Author: Rachel Carren
I cannot remember a time in my life that I wasn't interested in looking at art, talking about art and the making of art. In 1990 I earned a Phd in art history at the University of Maryland. My first experiences with polymer clay were in 1992, but I consider my real work with the medium to date from 1999.

Two Spring Shows Sprout Polymer Art

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Posted in Exhibitons and Shows

With the coming of spring, two new gallery shows featuring polymer art will be on view.  One show is in winter-weary Philadelphia and the other one in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, but both will present a diverse range of new pieces.

Judy Belcher’s Calculations

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Posted in Artist Spotlight

Well versed in the realm of numbers, Judy Belcher applies mathematical thinking to her practice of art. Belcher is the author of 2 books on polymer art* and a master educator about polymer in terms of studio practice and public outreach. These accomplishments all draw upon her extensive organizational, communication and business skills. She has been a strong advocate for polymer and other crafts at both the state (West Virginia) and the national level. Belcher moves fluidly between polymer enthusiasts and the larger network of craft organizations. The value of Belcher’s business experience and her capacity to get things done

Diane Levesque’s Two Hats create Dual Vision in Polymer

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Posted in Exhibitons and Shows

In the spring of 2014, Diane Levesque, wearing her Assistant Professor of Studio Art hat, taught the first full semester class on polymer technique at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. This was a major development in polymer education, as polymer technique had never before been integrated into a college curriculum. In order for this to happen, Levesque wrote a proposal  advocating the value of polymer as a means to teach color theory and presented a complete curriculum, which then had to be approved by college officials. Students from the spring 2014 polymer class were enthusiastic about the class, which bodes

In-Organic at the Racine Art Museum

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Posted in Exhibitons and Shows

(in)Organic at Racine Art Museum A small gem of an exhibition, “(in)Organic” is now open at the Racine Art Museum, in Racine, Wisconsin (Oct 12, 2014-Feb 1, 2015).  Curated by Lena Vigna, the show features work by a range of artists who investigate the interrelationship of the natural world and humans.   Their varied, mixed media artwork is innovative, colorful and offers plenty of visual richness for the eye.  Artist’s concerns touch upon social, historical as well as environmental issues as they relate to nature.  Approaches include manipulating scale and materials in unexpected ways. 

Remembering Gwen Gibson

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Posted in Artist Spotlight

Gwen Gibson’s contribution to polymer art was deep and far reaching as an innovator, teacher and accomplished artist. Gibson was a pioneer in the evolution of surface techniques as related to polymer. Her background in painting and textile arts enabled her to apply many of the skills and techniques from those fields to her polymer work. As one of the early explorers of paint and polymer, Gibson initiated many to  the process of silk-screening. Her “tear away” etching technique enables a shadowy image transfer that can be highlighted with pigment. An unerring sense of design and attraction to strong graphic