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Cindy Riordan

Your Company Name: CLBcreations by Cindy Riordan
Email Address/Web Page: cindyloubears@yahoo.com
   www.clbcreations.etsy.com
City & State: Mokena, IL
Type of Craft: Sculpture Work

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

Well...at first I used only black PC to make some faux glass eyes for the handmade teddy bears I was making. But after time I was able to use the real thing. However, I was laid off in November of 2006 and had to make some Christmas presents. It was then that PC came back to me...only this time I had more fun with it. After some good response to the ornaments I made I built up the courage to display some items at the local library. It was such a success that I decided to try and make a go out of selling my creations. And ....."ta-da" here I am today.

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

Oh yeah..for sure! Maureen Carlson is by far my favorite right now. It was her books that got me where I needed to be. Such talent. Now..Brian Froud is the one who inspires my imagination..his drawings and artwork are pure magic...if I had half the talent as he does.."phew"...I'd be in PC heaven right now..hehehee.

What is your specialty?

Right now the majority of my work is in sculpture. I have a line of miniature dragons, little monsters and figures. I am also working on a good luck charm line.

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

It's the expressive medium for me because I can make it do whatever I want it to do. It's different from traditional clays because I can cure it at home with very little expense to my pocketbook.

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

No..not yet..however..that is one of my goals.

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

Unfortunately no..however I do belong to a wonderful group of artists.. the Polymer Clay Artists Guild Of Etsy (PCAGOE). Not only am I a member, but I also manage one of the committees there. I couldn't have found a better bunch of people to interact with..such talent, knowledge and comraderie.

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

Wow... well, 5 years from now I hope to be very active in the claying community, possibly on a higher level. I would love to contribute to a few magazines as well as publishing my own book.

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

Practice and experiment...clay is very forgiving. If you mess up..just mash it up and start again.

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

Yup...Polymer Clay Artist Guild Of Etsy (www.PCAGOE.com), The FAE group of Etsy, and The EAST group of Etsy.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

It depends on what I am working on... Pro-Sculpt is best for human forms, but any of the other clays work beautifully for my creations. I often mix several brands to achieve the shading or consistancy I need.

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

I am proud to say that I am a self taught sculptural artist. I have taken multiple art classes as a kid in high school and had received my Associates Degree in Art from College. I had never worked in clay, nor had any formal training.

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