About The Artist
Margaret Polcawich • Derwood, MD
Mixed Media • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Beginning with natural patterns, forms, and movements that inspire me to create, I construct vessels and sculpture that are a dialogue of processes, materials, and emotional balance. Vessels are a loaded imagery. They can speak to rituals, containment, protection, and all the beauty and dialogues of life. Natural processes often simultaneously demonstrate conflicting qualities: building while deconstructing; nurturing while sabotaging; peace and conflict. People and nature are a study in contrasts. My current vessels and sculpture are a culmination of years of exploring the strengths and nuances of a variety of materials including polymer clay, metal, wood, and paint. I enjoy the immense variety of techniques possible with polymer clay, and the technical challenges of combining it with other materials.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My work is made in my home studio. Because so many of the techniques I use require multiple curings, or dry times, there is always an abundance of works in progress going on at once. My vessels often start with days of building up the form that will be a mold for the piece. There can be days of short bouts of progress followed by curing, followed by shaping with a rasp or sandpaper before I can begin to create the surface patterns or cane work seen on the finished piece. Every step is satisfying in a different way.