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WESLEY WARREN

Your Company Name: Beadopolis
Email Address/Web Page: 777man@telus.net
   www.beado.com
City & State: Thorhild, Alberta, Canada
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay Millefiore and all things therefrom

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

I've been in the business of bead creation for nearly 14 years. I was recovering from a rather terrible motorcycle accident in 1987 when I asked my 'Crafty' Mother for an angle in the craft field...my early successes earned me a WIFE(!) and has kept on developing. Yes, I mean the kids too!

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

God is the real artist. It's my appreciation of the core concept of creation that has kept me going...even when my work appeared dismal.

What is your specialty?

The refinement of basic production values, and the wherewithal to tell people to go straight to(Jasper Avenue) when they attempt to underpay!

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

There is a depth to millefiore that I don't think I could ever get a hold on...Polymer clay is simply the modern and most efficient means possible to attack that wall of creative reserve.

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

I do have one in the works now. I am considering collaberation, as paperwork just does not interest me.

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

I've barely ever sought recognition. Yes I've been on T.V., and I've been to the Top shows in Alberta...but hell, what do THEY know, right?

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

Complete abstinence from all things worldly...okay...Complete world domination. Five years from now, I should be flying my own craft, and liscencing my developments to the biggest names in viscous materials.

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

A few months of innovation pays far better than a decade of imitation. Be honest. Serve a few clients WELL. Don't pay what they're asking for shows. Get published long before you slave for opportunistic distributors.

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?

FIMO is prettymuch IT. PREMO is cool, but slices funny. KATOclay is lovely for viscousity and workability...and has a uniquely tough finish. The other softer stuff I haven't had time for.

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

Hmmm...It's been tough on us ALL the last few years. 9/11 taught me(a mere Canadian) a few things too...
1) We're all in this together.
2) Some people should be strung up and gutted on CNN.
3) It's none of my business either, that's why I'm a beadmaker instead of a...well, we'll leave all that 'til later!

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