polymer clay

Kaleidoscope Egg Ornamentmadeinlowell.etsy.com

Who inspires you?
My mom inspires me, she is an artist and art was just an integral part of my childhood. We had a fat roll of brown paper that was as tall as I was! We could just tear off a length any time we liked, put it on the floor and draw big paper murals. She also mixed salt clay for us to make miniatures with.

What inspires you?
Shapes and the juxtaposition of colors. I’m fascinated by how colors appear to change according to how you arrange them next to each other. I also don’t mind saying I am influenced by what’s trendy and retro-looking! Learning new polymer clay techniques is very exciting. I’m never bored with the organic shapes of eggs.

Where do you create?
Making an EggRight now I create at home, but this summer I will be moving into a studio in a renovated mill nearby. It’s very exciting!

How long have you been working with polymer clay?
I have been working with Polymer clay since 1989. I still have some of my first beads and it’s amazing to see the evolution of my techniques. I taught classes through the nineties, that was fun too!


Mint Flowers Bead Necklace


Necklace by BlockpartypressBlockpartypress.etsy.com

Who inspires you?
My two sons (4 & 7) inspire me everyday. They help remind me to look at the little things. They can get so excited about a cool rock or a bug. The things that adults often overlook. My youngest is an artist too and his uninhibited creativity inspires me to try new things and to remember that just about anything (and I do mean anything) can be made into art. He doesn’t worry about whether anybody will like his art, he just creates from the heart and he inspires me to do the same.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by just about everything around me. I am attracted to color, texture and contrast, so when looking for inspiration I tend to look at things through those elements. I am probably most inspired by nature. Trees, leaves, flowers, grass, wildlife, rocks etc. really get my creativity going.
Ring by Blockpartypress
Where do you create?
I have just recently upgraded from my kitchen counter to a small corner of my basement. I wasn’t expecting to have a lot of success with selling my art, so I didn’t have a specific place set aside until now. I have a little table and I am working on organizing everything. It’s not my dream studio, but it’s mine and I like it just fine.

How long have you been working with polymer clay?
I have been working with polymer clay for about 13 years. I found it while I was in college when I needed to fill my create urge between my studies. I started with making canes and jewelry and then used it to sculpt things and now I like to stamp impressions into it. Who knows what I will be doing with it next year. Polymer clay is so versatile that the possibilities are endless. Which is probably why I love it so much.

Ring by Blockpartypress


Who inspires me — I’d have to say my immediate family because they are always there to cheer me on and inspire me.
What Inspires me — I’d have to say nature inspires me, all animals but mostly dogs, my dog, all the dogs I’ve had in the past and will have in the future.
Where do I create — I have a little room in my condo that is devoted entirely to my craft, it’s called a sunroom because it’s really too small for a bedroom so it’s perfect for my office/studio space.
How Long have you been working with polymer clay? I’d say about two years now that I’ve been working with polymer clay, but have worked with arts/crafts all my life, but found a true love and passion for poly clay.

My third clutch of dragon babies are ready to leave the nest, I’m so proud of them! These are my offerings in my third Christi Friesen-themed dragon bead swap, all of which I have signed up for at the swaps page on Polymer Clay Central. Swapping is so fun. This time around, one of the major issues was to try to keep our dragons to the size of a quarter. In the first two rounds, the dragons were rather large and dare I say- unwearable. I plan to put all 25 (whew!) of mine into a shadow box once I get my swapped dragons. It is so fun to get a box in the mail with other artist’s interpretations of the theme, I can’t wait!!! And, I was really smart- the swap is for two groups of 5, and this time I made myself one of each to keep!!!! They are embellished with Swarovski Crystal chatons and either goldfilled or sterling silver eyes. So fun!

Congratulations to the winner of our first challenge Sandy of http://bencandance.etsy.com/
Awesome job!
Sandy won some great prizes and you could have the opportunity to win some great prizes as well.

Here are the details for the March 2007 challenge:

The theme is to create something inspired by your favorite song.
Deadline to enter March 23, 2007
Send a photo or photos of your entry piece to Tamara via convo on etsy by March 23, 2007: http://blockpartypress.etsy.com/

The contest is open to all members, if you want to join us please send a convo to me Ilysa via etsy and I will send you the details.

The March challenge is being sponsored by Lisa Pavelka, who has generously donated a $25.00 gift certificate for her shop. Check out Lisa’s shop and all her goodies and her beautiful work.

Lisa Pavelka http://heartinhandstudio.com/

Covered in Clay http://coveredinclay.com/

Anne Igou http://blusingmarie.com/

Claying Around in Cortona: September 15 -22, 2007; Tuscany, Italy – http://hometown.aol.com/upcoevents/polymerclayworkshop.html

Thanks to everyone who made the first challenge so successful!

Here are the entries for the February Romance Challenge. Everyone did an amazing job. Thanks to all that participated! I will post a forum thread tomorrow to start the voting. The winner will be announced on March 1st! Pictures of the winner prize and the voter prize are listed on the guild’s flickr site.

#1. Surrounded in Love by DeerCrossDesigns.etsy.com

#2. Charles Goes All Out for Valentine’s Day by nothinglikeit.etsy.com

#3. Deceitful Romance – Love Potion Ring by HardflowerStudios.etsy.com

#4. Love is in the Air by ilysaart.etsy.com

#5. Petals and Lace by hambacreations.etsy.com

#6. Wedding Dove Jewelry Box by CookiesCreations.etsy.com

#7. Little Hearts by Polyclarific.etsy.com

#8. Garden of Romance Tile Bracelet by thecolorofdreams.etsy.com

#9. I Brought You a Daisy by BreezyDawnDesigns.etsy.com

#10. Love is Ageless by bencandance.etsy.com

#11. Love is Meow-velous by artsyclay.etsy.com

#12. Red Bird Romance by treasurefield.etsy.com

#13. Crazy Heart by maureenthomasdesigns.etsy.com

#14. Spring Romance Cha Cha Bracelet by madeinlowell.etsy.com

#15. Romance in Bloom by MithrillDreams.etsy.com

#16. Polymer, Sterling and Copper Heart Pendant by StonehouseStudio.etsy.com

#17. A Gentle Kiss by blockpartypress.etsy.com

Hope everyone is finishing up their entry for the challenge. We have quite a few new members, welcome.
Here are some incense burners my husband Ed and I made today. Had a lot of fun making them.

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