Your Company Name:
Email Address/Web Page: email@example.com
City & State: Diss, Norfolk, England UK
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay
Tell us in your own words, how you discovered polymer clay and how long have you been using it?
Found it in the local toyshop in 1983, have been enjoying it ever since!
Are there any special artists that you can attribute your interest to or that have inspired you?
No - I worked completely in isolation until last year. Ancient jewellery is probably my greatest inspiration.
What is your specialty?
Can you tell us why you find polymer clay the expressive medium for you?
Because I can be a silversmith, a wood carver, a Roman mosaicist, a Celtic knotworker, a puppeteer, a dollmaker, a miniaturist, a sculptor, an artist and many others too numerous to mention all with one medium.
Have you published any polymer clay books or do you have any in the works?
"Making Polymer Clay Jewellery" is due out May '97.
"Making Doll's House Miniatures with Polymer Clay" is due out October '97.
"Making Miniature Dolls with Polymer Clay" is in the works.
They will be available through Cassell, UK and from Sterling Publishing in the US - 387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY10016. Tel: (212) 532 7160
I have now written over 30 articles on polymer clay for British national magazines.
I know it is very difficult to express, but have you won any awards for your polymer clay work?
No - nothing held in the UK in this field - yet.
I have given workshops at several major events in the UK and at Ravensdale, 1996. I have appeared on TV several times but in connection with another interest - writing and directing musicals and pantomimes.
What are your expectations for the future? Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Writing and illustrating my books is my main pleasure - I gave up production work five years ago after a six year stint of it. Now I concentrate on writing the how-to polymer clay books and teaching.
Do you have any advice for the beginning polymer clay enthusiasts?
To experiment and not to be bound by other people's rules in this medium. I developed everything I know purely by experimenting as there was no one to teach *me* and I think this has given me the greatest pleasure as everything I do, I developed for myself.
Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft
I am a member of the NPCG of the US and the Bead Society of Great Britain. Also the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. There is no local Guild in UK - I'm thinking of starting one!
What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?
Fimo. It is the firmest and suits my techniques the best.
Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your
I am a citizen of the world - I was born in Pakistan, educated in Pakistan, Lebanon in the Middle East and England, UK. I studied at Art School and then Geography and Archaeology at University. I then worked as an Archaeological Illustrator in London, a glass engraver, a puppeteer, a polymer clay jewellery and now a writer and illustrator (with many other occupations in between.) I live with my husband and two daughters in an isolated house in the depths of the Suffolk countryside. And I love the contact the Internet gives me!
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