CARL E. CAPPS
Your Company Name: C. E. Capps Wildlife Sculpture
Email Address/Web Page: firstname.lastname@example.org
City & State: Keizer, OR
Type of Craft: Wildlife Sculpture
Tell us in your own words, how you discovered polymer clay and how long have you been using it?
I discovered polymer clay back in 1995 after taking a class from Ron Moore in Bakersfield Califronia.
Are there any special artists that you can attribute your interest to or that have inspired you?
Ron Moore and Millie Funk. Millie is a wonderful artist and although I have never met her, the pictures of her sculptures have inspired me.
What is your specialty?
I do sculpture of wild and domestic plants and animals. Forest animals, farm animals, pets, etc. I do accept commissions.
Can you tell us why you find polymer clay the expressive medium for you?
This clay is so fun and easy to work with. I started out as a wood carver and really enjoyed working with wood. When I tried polymer clay for the first time I was suprised how much faster I could sculpt. I began to produce many more sculptures with varying details and subjects. Polymer clay was a breakthrough medium for me.
Have you published any polymer clay books or do you have any in the works?
I do have a book available now. The title is "Sculpting a Black Bear" It gives step-by-step directions on how to sculpt a black bear in polymer clay. It is available from my web site. This is a beginnerís book on the materials and techniques used to sculpt a simple black bear.
I know it is very difficult to express, but have you won any awards for your polymer clay work?
In the past I won first place and best of show with one of my wood sculptures at the Kern County Fair. However, I have sold almost all of the polymer clay sculptures I have made so far. No time for awards I guess. I recently put several sculptures in the Enid Joy Mount Gallery in Keizer, Oregon and sold a sculpture the very first day it was in the gallery. I guess that is my reward. I teach a wildlife sculpture class at the Keizer Art Association and have instructed over 80 Students to sculpt using sculpting techniques I have learned. No TV or craft shows yet. Although I would consider signing a movie deal if the price was right. Just kidding, a "how to" video would be nice.
What are your expectations for the future? Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Continue to educate myself and hone my sculpting skills. Write and publish more books. Teach more classes. Show in more galleries. And sculpt more wildlife sculptures.
Do you have any advice for the beginning polymer clay enthusiasts?
Take sculpting classes and workshops when available, by books on sculpting with polymer clay. Experiment with different sculpting tools. Develop additional sculpting techniques and share them with others.
Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft
I am a past vice-president of the Kern River Carvers. I am currently serving on the board of directors as the Show Chairman for the Keizer Art Association in Keizer, Oregon.
What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?
I prefer Premo Sculpey. I buy by it the case. It is firmer and holds more detail than Super Sculpey. I recommend Premo Sculpey for advanced students and professionals. It does not get as soft when holding it in your hands when sculpting in detail.
Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your
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I love the outdoors and wildlife, all kinds, including the plants and animals. I am blessed with a beautiful family and enjoy taking them fishing, camping and hiking. I love to capture little bits of nature in my sculptures. I also enjoy seeing peopleís reactions when they see my sculptures.