Forest and Field – Flora and Fauna

J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

Shop Maine Craft presents an installation of spring-themed sculpture and jewelry by J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff at the Center for Maine Craft.

On View: April 8 – May 30, 2022

In this collection we celebrate the complex beauty of common wildflowers. We take a closer look at sometimes unseen wildlife and birds in our Maine wilds and woods. Can we take the time to see the amazing structures and colors in flowers that carpet the fields? Can we feel them tower above us like trees as they might feel to a bird or a chipmunk? If we could get close, what details of markings would we find in the feathers and fur of the birds and quiet neighbors in the woods? We play with color and texture and pattern , and in the jewelry in particular, we sometimes move into the imagination inspired by these forms. Wildflowers, weeds, wildlife, critters, vermin: pervasive, persistent, resilient, intricate, adaptable survivors.

Bonnie Bishoff and J. M. Syron work collaboratively with detailed polymer clay veneers, wood and metals to create these wall sculptures and one of a kind jewelry. Canes or loaves of intricate cross-section design are built with polymer clay much like the millefiori technique used in the medium of glass. These colorful canes are then sliced and rolled into thin veneers which are combined with an innovative marquetry technique to form imagery full of color gradients and detailed patterns. Once cured with heat this plastic veneer is glued down to a thin plywood substrate and cut to form the final shape to create the large wall sculptures. Edges are painted with acrylic paint to further the illusion of depth and magnetic hangers and wooden cleats are mounted on the backs of these pieces. Metal is used as an armature for the smaller jewelry pieces where the polymer veneers are cured around wire forms and sheet silver and bronze as well as stainless steel wire.

Please enjoy this short video of Bonnie Bishoff’s polymer clay technique:

Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron have been collaborative artists for 34 years. They started as furniture makers, exploring the use of polymer as a decorative surface using millefiori techniques to create highly detailed veneers. Over time they have shifted to making sculptural wall pieces and jewelry. They have exhibited in a wide range of venues from galleries – national and abroad to fine craft shows with the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Photos courtesy of Michael D Wilson

Sculpture

  • New England Aster | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $3,200.00
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  • Rosa Rugosa | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $3,000.00
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  • Great White Trillium | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $2,800.00
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  • Spring Moon Snowy Owl | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $3,600.00
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  • Black Eyed Susan | Side View | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $3,200.00
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  • Upwelling | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $2,600.00
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  • The Secrets of Foxes and Fireflies | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $3,200.00
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  • Nuthatch on Birch | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $1,600.00
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  • Black Eyed Susan Flower | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $3,200.00
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  • Corner Black Eyed Susan | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $3,200.00
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  • Titmouse and Lichen | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $1,200.00
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    Queen Anne’s Lace Triple Flower | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $6,000.00
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Jewelry

  • Pink Echinacea Petal Bop Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $460.00
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  • Purple & Gold Petal Bop Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $460.00
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  • Purple & Blue Petal Bop Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $460.00
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  • Birch Necklace | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $500.00
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  • Trillium Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $460.00
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  • Silver Top Cloud Earrings | Blue | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $150.00
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  • Silver Top Cloud Earrings | White | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $150.00
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  • Orange & Green Silver Top Leaf Earrings | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $150.00
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  • Landscape Silver Top Rectangular Earrings | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $150.00
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  • Seascape Silver Top Rectangular Earrings | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $150.00
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  • Big Bead Necklace | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $1,200.00
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  • Pink Flower Molecular Necklace | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $300.00
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  • Pink Petal Bop Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $350.00
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  • Orange & Blue Petal Bop Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $460.00
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  • Black & Pink Petal Bop Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $460.00
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  • Birch Bark Moth Pin | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $460.00
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  • Red & Green Silver Top Leaf Earrings | J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff

    $150.00
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