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Your Company Name: Claywear
Email Address: Claywear@yahoo.com
City & State: Waterford, MI
Type of Craft: Polymer clay jewelry, masks, drawer knobs

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

I discovered polymer clay in a Klutz book written for kids. I bought it for my niece and tried it out.

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

Pier Voulkos, Lindly Huanani, Elise Winters, Julia Sober, kinetic artist Yaacov Agam, colors and patterns in art quilts and graphic design.

What is your specialty?

"Layered images" technique I developed as a surface technique.

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

find it easy to get clay out and work. It is more accessible than paint or other art forms.

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

"Polymer Clay: Creating Functional and Decorative Objects" by Jacqueline Gikow
"Polymer Clay: Exploring New Techniques and New Materials" by Georgia Sargeant and Celie Fago (gallery section)
"Making Beautiful Beads" edited by Suzanne Tourtillot
"New Clay 2" by Nan Roche (not yet out)

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

"Polymer: Feat of Clay" show, The Bead Museum, Glendale, AZ 9/00-2/01
"Bead Dreams 2003" show, first place in Polymer Clay Category, 6/03

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

I want to experiment, write articles and teach. Maybe do some swaps.

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

Join a guild, take workshops, look at all the books and videos that interest you.

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

Newsletter co-editor and librarian, Metropolitan Detroit Polymer Art Guild (MDPAG)
Member, NPCG

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I use Premo because I love their metallics. I also love Fimo colored translucents. I would like to try Kato clay too.

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

BFA in graphic design. Mom and sister are also artistic, daughter wants to be an artist and is quite good at drawing. She also loves polymer clay and has access to lots of tools and clay.

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