At the earliest polymer clay retreats, Lindly Haunani requested a bead from each participant. The “Bead Strand” became a long, clear record of how polymer art developed.

The exhibit at the Mingei Museum in San Diego showcased polymer pioneers and gave me the opportunity to stroll through the galleries. These works brought back a flood of memories of exciting creative experiences with artists who became dear friends.

Pieces from the collections of Elise Winters, Nan Roche and others rounded out this terrific look at our past. I hope you take as much pride in this as I do. There’s a complete list of artists at the end of the video.

You may identify with New Mexico polymer artist Barb Fajardo as she talks about facing what’s next with her art. While the prospect of travel and teaching offer exciting possibilities, those changes also include some fear and sadness.

If you’ve watched your nest empty and your studio grow, you’ll understand the sometimes conflicting feelings that change brings with it.

This warm conversation with Colorado’s Tejae Floyde brings us back to the heart of the matter. Tejae smiles broadly as she talks about using polymer for memory and giving and shared secrets. Her own heart shines through her art.

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