Usually I keep my mouth shut about the polymer clay art discussion.
I have always worked very hard making my polymer clay Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations and I feel that over the years my work has improved. However, in many circles I am still looked down upon as doing child’s play.
Those of you who know polymer clay understand that it is a very versatile medium that in the hands of incredible artists has soared into the realm of fine art. And I applaud and love that but in the process of the evolution of the medium, those of us who make whimsical items have been in a sense looked down upon. We are looked upon as if we are small children playing with play dough. We don’t make fancy canes, or skinner blends, or funky beads and earrings so we must not know what we are doing. Wrong! I have tried all the different techniques but I just love making Christmas ornaments. I have exhibited at shows with many polymer clay artists who made whimsical holiday items. Two of my favorites are Patti Sargent and Helen Terlalis Dorn who both create with a sense of whimsy and attention to detail. We are professional artisans and we have chosen a different path than those who create “fine art”, but our creations are just as worthy as others and should not be dismissed. Polymer clay art comes in many forms and we should encourage everyone to find their niche in the polymer clay community.