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Category Archives: Polymer Clay

tanya besedina: crisis. rebirth. evolution

On the day I marked the first anniversary of my mother’s death I received an email from Tanya Besedina about the research she did regarding our inner child for her most recent collection of work.


Tanya Besedina Dragon Girls
Dragon Girls


She had no idea the significance of the day, nor how powerfully her words spoke to me. A salve and a comfort. . .and her ethereal clay sculptures brought me peace as I considered where I am on this journey of Crisis.Rebirth.Evolution.


Tanya Besedina


Tanya Besedina 1


“Moments of crisis are always a signal that rebirth is at hand. For it is through the experience of pain, complication, and angst that we find our way to rebirth – and truth. Through crisis, old stereotypes are challenged, flaws are exposed, and as this truth is realized we witness the old way of thinking fade from our reality to be replaced by ideas that represent something new. Providing a reminder that in the end, truth prevails.  This process of crisis and rebirth leading to evolution and truth is reflected in my workCrisis. Rebirth. Evolution. New understanding and a new truth.”


Tanya Besedina Detail


Tanya Besedina, Three Sisters: Love, Hope, Faith
Three Sisters: Love, Hope and Faith


Very different from the artist’s polymer clay relief fairy tales I shared two years ago, this body of work is equally compelling, though I’m not certain if the medium is polymer or ceramic clay. Many thanks for your words, sweet Tanya – they lifted me up and carried me through a difficult day.


Tanya Besedina’s website


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!


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