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TRINA WILLIAMS

Your Company Name: Trinkets by Trina
Email Address/Web Page: TbyTrina@aol.com
City & State: Fountain Valley, CA
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay Jewelry/Specialty Sewing

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

About seven years ago I saw an article in the LA Times on making buttons out of Fimo. I went out and bought 3 packages to make some marbled buttons for a shirt I was making. The clay sat on a shelf for the better part of a year. I did not know where to begin. Then I saw a class at a local shop, took it, and was hooked. I went right out and spent $300 on supplies.

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

Joann Hunot was my first teacher and I took every class she taught when she came from Santa Barbara to teach locally. Then, of course, there is Marie Segal. I met her at my first HIA show and couldn't believe what she was doing with those plate size canes. I opened an account with the Clay Factory on the spot. Luckily I live within a 2 hour drive. Marie taught me that if cute sells, make lots, sell it and use the proceeds to further your "art pieces". Lastly my friend Dotty McMillan, a fellow charter member and past president of the Orange County, CA ,PC Guild. She is a great teacher and is willing to share many techniques. We went to Ravensdale together last summer and I learned as much from Dotty as I did in my classes.

What is your specialty?

My specialty is jewelry, especially ear rings.

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

I can't draw and I've always been drawn to color. When I sew I get more out of picking out fabric and putting together a garment than I do out of wearing it. I can match clay colors to fabric without a formula (sorry Margaret Maggio) and love to make jewelry or buttons to match an outfit.

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?

I have won five or six ribbons at the Orange County fair, mostley 2nds and 3rds. Now I have to compete in the Professional category and at our fair that means I'm in with the China Painters, woodworkers, etc. I had two beads accepted for exhibition at the Shepardess in San Diego a few years ago.

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

As Dotty says I just hope to be around in five years. My work is evolving and some of the things I was selling 4 years ago I wouldn't even give away today!

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

Read the New Clay. Play! Play! Play! Join a Guild. Join the NPCG. Take classes. Get on the internet. Call me!

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

I'm a charter member of the Orange County, CA PC Guild and have been a member of the National Guild since 1994. I also belong to a sewing club and a Writers group.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

. I use mostly Premo. I was able to beta test it along with Dotty McMillan because she kept bringing it to guild meetings. I llike Fimo for some things, but am using it less and less. I use Super sculpy and liguid sculpy in many projects.

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

I'm a retired school nurse who works one day a week so I won't forget what head lice look like. My husband is a retired engineer who loves woodworking. My four kids are all grown and I have one granddaugter.

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