About The Artist

Annette Kramer •

I was introduced to polymer clay many years ago, but it wasn’t until 2020 when I was able to focus on my art and really consider the potential of this amazing material. Like many others, I was initially drawn to the possibilities of color in this medium. But it wasn’t long before I realized a fervent passion in exploring the sculptural possibilities of the clay. I strive to engineer my designs to create truly comfortable, wearable sculptural jewelry inspired by organic forms. Always present is my desire to infuse my work with a sense of fun, fantasy and imagination. I seek to celebrate the organic beauty of nature while incorporating modern design elements. Often art patrons will ask “what flower is this?” I reply honestly that I no longer can say; it started as something (magnolia pod, hyacinth, rose) and evolved into a fantasy. I hope that unconventional colors and unexpected shapes will invite the wearer to consider and experience the beauty of nature through a fresh perspective.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Polymer clay is a chameleon material, lightweight and tactile. Its tremendous versatility makes it natural for jewelry creation. As a jewelry artist, I push the limits of this clay to create sculptural forms that leverage its inherent strengths including color retention, mixing, elasticity, shear strength, and translucency. Very often I cure my pieces multiple times, enabling continued manipulation and augmenting fine detail to achieve my vision without causing distortion to the piece. Engineering comfortable jewelry is itself an art, and I pride myself on my work being lightweight, balanced, and effortless to wear. I mold, carve, sculpt, screen, sand, drill, and polish everything to create my unique style. My clasps and findings are artist-made; all work is designed and created by my two hands.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Polymer clay is a medium that has a low barrier to entry; many schools use this material with young students to teach form and color. It's relatively inexpensive and cures at a low temperature without requiring a kiln, another attribute making it ideal for teaching. Unfortunately, those same wonderful qualities have created something of a perception problem for polymer clay among artists and collectors. Just as one can create fine art with acrylic paint -- and children use acrylic paints in school -- one can create fine works of art in polymer clay. I seek to help polymer clay be recognized as a medium respected by artists and fine craftspeople, as well as collectors who can appreciate the results of years of exploration of a medium. As to the ""non-precious"" nature of polymer clay art jewelry, I think of that as a positive as well. Don't wear your $4500 diamond necklace on your European vacation; instead, take along a collection of lightweight, beautiful, artistic statement pieces!

What is something unique about you or your practice?

The colors you see are IN THE CLAY. No, it's not paint. No, I didn't paint it. There's no paint. Yes, all the different colors you see are sculpted in clay. ;-)