Sue Heaser is an English polymer clay designer and artist who has worked full time in the medium since 1985. Initially she ran a small business making and supplying polymer clay jewellery to a large number of craft, fashion and gift outlets in Eastern England. For the past five years she has been writing and illustrating articles and books on polymer clay, pushing the medium in ever-new directions.
After a globetrotting childhood in the Far East, Middle East and Africa, Sue studied at Art College and University in England. She initially worked for the Museum of London and progressed to a career as an Archaeological Illustrator. She moved to rural East Anglia with her husband when their first child was born and continued to combine motherhood (2 daughters) with free-lance illustration, glass engraving and puppetry. Then she discovered polymer clay, which has held her interest for longer than anything else to date! She works in jewellery, miniatures and dolls.
Sue's first book, "Making Polymer Clay Jewellery" was published in June 1997 and is filled with designs that demonstrate the originality and delicacy of Sue' work. Her second, "Making Doll's House Miniatures in Polymer Clay" was published in October the same year to great acclaim worldwide. Her third, "Making Miniature Dolls in Polymer Clay" was published in January 1999 and has already become a standard reference work for miniature dollmakers. All three of these books were also illustrated by Sue. Her latest book, "The Polymer Clay Techniques Book" was published in October 1999 and includes work from many top polymer clay artists. Sue has also written dozens of polymer clay articles for British and American magazines.
In 1997, with the enthusiastic help of several others, she founded the British Polymer Clay Guild, which is growing apace.
When not "playing with clay" Sue has many other interests. She plays the violin in a local orchestra, paints scenery for a drama group, and spends every available moment of the summer sailing around the coasts of Britain and Europe. She is a qualified Yachtmaster Offshore.
She has had two children's musicals published which have been performed all over the world and has also published "The Encyclopedia of Candlemaking" under the pen name of Sandie Lea.