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Summer Pennie

Your Company Name: Dolls by Summer
Email Address/Web Page: imsummertoo@aol.com
City & State: Cincinnati, OH
Type of Craft: Polymer clay babies

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

I was in college and didn't have a lot of money when my little cousin was born. I have always been a little crafty so I thought I'd make her something. I saw a book by Susanna Oroyan called "The Anatomy of a Doll." There were some clay figurines in the book that intrigued me. I've been using polymer clay since! It was 1999 when I started.

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

Reva Schick was the one who first inspired me to make life-like babies. After getting interested in polymer clay, it wasn't long before I came across Jack Johnston's website. Reva was featured there after making a toddler in clay. It was the most realistic baby I'd seen at the time. I realized the possibilities with clay were endless!

What is your specialty?

Realistic babies captured my heart right away. I've been making them on and off for several years.

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

I see a lump of clay as pure potential. I'm still impressed by the idea of sitting down with nothing more than some clay and my bare hands and having the ability to create something interesting. I can't think of another medium that is so expressive and care-free at the same time.

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

N/A

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

I haven't entered any contests as of yet. My proudest moment is getting my doll featured on an page in DOLLS magazine. They were featuring new artists and the theme was "Ringing in Spring."

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

In five years I hope to be better. That's my only real goal. I sell my babies on eBay and I have seen that artists who stay stagnant sell a lot of similar dolls for the same price. I want to evolve.

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

My advise for sculpting is the same for business. Keep doing it!

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

No.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I would chose a good brick of Super Sculpey over other brands because the color is superb for skin tones. Prosculpt is a great clay too and aside from the lighter color, it's actually a stronger clay and needs less conditioning than Super Sculpey.

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

My name is Summer and I live in Cincinnati.I sell my dolls on eBay under keyword "Starrchild." I just turned 30 and I'm still learning and exploring so much about clay. One day, I hope to be an artist full-time but my day job is also exciting and time-consuming so my dream to sculpt more often is still under construction :)

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