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LYNNE SCHWARZENBERG

Your Company Name: Polymerica Clayworks
Email Address/Web Page: riverpoet@adelphia.net
   www.wearablewindchimes.com
City & State: Ansonia, CT
Type of Craft: Polymer clay

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

Way back in 1991 a friend of mine brought some Sculpey III over to my house to make some beads. Her roommate had given it to her after she made some beads to take and sell at a Grateful Dead show. I went from marbled beads to making figurines in a week...I was totally hooked!

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

Maureen Carlson is the artist whose books and artwork inspired me the most in the very beginning. I came upon her book "Fimo Folk" and had to start making these whimsical type of figurines. Since then, I would say that the work of Tory Hughes, Desiree McCrorey and Leigh Ross have inspired me the most. I'd also like to personally thank Sandra Macaw for telling me about this wonderfully active guild that existed right in my backyard unbeknownst to me for many years! She really changed my life by pointing me towards finding the SCPCG.

What is your specialty?

I think I have a few...making lifelike figurines/caricature sculptures, faux type jewelry and tiny wearable windchimes.

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

I can actually answer this question with a high degree of certainty...the reason I have stuck with polymer clay so long is that I am a fickle, obsessive-compulsive person who cannot concentrate on one thing for very long! In the world of polymer clay, there are SO MANY things you can do, so it has captured my attention by its amazing versatility.

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

Three of my pieces will be published in the upcoming Lark Book "400 Polymer Clay Objects." (I think that is the name of the book!)

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

I am a 5 time first place winner in the Polymer Clay Challenge right here on Polymer Clay Central. A few of the memorial pins I made following 9/11 are on permanent display in New York City. I hope to enter more contests and such in the future.

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

Within the next five years, I hope to become a more established artist and teacher and begin selling my artwork on a more wide-ranging basis. I also have the aspiration of becoming President of the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, and to become published in magazines.

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

My advice would be to TRY IT ALL! You never know where your talents lie unless you diversify your efforts! Don't give up...if I could show every beginner the rumply junk beads I made in the beginning, they would not believe how far I have come.

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

I am a member of the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, and I am also their newsletter editor. I am running for Vice President of the SCPCG this month. In addition I belong to the National Polymer Clay Guild as well.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Premo! is my hands-down favorite, but Fimo has it's place as well.

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

In this space, I would just like to add that I appreciate the comraderie of the PCC community and the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild more than anyone could know. It was rewarding to do clay as a "solitary practitioner" but once I found the guild and PCC it brought it all to a new level. I have developed lasting friendships with many wonderful and talented artists who have continued to spark my enthusiasm for this wonderful medium. We are a wonderful group of passionate, creative and unique people!

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