A Charmed Life- Jewelry, Art. Life

Life is charmed...until it isn't. xoxoxo



Lovely colors, designs and execution. Just FUN! Unfortunately I have no command of any language but English so…that’s all she wrote! XOXOXO


Artist Henry Elfering found excitement as a young child when he made of pair of copper enameled earrings for his mother. It was not, however, until years later as a successful freelance fashion art director that Henry found his way back to metal work at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Today, Henry creates bespoke jewelry inspired by the Celtic Culture; visually rich in the textures and patterns found in nature. By marrying art from the Celtic Culture with his own aesthetic, Henry is able to craft his jewelry designs by hand carving in wax and metal or directing his work through a CAD technician. Each piece is individually handmade.

 A fluidity of concept, .ie. a belief in all living things connected, resonated strongly with Henry and began a journey that allows the past and the present to coexist in his jewelry art. He avoids mere reproductions of Celtic Art by exploring the overall dynamic of design though harmony and/or tension. Henry delivers a balance between timelessness, collectable jewelry and the ultimate statement in modern luxury adornment.


Saluting Human Courage and Spirit

We are all warriors; civilian or military. As such, artist Henry Elfering invites everyone to nominate a friend or family member who has, or is rising to meet their challenge. Battling a handicap of a physical or mental nature can often teach us great lessons. Let us know why your nominee should be selected as a warrior. 

 Henry has designed a pendant based on the Celtic Myth of the Goddess Rhiannon. The Goddess Rhiannon, was depicted as a mare running through the cresting waves followed by birds whose singing when heard, would cause one to forget their pain and sorrow and experience a healing.

Each month one person will be honored by a posting on this site with their picture and short story. The winning nominee will also receive, from the artist, the Healing Rhiannon Pendant. The pendant is also available for sale HERE.

 5% of every jewelry selection purchased from this site during the selected nominee’s month, will be given to the charity of their choice.




Claire’s Design philosophy

I am a self taught artist living near the south coast of England. I have a keen interest in art, ceramics and polymer clay. 

I love the sheer scope of possibility’s both for colour and form that working with polymer clay provides. I have been working with polymer clay for about a year and love creating my own jewellery, especially bangles!

I tend to keep the colours simple (often working in monochrome) and show off the sculptural shapes of the pieces. I just love the whole idea of wearable art.

 Much of my inspiration comes from nature, from the night sky or childhood memories of beach combing all the way through to the vibrant colours of a caterpillar.

CLAIRE’S gallery of polymer clay

CLAIRE’S  gallery of painting and drawings.




 About Me

I am a graduated graphic designer and I work as a jewelry designer and polymer clay artist since 2003. I am a co-founder of the German polymer clay guild and a member of several international polymer clay guilds. Since 2007, I taught private classes in my home studio, all over Europe and in the US. I self published my first book “Edle Schmuck-Unikate & Accessoires aus Polymer Clay” in 2009 and my second book “Polymer Clay Bracelets” in summer 2012, available through this website. I was awarded 1st place in the Intermediate Art Jewelry category in the International Polymer Clay Association’s Progress & Possibilities Competition in 2011.

As a trained graphic designer, I am equipped with a lot of knowledge about shape, spaces, color, and composition. In my work, I always try to feature the unique properties of polymer clay as an art material. It is important to me that all my work is well designed and finished as flawlessly as possible.

I always walk through the world curiously with eyes wide open looking for inspiration. If I see a shape, a color or a pattern, my creative mojo just starts going. This can be everything - architecture, nature, paintings or just a walk through the hardware store. I even get new ideas just by cleaning up my studio. Teaching is very important to me - the interaction with creative people is very inspiring - I never walk out of a class that I taught without having learned something as well. For me, the greatest reward is a happy, inspired student.

See Bettina’s remarkable body of WORK. Stunning. XOXOXO

KATHERINE TAYLOR-colored porcelain and glaze sculpture

From the Craft Council Magazine, American Craft.



It is important to me that the sculptures I make should have a visual and social relationship to the place where I live. At the same time, I believe that the techniques I use should make reference to the journey I have taken as a ceramist. I began working with clay in East Texas. Then clay sent me on a journey across my country, to Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Italy, Norway, and finally back to Texas. There were often subtle and sometimes radical differences in the ways that artists worked with clay in all of these places. Even though we all share a similar toolbox of techniques, we refine our finished work according to different aesthetic goals. I think this is because our eyes filter our environments based on our own histories and experiences in the places where we are rooted.  

After making work in places that looked very different from my home, I realized that my own understanding of technical refinement was informed by the Texas landscape where I grew up. There seemed to be a relationship between my perception of a finished work and my experience of the landscape where I spent the first half of my life. When I returned to Texas, I decided that I wanted to make work that had a visual and social origin in my community. Yet I knew my work would carry visual markers from the places that I had visited and worked.  I found myself in a conundrum as I wondered what a sculpture inspired by a small region would look like if the person who made it was influenced by multiple places…to read more go to the Artist’s Statement.


You can find the back story and other assorted annotations from Dan and all the artists in a full collection set on flickr

From Top to Bottom…Left to Right…

I posted all of these little works of art to illustrate how far Polymer Clay has come (with the advent of the internet!) and traveled and grown! Stupendous…XOXOXO

21. ‘Awakening Seed’, by Eva Haskova, Czech Republic

22. ‘O’Keefe Country Pin’, by Carol Blackburn, London, England

23. Untitled, by Sofiya Vaganova, Moscow, Russia

24. Untitled, by Bettina Welker, Heusweiler, Germany

25. ‘Yucca Flower’, by Celine Charuau, Berck-Sur-Mer, France

26. ‘In the Tulip Fields’, by Jana Lehmann, Stuttgart, Germany

27. NEW PIN, NEW SPIN by Dan Cormier


You can find the back story and other assorted annotations from Dan and all the artists in a full collection set on flickr

Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

11. Untitled, by Inga Rozenberga, Riga, Latvia

12. Untitled, by Kseniya Lokhna, Minsk, Belarus

13. ‘Fischkopp’, by Cornelia Brockstedt, Bordesholm, Germany

14. ‘Fire Over My City’, by Klavdija Kurent, Ljubjana, Slovenia

15. ‘Cerberus’, by Nikolina Otrzan, Zagreb, Croatia

16. Untitiled, by Natalia Garcia de Leaniz

17. ‘Outbox’, by Cristina Almeida, Lisbon, Portugal

18. ‘Nunkun’, by Nevena Ilic, Swiegi, Malta

19. ‘Steps To Freedom’, by Angela Garrod, Cambridge, England

20. ‘Cyanus’, by Izabela Nowak, Vienna, Austria


To read more about BIP, you can find the back story and other assorted annotations from Dan and all the artists in a full collection set on flickr 

My very brief back story:

I came to polymer clay 10 years ago when I moved to NYC and needed (needed) a medium to work with, in my apartment. I went to a workshop at Louise Fischer Cozzi’s Brooklyn home. (louisefischercozzi.com) I then joined the New York Polymer Clay Guild (nypcg.org) which boasted an impressive array of very talented artists. What fun! I went to Brooklyn for more workshops AND to her workshop in Stresa, Italy. I was amazed by the talent. My first instructor (after going to Louise, perhaps twice, was Kathleen Dustin. I was overwhelmed and moved beyond impressed. The following year I returned to Donna Kato! Need I say more? All along I wondered why Polymer Clay jewelry wasn’t all over the northeast, at the very least. I wanted to find a way to bring it here. I haven’t given up. What astounds me now is the international community. The level of work, the access to it, is spectacular. Below are pins from Dan Cormier’s project (http://www.synergyconference.net/dan-cormier). I know many of you have seen them. (I look over and over and do not tire.) What strikes me in the geography they cover…pieces from around the world! Polymer Clay has come a long way baby! XOXOXO


 Top to Bottom, Left to Right…

1. ‘The Chaotic Order’ by Claudia Chindea, Gothenburg, Sweden

2. ‘Fungus’ by Dorothée VantorreCalais, France

3. Untitled by Eva Ehmeier, Linz, Austria

4. Untitled by Leila Bidler, Arluno, Italy

 5.  ‘The Highway to Alabama’ by Annette Duburg, Blaricum, Holland

 6.  ‘Radial Pin’ by Noelia Contreras, Barcelona, Spain

 7.  ‘An Old Town…’ by Anarina Anar, Athens, Greece 

 8.  ‘Blue Mountains Pin’ by Sandra Trachsel, Köniz, Switzerland

 9. ‘Kundalini’ by Daniel Torres Mancera, Madrid, Spain        

10. ‘O Carrisima’ (‘Dear Darling’ in Latin) by Christine Dumont, Ashford,     England






I found Sonya in the august/september issue of AMERICAN CRAFT Magazine. 

If you are not a member (subscribe to the craft council to receive the Magazine), and you are able to, join. This magazine will entertain for hours.

About H/L Jewelry

+ influenced by high and low art

+ materials/concepts combine ancient with modern, and tradition with the unexpected

+ inspired by practices found in folk art, the history of art, and contemporary art.

H/L is a project by Sonya Gallardo. Sonya studied Painting & Drawing at California College of the Arts San Francisco. She resides in sunny Los Angeles.