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Your Company Name: Quirkworks
Email Address/Web Page: wire4clay2@aol.com
City & State: Olympia, WA
Type of Craft: Polymer clay and wire jewelry, desk accessories, more

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

I discovered polymer clay ten years ago after vacationing in South Carolina. Wild alligators roamed our island and I wanted to make an alligator necklace, went looking for art materials and found polymer clay.

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

Just being around Tory Hughes is inspirational and I've really connected with the various techniques developed by Gwen Gibson.

What is your specialty?

I use metal wire as a frame for polymer clay jewelry. It's a technique I developed ten years ago and I teach classes of the technique all over the country.

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

You can achieve instant gratification or take weeks on one project, whatever your mood is at the time. I like the contrast between soft warm clay and hard cold metal, too.

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

Some of my clay and wire work was featured in Sue Heaser's new book.

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

Not yet.

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

I hope to continue working with polymer clay full time as I have done for the past two years. And I'd like to make larger pieces.

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

Take classes - you learn so much more than from books or from your friends

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

I belong to the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild and the National Polymer Clay Guild.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

My brand is Premo because it's strong, yet easy to condition and I love the metallic colors.

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

I've tried just about every craft medium and finally found my niche with polymer clay. My Mom is a watercolorist who has won state-level awards for her paintings and we began art classes very early. It's all I've ever wanted to do and I'm very lucky that I can support myself by selling my work.

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