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DAWN CARSON

Your Company Name: Carsons' Creations
Email Address/Web Page: gliter3grl@aol.com
City & State: Ramona, ca
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay

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

Discovered Fimo probably at Michaels, over 8 years ago. I just wanted to know what it was, and what "I" could do with it. My first attempts at making beads were awful, I used flourescent pink, and glow-in-the-dark, and black, and ende up with some poker chip like creations. I tried again several months later after doing some reading, taking a class and just experimenting. I always like to tell people about how at age 20 I was experiencing arthritis, and after I started kneading clay all the time, I haven't had trouble since. So to me it is real therapeutical...

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

Probably, Pier V., and City Zen Cane.I personally enjoy the wide range of colors, and their use really inspires me to no end. I also love to use transparent, and experiment, and I think Pier's work probably turned me onto that.

What is your specialty?

I specialize in canes, which I apply to found items, especially glass-Candleholders. I sell these through my business. I also like to create abstract canes, make beads, and seasonal jewelry.

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

The colors, are the best, give me the rainbow,and a huge block of transparent and I can create for days on end! I really like to make jewelry, and seeing other people wear my work really is the pay off.

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

No not so far.

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

No awards...yet. I entered a piece in the Del Mar Fair, in San Diego, CA. Did not place even, but it as inspired me to come back and try again. As the category grows, the prizes get better, and it has inspired me to come up with something better than the time before.

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

I am currently teaching classes in my spare time at Michaels, I would like to do 2 stores in the future, and continue from there.

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

Experiment, be daring, and always keep in mind that this is a hobby. If you find yourself discouraged, but really want to learn everything put it aside for later...but come back, because if you arent having fun then you wont be able to be creative. There is no such thing as a mistake! You may sit down with an idea in your head or, even have drawn something out, but when you finish it looks nothing like how you imagined. That is the best part. The longer you work with polymer clay you will find that a project just keeps evolving, and often times it turns out better than you could have even imagined. Its like Christmas, because you never know what your going to end up with...Good luck, and have lots of fun.

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

Soon to join the Polymer Clay Guild of San Diego.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I like them all expecially the brands of Sculpey, and Cernit. I think the colors are great, and the consistency is better. Kneading clay like Fimo is not fun, and when I start a project I like to just get going right away

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

I have a small home based business with my mother. We primarily make dolls and crafts. We also use polymer clay to make buttons, noses, and accessories for our creations.

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