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Sharon Case

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Email Address/Web Page: sjc@citlink.net
   www.blackdustsculptures.weebly.com/
City & State: Arizona
Type of Craft: Clay Dogs

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

I first saw polymer clay whimsical bears at a craft show about 12 years ago, I've always been a craft person and it intrigued. I purchased some clay & books and made a few Xmas ornaments, but my love of dogs I branched out 11 years ago creating Dogs of all Breeds, I sold them on eBay and starting getting request to create other peoples pets, memorials of our beloved pets that have past and creating dogs that are currently with us. I love creating dogs it came to me so naturally. I believe create what you love & you will create a beautiful work of art.

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

N/A

What is your specialty?

Dogs sculptures of all Breeds.

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

I love the 3D dimensions, gives a more realistic effect. I can create what I love most - Dogs.

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

N/A

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

No but I have attended many craft shows, sell on eBay for past 11 years & ETSY for the past 6 years. Have my own Art website which I display some of my work.

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

I'm interested in art show, & entering more contest. I feel I'm at that level of experience that my work is very good.

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

Create what you love & you will create a beautiful work of art & love every minute of it. Buy some sculping books for techniques and or use the internet for instructions. There are some youtube videos and many website to assist.

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

OOAK guild

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

SuperSculpey-it holds detail, lightweight, easier to create different poses. Paints nicely
SculpeyII- my 1st clay experience, much softer clay to work with and I still use it often, also paints nicely.
Color Sculpey-I use it on occasions to create props for my dogs, i.e. bones, balls, dishes etc. I paint all my dog sculpture with acrylic paint.

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

Married 28 1/2 years, no two legged children, all my children have been dogs or cats, recently lost my Border Collie (11 yrs) & last year my Australian Shepherd (10 yrs) both to cancer. I have 2 ducks Pekin & Indian Runner they are my joy right now such sweet animals. I 5 years ago I started working with needle felting to create dogs also, that's whole different world. I was a practicing nurse for 18 yrs went on a sabbatical and changed careers to Family health & services. I'm self taught, no formal art training.

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