Monday, July 28, 2008

Meet Janice Abarbanel (Naftali)

Bead Art Originals welcomes Janice Abarbanel! Janice is the artist behind the Etsy shop called Naftali, which is filled with incredible polymer art beads and jewelry designs.

Janice creates mostly one of a kind beads in a style that is easily recognized as her signature. Her beads, which are made from polymer clay and paint, employ a crackling technique that adds visual interest and detail to each creation. She works out of her home studio so she can be at home for her two children (and her dog, Luca). Having left the corporate accounting world behind when she started her family, she attended school in the evenings that the Rhode Island School of Design to major in interior design. It wasn't long before she discovered that she was more interested in the arts. In 2003 she discovered polymer clay, and she was immediately smitten with the medium.

From Janice: "As an artist, I aspire to creating from a place of no preconceived notions and allowing whatever happens happen. That's when I have the most fun and the most success."

See more of Janice's work (which includes not only her signature polymer clay beads, but also bead crochet and metalwork) on her website, Crocheted Bracelets. Keep up with her on her blog, Exploring the Art of Polymer Clay. And, for pure eye candy, check out Janice's flickr photostream.

Want to see more of Janice's artistry? Here's a sampling from her Etsy shop, Naftali.


MAKUstudio July 28, 2008 at 10:20 PM  

Nice to meet you Janice! Your art is spectacular! So much detail in each one of your polymer clay creations!

jenmaestre July 28, 2008 at 10:20 PM  

These are so incredible!

Dawn Chastain July 28, 2008 at 11:28 PM  

Love !!! your work. The vibrancy of the colors in your work is fantastic!dawn

Melody July 29, 2008 at 2:11 AM  

Lovely work! Nice to meet you, Janice. I admire polymer clay work so much, and yours is really special.

Smadar's Treasure July 29, 2008 at 6:46 AM  

I love Janice's pieces of art! I love the colors and the details she uses in every piece. It's a pleasure to know more about her and her work.


thebeadedlily July 29, 2008 at 1:40 PM  

I admire the crackling which gives each piece a mosaic feel, but the rest of the detail add dimension! Gorgeous:)

Swanee July 29, 2008 at 7:38 PM  

It is very nice to meet you Janice! I really admire your beads as they are so unique.

triz July 29, 2008 at 10:11 PM  

I LOVE Janice's work!!!!! and am lucky enough to own one of her beautiful beads! :-) each bead is like a tiny peace of art!!! simply stunning!

lisa peters ART July 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM  

Fantastic to learn more about you Janice. I have been viewing your flickr photo's for a long time! I love the way you make the layers in the polymer...all the different textures and designs - look great together!

Anna July 30, 2008 at 6:08 PM  

Janice, it's nice to get to "know" you better through this post. I love your pieces...especially the blue (I'm partial to blue!) :)