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Your Company Name: SL Savarick Studio
Email Address/Web Page: slsavarick@earthlink.net
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Type of Craft: Polymer boxes, inro, Jewlery, Pesonal Accsoesories

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

Polymer first found me in 1993. I dabbled with it for a few years but put it aside for a while. Then, about two years ago, polymer looked me up and found me again, and about a year and a half I got serious and polymer and I moved in together. Now I am working with it full time.

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

In polymer Gwen Gibson is number one. Then Steve Forlano and Dave Ford. I like the current work of Louise Fischer Cozzi, Jacqueline Lee, Elise Winters and James Lehman. In other art forms I will give you the current list but it changes. Currently, the lacquer work of Kajikawa Saku, Shibata Zeshin, Koma Kyuhaku, and other traditional Japanese Inro Shi and Makie Shi of the 18th and 19th centuries. The paintings and sculpture by Amedeo Modiglian. The glass work of Susan Taylor Glasgow, the enamel work of Carolyn Delzoppo and Kimberly Keyworth. There are so many but little time or space here to list.

What is your specialty?

Complex constructions with intricate surface treatments. Always an eye for detail with an emphasis on fine craftsmanship. Designing and constructing boxes, Inro and other vessels, and personal accessories. Adapting traditional graphics and printmaking techniques for polymer clay surface treatments. Adapting traditional Japanese urushi (lacquererware) and makie ( lacquer surface treatment) techniques for construction and surface treatments of polymer clay.

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

Polymer finds what is in me waiting to be expressed. And it just feels right in my hands.

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


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


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

Doing my Polymer work and making things that delight me and others. Advancing polymer clay as a fine craft artist medium. Continuing to find innovative ways to use polymer.

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

Start with one small project. READ READ READ then WORK WITH THE CLAY! Then work with it again. Then EXPERIMENT and work with the polymer again. There is nothing more important than actually working with it. Give yourself time, and then spend more time with the clay, and then more.... I can't say enough how important it is to actually work with the polymer. Oh, and don't worry in the beginning about being original or having to be " creative" - your first task is to learn the medium. Once you have done that, let you intuition guide you. Everything you need is inside of you right now, you just don't know it yet. Let the clay take you to it. The polymer has taught me everything I needed to know about working with it, more than anyone or anything else.

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


What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I currently make my own polymer clay bodies mixing 4 brands, Premo, Fimo, Cernit and Kato. The blend depends on what I am going to use the clay body for. Construction techniques require different properties than surface techniques. I am still tweaking the ratios but I have found some good blends now.

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

I have a wonderful partner, he brings out the best in me. I have a BFA in Design and printmaking. I spend most of my time in the studio. Love to hang out at book stores, or just hang out and see what's out there. I used to make big plans for myself and my work but I have learned to just let it be. There is a old Yiddish saying " man plans and G-d Laughs" and it couldn't be more true!

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