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KAREN WILLIAMS SMITH

Your Company Name: Heavenly Collectables
Email Address/Web Page: KSmith1231@aol.com
City & State: Coronado, CA
Type of Craft: Figurative art/dolls

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

I discovered polymer clay about 1980. I first discovered Sculpey at a miniature show.

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

The "Masters" and Neo-classic artists, and Brigette Dival.

What is your specialty?

Realistic human forms in a classic style. Mostly small and detailed with lots of diagonals, and emotional subjects.

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

It is warm to the touch and gives a lifelike feeling.

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

No.

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

Several 1st place awards at the Bohler Show.

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

Teaching, traveling, and doing stronger pieces.

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

Dream, believe and practice... and never give up. Visualize the finished product the way you want it to be.

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

Academy of Ameriacan Doll Artists, Imitation of Life Construction Company

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

At the moment I am using Super Sculpey. I like the way I do not need to mix the skin color. I let it age though before I use it to make it stiffer.

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

I am self taught. I live in San Diego, California. I am the mother of a large family.. we raised 6 children. Our youngest is a freshman in college. I now have more time to devote to my art.I love meeting people and making new friends.

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