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Beads, jewelry, and accessories made with polymer clay from unique, original Millefiori designs..
Above: Mussel Shell Pendant. Polymer clay was formed over a real Maine mussel shell, and then decorated with Millefiori and Mica-Shift techniques. Though the shell has been removed, the impression still remains inside.
Above: Veneer Bead Necklace. This festive necklace brings together polymer clay beads with several different designs accented with colorful glass beads.
Above: Business Card Boxes. Made entirely of polymer clay, these boxes were constructed to be sturdy while showing off both Millefiori and Mica-Shift clay techniques.

Millefiori Patchwork Clay by Priscilla Wentworth

Eighteen years ago while I was using fabric to make patchwork, I saw the work of several artists who adapted the millefiori glass process to polymer clay. To me it seemed like three dimensional patchwork, and I soon attempted to answer my lifelong question: How can I get this to do that? I'm still cutting and piecing, but the concepts I was exploring with fabric have been exponentially expanded as I continue to explore them instead with polymer clay.

Millefiori was invented by glass makers, and means "thousand flowers" in Italian. I build each of my original designs from the middle out with colored polymer clay. A thin slice of the design makes each section of PatchWork Clay.

Other experience:
Bachelor of Science degree in visual art from the University of Southern Maine.
25 years as an art teacher in public elementary schools.
30 years as a artisan involved with 3 different craft co-ops.
Work in a variety of other craft media, including batik, weaving, printmaking, pottery, photography, basketry, masks, sewing, and patchwork.

Find Our Products At:

  • PatchWork Clay Etsy Shop (online)
  • Maine Craft Association Holiday Store, Bangor Mall
  • Pemaquid Craft Co-Op, New Harbor, Maine
  • Simply Sunflowers Gift Shop, Plymouth, NH


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