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.

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 clay.

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 polymer clay.

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 polymer clay.

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.