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Category Archives: Polymer Clay

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


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.


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.


She started with these. . .




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






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!

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