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Category Archives: Polymer Clay

tanya marriott: quirky creatures & dolls

Although Tanya Marriott uses a variety of media when creating her characters, toys, animation and films, it is her work with polymer that caught my eye.  Fantastical. Whimsical. Magical. And each one comes with its own story. . .

Tanya Marriott, Bullers Apprentice

Bullers Apprentice, polymer, acrylic paints, soft body construction
Handmade cardboard cart by Garry Buckley

Tanya Marriott, Mothman

Mothman, polymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

Tanya Marriott, Mothman - Closeup

Mothman, detail

Tanya Marriott, Flyboy

Flyboy, polymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

Tanya Marriott, A Deer Couple

 A Deer Couplepolymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

Tanya Marriott, Work in Progress

 Edward & Jane, Work In Progress

Tanya Marriott, Edward and Jane

Edward & Jane, polymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

 Tanya Marriott’s website

A bit of her process here

And armature making here

cynthia toops revisited

Where has the time gone? Has it really been five years since I last shared Cynthia Toops’ polymer clay micro mosaic jewelry? It’s always a treat to see new work from the Seattle artist. She makes us forget the material and allows us to simply revel in her skill and talent for telling a story.

Day/Night Hourglass Pendant (Rooster)

Toops’ 2-sided Hourglass pendants remind us that our time here is fleeting. Make it count.

Day/Night Hourglass Pendant (Owl)

The images above are different sides of the same piece. Day/Night Hourglass Pendant with a polymer micro mosaic rooster on one side and a polymer micro mosaic owl on the other side of the hourglass. Metalwork by Chuck Domitrovich.

Wanderlust Ring Closed

Wanderlust Ring, closed, polymer clay, antique binoculars
Metalwork by Juan Reyes

Wanderlust Ring Open

Wanderlust Ring, open, polymer clay, antique binoculars
Metalwork by Juan Reyes

Summer/Winter Hourglass Hummingbird

Summer/Winter Hourglass Pendant (Hummingbird side)
polymer clay, metal
Metalwork by Chuck Domitrovich

Summer/Winter Hourglass Pendant

Summer/Winter Hourglass Pendant (Winter Owl side)
polymer clay, metal
Metalwork by Chuck Domitrovich

Cynthia Toops, Untitled

 Untitled Brooch, polymer clay, metal 
Metalwork by Chuck Domitrovich

Cynthia Toops’ website

DAM posts about Toops here, here and here!


ellen jewett: precision balanced by chaos

She was raised among newts and snails. That’s how Ellen Jewett begins to describe herself. It’s easy to connect the dots between her early years and the art she creates today.


Jewett holds a degree in Anthropology and Fine Art, and comes from a background in medical illustration and exotic animal care. She has successfully married her interests in art and biology and now creates fantastical, sometimes grotesque and often absurd thought provoking sculptures.


The farther I travel, the more I am home,12″x5″x17″


The farther I travel, the more I am home, detail

Using cold porcelain clay and air drying polymer, she builds each sculpture over a wire armature, then paints with her fingers and a paint brush.


“Each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Many of these components are microcosmic representations of plants, animals and objects. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and, some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures.”


Strange and Gentle, 16″x9″x9.5″


The Goat In The Shell, 11″x6″x15.5″


The Goat In The Shell, detail

“Each detail, down to the finest filigree, is free-modeled by hand. Within each piece precision is balanced by chaos. The overarching aesthetic knocks on the door of realism, yet the hand of the artist is never intentionally erased; brush strokes and fingerprints abound.”


Koi, 24″x14.5″x5″


Koi, detail

Ellen Jewett’s website


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