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JENNIFER DONLEY

Your Company Name: Makin' Faces
Email Address/Web Page: jasonburrell@yahoo.com
City & State: Leavenworth, KS
Type of Craft: Polymer Jewelry

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

I was in a bead store and there was a book on how to make your own beads. I started with a refridgerator full of face magnets six years ago and haven't stopped Makin' Faces.

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

Most definitely Nan Roche. I would love to meet her someday. The New Clay is my bible! Also, a long list of Fiber Artist who have inspired me to search for new mediums with "reborn" techniques (such as quilting, coiling, weaving etc.)

What is your specialty?

Faces are my specialty. My most recent sellers are baby-head bracelets and a naked doll baby that looks like the Ally McBeal doll.

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

I never tire of polymer clay because it has allowed me to express a fun side of art. This is something I strive for in my creations. Also, other mediums aren't as accessible to exploration, unless they are combined with the clay.

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

No, I was pretty selfish in exploring the clay's possibility and have only recently started to teach about it.

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

No, not yet! Be on the look out!

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

I expect only the unexpected from working with polymer clay. I hope to make more contact with polymer artists and continue my business.

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

Play, play, play...let the child who once created with Playdough come out.

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

I am a member of the Polymer Clay Guild.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I enjoyed mixing Promat with Sculpey. However, upon hearing that Promat will be discontinued, I have started using Premo. I will continue to use Sculpey because less kneading is needed :)

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

I would like to be known as the artist who finally found her medium. I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Fiber Art. I have enjoyed exploring what I know about fabrics and sculpture through a clay which travels well. I am moving from Kansas City to Leavenworth on the 31st of August and will probably be moving again before long!

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