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Don Carlson

Your Company Name: Donmation
Email Address/Web Page: N/A
City & State: Portland, Oregon
Type of Craft: Stopmotion

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

I discovered Polymer Clay in the early 90's and have been using it almost ever since.

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

Yes, Will Vinton, LAIKA/House, Bent Image Lab, and John Lemmon Films.

What is your specialty?

Stopmotion clay animation.

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

It is really easy to work with, and not too greasy. Oil/wax-based clay can be fussy, but polymer clays tend to animate well, as long as you work some softener into the clay before sculpting with it.

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

I have not; I don't have plans to at this time.

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

Not yet; I have gotten a lot of attention for my animation, though. At least, more than I'm used to.

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

I hope to be animating on a cramped stopmotion stage on a feature film.

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

Just play with it, and try to use a wire armature. It's sort of rubbery...

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


What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Sculpey III, because I have used it the longest and it animates great. Sculpey has a new line called "Studio", which I'm interested in playing with.

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

My training has been almost completely self-taught. I did get some instruction from Bruce Bickford back in 1996, though.

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