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.

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“A hole in the universe,” is how a close friend described the passing of Elise Winters.  It is with deep sadness that the Polymer Art Archive announces the loss of its founder, Elise Winters, on January 1, 2019.   Elise was a force unlike any other in the history of polymer art.  She first learned of polymer in 1994 when she saw a pair of polymer earrings by Steven Ford.  She became curious about their fabrication and began to explore.  Within a few years Elise was submitting her own projects to books and innovating polymer techniques.  Elise was tireless in her research on how polymer interacted with …

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Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Seeking Solace (teapot), 2011, polymer, plastic coated wire, steel wire, 5 1/8" x 10 1/2" x 5 1/2", RAM gift of Acquisition Fund, Photo: Gregory R. Staley

Do you want an uplifting experience viewing polymer art in museums?  If so, then please pay attention to the new exhibition, Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI.    Often RAM shows include art works of multiple mediums, but this show focuses exclusively on polymer art.  Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions highlights additions made to RAM’s collection since 2011, as well as other examples of polymer art from their  permanent collection.  Much of the polymer art at RAM is jewelry but the collection includes furniture, wall art and sculpture, thus demonstrating the wide range of polymer …

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A new show, Spectrum: Contemporary Artists in Color, has opened at the Racine Art Museum.  Humans live in a vibrant world full of color.  In many cultures, young children are taught color identification as they are first learning about their world.  Initially the naming of color is descriptive but over time color associations come to carry meaning as well. Artists throughout history have used color to create or enhance their work in various ways.  Color helps to define form and content as well as to further an emotional reaction.   Spectrum focuses on the idea of color as a dominant motif …

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The story of how polymer originated generally begins with Fifi, her mother, Kathe Kruse, and a by-product from oil production late in the 1930’s. Kathe Kruse, a well-known German doll maker, had experimented with the strange new compound in hope of finding something new for her doll heads, but found it did not suit her needs- so it was set aside. A few years later in 1941, Kruse’s daughter, Sofie, rediscovers the discarded substance and began to re-examine its properties. Sofie adds both plasticizer and color to the material and eventually developed an easily workable modeling compound.

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Patina Gallery in Santa Fe has been featuring the work of Ford/Forlano this month in a special show called, “The Language of Color”.   While Ford/Forlano are long time exhibitors with Patina Gallery, this show dovetails with the city of Santa Fe’s overall focus on a “Summer of Color”.   From their earliest step-by-step color modulations as City Zen Cane to their current “painterly” applications of hue, Ford/Forlano’s distinctive use of color has always been one of the defining characteristics of their work.  The show is up for a few more days but Ford/Forlano’s work remains a staple of the extensive …

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