Last Saturday, I attended a polymer clay bead lecture/demonstration with Donna, a close friend in high school, but lost connection. After an unexpected and happy meeting in the park, we’ve discovered that our lives, at times, had followed somewhat parallel paths. Her invitation to go to this lecture at the Mingei International Museum coincides with a wonderful jewelry and bead exhibit titled , New Jewelry in a New Medium. A local polymer clay artist,Ellie Hitchcock, was the lecturer…a knowledgeable, generous, and humorous lady. What a wonderful two hours of learning to appreciate this jewelry medium. It can mimic pottery,glass, metal, wood, stone…I was amazed at the flexibility, beauty, science, and yes, even some mathematics, in this art form. My fingers began to itch a little with the desire to dig into the clay…like playdoh for grown-ups.
At the end of the demonstration, Ellie opened up a beautiful little box, filled with her handcrafted beads, and let us each choose one. What a marvelous token of a lovely afternoon to take home. These two photos do not do justice to the intricacy of the designs or the skill in creating each section, but do show a bit of the cane work in this bead.
Gorgeous, isn’t it? It would be a wonderful focal bead for a bracelet or necklace, I think, and so many choices for colors of other materials to show it off.