Saturday, August 31, 2013

Inspired by a story or book- PCAGOE September Challenge

This month our members created entries inspired by books or stories. It is great to see how each artist interpreted the theme. Entries had to meet the theme and be made from at least 50% polymer clay.

Vote and 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:

1. Rivendell, Polymer Clay Pendant by Susan of LadyFlowersbySusan
Rivendell is a polymer clay pendant with chains attached by tiny armatures on the back. It evokes the Middle Earth home of the Elves, Rivendell. The pendant is made from one of my signature translucent Stroppel canes.

2. Amelia the Rabbit Princess by Marie of YoungCreative
In this sculpt, I have decided to tell a story, inspired by the dark romantic mood of my favorite fantasy/fairy tale books. In my story, the young princess, discovering that her fairy tale life isn't as secure as she had thought, clutches her most prized possession--a gilded version of the fabled golden egg. Read more:

3. Little Red Riding Hood Basket by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
Did little Miss Red not see those ears behind that rock?
I wanted to try something whimsical for this challenge as well as continue to learn how to make 100% polymer clay containers (although I did paint the clouds). The basket is approximately 4" in diameter and 2" high. The scene continues around the basket and a little red flower adorns the inside bottom.

4. Caterpillar to Butterfly Wall Hanging by Arlene of Ashpaints
One of my favorite authors is Mary Alice Monroe. She wrote a book called "The Butterfly's Daughter" which explored the journey of the Monarch butterfly from the caterpillar stage to a beautiful butterfly. This mosaic wall hanging captures the spirit of that book in its saying. It reads "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a Butterfly".

5. Not quite what he is cracked up to be! ;-) by Cindy of of ArrowdaleArtStudio
Mr. Dumpty before his great fall.
I confess I was inspired by of all things, a video game where one of the levels is Humpty Dumpty. And the Humpty in that game is so creepy looking, I wanted to make a better one. BTW, I've always wondered what caused our ovoid hero to fall - I think you'll find a clue in my version of the story.

6. Just Keep Swimming Light Switch Plate Cover by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
The story I chose is one of my favorites, "Finding Nemo". The part of the story this light switch cover represents is the part where Dori chants, "just keep swimming, just keep swimming". I've had to use that thought to make it through a very tough time in my life, and making this switch cover was my first return to being able to work again, so it means something special to me. Just keep swimming, everyone! :)

7. Paper Bag Princess by Line of PlaySculptLive
My piece for this challenge, please read the blog post attached.

8. Turtle Island by Beth of CreateMyWorld
 Extruded polymer clay, canvas and inks come together to depict my vision of the Native American story about the creation of the earth. This wall hanging measures 12 ¾" wide by 13 ½" long. For more information on the story and the creation process of this piece, please visit my blog:

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Friday, August 9, 2013

August Challenge Winners

And the winners of the August Challenge are:

Public Vote

1st place 

3rd place

Members Vote
1st place 

2nd place 
Abstract Dagger Tribal Necklace by Lorraine of WiredOrchid

3rd place
Tribal Goddess by Suzen of Phoenixrose

Drawing Winners:

Barbara Noblett, Peggy Carlan, Susan Worcester

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.

A sampling of comments left by voters:

Best entries yet!
Wonderful work by everyone!
Heard about through Wired Orchid on Facebook!
The Tribal Goddess necklace is one of the most fantastic necklaces I have seen on the the PCAGOE challenge. Great piece
Everyone does really nice work. I LOVE them all.
I always look forward to seeing the results of the challenge! Great job this month!