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Gerald Gore

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Email Address/Web Page: info@polymerclayfan.com
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City & State: Katy, TX
Type of Craft: Sculptor

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

When I first started sculpting, in late 2003, I used a water based clay (I never had even heard of polymer clays at that time in my life) Although I enjoyed sculpting with the water based clay, I was on the lookout for something that wasn't as messy and could hold a lot more detail. I was browsing the internet one evening and discovered some amazingly detailed sculptures that were created with Super Sculpey. After a little research I purchased my first box of Super Sculpey and have not looked back since. Iíve occasionally used other polymer and water based clays over the past three years but Super Sculpey by far is my clay of choice.

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

Iím inspired by so many artist that I could not just name one or two. I believe that you can always learn something from someone elseís art no mater their skill level or experience.

What is your specialty?

I would say that my specialty is with sculpting muscular physiques. I have an interest in muscles and my interest show through a lot of my art.

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

Polymer clay has a lot of wonderful qualities that I just could not find in other clays. For one, you do not have to keep it covered for fear of drying out (as you do with water based clays). Another quality that I like is that it is not that messy and does not dry out my hands like other clays. Polymer clays also hold detail very well and for me is pretty easy to work with. However, I have to say what I like most about polymer clay is that I can bake it in my oven instead of searching for a kiln to fire my artwork.

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

Nothing published yet however I do have a website with free sculpting tutorials for polymer clay artist.

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

No awards yet. I really haven't been entering any contest or anything like that so that may be something that I look at more in the future.

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

Over the next five years I want to keep developing myself as an artist. My goals are to increase my sculpting skill levels and to learn more about marketing and selling my art.

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

Practice, practice and practice. I learned by making a lot of mistakes and working my way through those mistakes.

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

I participate on a few sculpting forums but have not joined any organizations.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Super Sculpey is by far my favorite clay. I have been using it for three years now and I still learn new techniques with the clay. It holds detail very well and is and easy clay to work with.

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

I'm happily married with two kids (a girl at age 8 and a boy at age 4). I'm a self-taught sculptor and have used the internet as my primary learning resource.

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