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elise winters: the essential lightness of being


An article about Elise Winters in the current issue of Ornament Magazine is perhaps the most up close and personal article written to date about the innovative polymer clay artist.  The article speaks about her personal journey, challenges and triumphs in addition to Winters’ efforts to raise the profile of the medium by publicly documenting its history on Polymer Art Archive and her continued, consistent pursuit to find a museum that will take on a larger role in securing future recognition and a place of serious study for polymer clay artists.

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If that doesn’t get you to the book store to purchase the magazine then the stunning images of Winters’ work should do the trick.  The excerpt above is a tiny tease – the layout in the magazine is far more beautiful and the picture of Elise wearing her own Ruffle necklace is one of the best marketing pieces I’ve seen yet. Congratulations Elise and thanks for all that you do – your massive effort on behalf of the future of the medium is deeply appreciated.


Elise Winters, Red Ruffle Ruche, polymer clay


joseph gatto: old world, new ways

Joseph Gatto’s unique gold, silver and platinum settings showcase museum quality antique beads and his portfolio is brimming with original, thought provoking ring designs that are both functional and beautiful. Superb craftsmanship is surpassed only by his creativity in resolving complex design challenges – a feature of showcasing antique objects that require careful handling yet beg to be seen from all sides.

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[private_archives]Gatto’s work is a study in how to preserve the history and integrity of antique objects while utilizing contemporary, modern day tools and ideas.


Ring, 14 Kt gold, ancient Egyptian scarab, wood inlays

As a craftsman, it is essential for me to experience the creative process: to explore, to touch, to feel, to enjoy, to learn from and to give new life to the materials and objects that I have been entrusted with, because I am only a temporary custodian of the human and natural made environments.


Ring, 14 kt gold, scrimshaw ojime bead


Ring, sterling silver, porcelain doll, doll’s head, pink ivory inlay

By designing and making jewelry with antiques and antiquities, I maintain the culture and traditions of the ancient craftsman, and as a contemporary designer, making jewelry reminds me of my own heritage as an artist and as a designer. Since most of the antiques or antiquities are up to 3000 years old, or older, I am challenged to design unique, one-of-a-kind pieces while maintaining the integrity of the artifact that I have selected to work with.


Ring, sterling silver, scrimshaw ojime bead



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