Creative Connections

Polymarket Press is now a part of the non-profit organization Creative Connections currently trademarked and based in Colorado. We will be growing and expanding operations to include media and business projects with artists in Ohio and New Mexico.

We have expanded our recording and editing  abilities to include music and vocal work as well as video. Exciting times!

Click here to read more about the Creative Connections we are making.


Featured Art from PolyMarket Press Books!

polymarket-frontArt from Polymarket Press books is on display at Kay Carol & Priscila Gallery during the month of October. In conjunction with a Gender Identity community art show, we are awaiting work from Ricardo Acevedo’s books Night and Interloper as well as polymer clay jewelry from Randee M. Ketzel and Kim Schlinke’s Polymer Clay Gemstones-The Art of Deception.

Art from Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay is shown including the newly-mounted clay “bolts of fabric” contributed by many artists from around the world.

Also taking pride of place among the mosaics and sculptures are the fabulous miniature and full sized masks created by more than 100 artists involved in the annual Miniature Mask Swaps that have been held since 1998. Many were showcased in A Collection of Polymer Clay Masks, but more than 200 have been added since publication!

Work featured in my first two books with Krause Publications are also on display, making this a huge assembly of techniques and effects that are possible with polymer clay.

Do come see it in person at KCP Gallery, 364 Main Street, Longmont CO 80501. We’re open Th-Fr-Sat from 10-6pm.

Showing Off!

boltsA good part of 2014 so far has been  devoted to getting things set up and running at the new location. Kay Carol Gallery & Priscila Working Arts Studio often gets shortened to KCP Gallery, and is located at 364 Main Street in Longmont Colorado. I graduated with my Media Graphic Design degree in December and opened up a community arts workspace with Marcelo Fernandez in the same month. We were joined by Christina Cappelletti and had our Grand Opening in February.

We function as a working studio space, a gallery, an emporium, a class and meeting space, plus we have musical and cultural events. Marcelo, Christina and I all work in graphic arts as well as other media and have our studios in house. We are able to work with artists and entrepreneurs to develop their websites, business cards, packaging and display needs, as well as offer a nurturing  merchandising environment to try out new products and lines. We currently show the work of 48 artists, all but two of whom are local.

Every month we have a different Featured Artist’s work displayed and a reception for the artist on the 2nd Friday of that month. In October, the artists of PolyMarket Press take center stage. There will prints and cards from Ricardo Acevedo’s books Night and Interloper. I will have beautiful and mysterious artifacts from Randee M. Ketzel  and Kim Schlinke’s book Polymer Clay Gemstones-The Art of Deception. There will also be polymer clay artwork from my first books Create a Polymer Clay Impression and Celebrations With Polymer Clay. Mosaic musical instruments, wagons, and more created by Bryan Helm will be on display.

Helm-123In addition, there will be hundreds of miniature masks from A Collection of Polymer Clay Masks including 200 collected since publication. We are mounting and framing our entire collection for this show, all made by polymer clay artisans from around the world who have participated in the Internet Miniature Mask Swaps for quite a few years now. Some full sized masks will also be part of the collection shown.

Rounding out what may be the world’s largest collection of small samples of polymer clay techniques are the “fabric bolts” and miniature quilt store from Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay, the premier book from PolyMarket Press, written with Judith Skinner. The little store was stripped to the polymer clay tiled floor and re-done as a Barbie-sized store for perfumes, toiletries and  accessories.

The bolts are business card sized pieces of card stock wrapped in a piece of polymer clay that mimics fabric. I made quite a few patterned bolts and dozens of solid colors, but ran out of time while working on the actual book layout. Artists from around the world came to my rescue and contributed a bolt or two, or more, and helped fill the shelves of the miniature quilt store. In the pictures seen in the book, most of the bolt is obscured, as they are all together on shelves. Now, for the first time ever, all the bolts will be seen face-on. I’m mounting 240 of them in a quilt block pattern, and no two bolts are alike.

Hundreds of techniques are on display–millefiore in a myriad of styles, inclusions, mokume gane, hand drawn or stamped, ripple-cut, extruded, and many more. The collection will be on display throughout the month of October at KCP Gallery.

The Story of Treaty Oak–a little background from Polymer Clay Gemstones, The Art of Deception

I love history–especially the history of the places I live. More accurately, I love knowing the stories–and if they are actually based on history, well, so much the better; but give me a choice between cold facts and a good yarn, there’s no contest: I’m for the yarn.

And stories are like fractal spirals–they take off from . . . → Read More: The Story of Treaty Oak–a little background from Polymer Clay Gemstones, The Art of Deception

New authors delighted

to be here on this lovely site. let the . . . → Read More: New authors delighted

Available NOW: Polymer Clay Gemstones–The Art of Deception

Polymer Clay Gemstones—The Art of Deception
By Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel
ISBN 978-0-9800312-9-4

This is not your ordinary how-to book! Austin TX based authors and polymer clay artists Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel artfully mix a clever mystery with 20 how-to projects that show step-by step photographs and instructions to create your . . . → Read More: Available NOW: Polymer Clay Gemstones–The Art of Deception

Available Now–NIGHT!

a photo-novella
by Ricardo Acevedo

A decade of images cataloging the Night in all its adult twists & turns, realities & hallucinations…from Noir to Neon. The turbulent, furious, nights of the “zeros” (2000-2009) were a gilded age in some ways not so different from the previous century’s early days in its excesses and mix of hope and desperation.

The . . . → Read More: Available Now–NIGHT!

New Releases, Coming Right Up!

Polymer Clay Gemstones--The art of Deception

Its no accident that the two newest books from PolyMarket Press feature artistry from  Austin; a veritable hotbed of creative cool in the wild and woolly state of Texas. Maybe it’s the heat down there that grow’s em that way, but I have the pleasure of knowing some incredibly talented people that reside in the Lone . . . → Read More: New Releases, Coming Right Up!

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Reconstructing the Past 2013 A Collective Memoir

Night: A Photo-Novella

Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception

Shibori: From Textiles to Polymer Clay

Making Faces, Molds & Forms

A Deluxe Heirloom Paper Doll Collection

We’re tending . . . → Read More: This Year’s Crop

New Books Coming in 2013

There’s lots of work going on right now behind the scenes at PolyMarket Press.

There are several new books underway, including  polymer clay books by authors Debbie Jackson, Randee Ketzel and Kim Schlinke, a photo-novella of the turbulent 1990’s by Ricardo Acevedo, and new books on paper dolls, and making dolls and miniatures by me.

Fasten your seatbelts; . . . → Read More: New Books Coming in 2013