An Immersive Weekend Exploring the Legacy of Mokume Gane

August 7-8, 2021

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About the Polymer Art Summit

The Polymer Art Summit will take you on a deep dive into the history of mokume gane and its impact on polymer clay art. 

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The Team

Meet the team working hard to bring the Polymer Art Summit to life

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Meet Our Presenters

The PAS Team is excited to announce the presenters chosen by our Selection Committee. Click the Learn more links to read about these artists and their presentations.

Anke Humpert

Half-tone Mokume Gane


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Barbara McGuire

Cat Scratch Mokume


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Helen Wyland-Malchow

Origins of Mokume Gane and Custom Cut


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Julie Picarello

Imprint Mokume Appetizer


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Linda Leach

Quilting with Clay


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Philip Wiegard

Sunset Open Call – Creating Mokume Gane Landscapes


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Suzanne Andrews

Reverse Mokume Gane


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ABOUT THE POLYMER ART SUMMIT

The history of Mokume Gane traces back about 400 years, to the beginning of of the Edo period, when Shoami Denbei, of Dewa Akita, came up with the idea of making Guribori sword guards (ill.1). Guribori is a technique that consists of layering different colored metals and carving them into arabesque or spiral patterns. Although there is a theory that Ainu tribal patterns were an influence, the general consensus is that its origins lie with Guri Chinese lacquer. —From NPO Japan Mokumegane Research Institute
Key Dates

The Polymer Art Summit is designed to extend the practice and understanding of a specific art topic as it relates to polymer clay.

The Summit is a live online immersion into a particular technique, art form or theme, taught by the most innovative artists in the field.

During each event, students will directly interact with renowned teachers chosen for their mastery of diverse approaches to the subject, as well as with their peers in real time in both seminar and open studio settings.

The 2021 Event will be held August 7 & 8, 2021 from 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern Time, with breaks built in. Specifics will be announced once the session schedule is finalized mid-June.

Note: The sessions will not be recorded for distribution.

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As an award-winning artist, international instructor and author of “Patterns in Polymer: Imprint & Accent Bead Techniques”, Julie’s work has been featured in a variety of print publications as well as Beads, Baubles & Jewels TV.

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We’re revealing three more today, from Barb Fajardo, Barbara McGuire, and Julie Picarello. Registration Deadline Extended Registration will be kept open until July 25. Only four spaces remain. We will[…] Read more

Approximately 15 years ago, Elise Winters and Rachel Carren started what they fondly called, The Polymer Project. Its aim was to place polymer art in museums and preserve the history of the medium.

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Polymer Art Summit Team

Debora Jackson

Founder and Organizer

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Rai Nelson

Planning Committee

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Terri Powell

Planning Committee

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Marlene Gremillion

Planning Committee

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Rosana VanHorn

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Planning Committee

Barbara Forbes-Lyons

Planning Committee,
Webmaster

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Julie Picarello

Planning Committee

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Helen Wyland-Malchow

Planning Committee

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