Before NINE

Ford/Forlano, Pebble Galaxy, 2002
wall piece with removable pin, diameter 13″
bronze, sterling, silver, glass, coral, shell, magnets

The cover of Metalsmith’s Winter 2003 Issue shows a detail of Ford/Forlano’s piece, Pebble Gallery.  That work, which was a precursor to the NINE series, had already incorporated the concept of a removable pin hidden within a wall sculpture.  Like the works in NINE series, this larger piece enabled Steven and David to showcase their extensive vocabulary of texture and pattern.  Close examination reveals a sampling of the wide array of materials and techniques the team employs.

Ford/Forlano, Pebble Gallery, 2002, detail

Inside this issue of Metalsmith magazine there is a 10-page feature article with expansive and thoughtful commentary about the Ford/Forlano team written by Marjorie Simon.  She intelligently addressed the team’s creative work as well as an overview and history of their artistic collaboration.  However, Ms. Simon generated quite a bit of controversy by suggesting that, other than Ford/Forlano and Pier Voulkos, the rest of the contemporary polymer community consisted of hobbyists churning out “Bug Buddies” and “Silly Snakes.”

The establishment of Polymer Art Archive was, in part, a response to correct this inaccuracy. PAA is also intended as a resource to help educate curators, collectors and other writers seeking to illuminate the public about accomplished artists who work with polymer.

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: