Foundations in Polymer Clay Design
by Barbara A. McGuire
It will make no difference if you are a beginner or an old pro in polymer clay, as this book will serve to expand your perceptions of your own ability and form a greater appreciation of those carving artistic milestones in the medium today.
Polymer clay has been perhaps the most invigorating medium to blossom within the art community in the last ten years. So much has it exploded as the choice medium of expression for many artists that web sites, newsletters, magazines, and books have devoted over 50 titles to the description of techniques and basic forms. What this new book has to offer that I haven’t seen yet is a seamlessly organized presentation of the elements and principles of design as interpreted in this now ubiquitous clay. I am particularly impressed with the short and succinct chapters on creativity and creative freedom” creativity is inherent in all of us andthe author wraps this concept in words easy to absorb and sure to nurture hope in the minds of the not-so-confident, be they a beginner or uncertain of their personal style.
Woven through seven chapters presenting the basics of design, the reader will find 22 projects that serve to teach the subject of that chapter” value and color, form and shape, line and space, texture, pattern and rhythm, contrast and emphasis, and unity. These projects are basic, used to illustrate the principles of good design by doing, hence a steady and gentle improvement in one’s own artistic expression. You will not find a breakdown of the more complex technical uses of the clay itself, however, rest assured that there are plenty of other resources for such information. This book does cover all the materials, tools, and supplies available as well as the basic techniques involved in clay work.
However, it is most valuable for its unfolding of that which makes art a joy to look at, featuring photos and details of breathtaking examples of the best clay artists today as their work pertains to the chapter’s focus. It will make no difference if you are a beginner or an old pro in polymer clay, as this book will serve to expand your perceptions of your own ability and form a greater appreciation of those carving artistic milestones in the medium today. Be good to yourself and don’t resist. If you are even remotely drawn to playing with clay, you want this book! 144 pages. Softcover. ISBN 087341800X About The Author Barbara A. McGuire, the creative director for Accent Import-Export, Inc. (importers of Fimo clay), has been working with polymer clay for more than ten years. The author of two other polymer clay books, McGuire has developed innovative products for the polymer clay industry and appeared on several television shows, demonstrating polymer clay techniques. She currently lives in San Francisco with her two sons.