Please join me on Sunday, September 25, from 3 pm to 5 pm, for the reception celebrating the opening of my show at Show of Hands, 10th and Pine Streets, Philadelphia. The show runs through November 7. Hope to see you.
Patterns in Polymer ClayAttention to Detail
ByEMILY SQUIRES LEVINEShow/SaleSeptember 24 to November 7MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTIONSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011, 3 PM – 5 PM
WHO IS THE ARTIST?Inheriting the right brain skills of her mother and grandmother, Emily Squires Levine has always worked with her hands. Even while pursuing her MBA, colorfully folded fabrics or a new chocolate cake recipe would be her diversion from studies. Although introduced to the versatility of polymer clay years ago, her serious pursuit began in 2004. Emily’s objects compel your attention, reflecting the interplay of color and pattern. Her distinctive bowls, lacy eggs and resin-enhanced tiles compel your attention.
Emily has exhibited in many juried events including the Germantown Friends School Craft Show, InLiquid’s “Art for the Cash Poor” and the Haddonfield Craft Show. Her pieces have been selected to promote these events including publication in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, Emily lives in Center City, Philadelphia with her husband, although she remains tied to her New England roots. She has recently retired from almost 30 years in the financial services industry.WHAT IS POLYMER CLAY?Polymer Clay is a synthetic modeling clay composed of PVC resin combined with a plasticizer and color pigments. Pliable in its uncured state, polymer clay can be blended for endless permutations of color, tone and shade. Once cured, the polymer clay piece becomes hard, durable.Originally developed in the 1930s in Germany as a replacement for difficult to obtain plastics, the first formulation was sold to Eberhardt Faber and named FIMO. Its uses are circumscribed solely by one’s imagination.WHAT IS A POLYMER CLAY CANE?Based on the Italian Millefiori glasswork technique, a cane is a polymer clay log whose design runs inside its entire length. Pieces of the cane can be cut, reduced and combined with other canes to form a cane more complex than the original.___________________________________Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger