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Arlissa Green

Your Company Name: Hodgepodge
Email Address/Web Page: hodgepodgemoms@yahoo.com
   www.hodgepodgemoms.com
City & State: Spartanburg, SC
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay figures

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

I saw a picture of a guy that made life-sized hummingbirds out of clay and so I found it interesting. I was always crafting and painting, so I thought I should try. So I played with it a little and made my first bird. VERY simple...but he looked mad. Therefore starting the "Grumpiest Bird" collection. I sold them for $7 and I couldn't make them quick enough. But the more I made my talent naturally matured. They started looking more and more realistic and more life sized. And that brings me to now...even where I am at now...I am still maturing with every sculpt. I have now been using Polymer Clay for about four years now.

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

Can't remember who the artist was that made the hummingbirds. But I seen fairies on Ebay and loved them! So I wanted to make some of my own. The two people who have inspired me the most is Liz Amend and Annabel Araico, who is actually a dear friend of mine from Brussels, Belgium.

What is your specialty?

My fairies and gnomes are cute...but my specialty is all things animals. Specifically birds.

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

Well, I have always painted and did "crafts", but there is just something about taking a ball of clay and molding it into a 3-D sculpture. Not like a painting...this can actually come alive and fly right out of your hands!

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

No books quite yet. But there are thoughts of a bird sculpting book coming soon!

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

No awards, no T.V., not anything that extreame...yet! I am so busy selling online that I can't even get an inventory up to have a craft show. But I guess my best accomplishments right now are that I have sold my sculptures all over the world. I have shipped all over the US, to Australia, and many times to Europe. There is actually a shop in Belgium that sells my fairies! I found that so cool!

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

You know...I don't really have any expectations for myself. I do this in my spare time to help me keep my sanity while staying home with my 2 year old son. In five years he will be in school and I will have more time on my hands...who knows where my talent will take me then!

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

Have fun with it. Don't look at others work and get discouraged. Everyone has their own talents and ways. You have to accept that. I wanted SOOOO bad to make those beautiful life-like fairies that you can find on Ebay. I knew I could do it. Well, I did every tutorial I could find and COULDN'T do it! I was SOOO mad! But you have to develop and accept your own style. You can't do exactly what others do and they can't do exactly what you do.

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

BPCG(Beginners Polymer Clay Group)

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I use Super Sculpey for all my projects.

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

Wow...me...now that isn't an interesting subject. I am a 27 year old who has been married to the man of her dreams for 5 years now. We have a two year old son, whom I adore! My husband is so gracious to let me stay at home with our son and do my crafts. He is VERY supportive. I have lived in Knoxville, TN all my life and just recently moved to South Carolina for a job promotion that my husband received. I am still adjusting to that, because I miss my mom. She and I are very close and have done several murals together and even hosted a craft show together. I have had several teachers and inspirations in my life in reference to my art...but my talent and my success all goes to my mother. She was the one that nurtured my artistic abilities as a child and inspired me even to this very day. So that is about it. That is my little story and I hope that you enjoyed it!

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