Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wonderfully Weird or Creepy October Showcase


Throughout the month of October, PCAGOE artists will be showcasing their progress exploring the theme: “Wonderfully Weird or Creepy” on the Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/PolymerClayArtists/

This challenge will be different from those of that past. It is a non-voting challenge. It is simply to allow you to enjoy the journey of the theme with us.

Members can share photos of their works in progress as well as the finished pieces from different angles. Please feel free to comment on and share anything that speaks to you. Some of the pieces may be for sale. Others are purely an artistic exercise. Prepare to take in a month of all things wonderfully weird and creepy.

PCAGOE MEMBERS

The October Challenge is moving from the blog to Facebook. It will be a non-voting showcase designed to allow you to better share your work on the theme. 

Here is how you can participate:
  1. Create something new or share something older that fits the theme "Wonderfully Weird or Creepy" - Something with a creepy weird flair (this doesn't have to be ugly). Visit the forum discussion for ideas.
  2. Add a photo of the finished piece to our Facebook page (NOT FLICKR) sometime between Oct. 1 and 10. Use the word "FINAL" in the front of your title. Feel free to link to your blog, Facebook page, or Etsy shop. 
  3. Post more pics if you want, other angles, "WIP" shots anytime in October. (You can add finished items later in October too for you procrastinators, but we will create a paid post to advertise the showcase mid-month using images labelled "Final" so get it in early to be included. 
  4. Use hashtag for the month on all photos for easy searching: For example #2016OctoberShowcase
  5. Share, share, share--both your work and the work of other artists.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 2016 Challenge winners "Owls"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Night Owl Wallhanging by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


2. Who wants tea? by Lisa of HiGirls  


3. Starry Night Polymer Clay Owl Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet 



Top entries selected by members


1. Night Owl Wallhanging by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


2. Carved Owl Necklace No. 193 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet  


3. Feeling Blue Winter Owl by Marie of MarieYoungCreative 


View all of the entries:






Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Kay Earles
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:


  • I love them all!
  • These are great! It was hard to choose!
  • Wow! These are truly amazing this month! Love all these owls, very hard to pick only 3.
  • Okay, this was such a hard decision - my gal pals went above and beyond this month!!
  • Love owls. what a great theme to pick for fall!!
  • OH NO!! You're asking me to pick the best 3??? BUT-BUT- I LOVE OWLS!! I LOVE all of them!!!
  • This is just too hard this time! They would all come home with me and join the rest of my owl collection! OH HOOT - what to do??
  • Love all the owls. Amazingly beautiful.
  • I love these misunderstood birds. They are so beatiful, strong and peaceful under a fierce expression. In ancient Greece they were considered very wise.
  • Beth Miller Petricoin-your work is always awesome!
  • I love your contests, they allow us to discover so much. It's always hard to pick up my bests though.
  • It is always difficult choice between 3 works, but this in particular is very, very difficult, all elaborate, original and well finished. I congratulate 8 craftswomen. Best regards.
  • Every entry is fabulous. I would have voted for them all if I could.
  • I LOVE all of these entries, it was so hard to choose! Fabulous textures in Arlene's & Teresa's pieces, Darling character in Marie's & Betsy's entries, Lisa's teapots are always so unique, Impressive technique and Impeccable style in Susan's Necklace, and Fantastic Whimsy (and character) in Line's wall art! Wonderful work Ladies!
  • They are all cute, hard to choose.
  • Love the unique art found. Rusty is a favorite of mine.
  • Love the night light.
  • Such great owls! It truly was hard to vote this time.
  • I wish I could vote for all the entries this month. My Mother collected owls of all kinds and I have many of them.
  • Beautiful work by everyone!
  • So much talent! Always hard to choose.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September Challenge "Owls"



For September we are featuring Owls. Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



To see larger images visit:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1089891@N25/

1. Wise as an Owl Upcycled Cigar Box by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This whimsical owl is sitting on a green to blue skinner blend background. A texture plate was used to create a flower garden background then the owl was built using shades of brown to yellow. An acrylic glaze was used to bring out the details.

2. Feeling Blue Winter Owl by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
Ornament made from polymer clay sculpted over a hollow egg shell.

3. Who wants tea?  by Lisa of HiGirls
Polymer clay over ceramic teapot. I've used lots of texture to create this rustic teapot, utilizing a backfilling technique and no paint! A different owl on each side. See the other side here:
flic.kr/p/LkoGPN

4. Starry Night Polymer Clay Owl Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet
Here's a 9" x 6" hard cover journal that's a real hoot! Artistically embossed with a golden polymer clay owl roosting atop a branch in the colorful ambiance of midnight. Embellished with glass beads and finished in mica powders.

5. Owl Night Light by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
Made from translucent polymer clay dyed with alcohol inks.  Premo jungle is used for the base and the outline.  From my own hand drawn design. See more views on my blog at strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/08/owl-night-light.html

6. Carved Owl Necklace No. 193 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
I transferred this owl image to a thin sheet of faux ivory polymer, then mounted it on a sheet of textured deep brown. The image was carved and dark acrylic was rubbed into both it and the base. Copper acrylic was used to highlight around the image edges, then jelly pens were traced to deepen the edges. A bar of copper wire accents the self-bale and the pendant was strung on copper ball chain.

7.  Riots not Diets by Line of PlaySculptLive
Learn more here http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/08/riots-not-diets.html

8. Night Owl Wallhanging by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Upcycled DVDs meet polymer and polymer sculpted owl in this large wallhanging. For more photos, information about this piece and the details of my creative process, please view my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/08/night-owl.html





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Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 2016 Challenge winners "Seaside"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet




2. Life Is A Beach by Arlene of HarrisonHollow




3. 2-way tie 

Surf, Sea and Sand by Marcia of marcympc  



Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns




Top entries selected by members


1. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet



  

2. Bathing Beauty by Betsy of StrebeDesigns




3. 2-way tie

Tropical Tassel Necklace No. 186 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet  



Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



View all of the entries:






Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Leslie Segir
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:


  • Such beautiful work from everyone!
  • Very imaginative once again.
  • All the work is incredible, hard to pick one let alone three.
  • Great creativity with theme in mind!
  • All so beautiful! Chose those to which I felt a stronger connection.
  • Great summer theme!
  • Beautiful pieces - what a great theme. 
  • Great work ladies. Wish I were by the sea.
  • Once again, so difficult to choose only three!
  • Tide pool was so original.
  • Always so difficult to choose, they are all beautiful!
  • What a fun category. Some great interpretations here. 
  • I love all of these works of art! Very hard to reach a decision!!
  • I am a complete sucker for anything that smacks of abalone or Mother of Pearl. Gorgeous!
  • Love the variety in the entries!
  • Beautiful pieces! Very, very hard to choose just three.

And many thanks to this voter for sharing these detailed thoughts!

There were some hard choices to make this time.
I finally just decided to make my first choice be for something I wish I owned (#3), my second choice for something in which I admired a
technique (the skin tones in #4), and my third for something that spoke to my heart (#2). It helped that I liked the titles "mercat"--reminiscent
of meerkats, an animal that fascinates me--and "catfish," a clever play on an existing, quite different creature. (And of course, real cats have
been my passion my whole life.)
The following comments were made in no particular order as I shuttled back and forth between this box, the explanations, and the
enlargements of the pictures:
If choosing for sheer elegance, I would have picked #1 (in fact, before I realized what it was--"perhaps a weird candle?"--I thought I might
like it as a pendant) / for an interesting concept, beautifully carried out, #8 / the gorgeous colors in #7 / the interesting and pleasant concepts
behind #6 and #9 / and #10, for its exposed shell, which I like the idea of, but ima

Sunday, July 31, 2016

August 2016 Challenge "Seaside"

To see larger images visit:
For August; we are featuring  the theme Seaside. Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.




1. Beach Light Switch Cover by Freda of FredaK
Light switch cover with beach scene

2. Mercat-Catfish Mermaid Ornament by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
Translucent and opaque polymer clay transforms into a sweet, magical "Mercat-Catfish."   See the process on my blog: www.MarieYoungCreative.com 

3. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet
Two ornamental seahorses share the cover of this 5" x 7" blank journal, diary, recipe keeper or notebook made from a blend of teal and turquoise polymer clays. Finely appointed with glass beads and charms and finished in shimmering iridescent powders


4. Bathing Beauty by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
I love sculptures, and was so happy to learn to make this one from Lisa Renner (www.lisarenner.com/lrmma/)! Bathing Beauty is 5" tall and 3" wide. She is such a cute addition to our guest bath.

5. Tropical Tassel Necklace No. 186 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
For the Beach Challenge, I started with a polymer bead whose colors were inspired by a trip to the Keys. The faux coral was from a mold I made from a friend's beach-scavenging collection. Color comes from a blend of white, translucent and pearl, with some pearly taupe rubbed in to bring out the texture. Continuing my current obsession with ball chain, I used copper to create tassels. 

6. Tidal pool vessel by Lisa of HiGirls 
This funky vessel began as a mold from half of a coconut shell. Inside are pearlescent colors, and the entire thing is encrusted in all sorts of fantastical sea life- of course the huge starfish draped over the edge, sea weed, barnacles, coral, sea anemones and a few shells. 100% polymer clay with a light wash of gray acrylic paint. This little dish measures 4 1/2 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches high. Please see other views here: www.flickr.com/photos/39493796@N08/

7. Life Is A Beach by Arlene of HarrisonHollow
This is the newest addition to my mini-mosaics line. The tiles are a mix of my finger-painted tiles plus tiles in beachy colors of coral, red, orange, blue, turquoise and sandy tan. The sand dollar is molded with a blend of soft coral to a deeper coral lying on a sandy beach tile and the words "Life Is A Beach" says it all.

8. Surf, Sea and Sand by Marcia of marcympc
A swirling vision of receding waves at the shore - water, foam, sand, ripples, seaweed, reflections. All on a 4" x 4" ceramic tile.

9. Pink Beach Brooch by Line of PlaySculptLive

10. Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer clay seashell pendant necklace. Shell is hand sculpted, blue beads are also made with polymer, all strung on a silk sari necklace. To read more about this project and my creative process, please visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/07/sea-tossed-shell-necklace.html



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 2016 Challenge winners "Music"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Sound Wave Flute by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns  



2. Music is my Second Language Mixed Media by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.




3. Song Birds - Nature's Music by Betsy of StrebeDesigns




Top entries selected by members


1. Sound Wave Flute by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



2. Music is my Second Language Mixed Media by Arlene of HarrisonHollow



3. Song Birds - Nature's Music by Betsy of StrebeDesigns 






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Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Diana Dailey
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:


  • Please continue the good works, it's always fun, nice and inspiring. I love it!
  • Very talented artists. Love to see what they come up with.
  • Enamored of the flute, as well!
  • I also love little shrines, so this was a very appealing item; I like the use of mixed media also. For sheer creativity, the flute is also wonderful. Great idea. I just got a Penny whistle and am figuring out how to decorate it with clay, beads or leather....
  • What an interesting choice of theme.
  • A very difficult challenge but well done by all!
  • I was invited by Betsy — but I loved her piece the most before I had any idea it was hers. Beautiful!
  • AWESOME!!
  • The flute is exquisite; Jazz Hands is fun; Imagine peace evokes memories.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Challenge - "Music"




For July we are featuring "Music". Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



To see larger images visit:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1089891@N25/

1. Imagine peace polymer on canvas by Lisa of HiGirls 
July PCAGOE challenge: Music
Polymer clay, seed beads, crystals and paper on canvas
More views here: HiGirls on Etsy

2. Music is my Second Language Mixed Media by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This fun piece started with a piece of 1/4 inch thick plywood covered in tan clay. The addition of several different textures added interest to the background, then the guitar was added featuring a faux wood twisted blend of clay. The small notes above the scroll are from a mold I made of some scrapbooking pieces and the scroll and message was added last.

3. Jazz Hands by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
This piece was inspired by a photo of a raccoon with a playful hand gesture that made me think of "Jazz Hands." You can read about the project and see more photos here: marieyoungcreative.com/jazz-hands/

4. Song Birds - Nature's Music by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
Inspired by Laurie Mika's Tiny Tin Shrines class in the 2016 Polymer Clay Retreat.  For a view of the top and more background visit my blog post strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/06/song-birds-tiny-tin-shrine.html

5.  PCAGOE- Song birds by Line of PlaySculptLive
playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/06/music-is-language-of-love.html

6. Sound Wave Flute by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer covered flute. For more information about this piece and the creation process, please visit my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/06/sound-wave-flute.html



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For current Dues-Paying PCAGOE Members: What is Your Etsy Shop Name?
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Please select your 2nd choice: (2nd choice must be different from your 1st and 3rd.)
Please select your 3rd choice: (3rd choice must be different from your 1st and 2nd.)
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