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high5 polymer clay: an update and new work from sarah shriver

I’m extending last week’s series, High5 Polymer Clay, through tomorrow so that I can include the posts I had planned to bring you before I became ill late last week. I’m still on the mend, so if the Universe cooperates I will have another post this afternoon and two on Tuesday.  Enjoy!

In the first few years that she worked with polymer clay, Sarah Shriver didn’t have a color palette she was comfortable with so she “stuck mostly with the bold graphic images using black, ivory, rust, burgundy and dabbling in blues.” This is hard to believe since today Shriver is known as much for her vivid color combinations as for her kaleidoscopic cane imagery.

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Art Nouveaux Bracelet, polymer clay, 2009

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Frida Bracelet, polymer clay, 2009

She credits Judith Skinner’s color blending method, now universally known as the Skinner Blend, as the tool that helped her incorporate color into the work. Shriver’s work is beautifully executed and the cane-building technique she uses to make the kaleidoscope images, though labor-intensive and time consuming, rewards her with brilliant color and pattern combinations that dazzle.

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Untitled, 2009

Shriver has tweaked her colors and bead shapes just enough to make a difference in this new work, saying “They are simply the result of moving a little slower and taking a slightly harder look at form. I definitely move in a “baby step” progression but I like to think, ever forward.”

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Forest Necklace, 2008

The 2008 Forest Collar necklace, pictured above, is on the wish list of the Racine Art Museum. Shriver is working on a new website – hopefully we will see more of her new work soon.

From her artist statement:

“I build my canes fairly large (about 8 lbs and 4-5 inches in diameter) and work from a carefully worked out set of drawings. Often it takes me close to a month to complete a very elaborate cane with much of the time spent mixing and remixing sheets of color blends. I generally cut the original cane apart into several smaller canes and modify each one differently, using a technique of “kaleidoscoping” or mirroring. This results in a series of differently patterned but related canes.” Sarah Shriver

Links:

Sarah Shriver website

Sarah Shriver will present A Passion for Pattern at Synergy2

Read about the Polymer Collection Project and one of Shriver’s necklaces on Polymer Art Archive.

See Shriver’s earlier work here

Read an interview with the artist on Bead Nerd (more images there too)
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high5 polymer clay: grant diffendaffer’s polymer clay ray guns

You have to love the guy.  If not for his beads (his book is in the sidebar – Polymer Clay Beads: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration), then surely for these polymer clay ray guns.  We’ve seen Diffendaffer’s unique, lathe-turned polymer clay beads before – now he’s turning polymer clay on a lathe to make toy ray gun sculptures. Think of the possibilities. These beauties are currently part of the Fuller Craft Museum exhibit Sculpting Color: Works in Polymer Clay.
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They are created from polymer clay, with a minimal wood and steel armature. The barrels are turned on a lathe, much like ceramics are turned on a wheel. The hand sculpted bodies feature lathe turned adornments and labels that are handmade with a photo exposure process. Grant Diffendaffer

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Polymer Clay Ray Guns, lathe turned, sculpted, wood, steel armature

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Detail, lathe turned polymer clay ray gun handles

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Links:

Diffendaffer’s website

The Fuller Craft Museum exhibit Sculpting Color: Works in Polymer Clay runs until November 8th

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More about ray guns here
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high5 polymer clay: we interrupt our regular programming and anna fidecka

We Interrupt Our Regular Programming…

If you follow me on Facebook you might already know that the reason there haven’t been any new posts on DAM since Wednesday is that I took an unexpected trip to the emergency room early Thursday. (And if you aren’t following me on FB, why not?  In addition to all of my regular DAM blog posts, I also post many more interesting links!).  Looks like I have a wicked virus that is currently wreaking havoc in this part of the Hudson Valley.  The good folks at the hospital stabilized me and I’m home now, feeling a lot better – I will likely be back to my regular antics soon.  I will try to post through the weekend and into early next week to complete the series, but I will pace myself.

Hope you are enjoying this installment of the High5 series!

High5 Polymer Clay: Anna Fidecka

Anna Fidecka has a website fully stocked with images of her polymer clay jewelry. Fidecka lives in Warsaw, Poland and she has been working diligently learning both polymer clay and art clay silver.

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In much of the portfolio you can see the teachers/artists that might have influenced her.  But you can also see something else:  As you scroll through the dozens of pictures it is evident that while she is working on mastering specific techniques, her voice is beginning to come through.

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I can’t tell you much more about her because my attempts to translate her website were unsuccessful. But you can see for yourself that many of the pieces, like the ones shown here, indicate that Fidecka is reaching beyond what she learned from others and making the work her own. I say keep it up.

Links:

Anna Fidecka website

Anna Fidecka on Flickr

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