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jeanne opgenhaffen: organic patterns in porcelain

Jeanne Opgenhaffen’s large wall sculptures mimic landscapes and other organic patterns.

Green

Green 

Using thousands of colored porcelain tiles in different shades, she carefully places the overlapping tiles to give the illusion of graceful swaying movement; the ebb and flow of water; the ever shifting shadows of the night sky. Beautiful.

Green, detail

Green, detail

“I try to express my feelings within the boundary of a square. A strong movement in a simple way, made with single basic elements, the rhythm and the movement is always present.”

Petrified Movement

Petrified Movement

Green BarbadosGreen Barbardos

Waiting For The NightWaiting For The Night

Walking On White LinesWalking On White Lines

As Darkness FallsAs Darkness Falls

Jeanne Opgenhaffen’s website

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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tanya ragir: the feminine landscape

In this series of ceramic and resin wall sculptures figurative sculptor Tanya Ragir juxtaposes details of the feminine landscape within a geometric context.

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Folded Circle, painted resin

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Cradle II, painted resin

“I embrace the gravitas, the depth and breadth of the beauty of women, which is limitless. Growing up a dancer, and being a woman, informs everything I do as a sculptor. Movement and form are my language and vocabulary.”

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Sacred Geometry, painted ceramic

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Progression Of Four, painted resin

Ragir’s life and work are about overcoming limitations. When she lost her father in 2013, this profound loss affected every area of her life and work. An acute awareness of her own mortality became the driving force behind the Warrior series (seen below), which speaks to facing internal and external barriers, struggle and loss.

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Failing Upward, ceramic

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Leap Of Faith, bronze

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Tanya Ragir in her studio

Tanya Ragir’s website

Ragir is bursting with energy and life – though no recent updates, her studio blog give you a glimpse into the artist’s spirit and some of the processes behind the work.

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