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Masters: Polymer Clay: Major Works by Leading Artists Paperback – March 1, 2011
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More About the Author
Connect with him on his website http://www.rayhemachandra.com, his Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/rayhemachandra, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rayhemachandra.
Ray has interviewed and written many articles about teachers and authors in the mind/body/spirit category, including Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Byron Katie, Doreen Virtue, Sakyong Mipham, and Masaru Emoto, as well as many leading retailers, musicians, jewelers, beaders, quilters, and other artists.
His books as author or senior editor for Lark include The Penland Book of Glass; Beading with World Beads; Masters: Beadweaving and other Masters Series books, including Masters: Gold, Masters: Blown Glass, Masters: Polymer Clay, Masters: Earthenware, and Masters: Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2; and numerous books in the 500 Series, including Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, 500 Judaica, 500 Art Quilts, 500 Vases, 500 Raku, and three furniture books in the series devoted to chairs, tables, and cabinets.
Top Customer Reviews
I would highly recommend this book to any polymer clay artist or to anyone who just apprecitates good art.
This book is a great history of the medium in pictures for those who already love this wonderful medium. For those just becoming interested in it as a hobby or profession, it will certainly provide more than enough inspiration. I know I will keep this book close by just to savor each picture piece by piece.
The blurb on the back cover that says, "This..survey presents innovative polymer clay works from forty of the leading artist working TODAY..." However, the book presents several artists I'm sure no longer work actively in polymer (Pier Voulkos, Shellie Brooks). And many of the photos from the following artists were more than 10 years old! (Jamey D Allen, Jo Ellen Trilling, Gwen Gibson, Barbara Sperling, Diane Falkenhagen, Rebecca Mazur, the Groves ).
Although the book was an inspiring catalog, it was only partly "current." For this reason (only), I was disappointed. Since there are online resources devoted to polymer history, (polymerartarchive.com) & most of these gifted artists' work have been published elsewhere, I'd seen many of the photos already.
Polymer craft is replete with innovative artists working today, many building on the shoulders of giants. I would have preferred seeing fresh, unpublished work, rather than reviewing the polymer past.
That said, for any serious polymer artist, this catalog of work is a must have & will serve as an inspiration.
If you want to become a clay artist, you NEED this book.
It is worth every penny. The illustrations are inspiring regardless of your medium and, unlike many books of this type, the curator has not limited herself to the most recent work, but has chosen to include almost 20 years (1992 - 2009) of polymer art...and, therefore, the work of two or three generations of artists.
The work varies widely: from jewelry to structural pieces to sculpture. It also varies greatly in size from items as small as 2" x 2" to Sonny King's 35" x 15" dioramas. The artists have been inspired by Africa, Edward Hopper, fossils, high fashion, Japanese brush painting, mosaic, robotics, and myth.
And, if there was any doubt remaining, this book makes it absolutely indisputable: polymer clay is a medium of "true art" as much as oil or watercolor or marble.
Caveat: This is not a how-to book. It is a luxurious reference piece, intended to charm, encourage, amaze, inspire, and delight. It belongs on the shelf of any craftsperson in any field.
The photographers also need credit for perfect shots.
I own a polymer clay butterfly broach created by Steven Ford. He has done many collaborative pieces with David Forlano, whose work is featured on pages 88/95 of this exciting book "Masters." My own classroom experience with Steven Ford was inspiring. By the end of the sessions, we had a greater appreciation of this material and its potential. But, we had a long way to go before we had "mastered" this art form.
Several of the artists featured in this book have demonstrated their intrinsic ability to combine their metal, textile, and painting experience to create bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend are representative of these kind of artists.
Chris Malone's figurative sculptures are examples of detailed tribal figures. Polymer clay is utilized for the faces and hands. Their human-like features captures many different expressions. His creations are adorned with a myriad of materials such as fabric, rafia, metal, beads. etc.
Some of the artists have drawn on examples of nature. Others have looked forward to what might be. There are wonderful playful pieces such as those displayed by Rebecca Mazur. Flashy patterns created with brilliantly colored clay are exhibited on many of the structures featured in this book.
In essence, everything is here from A to Z. The alphabet of wonderful polymer clay work is presented in "Masters." In this book one can view all of the complexities of this material, with both its two and three dimensional attributes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love being able to buy books like these on Amazon. I purchased it used so I saved a significant amount. The book was in excellent condition. This is your coffee table book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan L
Will I ever be that good at polymer. Wonderful array of artists and their visions.Published 9 months ago by Elsa Medina
Great pictures wonderful inspiration & an amazing use of such a simple art medium!Published 11 months ago by Angela Clark
Very inspiring. A great resource of the finest polymer clay artists to explore and learn about their techniques. Motivates me to get to my workbench.Published 12 months ago by Jo
Almost like a "coffee table" book; always interesting to pick up and read whether you want to admire clay creations or become inspired to make your own.Published 14 months ago by Seer Of Rainbows
Great photos with information on the piece. Very good descriptives.Published 14 months ago by Phyllis Corwin