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FAUN BONEWITS

Your Company Name: Faun Art, FlutterbyStudios, the Door Gallery
Email Address/Web Page: faun@mindspring.com
City & State: Minneapolis, MN
Type of Craft: Any media I can get my hands on.

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

I experimented with the original Sculpey around 1973, but since it is still pretty closely related to salt based clays I had trouble with my cats eating it, they will chew on super sculpy to prove a point. cats are not proud they'll chew anything. I really started to have fun around 1990, my mom brought me to a figure class by Maureen Carlson.

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

Fortunately for me my mom is a strong fan and doesn't like to go places alone, I've also gotten to do, the story teller, Faces, the gingerbread houses & candies, small figures and clowns classes by Maureen Carlson. I found the articles on faux rocks by tory Hughs, finally I could create the beauties by faberge'...Pier Voulkos, showed how to add volume without weight, then I found Galina Rein doing porcelain beads, oh.. I dropped the series of millefiori alphabet beads at the h/i's . I also loved Cynthia Toops miniature mosaics, I'd been drooling over the miniature mosaic buttons in Thover sized button book saying there's gotta be a way...

What is your specialty?

I'm a designer, I love to take a media and just see how far it can go. I do not consider it a skill learned unless I can teach it to another, so I guess I'm a teacher too.

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

It allows me flexibility, I love being able to carve the details in after its baked, too many are the times I've mushed the porcelain before it even made it to the greenware stage. I've done a few cameos that are very pleasant because of the bake and carve technique.

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

Not yet. So far I've just taught the kids at craft fairs.

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

No, no awards. I need a better camera for the juries. I've sold well to other artists but I do not belong at art & craft shows... they do not want art.. just cheap chic

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

I might be relocated in Seattle where I was born, or to Chicago, my marriage is in transition so I really do not know. I cannot quit creating. When I did one year after christmas my 'little self told me, no art no life. I did not recover from pneumoinia till I did a series of etchings. I'm hoping maybe to have a real art work known as a baby but it does not seem possible, sigh, I guess we'll see if I get there...

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

There is a difference between Fimo and Sculpey lll , Fimo does not fade in the sun, Sculpey lll does. So does permanent marker.

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

No.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I use whatever clay I can get a hold of, Super Sculpey is best for faces and apendages, Super Sculpey for bulk. Use large wood beads as armitures for big fancy beads, and to give strength to buttons.

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

Mostly I am self taught. In classes I end up teaching when not careful in formal schools. I've 2 cats and piles of sketch pads of ideas. The most important thing is ... do it now, don't wait till... whatever excuse you've given yourself... because if you do wait, you'll never do it. Do it now at age 3 or 6 or 40. Now is the time you have, don't wait.

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