All posts by Elise Winters

Elise Winters is an art jewelry designer who has worked for the last ten years to promote polymer clay as a recognized medium for fine craft. Additional information can be found on the Mission page. You can see examples of her award-winning jewelry and learn more about her background at Rachel Carren is an art historian and an artist who is devoted to recording polymer history, promoting polymer as a valued medium for fine craft and to the making of distinctive polymer jewelry. To learn more about her background and her unusual blend of skills see:


Pier Voulkos, Potato Chip Bead Neckpieces, 1998, detail

At the PAA , we occasionally hear from readers with requests for specific images from our archival stash of “eye candy.” Recently one of those inquiries revealed a gap in our historical smorgasbord of offerings. Continue reading

ACC Baltimore: Then and Now

Louise Fischer Cozzi, Necklace Belt ii, 2008
polymer, silver,  41″ long x 1½”w x 3/16″d

Looking back sure does give us some interesting perspective. Recently I ran across the 1992 Exhibitors Catalog for the American Craft Council’s annual show in Baltimore.  Only 3 polymer exhibitors were listed there: Martha Breen, City Zen Cane (aka Ford/Forlano) and Grove&Grove.  Although each of those exhibitors made jewelry, they were found under the mixed-media category, rather than jewelry. Continue reading

Meat and Candy

The polymer art internet world has been abuzz since last weekend’s events at Racine Art Museum.  The blogs are filled with fabulous “eye-candy” from the Terra Nova exhibition, of the attendees and the gorgeous setting. For me, one of the truly historic aspects of the weekend was the breadth and depth of discussions at the Symposium. As part of our mission, Polymer Art Archive wants to share some of the “meat” of that event. Continue reading


Tonight is the debut of the permanent polymer collection at the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI.  We’re in Racine celebrating the opening of the exhibition, Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads, which continues through February 2012.  If you’re left at home, you can catch up on some reading.  At the top of our reading list is the book published by RAM to commemorate this historic event.

This 140-page hardcover is unlike any previously published book on the medium.  The first 36 pages are devoted to scholarly, historical and curatorial essays.  Each of eight boundary breaking artists is then featured in 8-10 page profiles with gorgeous photographs by Penina Meisels. A portfolio of other selections from the museum’s permanent polymer collection concludes the book.  Thanks to Dever Designs, this is unquestionably the most beautiful book ever publish about polymer art. You can preview the book on RAM’s website.  The printing is limited so don’t miss your chance to own a copy by ordering now.

Registration Opens for RAM’s Symposium

The Wingspread campus provides a beautiful setting that is conducive to stimulating discussion and reflection.

The Racine Art Museum has just opened registration for Polymer: The Journey to New Terrain, a symposium to be held Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23 at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, a 14,000 square-foot home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. For detailed information and registration forms please read on. Continue reading

Seasons of our Lives

J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff, Begin, 2009
memory cabinet, two views, 6″ wide, 14″ deep, 60″ high
walnut, polymer veneers using millefiori marquetry techniques

Recently we have been exploring ways in which polymer artists have found inspiration from tradition craft techniques in other media.  In this new work by the team of J.M. Syron and Bonnie Bishoff, the inspiration comes from a different source. Bonnie comments about the work, saying: Continue reading