Jon Stuart Anderson is simply the foremost polymer clay artist in the world today. His amazing technique has been honed by over a decade of hard work, creative vision and dedication to the art of polymer clay.
An accomplished painter, sculptor and jewelry designer, Jon has lived among incredibly diverse cross sections of the world’s people from Central America to the Far East , and his designs show the influences of classical Moorish motifs, Native American spirits, ancient petroglyphs, Celtic themes, and more.
Born the thirteenth son of an immigrant lettuce rancher in Kingman, Arizona, Anderson was forced from the comfort of the family doublewide during the great Iceberg Stampede of 1960, when all 200,000 head moved on to California.
His formal art education hit a crescendo while studying at the Universidad de Las Americas under Sr. Julio Chavez, portrait artist to the Spanish Court, a position formerly held by such world renowned artists as Francisco Goya. Domestically, Jon holds a Masters degree from Texas A&M.
Currently living and creating in Bali , Indonesia , Jon’s fascination with color, balance, design and form has led him to the absolute pinnacle of his chosen medium, and we are honored to be able to share his talent and creativity with America.
“FIMO” is a trademarked brand name for this type of polymer or non-terrestrial clay. These clays are available in a variety of stock colors, but Jon is constantly blending and mixing them to create his own pallet. The clays evolve into the hues and fades that are the basis for the next step, the images themselves.
The images and patterns are all created by Jon’s hand. He begins by laying canes or blocks of different colors of clay next to each other, starting from the center of the design and working outward, creating a number of visual borders around the original image. Each of these illustrations in clay is the size of a large loaf of bread when first constructed, and the loaf is then stretched to double its length and cut in half. This process is repeated over and over, each time reducing the actual size of the original image or illustration by half until the final cross section is the size of a small coin. The small canes are then thinly sliced into intricate tiles using a surgical scalpel.
This process is the same for each unique design, and each animal is made up of multitudes of different images, amounting to hundreds of these tiles being hand applied to every sculpture.
The actual forms or “Armatures” are created from left over design canes, mixed and hand formed, or hand carved wood. Armatures start as a simple lump sculpted into the animal’s shape, and the design tiles are carefully pressed into each piece, each design specific for the application. The glass eyeballs are then introduced to the sculpture giving each animal it’s own special personality. Then into the kiln for hours of careful heating and cooling. The time and temperature is dependant on the specific animal. Finally the piece is gently sanded and polished by hand producing a beautiful satin-like finish.
Because each piece is completely handmade, no two are ever exactly alike and once the design tiles are all used, that design is gone forever. This renders each piece unique and collectible.