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DIANE MANZI


Your Company Name: Wear-Art
Email Address/Web Page: Taurus@maine.rr.com
City & State: Portland, MA
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 just discovered polymer clay about 5 years ago. I do not remember how I came upon it but it has changed my life!!!

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

I am a fan of many of them...however Kathleen Dustin has fascinated me the most!!!

What is your specialty?

When I started creating in polymer I marblized until I was doing it in my sleep! Now,I love making face canes!

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

I worked a lot in clay before I discovered polymer. Clay is wonderful but with polymer, it is colorful, I can create anywhere and I only need a toaster oven!

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

No, I just want to create!

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

No, I have not entered in any competition. Polymer clay is only one medium I work in, in my business. I also work in porcelain clay and paper. I am busy to say the least!

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

In 5 years, I hope my business has grown, and maybe I'll be retired from my full time teaching job in public school.

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

Stay with it and learn as much as you can. There are a lot of talented people that teach and create!

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

This year I am joining NPCG! I belong to the United Maine Artists and Southern Maine Artists. Maine does not have a clay guild. I have thought of starting one but I do not want anything to take away time from creating!

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Fimo is the best for me, however I used to use cernit a lot.

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

I have 2 children; John,15 and Jennifer, 30{yes thats right 30 !} I've taught in public schools for 23 years in N.Y.S, Calif., and N.J. I teach high school Art at the moment and I love it.{well sometimes no} Last year I taught a new course called: Creative Jewelry and Beadmaking....the kids loved it! My business; Wear-Art has been in existence for 9 years. It is a parttime business but I create all year long and sell at Craft Fairs. I just finished at the Portland Craft Show , a juried craft show sponsored by the Maine Crafts Assoc. I love creating in polymer and go through withdrawal if I am away from it more than a couple of days!!! I am addicted.

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