2016 Creative Clay Contest Winners Page

Design Idea G93E Necklace

When Ilaria Bucchi was told she won the Gold Grand Prize of our 2016 Creative Clays contest, she was thrilled. "I'm really happy about this news," she told us. "Thanks again for this wonderful news ... I'm very excited about this result."

You could definitely say Ilaria Bucchi's necklace Once Upon a Time enchanted the judges. This stunning necklace was, as one of our judges said, "Something you've never seen before." Ilaria used polymer clay and a few crystals to depict the real-world Neuschwanstein castle as well as fantasy castles of her own imagination with inspiration from Alphonse Mucha of the Art Nouveau period. The result looks more like miniature paintings surrounded by fanciful frames of dragons and fairies than polymer clay components.

"Exquisite" ... "What we all want to be able to do" ... "Amazingly clean work" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G93P Necklace and Earrings

Starsha Battrick caught the judges happily off guard with her Galaxy Whales jewelry set. Inspired by a Star Trek episode about humpback whales disappearing and humans "threatening the biodiversity of our seas," Starsha gave her polymer clay whales with rhinestone barnacles a sky of sparkling crystals to swim in. "This piece attempts to bring the whimsy and majesty of the ocean together with the very real message that Star Trek was telling us about the future of our planet." A powerful message and the ability to take whales and make them glam landed Starsha with the Grand Silver prize.

"Very unique" ... "Really nice piece" ... "Completely wearable" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G934 Necklace and Earrings

Made as a beautiful tribute to her late grandmother who loved roses (and statement jewelry), Kristina Joseph impressed the judges with her jewelry set Nana's Sunset Garden. With a gorgeous color palette, multiple techniques and polymer clay flowers that look incredibly lifelike, this necklace and earring combo was an easy choice for placement as Grand Bronze. We have a feeling her grandmother would have LOVED it as much as we did.

"Exquisite work" ... "So well-made" ... "Love the colors" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G93T Home Décor Skull

"I've always been fascinated with skulls and bones, I find them eerily beautiful," said Marissa Neun, creator of Western Blues. Our judges would have to agree with the phrase "eerily beautiful" for this realistic-looking home décor piece made entirely from polymer clay. The judges had to do a double-take to make sure it wasn't real!

"Pretty impressive" ... "Amazing" ... "Clean construction" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G93U Home Décor Sculpture

"How cute!" was the most popular exclamation from the judges when they came across Moles at Play by Cornelia Maria Radu Antonescu. "My mole-themed 3D decoration was inspired by the beautiful characters of Marjolein Bastin, renowned Dutch nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator." Everyone agreed that Cornelia's hope to create a tone of cheerfulness and amusement was absolutely achieved.

"Fun details" ... "Great quality of work" ... "Adorable" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G935 Home Décor Tree Sculpture

When asked about the inspiration for Marilyn Morrison's whimsical tree décor Lazy Summer Day, she replied, "Warm sunny days with nowhere to be, and books begging to be read." The judges think she perfectly captured this essence while also making them feel a little bit warm and fuzzy inside. Everything except the swing "ropes" were sculpted from polymer clay with great attention to detail.

"Amazing work" ... "Tells a nice story" ... "Nostalgic" - Chris Freedman

View All Winning Designs Here

Gold Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Gold Ilaria Bucchi Necklace
Fashion Accessories Rosangela Manca Jewelry Harness
Home Décor and Doll Marissa Neun Home Décor Skull
Jewelry Design Set Freya Necklace and Bracelet Set
Necklace Ilaria Bucchi Necklace

Silver Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Silver Starsha Battrick Necklace and Earring Set
Fashion Accessories Chrysi Meramveliotaki Bracelet, Ring and Earring Set
Jewelry Design Set Starsha Battrick Necklace and Earring Set
Home Décor and Doll (Tie) Kaaren Poole Home Décor Storage Box Set
Home Décor and Doll (Tie) Valentina Giaconia Home Décor Storage Box
Necklace Deepa Mittimani Necklace

Bronze Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Bronze Kristina Joseph Necklace and Earring Set
Fashion Accessories Barbara Briggs Bracelet
Home Décor and Doll Andrea Victoria Paradiso Home Décor Yarn Bowl
Jewelry Design Set Kristina Joseph Necklace and Earring Set
Necklace Kathleen Bingaman Necklace

Grand Prize Employee
Category Name View Winning Design
Home Décor and Doll Marissa Neun Home Décor Skull

Category Name View Winning Design
Home Décor and Doll Cornelia Maria Radu Antonescu Home Décor Sculpture

Honorable Mention
Category Name View Winning Design
Home Décor and Doll Marilyn Morrison Home Décor Tree Sculpture
Necklace Becky Miller Necklace and Earring Set

Andrea Victoria Paradiso Cyndi Salata Marilyn Morrison
Becky Miller Ginnie Parrish Marilynn Ordonez
Caitlin Donahue Grace Enebo Pamela Pica
Christy Sherman Jennifer Harville Starsha Battrick
Cornelia Maria Radu Antonescu Lesley Shilling