Millefiori in Polymer

Searsport, Maine

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Beads, jewelry, and accessories made with polymer clay from unique, original Millefiori designs.

With a lifelong urge to create, I've explored a multitude of media, and have concluded that I am a compulsive problem solver. It's not a bad compulsion to have, especially since I discovered polymer clay in 1993 – those colorful little packages contain just the quirks and challenges I seek.

When I'm not creating, I'm often thinking about it. I might at the same time be outdoors hiking the beach, a woods trail, a mountain, or, if I'm desperate, the roadside. Snowshoes in winter, or a kayak in summer get me to some out-of-the-way places where I find plenty of quiet and inspiration here on the beautiful Maine coast. I often return to the studio after a few hours of exercise with a new idea or solution to try.

I build each polymer clay design from the middle out as a cane with the design running all the way through from end to end using the Millefiori process which originated in glassmaking.  Slices from the cane become components or veneers as I create a variety of objects and jewelry.

I've been sharing the results of my creative experiments with interested onlookers all my life, and hope my work will make a bright spot wherever it turns up.

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  • Priscilla Wentworth

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    In 1993 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 began exploring the process in my own way.

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