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LAURINDA BEHRENS

Your Company Name: N/A
Email Address/Web Page: lubehrens@sbcglobal.net
City & State: Ofallon, Illinois
Type of Craft: Polymer clay owl sculptures

Tell us in your own words, how you discovered polymer clay and how long have you been using it?

I discovered Polymer clays about 5 years ago, for a class project for my son's kindergarten class. I tested it for large sculptures, figurative, but it was too breakable after baking. So I waited, and tested.

Are there any special artists that you can attribute your interest to or that have inspired you?

Wood carvers inspired my sculpture, but I found wood sculptures wouldn't have the details i wanted.

What is your specialty?

Life sized owl sculptures.

Can you tell us why you find polymer clay the expressive medium for you?

I can get the fine detail I like to achieve, even in my colored pencil drawings. I have always been a 3 dimensional artist who only did 2 dimesional art because i couldn't find the perfect medium for what i wanted to achieve. Now, with Premo, i found it.

Have you published any polymer clay books or do you have any in the works?

Not at this time. but, since i believe, i am the only polymer clay artist that makes life sized wildlife art, I hope i will be published soon.

I know it is very difficult to express, but have you won any awards for your polymer clay work?

No, i haven't entered any contests with my sculptures, yet. I have only been making hem for a few months. I only have 5 completed works.

What are your expectations for the future? Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?

My plans are to grow into all birds of prey. For now, i am specializing in owls.

Do you have any advice for the beginning polymer clay enthusiasts?

Keep trying new ideas, mixtures, armatures, etc. polymer clay can be used to make LARGE sculptures, with the right armatures underneath.

Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft organization?

Not yet

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Premo and Super Sculpey, because once mixed, half and half, I can get minute details plus tensile strength after baking.

Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your training?

I graduated from SIU at Edwardsville in 1985 with a B.F.A. with majors in Graphic Design, photography, lithography and drawing. I minored in ceramics, painting and sculpture. I worked for 7 years as a Graphic Designer for Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate before deciding I HAD to do fine art. Grahic art is too confining for my creativity. I am married to Ron, a structural engineer and we share our home with our son Brooks and our three poodles. My son and I spend most of the summer at the St. Louis Zoo taking photos of owls (of course) and other animals for our art. Brooks is also an accomplished artist, for at the young age of 8 he won the Archon Sci-fi Junior Art Show, now, for 2 years in a row.

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