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high5 polymer clay: ernie & cassandra velasco

Ernie and Cassandra Velasco collaborate on a variety of art, including a collection of polymer clay sculptures that are sometimes tiny, often narrative, always curious.  The Velasco’s have been selling their work on Etsy since 2007 and they credit John Casey’s 2006 online tutorial as the inspiration that motivated them to explore the medium.

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polymer clay, acrylic paint, wire, plastic miniatures, synthetic grass, 3″ x 7.5″, wall-mounted


The Diver, polymer clay, acrylic paint, varnish, wire, plastic miniatures

Artists are often drawn to polymer clay because the clay colors can be mixed with the same ease and variety that paint can be mixed, but the Velasco’s build and bake their sculptures, then paint the clay with acrylic paints. The results provoke a contemplative state of mind and leave the viewer to decide the story. I’m trying to think of a title for ‘Untitled’. What about ‘Breakthrough’?


Untitled, polymer clay, acrylic paint, satin varnish, 12″x 7.25″x 4″


Kishiko, polymer clay, acrylic paint, wood drawer


Cherieko, polymer clay, acrylic paint, varnish, wire, 2″ x 9″, wall-mounted


Double Parlor, the Velasco’s Etsy shop

Double Parlor on Flickr

Interview on the Red Crow Anthologies

John Casey’s tutorial

Double Parlor in the Teeny Tiny Art Show at Three Graces Gallery

high5 polymer clay: rachel carren

Rachel Carren spent several years refining and exploring the air-filled pillow construction she used on these segmented brooches. The work, with stamped and printed imagery, is quietly elegant, sumptuous and refined.  I hope she allows us more than this small glimpse of her work – I would love to see a website to showcase all of her jewelry, wouldn’t you?

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William Morris Sebo Brooch Divided, polymer clay, 2009

From the PAA post about Carren’s William Morris Sebo Divided Brooch:

“Two custom patterns were sequentially hand screened onto variegated polymer sheeting. Each segment is comprised of two parts each of which is an air filled pillow like form that I developed. The two part segments are fitted together and then positioned on a base layer of polymer that has been highlighted with mica powder to become the background. A cut out is made and the two ends are pinched together to form the point. Finished with mica highlighted polymer detailing at center and points.” Rachel Carren


William Morris Sebo Brooch, polymer clay, 2009

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Carren, who has a Ph.D. in Art History, is a frequent contributor to Polymer Art Archive, a comprehensive online documentation of the history of polymer clay as an art medium. The Sebo brooch is part of Elise Winters’ (PAA founder) “Polymer Collection Project” and will likely become part of a museum’s permanent collection.  More information about that next month.


Carren on Crafthaus

Carren on Polymer Art Archive


high5 polymer clay: ariane dionyssopoulos

In 2005, former actress Ariane Dionyssopoulos decided it was time to make a few scenes of her own. Using Fimo for the figures and fabric for the fashion, the Parisian artist recreates people and everyday scenarios.  Les Bonnes Tetes (which translates to ‘nice faces’) grace shop windows and galleries in France and now Dionyssopoulos will make one for you from a photograph.

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The website is whimsical, the sculptures are dripping with attitude and personality – a cross between caricature and realistic, they look vaguely familiar. It’s the expression on their faces; it’s the way she poses them; it’s the careful attention to detail in their clothing and accessories – for sure, her talent is on show as much as the outfits worn by this cast of characters. I want to go hang out in Paris with the bunch – I’ll bet they know the best places to go!



Warning! Some don’t mind changing their clothes …others do. They can all change their attitude …but none of them can change their shoes. That’s how it is. You trendy, endearing citizens of today, a Bonne Tête could be a cross between a doll and… your next door neighbour! They’ve got nothing against Barbie dolls, who they find rather well “put together!!” Ariane Dionyssopoulos



Ariane Dionyssopoulos’ website – be sure to visit the prologue page for a chuckle, in addition to the ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ galleries if you want to be impressed.

More about the artist here.

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