Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two out of three is AMAZING!

The results of the 2017 International Polymer Clay Awards have just been published online, for those of us who were unable to attend the Synergy4 Conference, in Philadelphia (USA), where they were announced at the Gala Dinner. The theme of the competition this year was 'To Boldly Go'.

I was thrilled to receive the Juror's Award for two of my three entries: 'Candle Holder' in the Functional Containers category and 'Beyond the Universe' in the Wearable Jewelry category. Details of both are shown below.

Candle Holder

Category: Functional containers
Size: Measures 43/4 inches (12 cm) in diameter x 31/inches (9 cm) high
Materials: Polymer clay over glass candle holder

This candle holder interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of adventurous exploration. The simple figure is bold, climbing up the side of the container, not knowing what may be inside. As he peaks over the rim, there is a sense of danger, as he sees the flickering flame of the tea light candle within. Polymer retro canes cover the glass candle holder in a thin veneer, so the light within can shine through, where translucent colours have been used in the canes. The figure has been sculpted from white polymer and kept very simple so as not to detract from the pattern on the vessel.

Beyond the Universe

Category: Wearable jewelry 
Size: Central disc measures 21/4 inches (5.5 cm) in diameter
Materials: Polymer clay and Buna cord

This necklace interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of space exploration. In Star Trek, the mission of the starship Enterprise was to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”. The dark navy blue round part of this necklace represents the universe. The round cane slices (bulls eye canes with a gold centre grading to pearl wrapped in a thin layer of dark navy blue) represent stars. The cut out hole is like a gateway to somewhere beyond, maybe another universe (?), through which the other end of the necklace passes. This end of the necklace, shaped like a tapered cone (made from the same gold/pearl Skinner Blend mix), is intended to represent a rocket/spaceship boldly going forward exploring the unknown.

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