Author: Woody Rudin
Woody is an accomplished poet and recognized writer but his most important role is as muse to Elise

A Design Pro Turns to Polymer

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Ronnie Kirsch, Details 2, 2000 5 1/4″  x 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ Give Ronnie Kirsch three stones……and she’ll turn them into a meal. That’s the artistry she exhibits in her kitchen. Give her three blocks of polymer clay…..and she’ll whip them into a sumptuous feast for the eye. So, you may be asking, how come you’ve never heard this name before as an acknowledged polymer artist or seen her images? It’s not because she lacks visibility as one of New York’s top designers.

Book Review: Color Inspirations

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Make room in your bookcase for a new essential text. Nan Roche’s historic work, The New Clay, which we’ve long referred to as The Bible of polymer may have to be renamed now as The Old Testament and moved one slot to the left. There’s a New Testament coming to town and it’s titled Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio. If I had been asked to nominate a title for Lindly and Maggie’s new addition to the polymer library, I might have been tempted to call it “Everything You Wanted to Know About Color…..But Were Afraid

On Creative Leaps

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“One small change for man, one giant leap for an entire creative community.” Admittedly, it doesn’t have quite the ring of Neil Armstrong’s moon-landing quote, but it does mark a historic step in the development of polymer clay art. Of all the innovations in the medium, perhaps the most consequential and defining one came from the single leap of imagination that made the connection between polymer and a pasta machine. Consider how limited the progress would have been without this facile means to condition stubborn clay. Without it, precision caning would never have been possible nor the Skinner blend which has become