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Dawn Howell

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Email Address/Web Page: dhowell9000@yahoo.com
City & State: Bethel Springs, TN
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay Fantasy Sculpts

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

I have been Using Polymer clay for about 5 years now,My sister found it and showed me some molds and what you can do with it, while she talked I free formed a human hand ... that was all it took, I was hooked!

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

Since I discovered Polymer Clay, I found that Kathrine Dewey, Patricia Rose, and Wendy Froud were really inspiring, but truth be told, there are so many talented sculpters out there, I am humbled and amazed at what I have seen created!!

What is your specialty?

I like the Fantasy Genre, I have made purely fictional fantasy creatures, such as Pixies, Faeries, Goblins, and Dragons, They mostly tell me what they wanna be and I have no say after that.

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

It is so easy to work with, and you can walk away for days if you get frustrated or in a slump, and pick up where you left off, The Clay is inexpensive, and you dont need any special equipment to make whatever you want.

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

I would love to make a how to at least for the basics, as far as a detailed make it like I do....Well lets just say that it is much easier to make your own style, I have tried to make pretty faeries that look like Deweys, or Rose's, but it just doesn't work like that, and besides I am growing to finally "like" my style, even if its not perfect.

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

I have appeared on a local T.V. show called Tennessee River Arts, And in an Article in the local Jackson Sun paper, They were small mentions of my work.

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

I dont really have any expectations other than enjoying the art of sculpting. I would love to sell my stuff, and I am writing a novel that includes some of my characters I have sculpted, and in turn the writing process produces more characters for me to sculpt. If for nothing else I will make the book for my grandkids when I am long gone and give my sculpts to family and friends as gifts. Hopefully In five years I might get to share my story with others who enjoy the world of fantasy!

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

OHHHH there are so many tips!! Just try to enjoy creating anything when you first start. Try buying a couple of molds and make something simple, just to get the feel for the clay, MAKE ARMATURES, these are the bones of your sculpture. if it is very small and compact you dont need bones, but most of the time you do.If you want to be a serious artist, with super sculpy I use fimo mix quick, it eliminates moonies( little white spots that pepper the "skin" of the sculpt)and strengthens the Super Sculpy.

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

Yes, I am a member of the Ooakguild. This place is AMAZING, loaded with tips, tutorials, step by step works in progress, downloads, and ALOT of really talented and super friendly people from all over the world!

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I use Super Sculpy, mostly because its the easiest to come by in my neck of the woods, and the price. I personally dont have many problems with it, but most others prefer prosculpt and a few other brands I can't recall.

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

I am 42 years old, happily married,Mother of 5 grown children and have two wonderful Grandchildren. I am self taught in all of my crafts, I draw, write, paint, sculpt, and also dabble in photograpy, Scrollsawing,pyrography, and making homemade journals, I am a scanner, a refuse to chooser. I cant ever learn enough crafts, However, sculpting is my favorite so far.

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