Tuesday, December 31, 2013

From the Recycle Bin: PCAGOE January Challenge

This month PCAGOE artists were given the theme, "From the Recycle Bin."  They could create anything that contained at least 50% polymer clay and fit the challenge criteria - recycled, repurposed, reused. 

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.  Nest Egg Jar by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
This is a repurposed creamy horseradish jar. I was thinking a little jar for change when I started. Then I decided to put a bird's nest on the lid with pretty blue eggs. Result is the "Nest Egg Jar"

2.  Vintage Daisy by Charlie of MaisieClay
Vintage hand stamped polymer clay beads mixed with an up cycled vintage necklace.

3.  Beneath the Surface by Janet of RussellAmarillo
This vase has 2 distinct sides to it. One side has vivid colors. Both in the yellow with purple fish, and coral below. The second side is shades of green plant life, with more pastel coral. Also, rock is Mokume gold leaf in translucent clay. This fish is done in pewter, silver and antique gold. There is beach sand mixed with the clay I used for ocean bottom and the off white coral. Black sand is scattered along with actual shells from the beach to complete ocean floor.
Water background was done with Blue Diamond liquid glass.

4.  Calico Clock by Marcia of marcympc
Recycled millifiori canes created this design: discarded pansy and cornflower canes were extruded into square snakes. These were then stacked randomly into a new cane 5 squares high x 5 squares wide. Slices from this new cane were applied to a sheet of grey/lavender clay that was used to cover a ceramic tile. I was surprised to see that tiny flowers still appeared within the pattern. Pinks, blues and reds from the original flower canes combine to give an overall purple effect from a distance.

5.  Northern Nativity by Line of PlaySculptLive
For this recycling challenge, I decided on a bowl. To make the form of the bowl I used the paper I get from the books I order. there is always lots of that stuff. I shaped the paper like a bowl and covered it with clay. I wanted to go for the look of ice and all its variant colors of blue. In the bowl there is a crystal sculpture of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. It belonged to a glass nativity scene that broke in storage. Reusing at its best.

6.  Recycled Vessels by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
I used plastic caps from shaving gel cans as the base forms for these two lidded vessels. They are covered with previously sheeted polymer mokume gane in colors which coordinate with the purple and orange caps.

7.  Eye Pencil Shavings Pendants by Marie of YoungCreative
These pendents are created using shards of eye pencil shavings that I retrieved from my sharpener. The shavings became inclusion bits mixed into translucent clay, adding texture and color. 

8.  Recycled Filigree Tree by  Beth of CreateMyWorld
Using an old beater from a hand mixer that died, covered with liquid polymer and adorned with "quilled" polymer scrolls. To read more about the story behind this creation, please go to my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2013/12/recycled-christ...

9.  Rose and Gold Necklace by Lisa of HiGirls
This time of year in my house there are a lot of burned out bulbs-this year they ended up on the clay table! The large pendant is a candle bulb which utilizes a vintage end cap. The smaller charms are miniature light bulbs. Even the clay has been recycled on this piece, as it is a re-made mokume mix that I think looks a lot like some kind of stone with metallic soft gold and shades of red and rose. Sanded and buffed to a soft sheen.

10. Recycled Mosaic Treasure Box by Arlene  of Ashpaints
This recycled wooden cigar box is sporting a new look with a custom mosaic design featuring one of my favorite sayings: Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a Butterfly. Isn't that a beautiful thought. The mosaic design uses mostly blues and greens but has touches of the rainbow. A fleur-de-lis border finishes the edges.

11. Pink translucent petals with recycled pink pearls by Mary of Maryclaires
The pearls are recycled from the Oakland Museum annual junk sale and the petals are polymer clay.

12. Garden Kaleidoscope Vase by Jill Stone of Beautified Essentials
Reused maple syrup jar into a vase. All my original canes (leaves, sunflower, and flower petals combined to make the kaleidoscope cane).

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

January Challenge Sponsors

Thank you to all of our artists who volunteered to sponsor the January Challenge. Please see their prize offers and stop back on January 1 to vote. In the meantime, Please explore these wonderful finds from their shops: https://www.etsy.com/treasury/ODI0ODcwNHwyNzIyOTE2MjY3/january-pcagoe-challenge-sponsors

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Featured Artist: Susan O'Neill

Introducing Susan O'Neill of 11BOLDstreet
PCAGOE feature artist for Dec. 23 through Jan. 5
(Her work will be featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.) 

Susan has been designing in one form or another for most of her life. After college art came a developing interest in the larger spaces around her, which lead to 28 years in structural and architectural design. When Susan discovered polymer clay in the early '90s, she did some initial experiments but didn't fully begin to explore the possibilities until 2007. Amazed by the evolution of the media since her initial introduction to it, plus the possibilities when combined with other media, she is continually inspired to experiment and create in her own unique style of strong, bold colors, textures and patterns. In her own words: "The limitless possibilities of polymer on its own are staggering, but when combined with traditional beads and findings, wire wrapping techniques, metal clays, natural materials, textiles…well, those implications haunt me (in a good way) on a daily basis! I carry a sketchbook, recording inspirations from my travels, nature, art - and just knocking around in my backyard!"

Susan is well known in the polymer community especially for her liquid polymer soaked gauze fabric creations. With this special technique she has created everything from bracelets, earrings, brooches and pendants, to home decor items. 

Susan has been published in the Polymer Arts Magazine several times and made the cover of Polymer Cafe Magazine in August 2010. The story of her creative journey was published in MORE magazine in 2009. In 2011 she was awarded a 1st and 3rd place in Voila's Polymeristas of the month. And she was awarded a Category 1st Place for one of her neckpieces in the 2009 Bead Star annual contest.

Find more of Susan at these links:
http://11BOLDstreet.comhttp/://www.flickr.com/photos/11boldstreetand become a Facebook Fan at www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/pages/11BOLDstreet/135292221717
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Featured Artist: Jill Kollmann

Introducing Jill Kollmann of JKay Jewelry Designs
PCAGOE feature artist for Dec. 9 through Dec. 23
(Her work will be featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.)

Jill is a polymer artist and jewelry designer from Orange County, California. She is a member of the Orange County Polymer Clay Guild and is our current PCAGOE President. Jill is also the featured polymer clay artist at The Artists’ Studio at The Palos Verdes Art Center. She has most recently been featured in “Polymer CafĂ©” with her micro sculpt applique, and occasionally writes for “The Polymer Arts” magazine. She credits her sister with starting her working with polymer. And she attributes learning how to refine techniques and master her skills to other clayers. Jill often incorporates her love of wire techniques into her intricate designs. In her own words, "My work is heavily influenced by stories my grandmother used to tell me about ladies' afternoon tea and "at home" days when callers would be received and entertained. That was back when those sorts of gatherings were dutifully reported in the Society Page of the local newspaper, and always fun to read. When I'm not indulging myself with floral applique, I enjoy a wide range of polymer clay techniques that result in different looks, some more contemporary, and always finished with attention to detail." Her signature Flower Basket Beads exemplify the evolution of her work in this direction.

Jill has been working with polymer clay for over ten years, primarily creating beads, jewelry and treasure boxes. She particularly enjoys making artisan cabochons, which she sells or makes into a finished piece using wire work or seed beading techniques. Jill constantly hones her artistic skills with varied techniques, and her diligence with this wonderful medium shows in the gorgeous focals, beads, jewelry and treasure boxes that can be found in her shop, along with her specialized tutorials.

Find more of Jill's work here:

Monday, December 9, 2013

December Challenge Winners

And the winners of the December Challenge are:

Public Vote

1st place 

2nd place
Roly Poly Santa by Arlene  of Ashpaints

3rd place
Penguin Snowglobe by  Beth of CreateMyWorld

Members Vote

1st place 

3rd place

Drawing Winners: 
Jane L McAtee
Alexandra Sefton
Sandy Stout 

They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor 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:
-Lovely entries!
-Great work as always, and such a wide range of interpretations!
-Incredible variety of subjects, all with one underlying theme - that's what makes the challenges so much fun.
-So very inspired by the creativity.
-Love the teapot! Very elegant.
-The polyclay artistry shown by your members is amazing
-It was really hard this time. REALLY hard! what wonderful work.
-Lovely selection. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
-What creative ideas and lovely pieces.
-Cute winter theme!
-I changed my mind several times, which is unusual for me. Everyone has been so creative! Happy holidays to all!
-The bird, the roly poly Santa and the teapot are all adorable! Good work, ladies!
-Love the eye candy! Hard to decide again, three others that I liked a lot besides the ones I voted for. (13, 9 & 4)
-Nice job Marie! Love this one!
-I enjoy seeing all the talent and how they progress as they become more confident in each entry.
-Wow Becky Sue! Your bead is amazing!!! It is so detailed! I could have sworn it was a photograph!
-Polymer clay ornaments is one of my favorite things to create, so I favored the wonderful ornaments entered in this challenge. They just make me smile. So well done.
-Very cute winter bird, and nicely done!
-Like this idea, it's always good to have more Christmas!
-What an absolutely fun category. Thanks for sharing the beautiful objects of the season with us all!
-This collection made me go "darling" sooo cute, wow, love it, and more. You guys did wonderfully.
-What a wonderful selection this month, just a great job by all:)
-All of the ornaments are wonderful but I fell in love with the little bird. The second and third choices were much harder to decide. Excellent work by all.
-Thank you for all you do big and small! I'm tripping along in your beautiful footsteps......so here I go again!
-Great work! Looks like the season makes creativity abundant.
-Such talent ladies! Such beautiful items! Like a rainbow in my mailbox! Thank you for letting me vote!

Marie's birds just blow me away!
such gorgeous work, All are stunning.
They all look so festive. Puts me in the tree decorating mood,
There were so many good ones! But the penguin snow globe caught my eye and the bird ornament was wonderful. The tea pot took so much work and looked so inviting.
Talented, artistic, great eye candy, love all of them
Beautiful work.
Love all of these! excellent art!