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Elvira Lopez del Prado Rivas

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Email Address/Web Page: elvir@lopezdelprado.com
   www.lopezdelprado.com
City & State: Barcelona, Spain
Type of Craft: Jewelry Designer

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

I discovered it three years ago in Barcelona, when I was looking in store for a pair of earrings in polymer clay.

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

I love Kathleen Dustin works because I think that she makes really spiritual pieces in clay. And I have to give thanks to Nan Roche book "The New Clay".

What is your specialty?

Jewelry

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

I work with other kind of materials but polymer clay doesn´t have limits.

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

Yes I published my first book in 2007, about costume jewelry in various materials, like polymer clay. "BISUTERÍA" ED.PARRAMÓN EDICIONES.

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

No

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

I like to live in the present so I only hope to be happy working like now.

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

Yes, all that you think you could make in polymer clay..DO IT!

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

Yes I´m a member of NPCG in the States and APE in Spain.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I don´t have any special brand, I like to mix and experiment, but KATO, SCULPEY and FIMO are the brands that I use with my students in my workshops.

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

Elvira lives in Barcelona where she teaches and designs a variety of jewellery techniques, accompanied by her husband and daughter. She studied at the School of Applied Arts in Granada, later she received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Granada her focus on Sculpture. On her own she has studied other artistic disciplines such as photography and contemporary techniques in jewellery making. Her work is marked by her interdisciplinary interests and her pieces are based on the creation of unique handmade beads using a variety of materials including polymer clay, wire, felt, resin, paper, textiles...

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