"Wow! That is so great, I am so excited," exclaimed Kaaren when told she took the Gold Grand Prize placement. "Did you play with it?" she asked. "Of course we did," was the reply. "Good, I purposely didn't glue it down because it was so fun to move it around." Her excitement was quite clear, especially when there was an audible squeak of delight shared with her sister as she hung up the phone.
It may not be jewelry, but Kaaren Poole's home décor polymer clay piece The Secret Life of Hens captivated the judges. There was something new to see at every angle. "They're really playing and the fox is losing!" The whimsical design was inspired by Kaaren's own three chickens Stella, Twisty and Maisey who "are a constant source of amusement and inspiration."
"I think it's fun" "Isn't that amazing?" "Such cute lil' details" - Chris
This modern jewelry set by Nicoleta Cornea intrigued the judges on multiple levels. Not only is the set totally wearable due to its size and weight, but the polymer clay piece was assembled with precision. The modern aesthetic and clean lines of this ombré necklace were created using a diverse amount of techniques and is even completely reversible.
"Professional construction" "Unusual" "I like her aesthetic" - Chris
Using translucent clay, Diane Louise caught the judges' eyes. With a love for both flowers and translucent polymer clay, Diane set out to combine these two elements "and create a unique necklace with flowers using a new color technique." The unusual design has a seemingly delicate quality that elicited "oohs" from all.
"Extravagant looking" "Now look at that" "That took some work" - Chris
"I wanted to do something that was colorful, fun, and looked like a celebration," said Sylvia Regelbrugge of her Rings, Spring and Bling Things jewelry set. "I used colored wire of various gauges to make rings of different sizes that are fastened with little balls of polymer clay." We couldn't help but get tied up in the colorful coils and clay.
"This is totally cute" "So colorful!" - Chris
Fleurs et Papillons by Barbara Briggs was inspired by the seasonal change "from the dreariness of winter to the blooms of spring." She certainly captured this explosion of color, earning her Stuart's favor. The multi-dimensional piece provides onlookers with textural intrigue as you scan through the blooms and butterflies.