Posted by Lora Hart
America's Next Top Model, Project Runway, Iron Chef, Design Star, Work of Art, Face Off, Shear Genius. What do all of these reality shows have in common? Challenge! Adventure! Innovation! Self satisfaction! Models, designers, cooks, interior decorators, fine artists, make-up artists, and hair dressers are all clamoring to participate, to stretch their imaginations to the limit, to take advantage of the training; expertise; and passion they feel for their chosen field (yes, yes - I'm sure the lure of fame and fortune doesn't hurt).
I've been fascinated with these public tournaments for years, inspired by each new opportunity to create beauty out of chaos and stimulated by each maker's ability to take unusual (sometimes seemingly impossible) materials or themes and transform them into wonderful confections of artistic expression.
|Some of my unusual materials have included a plastic spoon, papier mache,|
plants (thanks neighbors), and a Coke bottle.
Magazines and jewelry supply companies offer fabulous prize, publicity, and peer admiration incentives to encourage jewelry makers to stretch the limits of their design imaginations. In fact, PMC Connection is partnering with Metal Clay Artist Magazine in their annual design contest. The deadline for "Metal Clay Plus..." is looming at the end of February and to encourage all you enthusiasts take part, we here at CornerStone have been trying to inspire you with images of PMC combined with glass, porcelain, found objects, enamel and other materials.
|I've paired hydraulically formed copper, a porcelain doll,|
a natural cocoon and a paint brush with metal work.