Beadmaker’s Bundle from The Blue Bottle Tree is sure to inspire your polymer clay bead making this season. I’d like to introduce you to our polymer clay tutorial of the month! [Click here to see past tutorials of the month.] This month I bring none other than my darling friend, Ginger Davis Allman from The Blue Bottle Tree.
If you are new to KatersAcres, welcome to the clay FUN ZONE! If you are not new to KatersAcres, welcome back. Over the life of KatersAcres polymer clay adventures, we have played host to two year long endeavors with other artists. The first: The Friesen Project which is now an ongoing project available to anyone. The second: The Pavelka Project which was over in December.
Earlier this week I announced my plans for KatersAcres blog in 2016. [You can read the post here] One of those things is that each month I will introduce you to a ‘polymer clay book of the month.’ This book may be new, it may be old … but one thing will be sure. It’s a book that I like and think that you will too. I have several big artists and their books lined up all year, so be sure to check back on the first Friday of every month.
The Art of Polymer Clay: Designs and Techniques for Creating Jewelry, Pottery, and Decorative Artwork by Donna Kato
Donna Kato is one of the best known polymer clay artists in the world. Her name is not only synonymous with quality work, bold colors and patterns, teacher and “notable” person being the maker of “Kato Polyclay”. I am a fan of Donna Kato’s work, so when one of my student brought this book to their clay class [see a list of classes offered in my studio here] and wanted to show me some work they liked, I was glad to see they had already delved into the polymer world. I had the first print of this book from several years ago, however, having many students in and out of my studio through the years, it somehow got away from me. So, I repurchased this updated version recently on Amazon.
If you are a bibliophile (like I am) then books are your thing. This also means that books are very personal. Books take on a life of their own, even instructional based books. I have assembled the “top five” polymer clay books, based on my opinion alone. I will also recommend an additional 3 books that also rank very high on my list, and in fact made this a very hard decision in 3 of my categories.
If you are a polymer clay artist and would like to recommend a polymer clay book that perhaps didn’t make my cut, feel free to do so in the comments below.
If you are new to polymer clay, you probably don’t know that some brands (in particular the Polyform brands) retire colors and release new ones periodically. Here’s what is new in Polyform’s Sculpey III and Premo! clay lines for 2015.