Year: 2010

The Origins of Polymer Mokume Gane


Mokume Gane creates the illusion of irregular knothole-like configurations on the surface.   Today, mokume gane is integral to the established repertoire of polymer techniques.  Many artists use some variation or derivative of the concept.   However, mokume gane is a centuries old Japanese metals technique devised to reproduce the wavy grain patterning of certain steels used for Samurai swords; so how did it become incorporated into the polymer vocabulary?

SOFA:NY 2010

Elise Winters, Garden Esprit Brooch, 2010

  This past weekend at SOFA:NY, my new Esprit Brooches were exhibited for the first time on maple stands.  Brooch forms have always been my favorite.  I approach them as small scale sculpture.  After making these larger ruffle brooches I felt they should be on display when not in use. I love that the stand allows the brooch to float in space. Also on view at Snyderman-Works Gallery were



Over the course of time, artistic ideas often phase in and out of artists’ work.  Sometimes an idea will emerge, take form and recede only to re-appear a number of years later in a related but distinct interpretation.  Such is the case with F/F’s three sculptural wall pieces:   Figure1, Figure 2 and Figure 3.

Achieving Duality

Steven Ford and David Forlano, Diamond Pin #6, 2006 18k gold, sterling, polymer clay, diamonds

After 20 plus years of working together Steven Ford and David Forlano’s artistic relationship is one of inherent trust and respect.  However, it also is very much about each man’s individuality and what he uniquely brings to the process.   In the past few years, Maryanne Petrus, their metals artist, has been invited into in their collaborative mix, but the primary interaction is always between Ford and Forlano. Recently Ford and Forlano spoke about the nature of their collaborative experience.  Listening to them talk about the process of working together, while simultaneously watching an historical overview of their oeuvre, I was

Meet Me at RAM


  The Polymer Collection at the Racine Art Museum will make its debut in an exhibition scheduled for the fall of 2011. This recent acquisition of more than 180 pieces of jewelry and sculpture by RAM represents the first comprehensive collection of polymer art to be accessioned by a major national museum. To make possible a full-color hardback catalog to accompany this show, Bruce Pepich, Exec. Director of RAM, and I made fundraising presentations at the International Polymer Clay Association Synergy2 Conference a week ago in Baltimore. Those speeches elicited donations of more than $17,000 from 111 generous and committed