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Email Address/Web Page: sallystover@mindspring.com
City & State: Alva, FL
Type of Craft: Clay & painting

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

I discovered polymer by accident. I was working in porcelain-making modern repos. and couldn't find a pair of shoes for a really small doll. Now as we crafter/artist know the local craft stores don't carry the things you know you need but this time I came home with a small square of the right color of clay to match the clothing. Then when I found a mold maker that would allow me to watch and ask questions-the possiabilities were just limiteless. Then after sculpting and mold making I was diagnosed with COPD and that ended the dusty clay work. Now I sculpt Gnomes and Fairys from 4" to 15" and add the clothing ,some times clay , sometimes fabric. I've been using polymer about 4 or 5 years now.

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

Jack Johnson has really done some lovely things and his first book is the only one I've ever bought.

What is your specialty?

I find the human form really beautiful, not the classic , but the differences are what interest me. I'm a people watcher and I find the elderly and the young very expressive. I hope I can catch the "soul" when I sculpt . I also use acrylic eyes and glass eyes. I've just recently started to make my own from clay. I'm a painter (canvas) so I hope I can make my own eyes for my folks.

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

I'm really pleased with the lack of "MESS" compaired with ceramic and porcelain clay. I can sit with my husband and watch the baseball games and still be working with clay. I am really pleased that simple foil can be used as armitures and that it doesn't dry out or let mud all over. I think I've found the perfect clay for me.

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

No , not yet ---It's a thought!

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

Not for my sculptures , I 've had paintings in different shows and quilts that have won local awards but not with my clay yet.

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

My past has been teaching-developmentally delayed adults(mentally Retarded) I taught silkscreening and ceramics at a state run home, since 1987. Now I can see me in maybe a cottage industry or developing product for gift ware. At least that is where I want to be.

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

Don't stop doing what you love to do. If it's making you happy and you want advise "ask", I have found most true artists are teachers. They love to share. I truly believe that everyone has talent and that every one can develope skills.

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

I have just recently joined the NPCG, and I will be joining other's I'm sure.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I mix cernit and super sculpty to get a porcelain look. For some of the Gnomes I use prosculpt and I like it also. For my garden creatures and minidogs and cats I use reg old sculpty. My 9 year old grandson loves the sculpty because we use colored pencils on it and then when you clear coat it it looks like glass.

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

OK, here we go! I'm 56 years old, married to the same man for 38 years, have 4 children 1 boyand 3 girls all over the age of 30(they are gettin up there),3 grandchildren. Originaly from Pa. where we dairy farmed we have lived in Fl. for 20 years. We have taught our children and anyone elses that where around how to do woodworking,gardening, sewing, crafting ,ceranmics and cooking. Plus how to farm, they have learned what I call life skills and are very accomplished. I'm a self taught artist,I have sold my paintings and sculptures and I'm not going to stop because I have been diagnosed with COPD. This is just the beginning of the polymer clay journey for me, and I'd like to say to anyone who wants to to come along with me-welcome,come along and lets have some fun.

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