The Polymer Art Summit team has chosen the Selection Committee for the proposals submitted for the 2021 Mokume Gane Polymer Art Summit.The members of the Selection Committee have invaluable experience as teachers, artists, workshop coordinators, students, and guild/group members.
The committee will evaluate all the proposals submitted by the June 1 deadline and communicate their selections to the Planning Committee.
The five members of the committee are listed below. Click on the plus sign to view their bios.
[su_spoiler title=”Heidi McCullough” ]
I picked up polymer clay about 11 years ago, after seeing it in craft stores and being intrigued by things I saw online, like lentil swirl beads and simple leaf canes. Joining the local guild, the Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild, gave me a whole community of people to share, learn, teach, and interact with, as well as the chance to take excellent workshops from world-famous polymer clay artists.My first workshop was, in fact, a mokume gane class; Hidden Jewels Mokume Gane with Carol Simmons. I was absolutely hooked! Countless pounds of clay, tools, gadgets, inks, powders, foils, stamps and so forth later, I have barely begun to explore the techniques I’ve learned. There is no end to the beauty I can create! Mokume gane, in particular, is a favorite because, of all the techniques you can do with polymer clay (and the things you add to it), it best showcases the CLAY itself. No special tools needed, no goop to cover it up, no pattern to follow. And depending on your clay choices, there are endless variations; translucent, opaque, metallic, bright, subdued, purposeful, chaotic. And because every slice is a bit of a surprise, it will not be duplicated precisely by you or anyone else!
I am a member artist of a small local gallery where I sell my work, so I can ALMOST justify buying new supplies. If I’m not at my clay desk, I’m probably keeping an eye on the bird feeders or scanning the treetops for migrating warblers, tanagers, orioles. Birding has been a hobby for 40 years…clay is a much newer obsession![/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Nan Roche”]
Nan Roche is a retired scientist and artist and author of the bestselling book The New Clay published in 1991. It was the first definitive book about polymer clay covering art being done with the material at the time , principal techniques being used with the clay and a thorough description of the properties of the clay. The New Clay first established the name ‘’polymer clay” for this new 21st century art material. In addition to her own art work she has taught polymer clay around the country, lectured, written magazine articles, produced two videos and appeared on two television programs. Her own artwork inspired by Japanese art, languages and scripts and a process known as mokume gane, a layering and reduction technique that is ancient, using metal, a technique she was first to describe in polymer. She has artwork at six museums including the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum among others. She lives with her husband and four cats in College Park, Maryland.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Rosana VanHorn”]
My name is Rosana VanHorn, I am a multimedia artist and teacher. I have been working with polymer since 1992. I am active in the IPCA , The Columbus Polymer Clay Guild and many other guilds for over 15 years.
I was membership and workshop coordinator for the Columbus guild for many years and had the opportunity to work with and learn from many fantastic artists.
I enjoy caning, making veneers, mokume-gane and creating faux items imitating nature.
I assisted with 3 IPCA events, and have planned polymer retreats and workshops. I enjoy sharing the versatility of polymer with adults and children, helping them explore and realize their creative sides.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Terri Powell”]
Terri Powell is a scientist by day and artist by night….but sometimes her science gets a little artsy and vice versa. She uses her career as a materials microscopist as inspiration for her polymer clay jewelry.
Terri has attended numerous polymer clay conferences and retreats over the years, including Synergy, Courting the Muse, and every single Clayathon. She has long been a practitioner of multiple types of mokume gane, and incorporates it routinely into her work.
Terri is the owner at ArtSci designs, and sells her work at craft shows and small galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Veronique ‘Fimomaus’ Hoffman”]
I’m going to tell you a little bit about myself. First I would like to explain fimomaus to you. When I started a few years ago with my work, I saw that many had a nickname. In our family, Maus was very popular, my father called my mother that and today when we talk about my mom and grandma, it’s just ‘Maus’. So what was obvious, because at that time I knew only Fimo – Fimomaus. I have long wondered that the company Staedler never went against it!!! 😂😂😂😂
I myself was born on 21.12.1950 in Paris. Since I was 6 years old, I live Germany. I went to school here and because I have always been very talented with my hands, I became a dental technician. After the birth of my two children, a son and a daughter, I was at home for 15 years. At 40. I started to work again and when my working life ended, I discovered polymer clay for me. Since I sew many of my own dresses, I found it quite fun to make matching jewelry to go with my dresses and I still do to this day! Meanwhile I have 5 grandchildren who are always happy to clay with me!!![/su_spoiler]