Maggie Maggio has studied and played with color for over thirty years. Trained as an architect and interior designer, Maggie discovered polymer clay in the early 1990′s and immediately recognized its potential for exploring color.
While playing with the clay she learned that most color theory is misleading and sometimes just plain wrong. She spent the last twelve years traveling the country teaching her unique “Smashing Color” workshops to polymer clay artists, painters, and fiber artists. A perpetual student of color, Maggie specializes in opening artists’ eyes to the miraculous beauty of color while explaining the difference between color theory and color reality. Her workshops are designed to transform students from color confusion to color confidence one exercise at a time.
Her early work in polymer clay was inspired by folk art and fables, and her recent work by landscapes and explorations evoking a sense of place. Her current work attempts to take advantage of the structural qualities of polymer clay while playing with the material as sculptural color.
The originator of the “Watercolor Technique” in polymer clay, she continues her personal exploration of colorwashing with polymer clay and encourages others to do the same by generously sharing this technique in workshops and on-line tutorials.
As a co-founder of the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild, she was a member of the four person team that created Ravensdale ’96 , the first national polymer clay conference. In 2000-2001 she chaired the National Polymer Clay Guild’s Courting the Muse conference at Bryn Mawr College, and as Vice-President of the International Polymer Clay Association she co-chaired the 2008 Synergy I conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
Maggie and Lindly Hanauni are co-authors of the book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations, recently published by Watson-Guptill/Random House.
With the polymer clay book behind her, Maggie is now focusing on expanding her circle, sharing her eye-opening approach to color with artists, designers, craftsmen and crafters in all media.
Maggie lives in Portland, Oregon – one of the most colorful cities in the world.
Work in Publications
- Masters: Polymer Clay, Lark Press, 2011
- Terra Nova: Polymer at the Crossroads, 2011
- Polymer Clay Color Inspirations, WatsonGuptill-Random House, 2009
- The Art of Polymer Clay , Watson Guptill, 2007
- Polymer Clay Creative Traditons, Watson Guptill, 2006
- 400 Polymer Clay Designs, Lark Press 2004
- Images on Clay II, Design Originals, 2002
- Ornament Magazine, Spring 2000
- Foundations in Polymer Clay Design, Barbara McGuire, Krause, 1999
Work in Museums, Galleries and Shows
- Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
- Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconson
- Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Facere Gallery, Seattle, Washington
- Whidney Moore Gallery, Portland, Oregon
- Peters Valley Gallery, Peters Valley, New York
- Florida Craftsman Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida
- Boston Society of Artists and Craftsman, Boston, Massachusetts
- Brookfield Arts Center, Danbury, Connecticut
- Sandusky Art Museum, Sandusky, Ohio
- Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington