“There’s a mongrel koi in there. It’s the most dangerous of all goldfish” ~ Deuce Bigalow
Home has always been in the Dallas, Texas area where I live, work, play and share a studio with my wife, social director, and high school sweetheart, Judy. Our suburban home seems to be more of a rural country farm, with our koi pond, lots of koi, our cats – Beanie and Sam, and a flock of urban bantam chickens.
Many years ago, while on a vacation in Sedona, AZ, I saw a sculpture from a local artist, Jon Anderson. (Jon’s studio is now in Bali) I was mesmerized by the color, pattern and detail of the clay sculpture. Ever since I’ve been obsessed by polymer clay (fimo). I have developed my own personal style and techniques, after much practice from the lessons found in the books and VHS tapes from my favorite artists such as Judith Skinner, Donna Kato, Sandra McCaw, and many others. This is a life-long learning process, and my style is ever evolving.
Drawing my inspiration from colors and patterns in nature, I primarily work with the millefiori technique. Millefiori (Italian for “thousand flowers”), also known as caning, is an old glassworks technique arranging different colored glass rods to make an image, heated and stretched, then sliced for a repeatable pattern. Posted on my gallery is Jon Anderson’s demonstration video of this technique with fimo.
My mixed media pieces combine polymer clay with pure or sterling silver hand made from PMC. PMC (Precious Metal Clay) is a relatively new medium on the market, which lends itself to similar techniques used with polymer clay. PMC is made from recycled silver and other metals from old circuit boards and other industrial products, blended with a clay binder which is burned off in the kiln firing process, leaving a piece of pure or sterling silver, copper, bronze, even gold!
So, come on in, stay a while. Check out the gallery, current projects, and what’s available in the shop.
Henry at Mongrel Koi