Be inspired today with the stories of these five famous polymer clay artists! Sometimes you may find yourself stuck in a rut and wondering where…or who…to turn to to get back into the groove again?
Well the best way to do that is to look to others who have made a name for themselves. Studying their work, and even reading their stories of growing up, traveling, and life experiences has so much in store. In this post I will be highlighting a small handful of these artists and a little bit about them.
I drew on them from the book (to the left) Polymer Clay Global Perspective. This book is authored by Cynthia Tinapple, owner of PolymerClayDaily (another place you could check out too!) and shares the stories behind clay artists all around the world. Here are a few and a couple that I enjoyed finding out about as well!
Jon Stuart Anderson
Jon’s claim to fame is intricate looking sculpted animals….But it doesn’t stop there. Hardly! If there are any polymer clay artists you should draw inspiration from, Jon is it. I stopped on his website, he’s got frogs, lizards, cats, the whole gamut of the wild kingdom, in 3D sculpture. In addition, Jon has also crafted vessels, wall hangings and jewelry.
Taking the time to read the backstory from the site, he grew up in a rather unsettled environment, frequently changing schools. He ended up traveling to Southeast Asia where he drew on the surroundings, nature, simple living and the culture of the locale that inspired all of his designs. As a stalwart user of Fimo Classic, he is quoted as saying “Be fierce when you decide on what your vision to do something is”
Also known as “Fabi” and a native of Madrid, Spain, Fabiola is a mixed media artist who has been working with polymer clay since 2010. She also holds classes too and is a good example of an inspiration, for one thing, she was born deaf (her son assists her with teaching.) .
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Those of you out there into miniatures and dollhouse adornments, sit down for this one: Shay Aaron’s claim to fame is miniature food – and it’s so realistic you’ll be hard pressed to tell it apart from the real thing when examined up close. A native of Israel, his career manifested out of a desire to break free from the struggles from an eating disorder. All of his creations became a way to channel unhealthy eating habits into a constructive outlet.
I’ve gotten a glimpse of some of his work…I’ve seen pizza, sushi rolls, cake, bread, vegetables that will make you go Mmmm…but the kicker? Some of the finishing touches. Like a mini kebob that is skewered with – an eyepin – how’s THAT for clever? And the pizza cutter, clearly a necklace crimp ring, I know I never would have thought of that. He does use familiar tools, and the y are all familiar like the pasta machine and chalk pastel powder to create more “enhanced” color. I believe he has a shop on Etsy if you want to check it out, and you can follow him on Instagram to see some of those amazing lifelike food creations.
I think you may have heard me mention Donna Kato a few times, well, she is a reknowned jewelry artist and is credited with her own line of books as well as the name behind Kato Polyclay (yep, that very brand!) that is popular today with clay professionals.
I would definitely check out one of her books if you get a chance, I think you would enjoy reading up on some of these specialized techniques.
Kim is a mosaic artist who turns scrap clay into “wearable art” (that’s earrings, necklaces and pins for those of you concerned about semantics…) In addition to a blog you can find her on the channel Vimeo, I think she, too, has an Etsy shop but is currently put her listings on hold. You can see some of her art pieces on curation sites like Flickr and Pinterest if you want to get an idea of some examples of Kim’s work.
Well that is five famous polymer clay artists to read up on and be inspired by….Which of these do you think you’d like to learn about the most?