My local art center, The Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa holds an annual juried show of fine crafts. The show is called Clay, Paper, Fiber, Metal, Wood and is in it’s 42nd year. I have a set of beads in this year’s show:
Here is an excerpt of my artist’s statement for the show:
“I created these beads as an exercise in color and pattern. My goal was to skate along the fine line between “ugly” color combinations and a sophisticated palette that works. I wanted to combine patterns that also apparently had little in common other than the scale. Most of the patterns are created through a process called canework. The fine silver feathers were created using metal clay and my hand drawn molds. The feathers create the focus and push the colors and patterns into the background.”
The silver feathers are riveted to the polymer clay beads.
The show is open to the public until April 3.