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?
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
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
Get on the internet. Call me!
Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft
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
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
Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your
training?Leave Your Interview!
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.