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Rachel Tirosh

Your Company Name: Mixsome by Rachel Tirosh
Email Address/Web Page: rachelsart@intrater.net
   www.mixsome.com
City & State: Sunnyvale, CA
Type of Craft: Home De'cor and Jewelry

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

At the end of 2004 I decided to take some time off from the High-tech rollercoaster. To fill my time I took a polymer clay workshop and rediscovered my artistic side. I got addicted to working with polymer clay and I’m working with it since then.

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

I take my inspiration from things I see all around. I can't point to a particular artist.

What is your specialty?

My very unique piece is flower from polymer clay and copper tube. My flower is based on a technique of a free form bowl. I combine polymer clay with wood, glass, metal, and paint. I create beads and make jewelry from them. Other products are home décor items like pictures, decorative plates, boxes, anything colorful to the home. I am always looking for new ideas.

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

For me it is the color. The polymer is easy to work with and there is no need for many special and expansive infrastructures to start and get beautiful results.

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?

Not yet but I'm working on it. I'm always looking for opportunities to publish my art work. For example: Magazine challenges, the PCC monthly challenge and swaps.

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

I want to take my passion for craft to the next level and get recognition as an artisan. I would like to be able to sell my art work and I would like my art to sell itself.

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

The most important, like with any skill, is practice. As you work with the material you get to know it better and more ideas jumps into your head. Another very important thing is having your own space for your work.

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

Society of local artists, Silicon Valley Visual Arts

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I work with all the brands, whatever is on sale, FIMO, Primo and Sculpy, combining them all give a wide spectrum of colors. Most of my work is based on canes and I find that I can mix them all and reduce a little bit the time of cooking.

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

It all stared from my need to diversify my life and spend more time with my family. I have 2 kids, husband and a dwarf Rabbit. Now I have my own home business that allows me to be with more control over my schedule and balance my life.

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