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EVELYN RULFFS

Your Company Name: Evelyns Polymer Clay Gallery
Email Address/Web Page: rulffs@post.tele.dk
   www.geocities.com/evelynspoly/
City & State: Kibaek, Denmark
Type of Craft: Polymer clay art

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

I discovered polymer clay by coincidence a year ago through the Internet, while surfing to find some information about jewellery. Polymer clay is only used for "kids stuff" in Denmark (where I live), so I did not know anything about the media's potential until I found it on the Net.

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

I am really inspired by Kathleen Dustin, David & Steven from "City Zen Cane", the Grove's, Tory Hughes to name a few. But there are a lot of other fantastic artists out there.

What is your specialty?

At the moment I'm working with jewellery, because the beads give me an opportunity to work a lot with the caning techniques. I find making canes fantastic!

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

I like the polymer clay because of the fantastic creative possibilities of the media. I like good craftmansship, but still I find that the creative expression of each single person, is the most important aspect of making crafts/art. This media give you the chance to express yourself, without having to have a lot of tools and a lot of space.

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

No. But I would like to publish books on the topic in Danish or be able to translate some books from English to Danish. There is not much knowledge of the media in Scandinavia, so I think the must be a market.

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

No, I am quite new in this area. And as I wrote above, there is not a lot of knowledge about polymer clay in Denmark/Scandinavia, but my plan is to change that :-) But I will have my first exsibition in September 2001, in a gallery at a local library, and I'm planning to get in touch with other galleries, to show my works.

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

I hope to be able to work fulltime with polymer clay (selling, teaching, making books).

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

Start surfing the Internet, visit www.polymerclaycentral.com, www.glassattic.com and buy some books on www.amazon.com!! And DON'T BE AFRAID to go for it!!!

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

I've just assigned for a membership of National Polymer Clay Guild, and I am member of several Yahoo group about polymer clay.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

In Denmark we only have Cernit and FIMO, so this is the brands I've been using until now. Cernit have wonderfull metallic and porcelain clays, and is good for marbelling and faux making. FIMO is much more opaque and saturated in color, and Fimo Soft is wonderful for cane making. I've heard a lot of good things about Sculpey's products, and I have found a online supplier in UK, where I plan to buy this stuff.

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

I'm a Danish/Norwegian girl/lady at 37, and I live in a small village called Kibaek i Denmark. I have an 8 year old daugther, Isabella, and my husband Lars. I'm working fulltime as a computer designer/programmer and use my evening / nights / weekends of my polymer clay addiction. My daughter is also very fascinated by the clay, so we have a lot of good time together claying. We travel a lot, since my husband is participating in motorcycle races (road racing). We are travelling in Scandinavia/Europe, and I use this travelling to get inspired through what I see.

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