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a new era for polymer clay

The Racine Art Museum’s Terra Nova exhibit opens today – an exhibit that will long be remembered as the beginning of a new era for polymer clay.

Ford & Forlano, polymer, sterling silver

Cynthia Toops
polymer, shell, bone, glass beads, sterling

As Tory Hughes explains, Terra Nova “marks polymer’s recognition as a valid and valuable art medium, and establishes RAM as a museum to be watched.” Hughes is one of eight artists spotlighted this weekend by RAM as the Boundary Breakers in the medium – artists who have been recognized within the field and/or by other contemporary craft disciplines.

Dan Cormier
polymer, aluminum, aircraft cable, sterling silver wire, glass, photocopy on paper, transparent film, vinyl, rubber

Jeff Dever, polymer, wire

The exhibit features over 200 objects made of polymer and tracks the medium’s history.  Read more about the exhibit here. Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing polymer out of the shadows and into the limelight.  It’s time to shine.

Elise Winters

Learn how Elise Winters made her vision to elevate the medium a reality.  Winters is the main force behind polymer’s new-found recognition as a respected art medium. RAM’s Bruce Pepich is the other driving force behind this project. Want more? Go see Terra Nova – it runs from October 21, 2011 – February 5, 2012.






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4 Responses to a new era for polymer clay

  1. What a stroke of luck! I recently moved to Milwaukee (less than an hour from Racine). I’ve been reading about the exhibit and can’t wait to visit it this opening weekend. For all those who wish they could see the exhibit in person, I’ll do my best to “take it all in” for you.

  2. We in the Polymer community owe a great deal to Elise Winters. Aside from doing fabulous work, which Elise does, no other individual has done more to advance the medium than she has. Today marks a turning point for the medium of Polymer and when the continued history is written in the years to come Elise’s name will figure prominently.

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