this month's challenge.

4. Button Basket by Lisa of HiGirls
I've always been fascinated by a bowl made of buttons that I saw in a shop somewhere, and since I love making buttons in polymer clay, I thought I'd give it a try. The buttons are three tones of semi-transluscent clay textured and buffed. The bottom is one large piece and the entire thing has been sewn together with wire. Measures 2 inches tall by 2 1/4 diameter.

5. Colorful Rainbow Paisley Mosaic Bowl by Angela of polymerclaycreations
I used every color in the rainbow to create this. Each side has a paisley pattern mosaic done in a different color scheme. Set into a swirled patterned white clay. The inside was finished off with marbled swirled stamped clay to match each paisley mosaic. The top opening measures 5 inches square and it is 2 3/4 inches tall.  Please check out my photostream for photos of all sides. It is impossible to get every side in one photo.
This bowl was created as part of a series I have yet to complete. The top of this bowl features black clay with a spiral design done completely in glass bugle beads. The bottom of the bowl features another spiral design done this time with rubber stamps and mica powders. It measures about 7 1/4" in diameter.

7. 'Keep on Trunkin'? by Peg of Peggers
OK I loved creating this vase but could not come up with a title. My hubby gave it the title and I couldn't stop it is what it is! I love creating trees of all kinds and this one is special too. This tree is missing his entire body except his trunk and a few vines that I created as arms. The tree is alive even though he lost half of him self.

8. Sweet Petite Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages
I fell in love with this tiny tea pot at a flea market. It is just 4 inches high. I had fun decorating it with my newest spiral canes. The surface is really smooth and nicely finished. I think it is as pretty as it is functional! Sorry, it is not for sale. :)

9. Flower Bowl by Becky of BeckySueCreations
This is the first bowl I have made for a challenge. Multiple layers of clay were layered together and formed on a small bowl to create the shape. Ghost flowers were then added to the interior. This bowl is 1 1/2 inches high by 2 1/4 inches wide. Perfect for holding your rings or earrings without getting them lost.

The meaning of the word vessel is an instrument meant for holding and it occurred to me that the earth holds all of us. She is the primary place that everything else comes from.  The bottle was inspired by Artdoll"s Magazine spread on a contest of Bottle Dolls. I've been experimenting with liquid clay and doing faux stained glass. This "doll" directed me when I was making her, I had an other idea in mind but she turned out to be right, I love her just like this

11. Bright Idea Vase or Pen Holder by Beth of of CreateMyWorld 
I used a burnt out incandescent light bulb that I gutted and covered with extruded polymer clay, and set in a polymer clay base to secure it at an unusual angle. It also has silver micro-beads embedded in the clay for an extra sparkle. It could be used as a vase or a pen holder.

12. Frolicking Pisces Bowl by Marie of YoungCreative
One empty martini glass + some polymer clay = a cute jewelry bowl. I used the martini glass as a mold for the bowl and hand sculpted the fish base. Alcohol inks and mica powders add some color.

13. Mystic Potion Bottle by Janice of BlessedBeadJewelry
If you found this little bottle nestled against the ivy, would you pick it up? It looks magical but cheerful and benign, but who knows? Small repurposed glass bottle with round threaded cap embellished with a variagated pink and purple and black sutton slice abstract leaf design mounted and embedded on layers of translucent Premo embedded with crazed metal leaf.

14. Stairway by Claymation3d by Linda of Claymation3d
My vessel project began with recycling a green glass vase. I worked translucent polymer clay mixed with gold foil leafing over top of the vase. I embossed the polymer using a stamp to give it a pebble texture all over. For coloring I used alcohol inks. The spiral stairway is created from vintage glass cabochons. The stairway leads to a sculpture of a feminine form tree. She arches out from the vase and beads cascade down from the branches. Her root system clings to the inside and outside of top edge of the vase. All branches are reinforced with Wireform brass rod for strength. Many types of gemstone beads and my own handmade beads are suspended from the branches. The piece is 14” H at the tallest branch.

15. Petal Vase by Cindy of ArrowdaleArtStudio
The vase was born of a squidging session with a lump of scrap clay that became something kind of fun and pleasing and so I began to cover it with one of my (then) most recent canes. It's about three inches tall about about 2.5 inches across the face of the vase. The hole is just large enough to hold a small bouquet of silk flowers but I enjoy it just on its own.

16. Polymer Clay Ring Bowl by Kelly of KellyPlaysClay
This polymer clay vessel is meant to hold rings or other small jewelry. It is cute idea for a little girl's room to help keep things organized.

17. Abstract Watercolor Bowl by Arlene of Ashpaints
This bowl is completely made from polymer clay, alcohol inks and gold leaf using an alcohol ink mokume gane technique. The shallow bowl has a beautiful rich blend of colors ranging from a vibrant peachy orange to a soft sage green. I color blended clay to match the peachy orange for the outside of the bowl and added ball feet for a touch of whimsey.

18. Passion Flame Salt & Pepper with Butterflies & Pansies by Deb of RenGalSA
These beautiful salt & pepper shakers are made from slices of my Passion Flame Pansy and Passion Flame Butterfly canes. They are in very feminine shades of red, maroon, and pink. The shakers are 2" high and the base is 1 1/4" square. They are make out of a mixture of different colored polymer clays including premo, fimo, and kato.

19. Textured Clay Pinch Pot by Marcia of MarciaPalmer
This polymer clay pinch pot stands about 6" tall (top to bottom). The texture, color, and design elements give this simple vessel it's own unique look.

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