2018 Creative Clay Contest Winner's and Finalists Announcement

Design Idea J53Z Necklace and Earring Set

"Oh, wow! Thank you! I spent a long time making that, just for your contest. I feel like I should have questions for you, but I can't think of anything. Wow!"

Sarah Machtey used a range of different polymer clays--including Premo! Sculpey®, Fimo® and Cernit®--to create this jewelry set and it's self-containing storage container. The center cluster is removeable and can be used as the lid on the polymer clay storage box (made to look like a river-smoothed stone). The golden veining is highlighted by liquid clay, in an additional dazzling technique.

"This is so detailed. The veining and the thinness of the clay is really skillful." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J548 Necklace and Earring Set

Each sea urchin and coral piece is molded in polymer clay in Kathy Bingaman's La Sirenas--along with the large siren herself. Kathy created the molds, siren face cane, bezels and backing plate all from polymer clay in a range of materials and techniques.

"This is so technically challenging--even the back is amazing and so professionally executed." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J54H Home Décor Wall Art Door Sculpture

Laura Burlis' three-dimensional décor design features the four seasons, with each door highlighting a different season. Laura used recycled materials, covered them with a range of polymer clays and added shimmer using mica powder.

"It's really all clay. This is whimsical and very different." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J54B Home Decor

When Cyndi Salata "experiments" with clay, things really get interesting! Her Sushi décor sculpture--with its tiny cat, aloe plant and light-up fish tank--caught our eyes and wouldn't let us go. The multiple tiny elements combine into a charming design we thought was purr-fect.

"Isn't this just the best? I want to take it home. My cat does this." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J53U Necklace

Nicoleta's class project--this tiny elephant--got an "A" for the multiple techniques she used to create his realistic skin texture, ivory-look tusks and tiny clothes, as well as the internal engineering that makes Boy Elephant poseable.

"Yes, and he's adorable, too." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J53Y Home Decor

It looks like a vase, but this amazingly detailed leaf bud is actually a storage box. Carefully cut along the veining, the seam between top and bottom completely disappears when closed. The high-contrast veining gives it a magical look.

"When you close it, it's absolutely seamless! Seamless! That is patient skill, right there." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J547 Necklace

The woman in Sabrina Barnett's polymer clay design is the ruler of an imaginary land. It's the first in a series of pieces showcasing a variety of media (including mirror bits) and subtle additions of mica powder and Gilders Paste® to create magical shimmer and fairyland color.

"Very unusual. You just want to keep looking at it." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J53W Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set

Romanian artist Cornelia Maria Radu Antonescu created the mosaic-look cane which covers each bead and component of this jewelry set. Inspired by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, her Kaleidoscopic Play jewelry set uses seed beads and ribbon to accentuate accent colors.

"Love this 'confetti cane' technique--so different from what we've seen done before." - Chris Freedman

View All Winning Designs Here

Gold Medal

Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Gold Sarah Machtey Necklace and Earring Set
Fashion Accessories Becky Miller Hat
Home Décor Marilyn Morrison Home Décor Sculpture
Jewelry Design Set Sarah Machtey Necklace and Earring Set
Necklace Kristina Joseph Necklace

Silver Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Silver Kathleen Bingaman Necklace
Fashion Accessories Barbara Briggs Bracelet
Home Décor Karolina S. Home Décor Sculpture
Jewelry Design Set Kathleen Bingaman Necklace
Necklace Marilynn Ordonez Necklace

Bronze Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Bronze Laura Burlis Home Décor Wall Art Door Sculpture
Fashion Accessories Julie Anstaett Earrings
Home Décor Laura Burlis Home Décor Door Sculpture
Jewelry Design Set Nicoleta Cornea Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set
Necklace KC Eddy Necklace

Grand Prize Employee
Category Name View Winning Design
Home Décor Cyndi Salata Home Décor Sculpture

Category Name View Winning Design
Home Décor Sculpture Nicoleta Cornea Home Décor Sculpture

Trendsetter Award
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Sarah Machtey Home Décor Sculpture

Honorable Mention
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Sabrina Barnett Necklace
Necklace Cornelia Maria Radu Antonescu Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set

Becky Miller Julie Anstaett Nicoleta Cornea
Beth Wegener Lalitha Ramana Sabrina Barnett
Cornelia Maria Radu Antonescu Laura Burlis Sarah Machtey
Cyndi Salata Marilyn Morrison Susan Opie