Jamaica Plain Open Studios Gallery

Tara Mazer

Location: First Church Unitarian Universalist - Outside

My first foray into the rough world of professional art was in the third grade.  I had a booming business selling customized lengths of braided yarn on the playground.  The prices were reasonable (5 cents per inch), my customers were satisfied, and I got to spend recess doing something I truly enjoyed.  However, after a few weeks, “the man” (also known as Mrs. Covington) deemed my economic ventures to be inappropriate for the jungle gym.  I was dismayed and frustrated.  Why could I not share my artistic vision with the world?


Luckily, this minor setback did not squelch my growing passion for art.  Throughout my life, I have experimented with many different forms of art: painting, photography, precious metal clay, and stained glass paneling.   The unique nature of each medium has allowed me to explore and develop my artistic viewpoint.  Yet I never felt artistically “fulfilled” by any single form.  That is, until I found polymer clay.


After taking a weeklong intensive seminar on polymer clay at the renowned Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts about 2 years ago, I was hooked.  Since then, I have been working primarily in polymer clay and focusing on functional jewelry and accessories.   I think of my pieces as simultaneously whimsical and highly structured.  Principles of color theory and patternmaking greatly inform my aesthetic approach.  I rarely use canes, instead preferring to stitch together each item individually.  My designs and influences are constantly changing as I discover the myriad capabilities of this versatile medium.


I hope that you experience the same joy in wearing my pieces as I experienced in creating them.  Perhaps now Mrs. Covington would approve.

Business Name: Tara Mazer
Phone: 205-478-7942
Email: taramazer@gmail.com

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