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Category Archives: Polymer Clay

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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“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.”

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Strange and Gentle, 16″x9″x9.5″

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The Goat In The Shell, 11″x6″x15.5″

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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.”

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Koi, 24″x14.5″x5″

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Koi, detail

Ellen Jewett’s website

 

doreen kassel: colorful polymer pods

White. Piles and mounds of white. Snow. Ice. Winter. Oh, yes, we are still surrounded by white here on the East Coast.

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I was feeling the urge to break through all of this winter-white-madness, logged on to Facebook and saw that Doreen Kassel had recently posted images of her latest polymer work. Yes. Color.

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She started with these. . .

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And the pods began to grow and change (as so many things do), until she made the organic shapes below.

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These organic shapes are up to 14 inches long. Kassel sculpts them over armatures of paper, foil and wire, then adds oils, acrylics, pastels and markers. Just the shot of color my world needed today.

Doreen Kassel’s website and do check out her Facebook page for more pods!

sylvie peraud’s new polymer clay jewelry

Scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook the other day I was delighted to see a post from Sylvie Peraud showing her new work.

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Inspired by seed pods, the polymer artist created a collection of necklaces that make bold statement pieces.

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They appeal to my love of all things organic. One small part of some of her pods remind me of a Grant Diffendaffer technique I’ve been experimenting with since 2007.

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Yes, I am still (and seemingly always) in the experimental stage so I tend to get excited when I see an artist move well past that stage and burst onto the scene with stunning work!

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I also like how she incorporates the clasp into the design of each piece – clever. I look forward to seeing more as Peraud moves in this new direction.

 

Sylvie Peraud’s website

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