"Citron Cascade Ruffle" neckpiece


Elise Winters (American, born 1947)


Height x width x depth: 22.9 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm (9 x 8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Polymer clay, acrylic paint, and acrylic glaze

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

This neckpiece is an example of a technique the artist developed and calls “crazed acrylic.” She states, “I begin by painting the unbaked polymer with acrylics. Metallic and custom formulated interference paints and glazes allow me to create shimmering surfaces with subtle color shifts. Once the paint dries, it becomes a brittle skin. With specially designed tools, I score and etch the hardened paint. then I manipulate and stretch the soft raw clay beneath, revealing a fine network of cracks in the painted surface.” This neckpiece as created from large sheets of variegated colored polymer wrapped and layered around a gray core. Then it was hand formed by pushing and pulling out each ruffle. Substantial armatures and braces support the piece during the curing process. The “Ruffle” series began as a bracelet form in 2007.


Impressed three vertical lines and two horizontal lines (stylized EW) on reverse.


The artist; July 2009, sold by the artist to her brother, Aaron Winters, Rochester, NY; 2010, gift of Mr. Winters to the MFA. (Accession date: May 19, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Aaron Winters


Reproduced with permission.