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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 International Polymer Clay Awards

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The 2018 International Polymer Clay Awards were announced March 14, 2019 via facebook live. The entries were judges by Georg Dinkel, John McKinnon, Lena Vigna and the active members of the International Polymer Clay Association.

 Emerging Artist Members' Choice

Mixed Media: Dozen Rays, Cindy Gordon, United States
Nonfunctional Sculpture and Hanging Art: Fish Pod, Cindy Gordon, United States
Functional Containers: Wildling Bowl: Deep Sea, Christine Bergman, United States
Wearable Jewelry: Secret, Martina Buriánová, Czech Republic

Emerging Artist Jurors’ Choice

Mixed Media: Whale, Cindy Gordon, United States
Nonfunctional Sculpture and Hanging Art: TIE: Fish Pod, Cindy Gordon, United States and Prisoned Spirit, Elissa Hishawaka, United States
Functional Containers: Wildling Bowl: Deep Sea, Christine Bergman, United States
Wearable Jewelry: Deep in the Sea, Martina Buriánová, Czech Republic

Applicant Artist Members’ Choice

Mixed Media: Wedgewood Wave, Donna Greenberg, United States
Nonfunctional Sculpture and Hanging Art: Inspiration, Claire Fairweather, New Zealand
Functional Containers: Autumn Box, Sarah Machtey, United States
Wearable Jewelry: Britannia Brooch, Christine Dumont, France

Applicant Artist Jurors’ Choice

Mixed Media: Wedgewood Wave, Donna Greenberg, United States
Nonfunctional Sculpture and Hanging Art: Embedded Heart, Laurie Mika, United States
Functional Containers: TIE Black Forest Reliquary, Susan Detwiler, United States and Para Vessel, Margaret Polcawich, United States
Wearable Jewelry: TIE Britannia Brooch, Christine Dumont, France and Crazy Quilt Ensemble, Linda Leach, United States

Best of Show

Members’ Choice: Mardi Gras, Laura Tabakman, United States

Best of Show Jurors’ Choice: Mardi Gras, Laura Tabakman, United States


Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated! Our polymer community is vast and incredibly talented. Give yourselves a hand!

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Jurors for the 2018 International Polymer Clay Awards

The International Polymer Clay Association is honored to introduce you to our jurors for the 2018 International Polymer Clay Awards: Lena Vigna, John McKinnon and Georg Dinkel! 

Lena Vigna is currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum, where she oversees the production and implementation of 10-15 exhibitions per year, Lena Vigna has a particular interest in the contemporary fields of adornment, sculpture, fiber, and installation. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions and written several essays that explore issues relevant to contemporary art and society.

John McKinnon is Executive Director of the Elmhurst Art Museum. He has over ten years of curatorial and administrative experience at major art institutions. He has introduced a number of new initiatives and projects at EAM including restorations and site­-specific exhibitions in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House. Previously he was the Program Director for the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2007 to 2010, McKinnon was the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has independently curated exhibitions at a variety of non­profit spaces and written for publications such as Artforum, Art Papers, X­TRA, and Flash Art.

Georg Dinkel is a polymer clay artist and professional photographer living in Franconia, Germany. He is known for his unique PMC work including big shrines for digital devices and medieval inspired sculptures. 

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2017 International Polymer Clay Awards Results

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Congratulations to all the winners and participants.

Best In Show

 1922 AA MM 2a 1922 AA NSHA 1a 

Best in Show       Juror’s Choice >> TIE

Georg Dinkel       Day of Judgement

Best in Show       Juror’s and Member’s Choice >> TIE

Georg Dinkel       The Rat Ship

Overall                    Best in Show       Member’s Choice

Georg Dinkel       The Rat Ship

2017 IPCA Awards – Emerging Artists

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Emerging Artists: Mixed Media 2018

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Cindy Gordon: United States

Cindy Gordon: United States

Dozen rays wall hanging sculpture, hand sculpted hand painted, mounted on a wooden base.


Ellen Prophater: United States

Ellen Prophater: United States

Mixed media…..the more mixed, the merrier. This piece mixes silver, polymer mokume, glass, crystals and artists.

Collaboration with another artist is adding a new dimension to my work. I have always loved mixing a plethora of materials to accomplish my mokume, but working with Sherry Moser has added a whole new level of possibilities. Knowing Sherry and her kaleidoscopes and dichroic glass creations has led to a synchronism of our aesthetics. We start to create and then come together to see how our beginnings can meld into a combined thing of beauty. On this occasion, a shard of black glass revealed its true color of underlying green shades that led to color mixing experiments. These led to the color variances of the layers of mokume, with the glint of silver leading to a call for the sparkle of Swarovskis and the embrace of a silver bezel. Ideas lead to drawings in a true collaborative fashion, that lead to a partnership that is solidified in this exquisite piece, “Reversal of Shards — A Union”.

This piece is bezeled in roller printed silver that holds the piece of Bullseye glass that has been set with tiny Swarovski crystals. The glass is surrounded by polymer mokume that is the result of layering tinted translucent clay that was skinner blended and stacked with composite silver. The crackled silver repeats the sparkle of the crystals. The translucency of the clay melds with the shading of the glass and repeats its depth. The piece is 44mm wide, 56mm long and 24mm deep. It is on a 1.5mm round omega 18” sterling silver cable.


Cindy Gordon: United States

Cindy Gordon: United States

Polymer clay whale, hand sculpted and painted, with a concrete base, and hand folded paper boat.

Emerging Artists: Nonfunctional Containers and Hanging Art 2018

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Elissa Hishikawa: United States

Elissa Hishikawa: United States

Title: Prisoned Spirit

Description: This haunted tin is possessed by a prisoned spirit from beyond..... Once a pirate on the high seas, now a dangerous fiend.  This moon-eyed demon will strike anything that comes near it, if deemed dangerous.  Once the seal is broken, it will unleash unimaginable horrors. The ghoul's talons have already scratch out an escape hole.   Beware!  Beware!

Dimension: 4" x 2.5" x 1"

Materials:

  • Premo Polymer clay
  • Pro sculpt clay
  • head pins
  • Altoid tin can
  • 18 gauge wire
  • Kato clear liquid clay for the eyes
  • magic transfer paper
  • chalk powder
  • acrylic paint 

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Cindy Gordon: United States

Cindy Gordon: United States

Fish pod, hand sculpted, hand painted wall hanging.

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Jan Pini: United States

Jan Pini: United States

You are my Sunshine

This music box is about 1.5”x2.5”x3.5” tall. It is made entirely of polymer clay. My little granddaughter, Julia, was born in October three months premature. She’s doing great now, but it was a rough three months in the NICU. My daughter played the music box and sang “You are my Sunshine” to Julia as she held her. I decided to make a music box container for my daughter for Christmas. Because the music box itself could be replaced by another one with a different song, I needed to construct something that would permit that. The sides have mica shift hearts and Julia’s name is on one side. The top shows the sun peeking over a rainbow with a path of stones through a garden. Julia’s path has been challenging and may continue to be as she continues to “catch up” but we are hopeful that our feisty little ray of sunshine will prevail.

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Kathy Butcher: United States

Kathy Butcher: United States

Name:Jungle Love

Dimensions:   11 ½" x 10" x 3 ½"

List of Materials

  • Polymer Clay:
    • Sculpey III – Gold
    • Sculpey III – Translucent (for teeth)
    • Premo Sculpey – Burnt Umber
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Yellow Gold Glitter
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Gold
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Twinkle Twinkle
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Antique Gold
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Pearl
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Bronze
    • Premo Sculpey Accents – Bright Green Pearl
  • 2 crystals for eye highlight
  • 28 Gauge gold wire for whiskers
  • Wire cutters
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sculpey Bake and Bond
  • DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze

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Lola Marlene Gremillion: United States

Lola Marlene Gremillion: United States

The title of my piece is "Lime Intrusion" created all in polymer clay (Polyform).  The composition is based on a drawing I created for a Miniature Abstract Watercolor painting I did a number of years ago.  Having liked the composition, which was inspired by a simple object, drawing the important parts and least important parts, I decided to use it to create another abstract but in polymer clay. It is actually a larger piece than the watercolor painting plus much more colorful.  The piece is  flat and framed under glass, but has a three dimensional feel. Having fallen in love with polymer clay, I find it challenging to paint using merged shapes and colors.

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