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The Early Development of Polymer Clay Bead-Making: Part Four

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This is Part Four of the speech delivered at Synergy: the 2008 National Polymer Clay Guild Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland in February 2008.  The entire speech will be publish in serial form in five parts on Polymer Art Archive . In the Washington, D.C., area also in 1986, where I was working as a ceramic artist, I was given a necklace of Pier Voulkos beads displaying the “painting” technique. (The necklace had been acquired from Julie: Artisan’s Gallery, in New York City.)  I had been introduced to polymer clay while studying in Lebanon in 1971, and immediately understood the concept of

The Early Development of Polymer Clay Bead-Making, Part Three

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This is Part Three of the speech delivered at Synergy: the 2008 National Polymer Clay Guild Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland in February 2008.  The entire speech will be publish in serial form in five parts on Polymer Art Archive . In 1984, Pier Voulkos conceived of simple millefiore designs based on some limited experience with glass-working in art school and her first beads tended to be spheres on which thin slices from a hand-formed millefiore cane were applied to a base color and then the clay was again rolled by hand into a spherical bead. Her early canes even included mask-like

The Early Development of Polymer Clay Bead-Making: Part Two

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This is Part Two of the speech delivered at Synergy: the 2008 National Polymer Clay Guild Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland in February 2008.  The entire speech will be publish in serial form in five parts on Polymer Art Archive . The Earliest Polymer Bead-makers Many of these American artists first became aware of the polymer brand Fimo in the early 1970s, but it was Victoria Hughes who was one of the first to see its potential as a jewelry medium. In 1971, while living with her family in France, an art teacher introduced her to the product.  She began making little

The Early Development of Polymer Clay Bead-Making: Part One

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This is Part One of the speech delivered at Synergy: the 2008 National Polymer Clay Guild Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland last week.  The entire speech will be publish on Polymer Art Archive in serial form. Polymer clay developed initially for making dolls and puppets but it wasn’t until it was embraced as a bead and jewelry-making compound that it blossomed into the movement we see today.  Although polymer clay was initially developed in Europe, its use for making beads on that continent appears to have been limited to isolated cases at most. It was not until the 1980s that

Focus on the Essential

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Several emails have come to this blog, disputations on the general theme of “who-did-what-first.” So let me lay out for the readers who gather here how I’d like to handle this issue.