Top Sculpting Books in Polymer Clay for Beginners to Intermediates

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Top Sculpting Books in Polymer Clay by KatersAcres

Top Sculpting Books in Polymer Clay (Not Sponsored)

Here’s my top sculpting books in polymer clay and a few brief recommendations on why they are my favorites. There are a lot of sculpting books for polymer clay. Digging through the masses of sculpting books to find your favorites can be tough, especially in such a niche market.

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Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception

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Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception by Randee Ketzel and Kim Schlenke | May 2016 Polymer Clay Book of the Month

Polymer Clay Gemstones, The Art of Deception

by Randee Ketzel & Kim Schlinke

Polymer Clay Book of the Month

If you are new to KatersAcres, my goal with everything that I do here on the website is to make polymer clay engaging, fun, and accessible to everyone. You don’t need to be a professional artist to use this unique, versatile, and readily available medium. One of the things I’m doing in 2016 is choosing one polymer clay book of the month to share with you.

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Fairies, Gnomes, & Trolls by Maureen Carlson

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Polymer Clay Book of Month - April - Fairies, Gnomes, & Trolls by Maureen Carlson

Fairies, Gnomes, & Trolls

by Maureen Carlson

Polymer Clay Book of Month - April - Fairies, Gnomes, & Trolls by Maureen Carlson

Polymer Clay Book of the Month

If you are new to KatersAcres, welcome to the clay fun, wonderful, a tiny-bit crazy, but mostly a laid back learning zone! If you are not new to KatersAcres, welcome back. My goal with everything that I do here on the website is to make polymer clay engaging, fun, and accessible to everyone. You don’t need to be a professional artist to use this versatile medium. One of the new things I’m doing in 2016 is choosing one polymer clay book of the month to share with you. These books may be brand new, like January’s “Dogs” Book by Christi Friesen, or older and well loved, like this month’s Fairies, Gnomes, & Trolls by Maureen Carlson.

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March Polymer Clay Book of the Month – Images on Clay by Barbara McGuire

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Polymer Clay Book of Month - March - Images on Clay I and 2 by Barbara McGuire

Images on Clay & Images on Clay II

by Barbara McGuire

Polymer Clay Book of Month - March - Images on Clay I and 2 by Barbara McGuire

Polymer Clay Books of the Month

If you are new to KatersAcres, welcome to the clay FUN ZONE! If you are not new to KatersAcres, welcome back. My goal with everything that I do here on the website is to make polymer clay engaging, fun, and accessible to everyone. You don’t need to be a professional artist to use this versatile medium. One of the new things I’m doing in 2016 is choosing one polymer clay book of the month to share with you. These books may be brand new, like January’s “Dogs” Book by Christi Friesen, or older and well loved, like this month’s Images on Clay series by Barbara McGuire.

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January Polymer Clay Book of the Month: Dogs!

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Polymer Clay Book of the Month "DOGS!" by Christi Friesen | CLICK to read the review & enter to win your own copy

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.

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Polymer Clay Book Review: The Art of Polymer Clay, Designs and Techniques by Donna Kato

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Polymer Clay Book Review - The Art of Polymer Clay by Donna Kato

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.

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Top Five Polymer Clay Books

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Top 5 Polymer Books by KatersAcres

Top Five Series

Polymer Clay Books

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.

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Sculpting Santa Book Review

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Sculpting Santa Polymer Clay Book Review by KatersAcres

By Michele Barrow-Bélisle

The Promotional Front-Matter

It’s the promotional front-matter that sells books for the most part, right? Right. Here’s what Amazon has to say about it:

Create a beautiful one of a kind life-like Santa figure with the this inspiring book. Filled with easy to follow instructions, tips and techniques by professional artist and sculptor Michele Barrow-Belisle, this book will guide you to create your own polymer clay sculptures.

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Polymer Clay Book Review Lisa Pavelka’s Elegant Gifts

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Polymer Clay Book Review Elegant Gifts by Lisa Pavelka | CLICK to read the review & sign up for the FREE Pavelka Project for 2015

 Book Details:

  • Purchase the Book on Amazon
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; September 24, 2004
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581805713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581805710
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Amazon Star RatingAmazon Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars

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Polymer Clay Books On My Bookshelf

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Top Shelf Polymer Clay Books by KatersAcres | My complete list of highly recommended "must have" books for every polymer clay studio

I Collect Books

For those who know me, I mean really know me, they know that for years I’ve had my head in books. Whether for college, grad school, theology, fun, or crafting. I love them! There’s just something about books that makes me happy. There’s something about reading that makes me happy too. In fact, not only do I have more than enough real books, I have over 200 on my Kindle right now as we speak. I generally read up to 4 books at a time: mostly sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, or period fiction. Over the 3 years or so that I’ve had my Kindle, it has become my best friend. And the fact that I can read from my app anywhere too … well, let’s just say I read a lot. It’s a hobby. It’s a pastime. And often it’s a compulsion. Continue reading Polymer Clay Books On My Bookshelf

Polymer Clay Book Review: Fantasy Creatures in Clay

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Polymer Clay Book Review Fantast Creatures in Clay by Emily Coleman, Reviewed by KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Book Review

One of the things that I love most in this world are books. Whether big or small, short or tall, it matters not. I love books and I tend to read and devour them very quickly. With this love for real books, comes a love for polymer clay books. I must have 100 polymer clay books, likely almost every book ever written! This being said, finding a polymer book that stands out from the crowd can often be daunting. This book Fantasy Creatures in Clay by Emily Coleman is a different type of a book. It is not a project book or a tutorial book. Rather, this book is detail driven.

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