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CONNY VANDIJK-NICHOLS

Your Company Name: Impressions in Fine Art
Email Address/Web Page: Bernard587@AOL.com
City & State: Lititz, PA
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay

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

I've only recently started and I'm totally hooked since I am an artist by profession it's like creating a 3-D painting.

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

None whatsoever. I've been wanting to work with clay for quite awhile, but from what I've studied long ago, I didn't like the mess in my studio. It was always drawing and painting only. Now, it's different.

What is your specialty?

I've started a line of collectibles. Also, flower pieces, small animals, etc. Next will be faces and hands.

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

Polymer clay is really quite exciting to work with. I put my hands on it, and things started to happen. Wow! My mind pops with creativity.

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

I've never published a book on art or any medium, but I think I would love to. I did teach art for a number of years.

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

No awards in my clay work, It's too soon yet. But, I'm showing my first collection this coming December at a gallery in Pennsylvania.

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

Teaching this wonderful medium. A book! Recognized nationally / internationally.

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

Start slow. It's overwhelming at times. I've always had a tendency to forget about a lot of things when I'm creating, but this (I'll call this deep in the throes of clay) is unreal. My home is a mess; not to mention my studio.

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

Not yet.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I work with Super Sculpey, Premo & Fimo. The Sculpeys are the easiest to work with. The Premo and Fimo are more delicate in a finished product. Haven't tried any others yet.

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

I am from The Netherlands and have lived in many different countries. I currently live in Lancaster, PA. I'm married and have three children. My husband is the greatest.

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