I remember collecting pieces of broken pottery when I was a little girl. Although I can’t remember whose partner in crime I was (was it you Nora?), I do recall that we had big plans for the colorful shards.
That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the work of Stonehouse Studio.
Of course, looking closer it is obvious that these pieces are far more complex and layered, but the effect is reminiscent of something both found and wonderful.
Stonehouse Studio: I love the contrast between metal and polymer clay. Metal is bullied and cajoled into doing what you want by hammering, sawing and torching. Polymer, on the other hand, is the most cooperative, versatile and forgiving of mediums. As is so often true of opposites, the two work beautifully together.
My work is inspired by nature, which may seem strange since my primary medium is a synthetic clay. But the chameleon-like qualities of polymer clay allow for innumerable ways of bringing an artistic vision to life. My polymer work encompasses a variety of surface techniques, including alcohol inks, acrylic paints and image transfers altered with colored pencils. The end result is jewelry that is organic, simple and very wearable.
I hand fabricate all work in my Boston studio. If you’re in the area, see me almost every Sunday from May to October at the SOWA Open Market.