Gera Scott Chandler has lived on the west coast of Canada all her life and her work is deeply affected by the colours and textures of her environment. Gera is happiest when she is “mixing media” and has worked extensively with paper and book arts, basketmaking and polymer clay. She is currently combining paper mache and wax with her new encaustic bowls, platters and wall hangings. Gera has been a full-time artisan since 1997 and her work is in collections in Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan. She has been involved in juried shows including Sooke Fine Arts, Sidney Fine Arts and The International Polymer Clay Association’s Progress and Possibilities Exhibition in Baltimore as well as juried shows presented by the Island Artisans Association.
Gera has been an artist for as long as she can remember. After a rewarding teaching career, she decided to rediscover her own creative processes and began studies in ceramics at Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Her formal studies paused when she had her children but the Internet gave her a chance to branch out to other mediums and to meet other artists both online and at conferences and workshops in Canada and the United States. These explorations, as well as a tendency to collect textiles & fibres, ephemera, and treasures from beach and forest walks, have led her towards a passion for mixed media. A diversion into paper and book arts eventually led her to experiment with a polymer which has proven to be the perfect foundation medium for her approach.
Gera’s studio is located in Victoria BC. Her work is in collections in Canada, the US, Europe and Japan and has been used in motion picture set design. She is a member of the Crafts Association of British Columbia, the Island Artisans' Association, the Oak Bay Community Artists and several online Polymer Clay and Doll Art Groups. She is a founding member of the Vancouver Island Polymer Clay Artists’ Group.