Are you hooked on Kathleen Dustin’s presentation about the work done by the early polymer bead makers? Then, you’ll want to see even more images by those pioneers. After each of Kathleen’s next few installments, I will provide you with an expanded view of those artists’ early work.
In the gallery that follows you can put Tory’s and Pier’s work into context over a decade. Click on each image to examine their pieces more closely.
Victoria Hughes, Chinese Lantern, Pin, 1989, 3″ x 2″ x 1/4″
Victoria Hughes in her studio
Victoria Hughes, The Globe, Pin, 1990, 2 1/2″ x 2″ x 1/2″ Victoria continued her postage stamp series well into the 1990’s. This pin appeared as part of the greeting card series printed and sold by Colorado Card and Curioisity later in the 1990’s. In response to my “fact-checker” email, Victoria writes about this piece, ” ‘The Globe’ with the Shakespeare stamp, is from the same series as Two Bees or not Two Bees”, the stamp pin that was on the cover of Ornament magazine in their winter 1989/1990 issue. They saw my work at a show in Los Angeles at ‘Sculpture to Wear’, and interviewed me there since I had flown out for the opening. This one looks slightly different than the one on their cover: at that time I made some of the most popular stamp pins in series, as I was doing the ACC shows and lots of wholesale/retail, so working in ‘similar but not identical’ series at that time. Each was the same concept but with slightly different details. ”
Pier has been extremely generous in sharing this image of her very first jury slide from 1978. It’s an important reality check for all practitioners in the medium, a reminder that we all start out as beginners. Apropos to the Synergy conference discussions on Craftsmanship, the next series of slides shows Pier’s increasing mastery of skills over a decade.
Pier Voulkos, Shrinky Dink Neck Pieces, 1985 Charms made of shrink plastic with polymer spacer beads. Notice Pier’s early use of telephone wire to hang her charms. She goes on to use this material in more complex ways as her work continues to mature.
Pier Voulkos, sliced caned necklace, circa 1990 This necklace appeared in Nan Roche’s book, The New Clay. Notice that Pier has begun to use telephone wire both as a decorative element and to create more complex necklace structures.