For the past 25 years polymer clay artist Jon Stuart Anderson has worked with discipline and determination to perfect an ancient technique, known variously as millefiore, neriage, and nerikome. These techniques comprise a method of creating patterns by layering, cutting, and reassembling soft, colored glass, or clay, into a rod, or cane, and then carefully pulling until the desired thickness and scale of design is reached.
This technique allows the polymer clay artist to create intricate designs in full color generated from four basic shapes. Circles and interlaced circles, squares or four-sided polygons, star patterns derived from squares and triangles inscribed in a circle, and multi-sided polygons provide the root from which more complex and elaborate patterns can be created.
Each of Jon Anderson's designs for his fimo creations is first drawn, mathematically calculated, corrected, re-drawn, and then meticulously and methodically handmade by the artist in clay before it is then modeled into a 2- or 3-dimensional artwork. No artist has worked more patiently and diligently than Jon Anderson in exploring polymer clay’s infinitesimal possibilities.
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Artist demonstration “Hand Guitars’ Jon Anderson Reveals the Secrets of Polymer Clay Design”