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Tunde Gamentzy

Your Company Name: Art Connects
Email Address/Web Page: polytoons@art-connects.com
   www.polytoons-characters.com
City & State: Ontario, Canada
Type of Craft: Polymer clay characters, wearables

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

I use polymer clay since the eighties. I discovered poly clay through friends.

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

George, Olga and Attila

What is your specialty?

Character making by using polymer clay. I am also a Deorative, and Fine Art painter. I also occassionaly work on Movie Productions as a Permitee Scenic painter for I.A.T.S.E. local 873. I also can build websites, and cut hair. I also make the best coffee (my friend Joe said once :)

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

I love it, because it's so versatile, colorful, and pleasent to work with. To create poly clay items, does not require a lots of working space.

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

Not yet.

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

I never entered any contest yet with polymer clay. Through the eighties & nineties, I sold my characters to the Toronto Zoo's Gift Shop, and eighty more gift shops, craft shows, and trade shows. I also sold characters in Amsterdam, Luxemburg, Hungary, U.S.A., and Canada. I also exhibited my paintings at the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition in 1998. (juried show) Now, I only market characters through my sites: polytoons-characters.com, and dentists-promo-items.com

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

Operating my websites, and creating art:

Also to continue to work as a scenic painter for the Toronto Movie Industry, and to service my private clients with my deco, and fine art services. Which ever of my skills brings me success, that skill I will finally keep as a full time career. I am creating my sites to figure out, which skills I should focus on more. Let the public decide about which of my skill is more marketable! For me it does not matter really, because, I equally like to do painting, and fimo art.

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

Always keep clay in plastic wrap. Keep your hand clean, when you work with clay to avoid lint getting into your clay. Always make a 'test curing session', before you want to bake your final product. Keep smiling too, it helps you to stay inspired.

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

PCC

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Depends what you want to create. I prefer Fimo for my characters, because it's very durable, and withstands shipping.

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

I came to Canada in 1987 from Budapest, Hungary. I am a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. I majored in Drawing and Painting. I received my diploma in 1999. The picture I submitted was made in 2000, at the Toronto Home Show, where I was demonstrating the McCloskey Special Effects System, at the Color Your World Booth.

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