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.
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.
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