chopsticks and jewlery

joan pix Me at Jay Springs Lamb Farm near Pinintan
British Columbia.

Polymer clay is made of tiny plastic particles with a binder. When the resulting clay is heated it forms a hard strong material. It can be sculpted like clay, and made to mimic the appearance of ceramic clay, glass, stone, wood and metal.

Though polymer clay is one of the newest art materials, some of the techniques used in making objects with it are among the oldest. The milliefiori technique was first used by the ancient Egyptians and revived in the 17th century in Venice.

Polymer clay is such a versatile and colorful material that the artist is tempted is to try to make everything out of polymer clay. Reason says to make a limited number of things well. Artistry in this material is a balance between exuberance and restraint.

Water will not harm polymer clay. Heat, abrasion and strong chemicals are not good for it. Generally, anything that wouldn't hurt you, won't hurt polymer clay.


I have worked in many art mediums and as a graphic designer but I fell in love with polymer clay because of its versatility.

My favorite patterns are greatly influenced by the eight years I spent in Japan. I love gardening and doing botanical water colours so my work often has a botanical theme. I started doing polymer clay with children, making one-twelfth scale models. When I saw Nan Roche's book The New Clay, I was hooked. I made my first millefiore canes to cover my series of horse sculptures. My friends wanted to wear my work, so I began making jewelry. I love making things that are both decorative and useful, so I developed ways to make barrettes, whistles, zipper pulls and other accessories. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

2010 May