Artist Profile-Lori Field

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‘Feral Husband’ is my little bronze tiger businessman. He can be worn under a suit to ward off evil spirits at the office.

Every once in a while I find artwork that stops me in my tracks. I love it when that happens–it’s a moment when I really feel inspired, full of questions and yet I just want to look and look and look at the artwork. Lori Field’s work stopped me in my tracks a few months ago. I am thrilled to share our interview. (Please note: if you click on an image you can see it full size!) Continue reading…


Lava Ring By Angela Baduel-Crispin

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Level: Intermediate
Project by: Angela B. Crispin
Edited by: Jeannette Froese LeBlanc and Margaret Schindel
Material List: Lava Ring materials

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Bague Lave Par Angela Baduel-Crispin

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Cette bague unisexe a un aspect un peu brut légèrement masculin et peut être une bonne idée de cadeau pour un homme. La température de cuisson de la Art Clay Copper a été adaptée pour permettre au cuivre de fusionner tout en étant cuit avec l’argent fin d’une manière sûre et fiable pour les deux métaux.

Niveau: Intermediate
Projet par: Angela B. Crispin
Révision française par Soazig Alligand et Jeannette Froese LeBlanc
Liste de matériaux: Bague Lave

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2015 Saul Bell Design Award Finalists-Metal Clay Category: PART 5 of 5

Monday’s are not all bad!  Let’s start off the week with something really good.  Holly Gage is a never ending river of good things! As a teacher, mentor and motivational speaker she has touched many lives. She has been a supporter of Metal Clay Artist Magazine before our first issue came out! I think we chatted at the Art Clay Conference about magazines in 2009. Over the years she has had images in the gallery and she has contributed articles. Maybe some of you remember this piece from an MCAM gallery? Below is our fifth interview with the Saul Bell Award finalists in the metal clay category.
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2015 Saul Bell Design Award Finalists-Metal Clay Category: PART 4 of 5

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“Gentle Hands” bracelet Janet Alexander made for a charity auction to benefit “HEAL” helpendabuseforlife.org.

Untitled-1I have admired Janet Alexander’s work for many years. She has contributed articles to Metal Clay Artist Magazine and she took part in a very special charity bracelet project two years ago. We featured her bracelet on the cover. Her innovative design is a match of beautiful imagery of the mountains in her area, the helping hands of the charity she was spotlighting, along with the complexity of a hidden link system. Knowing her work, I was not surprised to hear that she is a finalist for the Saul Bell Design Award!

Creative Fire: How long have you worked in metal clay?
Janet Alexander: I had been introduced to metal clay in 1999 but then started working in metal clay in 2009. Continue reading…


2015 Saul Bell Design Award Finalists-Metal Clay Category: PART 3 of 5

Our third interview is with Terry Kovalcik from the USA. Terry’s locket “A Tear for Icarus” (2005) was the first piece that caught my eye and made me really look at metal clay. As you can see by Terry’s finalist piece for the Saul Bell Design Award, his attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship have not wavered at all.

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A Tear for Icarus (2005)

Creative Fire: How long have you worked in metal clay? Is there one kind of metal clay that is your favorite? 
Terry Kovalcik: I was first introduced to Precious Metal Clay in 1999 and have worked with it ever since. So that makes it 16 years. As for a favorite, it’s hard to say, I do find myself using the 960 hybrid PMC clay a lot lately. My approach is to pick the best clay for the job. PMC 960 works well for many different techniques, it’s strong and versatile. Continue reading…


2015 Saul Bell Design Award Finalists-Metal Clay Category: PART 2 of 5

The second finalist in the metal clay category to be interviewed is Anna Mazoń  from Poland. We fell in love with her work and profiled her in Metal Clay Artist Magazine in 2012 as “an architect of Poland’s Metal Clay movement.” There are many fabulous Polish metal clay artists, but one who really stands out for her work is Anna Mazoń.

closeupCreative Fire: How long have you worked in metal clay? Do you have a favorite? Do you have any favorite tools for metal clay?
Anna Mazoń: I started working with metal clay in 2008, so it’s been almost 7 years – time flies. Since then I tried really a lot of different metal clays, from different brands and the more I try, the more I am tempted to say, that it really doesn’t matter what you use. The only thing that matters is your talent and perseverance. Continue reading…


2015 Saul Bell Design Award Finalists-Metal Clay Category: PART 1 of 5

Recently one of our favourite jewellery supply companies announced the finalists for in their annual design contest.  The 15th Annual Saul Bell Design award, sponsored by Rio Grande, is named after the father of one of the owners of the company.  If you are not familiar with the contest or Saul Bell, here is a lovely video explaining the history of the contest and a short biography of its namesake.

The mandate of the contest is clear, “We’re looking for an original vision, a fresh take on traditional methods and materials and a mastery of your craft. We want you to stretch the boundaries of your capabilities as a designer and as a jeweler.” (For more information about the contest and the judging please see their website.)  Every year fellow artists enjoy seeing the finalists and guessing as to who is the winner.  This year is no different, and so over the next few days we’ll present a brief selection of Q&A’s to the finalists in the metal clay category along with an image of their piece.

First up, we interview two time winner, Ivy Solomon.  Yes that’s right–she has won twice in the metal clay category.

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2004 Saul Bell Design Award First Place-Metal Clay Category- Ivy Solomon.

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A Pendant by Any Other Name…an Art Rant by Ann Robinson Davis

Editor’s note: Ann Robinson Davis is the author of one of our most popular articles. “Clean your Studio Heal your Artself!” (From Metal Clay Artist Magazine Winter 2012) We received the most interesting notes from readers about this article…including a letter from one person who credits this article for having saved her life!  The article dealt with letting go and cleaning up our studios.  We are pleased to share another article by this author. This time it is a “HOT TOPIC” among artists!

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“Lagoon” by Ann Robinson Davis

There has always been a fierce debate in the art community (all the arts) about whether to name or not to name your work.

In school, back in the 60’s I was never taught to name anything. If I produced a crazy lace agate ring, well that was what it was called, with the added place it came from, such as Mexican Crazy Lace Agate Ring. As I matured as an artist I began having specific ideas about my work and how I wanted to express an idea. The urge to create was subjugated to the urge to have meaning. Continue reading…


It is finally, truly Spring!

After a long, cold winter (at least for me here in Eastern Canada) I have been eagerly waiting for signs of Spring. We’ve had some sunny days, but the snow was hanging around at Easter. Believe it or not…it is snowing outside right now as I type this. It’s April 23! But I have faith that the better weather is coming.

A sure sign of Spring is when Rio Grande announces the Saul Bell Design Award finalists. As if timed with the blooms of the crocus flowers, slowly people are showing off their work and revealing that they are finalists. I’m working on our annual article that profiles the artists and their work, please look for it soon. In the meantime…I have a “Throw Back Thursday” item to share from the Metal Clay Artist Magazine (MCAM) archives. A few years ago Wanaree Tanner won the Saul Bell Award in the metal clay category. Being infinitely talented, she also made MCAM a video showing HOW she made her fantastic bracelet. Thank you Wanaree for sharing and best wishes to this years finalists! (Click on the image below to go directly to the video for the cover story)

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