Cynthia Toops - Untitled 1

This piece was part of the Yukata Jewelry Show 2022 exhibition. Learn more and view the entire collection HERE.

Artist: Cynthia Toops
Materials: polymer clay, steel
Dimensions: 4.25 x 1.25 x 0.5"

Artist Statement: I inked and onlayed polymer clay to mask the white core, then hand carved through these layers to expose and create the pattern.

Artist Bio: Cynthia has been working with polymer clay since the 1980s. While she is known for her figurative micromosaic pieces, in the last few years she has been concentrating on thin sheet work, creating the cone and claw necklaces and the rolodex series. Most of her work is inspired by ethnic jewelry and ancient beads which she and her husband collect. Cynthia has a BFA in printmaking from the University of Washington and a BA in Biology from Drake University. She spends long hours researching and planning work with Dan Adams, her husband and collaborator. Besides her jewelry work and teaching, she enjoys sushi.