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November 3rd, 2015

I first used polymer clay plates in the late 1990s at the recommendation of Steven Ford. Steve and FordForlano use the clay to make colorful and highly esteemed jewelry. He had organized a conference where artists working in a wide range of media were invited to adapt polymer clay to their art making practice, including print making. I have learned a great deal from working with the material and love the sturdy lines I’ve printed from the plates. The lines are deeply engraved into wet (unbaked) clay. Once baked and cured, it is highly durable and I can continue to manipulate and rework the plates. I first exhibited works printed from polymer clay plates at Fleisher Art Memorial’s Challenge Exhibition in 2000. Here’s a work from 2001 with one plate printed in relief and the other intaglio with chine colle.

Ron Rumford Itinerary 2001 relief & intaglio with chine colle printed from polymer clay plates

Itinerary 2001 relief & intaglio with chine colle printed from polymer clay plates

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