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Eugena Topina

Your Company Name: Eugena's Creations
Email Address/Web Page: eugenascreations@yahoo.com
   www.geocities.com/eugenascreations
City & State: Highland, MD
Type of Craft: Polymer clay jewelry, beads, and gifts

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

I stumbled across this material at Michaelís about 9 or 10 years ago. I used to work with ceramics before we moved to the United States, so I was very excited to find a media that would allow me to do my sculpting at home.

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

Barbara Sperling and Christi Friesen in polymer clay; Art Nouveau artists and architects on a bigger scale.

What is your specialty?

Mostly jewelry and beads. I also occasionally make wall pieces and vessels.

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

I love playing with polymer clay because of its endless possibilities. I can make it look like metal, stone, glass, porcelain, or make something completely different out of it. It is amazing to see where this material takes me.

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

No books yet, but I have my first tutorial coming up in PolymerCAFE in January, 2006.

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

No

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

I am hoping to start doing shows and also teaching polymer clay enthusiasts.

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

Have fun and enjoy what you are doing. Do not try to mimic the work of others ≠ just learn some techniques and let yourself go. Do not be afraid to experiment. The most exciting experience a human being can have is to create something on his own.

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

I am a member of the International Jewelry Designers Guild.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Premo Sculpey and Fimo ≠ simply because of their availability and variety of colors.

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

I have M.S. in Chemistry and Ed.D. in Chemical Education. I have no formal training in arts. All that I know about polymer clay, I have learned from books, Internet, and by simply playing and experimenting with this material. I have a husband, two kids (7 and 9 years old), and the cutest puppy in the world (a little Bichon Frise girl).

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