Art Is An Evolutionary Act
Raymond Salvatore Harmon is quoted as saying, "Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.” Never were those words more true than with the evolution of polymer clay. It began as a proposed replacement for the flammable Bakelite plastic however it was not found to be useful in factory work which makes it ideal for the handcrafted world where individual artists may compete against large manufacturing concerns.
Many attribute the popularity of polymer clay to the book The New Clay by Nan Roche published in 1992. If you find you want to play with this new clay that is not clay all you need is your oven, Nan's book http://amzn.to/2kTZ00D and a pasta machine. It takes decades to master but it is a medium that is still fun for beginners as well as seasoned artists!
Shown is the Sandra Polymer Clay Necklace by Klara Borbas.