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CJ WHITE

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Email Address/Web Page: whites@vii.com
City & State: Salt Lake, UT
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay

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

I discovered Polymer clay from a close friend of mine who was just starting into it. I decided to give it a try myself and became instantly addicted to it. I have been working with polymer clays now for almost 2 years.

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

I began doing most of my work from the polymer clay books I could find in the art stores. My friend discovered Maureen Carlson's books and we fell in love with her work. I love Maureen's style! I have also looked through many other artists books. I hope to take a course eventually from Jack Johnston. I guess I have been inspired by just about every polymer clay artist I have had the opportunity to see their work and learn from them.

What is your specialty?

I love making little clay animal creatures, or miniatures, dolls, magnets etc. I love cute small things.

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

I enjoy polymer clay because it is so versatile. You can make just about anything with it. If you goof you can squash it and start over. I love expressing myself through art and you can combine other types of art and crafts with the clay. You can paint it. You can press it onto wood or glass. You can make clothes to put on your figures. It's just plain fun and relaxing. If you get bored with one thing you can try something new. I guess that's why I like it so well because I get bored easy and like to try new things.

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

No I haven't published any books but I hope to have that opportunity sometime.

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

Unfortunately not, but maybe someday!

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

I would love to have develop my skills with the clay enough to feel confident to take on trying to get a book published. I also hope to be making some money from my skills.

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

I think the biggest thing I would have to say is to be your own person. Don't get discouraged and don't compare yourself to others. We are each unique in our own way. If you enjoy working with clay then do it. You'll eventually find your own niche and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Remember if you like what you've accomplished chances are someone else is going to enjoy your work also! Have fun!

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

No I am not but I do subscribe to the Polymer clay newsletter which I have found very useful for finding and providing information on polymer clay sites.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

My favorite is the Sculpey III, I find the texture the easiest to work with for the type of items I make. I have also tried Cernit. I love the Cernit best for making clay clothes. Cernit tends to be very strong and works well when you need thin sheets for draping etc.

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

I am married with a family of 4 children. I have taken art classes throughout my life in Primary and Secondary education.. I have always enjoyed arts & crafts. My children have also developed a love for art and take every opportunity to beg some clay off of me when I am working on projects. My oldest daughter has come up with some really fun & creative ideas with the scraps of clay I have leftover. We greatly appreciate the information provided to us by sites such as these! Thank you for all your creative ideas!

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