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DESIREE McCROREY

Your Company Name: Desired Creations
Email Address/Web Page: ddmcc@redshift.com
City & State: Monterey, CA
Type of Craft: Polymer clay decor

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

A friend introduced it to me, after I expressed an interest in making jewelry with my own personal touch. Been using it since 93 or so.

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

Nan Roche, Tory Hughes and Steve Wood. Nan wrote THE book... Steve was my first fimo teacher... Tory... well she's done fantastic "Tory" things. Can't be beat.

What is your specialty?

Specialty? Hmmmm. (don't tell anyone) It's switchplate covers. I just can't seem to shake my odd obsession with those things. I also love teaching, introducing folks to the wonders of PC and canes. To see new students' faces light up when they cut into their first cane. It's very rewarding.

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

Flexibility, color, ease of use. It really is a true consumer product. It seems to have so many properties that make it much fun in so many different ways.

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

Nope. Not yet. Thinking about it though. ;-)

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

I've done demos for various bookstore and shops, getting people casually introduced to the world of polymer clay.

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

I'd love to be able to make a comfortable living doing arts and crafts. That's my hope. My expectation is that I will make a living at something that will pay for my hobby of arts and crafts activities.

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

This is an amazing medium. Don't hold back. There's still a lot of things that haven't been done with polymer clay yet.

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

Joining NPCG.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I do mostly canework. For canework, I prefer a mixture of primarily Fimo or Promat, with other colors thrown in as needed for strength or color or texture.

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

Lil ole me? :) I'm coming out of a 2+ year polymer clay slump. It was due, though 'cause before the slump, I had a PC fixation that, frankly, had gotten out of control.. It got so bad, I wouldn't let work or eating or even sleeping intefere with making something. That was three years of focus that grew from an introduction to a frenzied peak.. Then I crashed - HARD. And thought I'd never get interested in doing it again. But it's coming back. However, I've got the leashes and collars to keep it under control!!

One thing the slump did, was make me appreciate what's happended to the PC world now that I'm refocusing. There are so many resources, books, opportunities, products and techniques that just weren't there or readily available just 2-3 years before. And so many more people doing things than before.

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