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Adele Madder

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Email Address/Web Page: delmad@iprimus.com
City & State: Cranbourne, Victoria/ Australia
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay

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

I have been playing with clay since 1984, after I saw some rose beads made with it, and had done cake decorating at school, learning how to make roses - so I purchased some clay, and haven't looked back since then.

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

When I began, I knew nothing of the Internet, but in the last year I have found a great group, where everyone on it, inspires me, as they are all artists and are full of encouragement.

What is your specialty?

Sculpting miniature old people is the thing i believe I do the best. But since joining the on-line group, I have participated in swaps, etc, and have ventured out into other things like beads, pens, etc. although my main focus is still with scuplting people.

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

The fact that it can be baked in a normal oven, is great, and that the only restriction there is as far as clay is concerned - is in my mind. If you are creative, you can make anything with it. I also love being able to add things to it, cut, carve, paint it, and mix different colours.

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

Nope I haven't published any books, or have any in the works - I'm too busy using the clay. I'll leave that to the experts.

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

I won "Highly Commended" at the Royal Melbourne Show, and entered a piece into the "Yarra Glen Agricultural Show" where I took out "Best Craft" and then "Best In The Art and Craft Pavilion".

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

I hope that I will still be claying, but I would also like to be teaching, and selling it.

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

Let your fingers and your imagination do the working, don't be afraid to try to make something. If it doesn't turn out the way you want, you can squash it and start again. Surround yourself with postive people, don't get involved with people who knock what you've made, they only discourage you.

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

Yes,I am a member of the City-o-Clay, Novice Sculptors, AussiePolyclay Group, and Melbourne Polymer Clay Group (they are in my home town).

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

When I began, I could only get Fimo, but now I use Fimo, and Sculpey. I have had success with both, so continue to use them, and also they are most accessable to me. They come in a great range of colours too.

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

I am a born again Christian, divorced, and live with two dogs,(silver poodle called Posh, and a Pom named Suzie) and two pet rats (a cream femaled called Naomi and a black male called Nigel) I have no human children - just animals! My only sister lives one house from me, and both parents are still alive. We are a very close family. I work as a nurse, and have my Grad. Dip. of Pastoral Counselling. My passion would be to leave work and clay all day (and night)and make my living selling my craft work.

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