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high5 polymer clay: cynthia tinapple

Today’s posts will complete the High5 Polymer Clay series, but that doesn’t have to mean the end of your polymer clay exploration. Cynthia Tinapple has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening with the medium and since 2005 she has been sharing it on her blog, Polymer Clay Daily.



Dedicated to “showcasing the best polymer clay art online”, PCD is the premiere place to go to discover trends in polymer clay, read about new artists, and see what your old favorites are up to now. The popular blog has a loyal following of artists, design enthusiasts, crafters, teachers and collectors who check in each day to see what Tinapple has found.


Beach Stone Necklace, polymer clay

The Ohio artist, who has been working with polymer clay for over twenty years, seems most comfortable showcasing other artists, but occasionally shares pictures of her own work and process. Tinapple’s art shows the same care and meticulous attention to detail as her writing and editing and the results are always stunning. Take a look at some of her recent solo work-in-progress – she is still tweaking the multi strand “beach” necklace pictured above, which was inspired by Laura Timmins and Gera Scott Chandler.


Petroglyph experiments, polymer clay


She is also working on perfecting her petroglyphs and she told me she still hasn’t found “just the right solution” – she’s not quite satisfied yet, though she has tried inks, canes, stamps and stencils. They look ‘perfectly’ spectacular to me – I’m looking forward to the final version.

Tinapple and her husband, woodturner Blair Davis, often collaborate on turned wood bowls inlaid with polymer clay (check the links at the end of this post to see images). In October, their town’s first art center, a $6 million dollar facility, opens with a prestigious inaugural show that will include collaborative pieces by Tinapple and Davis.  I have no doubt that their art will be a hit at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – if you are in the area do stop by to see the show. The couple is busy creating work for the show and I’m sure she will share photos on PCD, so watch for them.

Come back this afternoon for my final post in this High5 Polymer Clay series.

Cynthia Tinapple’s Polymer Clay Daily

Remember when she decorated her wall with cane slices?

More of Tinapple’s polymer clay stones here and here (love that bowl!)

Don’t miss Blair Davis and Cynthia Tinapple’s bowls

Read the rest of the High5 Polymer Clay series here

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4 Responses to high5 polymer clay: cynthia tinapple

  1. A very well-deserved accolade to Cynthia and her stellar blog. When I saw her wonderful BeachStone necklace I was inspired – seeing myself included as an “inspire-ee” has fuelled me for a long session of “BeachStoning” in my studio! Wow!

    Keep up the inspiration Cynthia!


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