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Your Company Name: Angels Unawares
Email Address/Web Page: angelsunawares@geocities.com
City & State: Garrettsville, OH
Type of Craft: Sculptor/ Multimedia Artist

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

I first discovered polymer clay in 1995 but have never had much success with it until recently thanks in large to Karan Schneider who I met via the old Polymer Clay Central.

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

I would have to say that Rotraut Schrott has been the greatest inspiration to me in polymers. Her ability to create realistic faces in this medium is something that I aspire to.

What is your specialty?

My specialty is really porcelain. I enjoy polymers for the freedom of expression and no worries about undercuts or moldmaking.

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

The possibilities are limitless as to form and design. The only constraint for me is learning how to better control the clay itself.

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

No, I will leave that to someone with more expertise as I am very much still in the experimental stages with polymers.

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

Not yet, but I would look forward to that possibility someday.

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

I feel that I will always be in the process of learning. I hope to create more and more realistic faces as my skills improve over time.

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

Never give up!

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

Currently, I am an artist member of The Professional Dollmakers Art Guild. Once I actively begin doing shows, I hope to join other groups as well.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I would have to say that Cernit is my favorite for its translucent properties and ease of manipulation.

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

Kelly Lynn Smith began her original dollmaking career after attending a local doll sculpting seminar in July 1995. Since that time, she has worked extensively towards creating realistic child and baby dolls from various ethnic backgrounds; as well as exotic adult ladies in porcelain. Summer 1997 marked her first original work in cloth, creating lifesize child dolls and tongue-in-cheek soft sculpture animals. Professional credits include publication in Contemporary Doll Collector, the February 1997 cover of Dollmaking, upcoming articles in Soft Dolls & Animals in addition to publication in various online ezines. Kelly is an Artist member of The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild and one of her latest creations is featured on their homepage in the Gallery. Inspired by her children, imagination, real life events, and the Bible; she hopes to create dolls and toys that have appeal to a wide audience. Currently, she works in porcelain, various polymer clays and cloth creations in her home studio--Angels Unawares.

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