Year: 2008

One More from NINE

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Posted in Artist Spotlight

Ford/Forlano, Low Tide, 2003 wall sculpture with removable pin This wall sculpture called Low Tide is another favorite of mine from the Ford/Forlano NINE series.  It measures 18” x 17” x 5”.  In addition to polymer, the piece incorporates copper, flocking, sterling silver and magnets.

Courting the Muse

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Posted in Conferences

Courting the Muse: Enhancing Creativity and Artistry in Polymer Clay In 2001, the National Polymer Clay Guild sponsored it’s second conference in Bryn Mawr, PA.  Courting The Muse was a week long conference filled with classes taught by polymer clay masters, thought-provoking and inspiring evening lectures, creativity seminars, and a retrospective exhibit entitled Illuminating a Medium, a Retrospective on Polymer Clay that showcased important works of polymer art from the past 20 years.

MIPCES Exhibition: It’s a Wrap

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Posted in Artist's Commentary, Exhibitons and Shows

Six remaining artists participated in the MIPCES exhibition. If you are a new visitor to Polymer Art Archive, you can find background about this event in the 2 posts, Past, Present Future and All About MIPCES. Nan Roche, CUP, 2” x 3” x 2”

Selection from the Collection: Ford/Forlano Figure

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Posted in Artist Spotlight

Steven Ford & David Forlano, Figure, 2003 wall sculpture with 2 brooches 13.25″h x 12.25″w x 2.25″d We all know the old phrase, “to raise the bar,” which first described high jump and pole vaulting competitions at track meets. A new definition can be witnessed each November at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Craft Show when you visit the Steven Ford/David Forlano booth. Each time they exhibit, they seem to surpass some previous artistic limit. In 2003, for opening night, they arranged their booth as an exhibition gallery rather than a sales environment. Instead of displaying the expected, their

More Than Just Beads

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Posted in Publications

Cynthia Toops, Bird Watching, 2007 polymer micromosaic, 3.5″ x 3.25″ On Broadway in New York, one or two outstanding shows every year gets tabbed as a “Must-See” performance. This year the polymer community has its own “Must-See,” a book self-published by Cynthia Toops and her husband Dan Adams, beads & more, which has drawn rave reviews. My own copy, graciously inscribed by Cynthia and Dan, will be a lasting treasure in my library. The book has its own website, offering fifteen preview pages. Most of those pages show Dan’s wonderful glass beads – belying the fact that the book is