Who would have guessed that the winter of 1997 would become especially significant to polymer history? Let’s look back 15 years to the Winter 1997 “PolyInformer”, the newsletter of the then 6 year old National Polymer Clay Guild , to see what was happening.
The Mingei International Museum of Art show, “New Jewelry in a New Medium”, includes the work of 64 artists. This exhibition evolved out of work acquired by the Mingei from Elise Winters’s Polymer Collection Project and the absorption of the Bead Museum formerly of Glendale, Arizona. Many of the less familiar names relate to the early years of polymer exploration. Here is the list:
Polymer, polymer clay, FIMO, Sculpey, Premo, Katoclay, Cernit? Have you ever wondered how and why this colored, synthetic modeling material got its common name? Prior to 1990 both artists and publications describe the material using a brand name like FIMO or polyform with a modifier such as “modeling compound”. There is no mention of either “polymer” or “clay”.