Polymer Clay, a man-made modeling clay, became the medium
for my artistic expression in 1994, and thus part of my life.
I soon discovered that it can be draped, shaped, stretched, imprinted and combined with
surface treatments to create exciting textures and color effects.
It comes in many colors and cures at low temperatures. My favorite palette ranges from
earth tones to custom blended purples & blues. Polymer clay jewelry is light-weight and
very comfortable on the skin.
Chose from a variety of designs and techniques:
Earrings are combined with surgical stainless steel wires, Japanese & Czech glass
beads, jump rings, or colorful hypoallergenic Niobium wires in colors to complement the
Choker / Bracelets 14 to 16 inches long, polymer clay crescent beads with metal leaf,
alcohol inks, iridescent foils, in a variety of textures. These versatile designs wrap once
around the neck, or twice around the wrist.
The Reversible Cuff Bracelet Different combinations of color transitions and surface
embellishments based on tapestry and mosaic techniques are combined and feature
magnet or button clasps.
Watches were designed with warm weather comfort in mind. The polymer clay beads
are cool on the skin, and do not discolor skin like leather and metal bands.
Pendants and cords/cables in many colors.
The Satin Swirl Necklaces, Bracelets are highly tactile and satin-smooth to the touch.
The Gemstone Collection White Topaz, Peridot, Citrine and other gemstones with
Shibuichi Designs “Wrapping my clay around metal”! Pendants have been formed
around precious Shibuichi, a Silver & Copper alloy used in Japanese metal-smithing.
Embossed Metals Designs - Polymer clay has been wrapped around embossed and
punched art metals.
Earth Textures Jewelry & Earth Textures Vases ©
Images are imprinted onto the clay using objects found in nature, various texture and
carving tools, as well as rubber stamps. The designs are enhanced by the addition of
embossing powders, paints, metallic leaf and inks. Each piece is cured & wet-sanded
multiple times, and carefully polished to bring out the luster and pearlescence of the
Earth Textures Necklaces Pendants strung with glass beads on kink-resistant, 49-
strand nylon-encased cables. Necklace development continues with the exploration of
cultural design elements such as Asian, Egyptian and ethnic themes, silk screen printing
and new image transfers.
Targeted Randomness Designs consist of randomly arranged bits of clay, left-over
canes, bold bands of contrasting colors, all combined in one clay log. Pairs of slices
yield mirror-images. In my constant quest to compose asymmetric balance, these pairs
are first positioned into a rectangle. The designs are formed into interesting shapes.
The result is open to your interpretation.
Wild Flower Gardens Life-like, seamless flower canes, which are similar to Italian
millefiore glass techniques. They have been described as looking like porcelain bisque.
Framed polymer art, in 5”x7” or 4”x6”, include Wild Flower Gardens, or abstract art
designs made entirely of polymer clay, as well as polymer clay mats used to hold my
version of the iris folding paper art, called Polyfoldings.
Non-jewelry creations also include framed polymer art, ice cream scoops and serving
utensils with polymer clay covered handles, all great gift items.
|Mona Kissel Artist Statement
Color, contrast and texture are the focus in all of my one of a kind artwork,
from polymer clay jewelry, to card making, and fiber arts.
Versatile and elegant jewelry designs combine vibrant color effects
with tactile elements. Polymer clay, the most versatile art medium
I’ve ever found, combines innovative color transitions
and surface embellishments in every piece.
Cowls are designed with contrasting and complimentary fibers
to create elegant textures. My cowls are created to be
“a knitted neck accessory”, and can easily be combined
with jewelry, or worn as a statement fiber art piece.
Art cards are designed with the same focus on
combining myriad textures and colors to paper, metals and card stock.