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Polymer at PMA Craft Show 2022
I got my first real look at polymer back in the stone age at the Philadelphia Craft Show at the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia. That’s where I first saw the the work of City Zen Cane. I bought two pairs of earrings at their booth: a pair for me which I still have, and a pair for my mother-in-law. She later confessed that she lost one earring and was so upset, she threw away the other one. That’s alright. I got her son.
I joined my friend Patty for the 46th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show at the Philadelphia Convention Center recently. The show was less crowded than I remember it, probably because of the pandemic, and it was easy to take pictures of work with your cell phone. But there’s a danger in doing that. If you want to remember something, you’re much better off going to the artists’ websites, and everyone has one nowadays. They pay a lot of money to have their work professionally photographed in the best possible light. Still, I could not resist taking some pictures of the venue itself
City Zen Cane, now known as Ford and Forlano, were at the craft show this year with their distinctive work that has evolved greatly from their early days.
But this year’s show will be their last one. Now, we’ve all heard things like this before. How many farewell tours has Cher and The Who had? Don’t even mention Tom Brady. Still, there’s a lot more money to be made from stadium rock concerts and professional football than polymer clay, no matter how innovative and visionary it is. I am sure their work will still be available on their web site.
I had never met Wiwat Kamolpornwijit, but he proved to be a friendly and affable guy who loved to talk about his work. He looked like he was having a good show. Go to his website to take a look at his jewelry.
I have admired Genevieve Williamson‘s work for years. I love her muted and understated palate and her commitment to recycling clay and materials. Great earring cards!
Follow Genevieve on Instagram here.
Last but not least is Bonnie Bishoff, who was showing work with her husband and collaborator J.M. Syron. Bonnie will be this year’s guest artist at Clayathon.
Check out their website here and Instagram feed here. Drop me a message in the comments section if you want to learn more about Clayathon.
Joyous Disruption This Saturday
We all need a little disruption now and then, otherwise it’s easy to get into a rut. I had a successful day at Handmade X El Mercado Cultural last week (and did some shopping there too. It’s always great to support your fellow artists), and thought I was through for the season. I don’t do a lot of shows.
But then, I was invited to participate in a community event called Joyous Disruption, sponsored by the DaVinci Art Alliance. They’ll have food, music, performances and dancing as well as artisis showing their crafts. How can you go wrong?
I’ll have little porcelain bowls, and some polymer and ceramic jewelry.
The event is free. If you live nearby, I hope to see you there!
Handmade x El Mercado Cultural
I will be joining the Open Studio Potters selling my handmade pottery and ceramic jewelry at Fleisher Art Memorial’s annual holiday handmade gift show on December 3.
Earrings galore made from ceramic porcelain clay
A selection of porcelain clay pendants paired with different metals and upcycled jewelry parts
Tiny ring bowls and vessels suitable for storing your baubles
Lots of one of kind earthenware mugs decorated with my handmade silk screens and stencils. There’s something for everyone. For more information on this year’s show and a complete list of artists, press here.