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Trish Hodgens

Your Company Name: Poly Clay Play
Email Address/Web Page: Trish@polyclayplay.com
   www.polyclayplay.com
City & State: Spring, TX
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay, Writing, Photography & Computer Work

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

I first learned about PC when I was at a convention in 2002. I was fortunate enough to get into a class offered by Donna Kato and Lisa Pavelka. At the time I didn't realize I was among "royalty". I was at the convention because I had a scrapbook product that I produced but thought it would be fun to try playing with clay! I wasn't able to really get into the fun of clay play until about a year ago when I just couldn't stand waiting any longer.

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

All the artists that were shown on the Carol Duvall show inspired me and of course learning from the best was very inspiring. I love all the art that is produced but my style is mostly inspired by artists Becky Meverden and Linda Welsh.

What is your specialty?

I would have to say I am a teacher first which leads me to items including Calendar decorations, Recycling, Holiday, Kids Stuff, Photo Frames and Embellishments, Jewelry, Scrapbook Page Decorations, Table Setting Decorations and just about anything that I can put clay on. I write and offer the Poly Clay Play Club to teach different applications for polymer clay.

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

It is so versatile. You can clay just about anything. It is great fun to create new items covered with clay and of course almost instant gratification since you can see your finished piece after it is baked for a short time!

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

My first book was "Recycling with Polymer Clay and Small Juice Bottles" found on my site www.polyclayplay.com. I am almost ready to offer "Twelve Days of Christmas ~ Polymer Clay Style" which features "PC Patti" holding 12 days of gifts from her true love such as texture sheets and tools including a pasta machine! Also, I write and publish the Poly Clay Play Club Projects every month and soon will add a Kids Club.

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

I haven't had time to enter contests or appear anywhere but I consider the growing number of club members award enough.

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

I hope the club continues to grow, enabling me to have a home with a bigger studio for working. I have great fun with the club but waste time not being able to put my hands on things when I need to.

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

Don't be afraid to play! Get some clay, search the net for free tutorials to get you started. My site, along with many other great sites, have freebies. Just let your imagination go!

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

I am a member of the Houston Polymer Clay Guild but don't have much time to make it to too many meetings.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I prefer Premo. It is strong but easy enough to work with and comes in so many colors.

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

I started crafting as a kid and my first teaching experience was when my Mom wanted me to teach her friends to macrame. I was shy then but I enjoyed watching people learn and being a part of it. I have done lots of counted cross stitch (mainly when my kids were small), then I got into wood working...yard signs and such. I enjoy digital photography and love working with the computer and Photoshop. All these past experiences have lead to my work with polymer clay and creating the Poly Clay Play Club. I enjoy the best of all worlds being able to create and using all that I have learned up to now. In my business I enjoy being able to switch to a different aspect of it when I am tired of another. I am fortunate to be able to love my work so much! More importantly and above all that, I love my two girls and my dear husband!

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