Diffendaffer, Gozonar, McCambly: a Closer Look at Sculpting Color

Grant Diffendaffer, Cosmic Ray, 2009
Polymer clay, poplar, thread, rod, glue
3 x 12 x 6″

Grant wrote about his pieces saying:
These pieces are relics of my engagement with the era of Raygun Gothic design. Come with me as we go back to the future as it was imagined in the first part of the 20th century – remember when anything was possible as humankind set its sights on the stars – and chuckle at our naivete! I hope this work brings you pleasure as you remember the promised future that never arrived, and inspire you to imagine with hope the future that still can be attained.

Alev Gozonar, a) Come not near me  b) Within me and far away  c) On guard with swords…on watch from a far  d) Like a comet, 2009
Plexi, wire, polymer clay
70 x 100 cm

Alev comments:
The surprises that come from using polymer clay create great excitement during the production of my work. That is why the final outcome can be very different from the initial concept. My mixed-media pieces include steel wire to free-float the objects and to create movement. The result is a striking and dynamic three-dimensional work. In order to convey my thoughts, I use repeating themes. I believe my work reflects my fastidious personality and attention to detail.

Jessica McCambly, Tide Pool Study II, 2009
Polymer clay, pins, cast shadows
13 x 21 x 8″

Jessica McCambly, Barnacles I, 2009
Polymer clay, pins, cast shadows
13 x 24 x 1.5″

Jessica wrote about her pieces:
My latest work is based on observations of the ephemeral, rhythmic instances of waves crashing on the beach and the swaying of seaweed in tide pools. The compositions suggest, on an altered scale, the quiet sensuality of the moment. Growing up staring at the sea on the North Shore of Massachusetts, these found shapes and lines have always been a part of my visual landscape. I began documenting these moments in 2006 on the beaches of Puerto Rico and its outer islands and have recently continued this research on the beaches of Southern California.

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 www.elisewinters.com 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: www.rachelcarren.com