sandra mccaw fine art jewelry

Sandra McCaw majored in illustration and photography at the Boston Museum School and The School of the Worcester Art Museum, graduating from WAM in 1978. She worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and photographer in the corporate world for several years.

In 1994 Sandra began working with polymer clay as a creative medium. And, about one year later, she discovered a technique that bears her name, "The McCaw Cane" .

Sandra McCaw's award winning polymer clay jewelry has been exhibited internationally and extensively published. She is a juried member and past juror of the prestigious League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, the oldest professional craft organization in the U.S.

Her work won a "Best of Jewelry" award from the League of NH Craftsmen and was selected as a Niche Awards finalist in 2009 and 2011, winning the award in 2010. Sandra's work is represented in the permanent collections of the Racine Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Exploring Connections: Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Exploring Connections: Synergy II Exhibit, Baltimore, MD

Celebrate!: Gallery 205, Concord, NH
Faculty Exhibit: Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA

From The Heart: Handworks Gallery, Acton, MA

Illuminating a Medium: A Retrospective on Polymer Clay: Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA
The Art of Beads: Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT

22nd Annual Vahki: Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ

"POP!", Panorama of Polymer: Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO
Eight by Ten in Polymer Clay: Elise Winters Studio, Haworth, NJ
National Invitational Clay Jewelry Exhibit: Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

All Around the House: Gallery 205, Concord, NH
Making History, Pushing the Craft of Polymer Clay: Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

Tokyo Polymer Clay Art '96: Kamiji Kakimoto Paper Store, Tokyo, Japan


Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads. Bruce Pepich, Lena Vigna, Rachel Carren, Bryn Morgan Press

Masters: Polymer Clay: Leading Works by Major Artists. Rachel Carren, Lark Crafts

Polymer Clay Color Inspirations. Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio, Watson Guptill

The Art of Polymer Clay, Millefiori Techniques. Donna Kato, Watson-Guptill

Art of Jewelry, Polymer Clay. Katherine Duncan Aimone, Lark Books

Polymer Clay Creative Traditions. Judy Belcher, Watson-Guptill Publications

400 Polymer Clay Creations-A Collection of Dynamic & Colorful & Contemporary Work. Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott, Lark Books

Polymer Clay. Irene Semanchuk Dean, Lark Books

Foundations in Polymer Clay. Barbara McGuire, Krause Publications

Innovations in Polymer Clay, The McCaw Method. DVD, abbadabba Productions

The McCaw Method. Winter Issue, The Polyinformer

Public Collections

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Teaching and Lecturing

Worcester Center for Crafts

Guilds across Europe including England, Lichtenstien, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Portugal

Guilds across USA

Awards and Honors

Niche Awards Finalist- Polymer Clay

Niche Awards Finalist- Polymer Clay, Fashion Jewelry

Niche Awards Winner- Fashion Jewelry

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair, CraftWear Exhibit- Best of Jewelry with Stone

Professional Affiliations

American Craft Council

Art Jewelry Forum

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

Foundry Artists Association

International Polymer Clay Guild

Southern NH Polymer Clay Guild

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