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This month, we take a close look at the very intricate and extremely popular FIMO. Read on and enjoy!
For over three decades, Jon Anderson has been refining his 'Fiore' technique and creating amazing polymer animal sculptures by hand. Educated in fine art with a MS in biology, Jon Anderson is one of the most accomplished polymer clay artists in the world. Fusing his talents in art, botany, and zoology, with an interest in ancient iconography, theology and Divine Proportion, Jon expresses himself in his chosen medium with emotion, intelligence and gravity.
The patterns are created by hand; laying canes or blocks of different colors of clay next to each other and working outward, creating a number of visual borders around the original image.
Each cane is roughly the size of a large loaf of bread when first constructed, then stretched and cut multiple times until the final cross section is the size of a small coin. These small canes are then thinly sliced into intricate tiles using a surgical scalpel.
The actual forms or armatures of the animals are created from hand-molded clay or carved wood. Once the tiles have been pressed onto the armature, the piece is cured and then fired for a period of hours, further reducing the images and tightening the spaces between the individual tiles.
Finally, the eyes are carefully selected to give each sculpture its own personality.
After cooling, the sculptures are meticulously hand-sanded, making them very smooth and silky to the touch.
The Pickle Barrel Trading Post offers a generous selection of Jon Anderson's work along with 8,000 square feet of shopping in our historic building in downtown Globe, Arizona. We look foward to seeing you!
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