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Doc Sarah started a wonderful discussion in the PCC Message Board using the title above, and the replies were so inspiring that we wanted to share them with the PCC Website. Enjoy these excellent ideas and comments, and then add YOUR thoughts at the bottom of the page!

My Work Really Improved When...

- One can call it anything from inspiration to intuition when I stepped in for the Polymer clay class in Seattle, without knowing what I will learn or how I will make the best use of my creativity. But now there is no stopping as I have been making Polymer clay jewelry since then. I had taken a class in November 2013. Now in India I have done wonderful works in Polymer and people are appreciating my creativity. Thanks Polymer!

- Shabbir (Shabbir Khambatti)
- I finally felt confident enough with the techniques I had learned to take one and say "What would happen if I did this to change the technique or take it in a new direction?" So far that has led me to explore the results of combining effects like Hidden Magic and Mica Shift, to explore the effect of a mokume gane stack using mostly translucent with metal leaf and very sparse and thin bands of color, and to create a sculpture using organza ribbon embedded with Premo. Making each new creation into an exploration and an adventure has only increased my passion for this medium.

- jesears13 (Janice)
- Joining the Mile High Polymer Clay Guild! Not only did I get ideas (sometimes I feared that all that info will make my head explode) but I was encouraged to do some demos. It also helped to have a very gracious seasoned clayer who was willing to help me and even co-taught a demo.

- extruder extrordinaire (Deb Brooner)
- I realized that I could/should get-up and walk away from a project; that patience is the key, and everything doesn't have to have a deadline.

- CMLC (cmlc)
- When I discovered Glass Attic; bought a convection toaster oven; joined claying forums (including this one--Thanks, guys!); realized that even experienced clayers have their failures; and learned that not being able to use some technique today does not mean that I will never be able to use it.

- JNyago (Jan)
- When I found PCC! Everyone is so sharing and I learned so much. Took Kato Workshop in Pittsburgh in 2009 and set up my own studio. It is my oasis for creativity.

- CatBead (Cathy)
- My work improved when I took our spare room and took the time to design it out well to make my craftroom organized, with different work stations and decorated in MY way. Now it is even more enjoyable to be crafting so I take my time and do a much better job.

- Suzie714 (Suzie)
- When I realized that my work was only as good as my worst piece (because that's what people remember)! Also when I focused in on design/composition and I took the time to pay attention to finishing the work nicely so that it became second nature rather than a chore that I didn't want to do.

- MeredithA1 (Meredith)
- When I meet the president of the local guild and started attending meetings, A whole new way of clay opened up for me. Each one of us has our own style. They became my inspiration and family. It is a collective of talent that they openly share.

- hawkfeather (Marilyn Jones)
- When I bought a pasta machine and took the tutorials online more serious then all the books I have invested in. Also, realizing that even after 10 years working with clay there is still so much to learn!

- Ivelise (Ivy)
- My first time here (just starting to learn about clay) and I am so inspired by what I have read on this page....I think this may be a saving grace for me. Thank you!

- sheri (Sheri)
- When I started to talk to the clay and listen to its answers. My visions became clearer when I opened my mind and allowed the clay to become a welcomed friend. I find each character peeking out from the clay as I gently warm it. Flowers unfold, shy earthly critters open up and dance, and all the while my vision of their existence becomes crystal clear. Each time I pickup my clay I become richer for the joy it brings me. I started on this journey of discovery with an accidental trip to the PCC website and have never had a more fullfilling accident in my life.

- orickie (Rickie)
- My work really improved when I had a catarac removed. I couldn't figure out what all talk was about finger prints because I never had any on my clay. Now I know what finger prints look like on clay, even though I don't have them a lot.

- conniejfoster (Connie Foster)
- I saw a beautiful cane done by a lady on Ebay, the translusant was so clear I was shocked. I ask her what she used and she said Fimo. I had been useing Sculpey and wasn't getting a good clear color. I did use a tiny bit of Fimo in white and I was amazed at the pure white color I got after baking, it is wonderful. The store was out of translucent yesterday but I am diffinately going to switch to Fimo.

- Dyneau (Dyan Bruneau)
1. When I made what I wanted instead of what was in all the books.
2. When I watched Sarah Shriver's video (can't afford classes) showing how she gets her canes to be so incredibly accurate.
3. When I switched from Premo to Kato clay.

- DOT (Dot H.)
- I told someone, not mentioning any names, that I would post this so here it goes. My work really took a big turn for the better when I took a Lisa Pavelka class. She made everything seem "do-able". Now I don't doubt myself and just go for it. Thank you Lisa!

- ringlets (Julia)
- Every new thing I learn if feels like a catapult but one thing that really helped was cleaning my flesh colored clay with nail polish remover to keep the lint off.

- cakes80 (Christa)
- When I got smart enough to start using Kato Clay.

- verolene (verolene)
- When I realized that it didn't matter what it looked like, as long as I enjoyed the process and took my time.

- Jinxii83 (Rhoda)
- My work improved when I finally took the time to create a color palette. This showed me how the different colors and pigments behaved together. (And the PCC forum was instrumental in helping me learn the "why's" of this behavior!) Before then, I would occasionally be unpleasantly surprised when I mixed two colors together.

- Zjet (Janette Walters)
- When I discovered the value of my sewing simplex for measuring during cane building and finally investing in a motor for my pasta machine.

- WolfRunArt (Barb)
- Pcc made a big start for me in polymer clay. Then I collected a bunch of books. Then I realized that I had to stop trying everything at once and tried to do just one project at a time. They came out so much better.

- Woodstuff2 (Kathy)
- I realized it was ok that every piece didnt turn out and a little bit of clay will go into the "scrap pile" along the learning path.

- krafteame (Lisa T)
- I am a newbie also. I began in April of 07. My work improved when I cut down my acrylic fingernails!!! what a difference!

- flut3r (pennyp49)
- When I became brave enough to post a message on PCC! Since then I have had the honour of becoming friends with an awsome Polymer Clay Artist who has helped me so much. (She knows who she is!) Also just reading all the messages and chat that goes on always inspires me. Oh and the sanding of course!!!

- Pipsqueaks1 (Pippa)
- Used Premo rather than Sculpey III, got a Pasta Machine... and of course PCC! I wouldn't have learned of the Premo and PM if it weren't for all you guys!!! Thanks!

- birnco (Belinda)
- When I read every PC book over and over, not to remake the items but to learn techniques. Also when I got brave enough to show my work and accept constructive criticism.

- 1ladyclaying (Susan Vogt)
- My work really inproved when I learned how much the temperature of the clay matters, i.e. putting the clay in the refridge even just for 5 minutes allows more stable manipulation and cutting.

- Qnadii (Nadine)
- My work improved greatly when I realized I didn't have to use every bit of clay I had conditioned. Also, I slowed down!

- C.Morgana (Courtney Morgana)
- The biggest change in my polymer work came when I discovered sanding and polishing! Things that had looked like trash before now looked professional! It was an amazing change.

- wadham97 (Jackie)
- Hey!!! Greetings from Belgium! Yes , I also am a fan of this and other clay sites, and my work is still young but it improves with every tip I read here and with making of a new cane! (Belgium .... where there are not so magazines of clay to find!)

- Nienja
- Taking my time, getting into the 'zone'and trusting myself. By taking my 'mistakes' and turning them into new techniques.

- artjewelry (Lorrene)
- My work started to improve when I posted pictures of my work and listened to the constructive suggestions. Since I'm pretty much of newby (3 months)... I'm still trying to improve. But I really love the feedback I get on this website.

- rutterc (Chris Rutter)
- I started teaching classes at park and Rec'. I needed awesome pieces that would inspire people to take my classes. That pushed my bar way up. All of the prep work and doing and re-doing each project until I could teach it in my sleep also helped out a whole lot.
I have also joined a polymer clay guild, taken some top notch classes, and attended polymer clay retreats.
Of course I must add that before any of the above I found PCC, joined lots of swaps and read every book and article available at the time.

- LaLa (LaLa)
- I stopped trying to be a Pavelka, Donna, Klew or Grant and allowed myself to see these artists for inspiration to find my own style.

- claydazed (Donna)
- After 30 years of mini making, Polymer People have snagged me. Lesson = Practice, Read, Observe, Practice, Practice. Keep your first attempt in a drawer, 6 months later, compare and smile at the progress... Read the experts, buy books by experts, study the experts. And Practice. Visit PCC regularly for an much needed ego boost! And don't forget to Practice!

- Old Novice (Judie St. Onge)
- When I found PCC (and all the knowledgable people there), liquid clay (it defies gravity) and sanding. Next step is keeping the clay clean!

- Trudy_A (Trudy)
- I discovered the joy of my mini food processor for conditioning clay and mixing nasty scraps into "scrud" (you all call it scrap) clay. When I found PCC and started playing with the tutorials here. When I invented some special tools to help with texturizing, etc. When I finally realized that I could use tutes as a BASIS for a project, but make it uniquely my own.

- j3nny3lf (Jenn McWhorter)
- I am a "virgin clayer." I've bought the pasta machine and 2 colors of clay...read several books..I will give it a try after reading more from you all...keep the tips and encourgement coming...one of these days...I will take the plastic off the clay...wish me luck!

- Cher19511 (Cher Harper)
- When I realized that I didn't have to be perfect! I could just do what I love and the rest will take care of itself!
-When I joined my guild!
-When I attended my first Donna Kato workshop!

- Luv2Clay (Gayle Thompson)
- When I allowed pure creativity to take over. I found myself getting extremely frustrated when I didn't accomplish what I had planned. The clay seems to have a mind of it's own and when I learned to guide the clay into a finished piece, my work improved significantly!

- Sum1zmama (Beth)
- Using the right tools and the right oven have really helped, as well as using the ruler. And it has made my life easier!

- Korenakay (Kay)
- When I joined my guild and started taking workshops. I began to incorporate all the tips and techniques I had learned into my pieces.
- When cane making finally clicked in my head, and it all came together so that I understood the concepts of what I was doing.
- And, when I accepted the fact that I didn't have to find my 'niche' and create only that - instead, I realized I could make anything and everything "just because!"

- Curika (Mary)
When I finally understood that I am unique and so is my work - to know that I am constantly learning and one day I will find my niche. Practice doesn't make perfect, but it does help me to improve.

- 3dDaydreamer (Debbie)
Once I started understanding that different clays serve different purposes, and once I started investing time in talking to other clayers.

- Tx_Becca (Rebecca Wells)
When I began sanding & buffing, and when I started attending guild meetings. I never fail to learn something new every time. Entering shows and selling my work has been a real boost as well.

- Kreechur (PJ)
I am still a freshman in PC, but I have already learned that I have to allow myself a learning curve--that the only real failure is to give up. PCC, GlassAttic, and fellow PCers are all vital tools in my journey.

- Feisty (Deb J.)
Taking classes, reading a lot of Polymer clay books, learning to trust myself, and looking at a mess of a project as a platform to improve upon the same design with a lot of practice, practice and more practice... Now when I look at the one I really love, I go back and pull that first one out and campare it... Wow, that worked for me.

- Joysclay (Joy Davis)
When I sold my first finished project.

- nytestar40 (Wendy)
When I stared making the things that made me happy. And with 2 kids and a husband, a quiet place to work - under the stairs!

- Fancey me
Well, I bought goo-gobs of clay and tools. I'd never used polymer clay in my life but I wanted to try it and actually thought I could become a true artist. I immediately found out that clay art is not as easy as it seems and I became frustrated. Then... I found PCC!!! I absolutely love the detailed (and friendly) instructions which are accompanied by beautiful step-by-step photographs. My work has already improved thanks to PCC.

- Debbie (Debbie)
When I stopped constantly comparing my work to others and followed my interests!

- Claym 2 Faym (Alecia E)
When it finally made sense - haste makes waste!!

- Manicmom (Leslie)
...I bought a pasta machine, taking my time, and all the continuous encouragement from the talented people on the forum.

- Winterdreamdragon (Melissa)
When I decided to concentrate on just a few techniques such as image transfering and cane building. I was so overwhelmed in the beginning with trying to learn it all that I wasn't incorporating any of what I was reading and seeing into actually doing. Now I'm more focused and my pieces reflect that.

- Lynnbie (Lynn)
When I got active in an online group, discovered PCC, swaps and finishing my projects.

- bauble-di-gook (Paula)
-Sanding through six grits
-Buffing
-Wearing what I made (took over a year)
-Finally calling myself an artist
-Mixing my own colors
-Focusing on the metallic clays...Thank You Barbara McGuire
-Recognizing that it takes practice, practice, practice and patience, patience, patience

- cautious1 (Laurie)
When I found out about PCC and started reading about all the wonderful things you can really do with polymer clay! I've been making my little Home Baked Bears since 1987, but I had absolutely no idea that you could cover tins, make light switch covers and put clay on anything that won't melt in the oven! I love finally learning just how versatile this medium can be and I am awed and impressed by all the talented people I've seen through this site. Thank YOU all!

- cghstuff (Celeste Gerber)
When I actually started finishing things even if I thought they were awful.

- SailorPizza (Brooklyn)
I discovered the computer polymer world.
I went to shrinemont and found out about a pasta machine!
I learned how to cane (which I went into kicking & screaming!)thanks to Lillian.
I met tons of fellow artists online, in swaps, at ACCI, at craft shows, etc and they shared knowledge of this fantastic medium.

- polymer1 (Linda H)
When I learned how to do faux stones. I looked at rock hound web sites and found all kinds of different types of rock. I started mixing all my own "recipes" and have learned some confidence.

- polypot (Sarah Brandon)
Two years ago, our family moved away from our home town. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I immersed myself in my arts: fabric and polymer clay. I have fewer demands on my time here, so I have been able to soar.

- Holly
I stopped to consider what elements of other people's work (polymer clay, glass, mixed media, whatever) drew me, and then found ways to incorporate what I found appealing into my own work. That helped me create my own style and gave me a little more focus as well.

- emtbrat (Adrienne Linn)
When I started making LOTS of things. I had to do 50 Christmas dog ornaments for a charity, I had JUST started doing polymer clay... I was mortified. I also jammed my pinkie finger trying to push down some foil inside the clay (dumb!). Pinkie is healing... slowly! But I kept going and each one improved on the last. Plus, I read everything here I can!

- eelfish1 (Dotti Elliott)
I'm just starting out but I've seen improvement in my work by simply using a marble tile to work on, and sanding and buffing my work. Having a pasta machine also helped, as when I started I was using a rolling pin only. I think the one thing that has helped my work improve is to be more patient with the process. I was always in such a hurry and that's not good. I'm still not good at visualizing projects so I do tend to copy things I've seen but eventually I can be more creative.

- LayDeeMamaBean (Wildwoman)
Mine will improve when I stop being a procrastinator/perfectionist and actually FINISH THINGS!!

- DiaLam (Diana)
I improved when I joined a guild and realized I didn't have to "just" make beads.

- vlady6 (Sandie)
I started trying new things and enjoying the process, not necessarily to produce a product. "Enjoy the journey! Getting there is half the fun" mom always says.

- DebbieColler (Debbie)
First and formost was discovering PCC. I was living in Germany with plenty of access to FIMO but no books on the subject. Once I found PCC and saw what others had done my imagination went wild and I started seeing Polymer Clay potential in so many things.

- NITEFALCON (Cecelia)
Using the lessons here at PCC helped me to learn basic skills in a way that was very rewarding. My first success with the Truleigh Rose cane really gave my ego a boost! I guess I'd have to credit experience as the 'one' thing that led to improvement for me. Through experience I learned which clay and which tools, etc gave me the results I was hoping for. Sandpaper!!! All the grits!!!

- aramina5 (Susan Swayngim)
I found PCC and met all the encouraging people over here and saw all those inspirational works in the Show 'n Tell folder.

- KerstinR (Kerstin)
I let my canes sit for an hour or so, or leave them in the freezer for 15 minutes before I reduce. Also, I started reducing my canes slowly. I'm impatient and I want to finish my canes immediately, but reducing slowly makes the cane less distorted. It may take me a half hour or more to reduce, but it's worth the wait.

- Kim22591 (Kim)
I learned the value of sanding through the grits, and allowing myself the time to grow in my art.

- JUDIPURPLE (Judi)
I started using a ruler.... most of the time....

- Doc Sarah
I realized that the benefit from sanding beads after baking was like using the focusing option on a camera.

- Esteban2323 (Steve)
I started using a sharp blade! The ruler too... and the sanding. Oh boy.

- tooaquarius (Elaine)
I started sanding, and watching the "uglies" turn into pretties. And when I started experimenting, and stopped being chicken and just asking questions!

- tooaquarius (Elaine)
I slowed down.

- Donna (_rainbowrave)
I "turned my brain off" and just let my imagination take over. When I discovered my tumbler!

- Kathi (Parymdk)
I realized that it was about enjoying myself and not about impressing others or selling my work. Honestly, that freed me up, along with giving myself permission to toss the real duds in the wastebasket or give them away to children who didn't care if they were great or not.

- Caneguru (Linda)
Yeah... and when I cleaned my work area regularly so I would stop accidentally messing things up...

- Doc Sarah
  • I stopped using Sculpey III and started using Premo and Kato
  • I discovered sanding....(but we all knew that was going to be a familiar theme, didn't we?)
  • Very much along the same line as da Puffin's : when I stopped trying to recreate what other people were doing and started experimenting and moving in my own direction creatively.
  • When I allowed myself to make ugly stuff
  • When I started learning about, instead of being intimidated by, artistic "basics" like color, shapes, line, etc..
  • When I allowed my natural goofiness and sense of humor to occasionally shine through (remember my googly eyed bat?)

    - DancinJules
  • My work really improved when I learned to trust my instincts and listen to that inner voice.

    - Dawn's D-zyns (Dawn)
    I bought my first pasta machine.

    - 7Jackie (Jackie)
    After I had worked with the clay daily for about 2 years, and started using Firm clay, found my own vision for polymer. And ...it still is improving everyday. With every new piece I strive to find perfection, with better craftsmanship, a newer vision of what polymer is and can do, and an answer to my driving conflicts of pure form versus intricate surface.

    - SLSAVARICK (SL)
    I got online and entered into PCC world and learned about:
  • Pasta machines
  • Liquid clay
  • Sanding and buffing
  • Swaps
  • 1000 (give or take a few) new techniques
  • Loads of new inspiration, good advice and great answers also helped immensely.
    SO THANKS, YOU GUYS. (My english has improved a great deal, too, BTW)

    - Eva (mejsel)
  • Oh yeah... PCC definitely boosted the learning curve!

    - Doc Sarah
    I found my own style and stopped trying to duplicate what I saw in books and magazines. And the pasta machine didn't hurt either!

    - tkaylen (Tonja)
    I stopped being afraid of making something different... when I let the part of me that loves abstract, nonsymetrical, "out there" stuff get her hands in the clay. And when I realized that the only rules that really matter (not counting curing times and temps here, folks) are the ones I'm willing to break.

    - PoKoPat (Pat)
    I got a motor for my pasta machine and really started experimenting... I started mixing my own colours instead of using them straight from the pack... I stopped thinking what other people would like and just made what I liked... and also, to relax when something didn't turn out like the 'picture in my head' because invariably, someone else will like it.

    - Melly (melly004)
    I found PCC's webpage - and then Leigh invited me to visit the message board - it's a whole different world with PCC!

    - Celtic Dolphin (Darla)
  • I started keeping a creative journal. I use a spiral bound sketch book, taking notes on ideas or things I see around that inspire and also do some drawing - very basic, to cement the idea. I can go back when I'm not sure what I want to do, and pull something from the journal that's been waiting to be tried.
  • I finally got my studio set up with a *real* table space and appropriate chair. Tools are in easy to access cans, books in a bookcase nearby, blades are not so sneaky, that kind of thing. Before I had this table (it's a big folding one with a surface that'll handle even the nastiest things without blinking) I was working most of the time in my recliner, which couldn't support me properly for working. Everything had to be pulled out and put back when I was done for the day, and that rarely happened. Mom's livingroom looks more liveable now, lol.
  • I started putting a cover over my pasta machine when it wasn't in use. I was finding all kinds of junk sticking to that thing and it took time away from creating to clean it up. Sometimes I'd get lazy and fur/dust got into my clay, ick! Luckily, I'm at my studio now and the cat's are at Mom's house. At least until my house gets finished, lol.

    - Marcella (MarcellaB2)
  • My work really improved when I got a computer, got online, and found PCC. Boy, that was a long time ago!

    - kellieAK (Kellie)
    And I want to echo what others have said; PCC has helped raise the bar for me several times. It's because of PCC, and the wonderful people here, and their encouragement, that I finally did feel free enough to be myself in my art... all those wonky canes, and abstract ideas, and wazoo colors... those are me; and so many people here were responsible for encouraging me to use those ideas.

    - PoKoPat (Pat)
    I started using a pasta machine. I have something to add... I met a few of these nice helpful PPC people at Ravensdale and they are just as great in person as they are on line!

    - MissHelaineous Creations (Helaine)
    I started using good clays and attended some classes...

    - Rickie Beth (pcyourway1)
    I found PCC, got my own dedicated studio space.

    - Connie (CCConnie)
    I started to:
  • use a pasta machine
  • sand till 1200 grit
  • got my tumbler
  • met the PCC community and glassattic
  • joined swap groups. Swap groups "force" you to explore new techniques, make new pieces you never thought of making
  • Learned that making mistakes is a great way to learn. I made (and make) plenty of mistakes. In the beginning I saw the mistakes as wasting money. Now I see that they tell me what not to do the next time. Ruined raw clay pieces can be used as the inside of a new piece…….. and you can always use scrap clay to make beautiful Natasha beads/ pendants.
  • Keep my ruined pieces as a guide to show me that over the years I did improve!

    - muured (Muriel)
  • I attended a color theory class at Embellishment. I also read Barbara McGuire's book on Elements of Design in Polymer Clay.
  • I started showing pictures of my pieces to other artists online.
  • I stopped making pieces with the possibility/hope/intention of selling it (or by guessing what might be interesting to buyers) and focused on what made me feel creatively enthusiastic about polymer clay as a medium.
  • I occasionally accepted due dated and deadline oriented projects, (initially for myself, and then for others) and saw how good ideas turned into great ideas as they evolved under pressure.
  • I was stuck in a designing rut and started asking, "What if?"
  • I looked to art books and artists in other media for ideas, inspiration or a new creative direction.
  • I participated in showcases for local artists in my area.

    - Marcella (MarcellaB2)
  • Good clay makes a difference. When I started using Premo, that was it! It really improved things.

    - Dawn's D-zyns (Dawn)
  • I slowed down and actually started to do something about the imperfections in my work.
  • When I gave myself permission to throw stuff away.
  • When I began studying artwork created in other mediums.
  • And many thanks should go to others: Teachers, co-workers, fellow PC people and my friends.

    - JaYZor (Jayne)
  • Another thing I thougt of while reading these posts is, my work improved whenever I would make something I thought was good enough to share and my claying partner/friend/and or other guild members would challenge me with... "That's nice, what's next?"

    - Esteban2323 (Steve)
    I joined my local guild. When I began to work all the way through challenges, trying different things to overcome obstacles.

    - Libzoid (Libby)
    I switched from S3 to Premo and when I got brave enough to join the PCC Forum and meet all of the wonderful people here.

    - TLT1946
  • Attended my first conference (Arrowmont in '97), took my first classes there and met some incredible people. Learned as much from other attendees as the instructors. Came home and immediately moved my workspace from the kitchen counter to the dining room. Started buying clay by the pound.
  • Co-founded our local guild and met even more wonderful and sharing artists.

    - DVillano (Diane)
  • My work really improved when I accepted that the skills and techniques I needed to produce the quality work I wanted (and still want) don't happen overnight. It takes patience and practice... for me, extraordinary levels of patience and practice. Doing polymer clay for fun for so long has taught me the combination of good self esteem, ability to focus, the right combination of tools and supplies, lessons, clay buddies, discovering what styles/colors/etc/ speak to me, patience, practice, confidence and a few other goodies are very important to produce the level of work I like. All those elements don't come together all at once. It took me a while to identify those aforementioned elements and to realize that if I let them, they will incorporate into me in their own good time.

    - desireem1 (Desiree)
    I took classes with Tory Hughes. Working with an expert probably saved me YEARS of experimentation. Also, working with a teacher who encourages creativity as well as diligent practices and a broad range of techniques (including finishing) left me well prepared and ready to express myself.

    - auntmolly (Mary T)
    My hubby says that it picks up when I see that people contemplate between two items, and then I do what I do best... negotiate the deal.

    - Alaina (frostysb)
    Where do I start? This past two years has been like a roller coaster ride that never stops. My first inspiration was an email I received from Donna Kato She told me to just keep practicing and I would be a success. And then
  • I found PCC
  • I switched to Premo and then to Kato which I love for the caning I love doing.
  • I went to Shrinemount, met Leigh, Kathy, Judy, Linda, Oscelyn and so many others.
  • Made two great friends, who believe in me and push me just a little when needed.
  • "Talked" to all of you on the message board.
  • Saw Donna Kato at Philidelphia.
  • Attended the first Pittsburgh Retreat, then Shrinemount again, the ACCI show in Chicago where I met more of the polymer elite, including Lisa Pavelka and Mareen Carlsen, and I just attended the second Pittsburgh Retreat.

    - byallison (Allison)
  • I have my first sculpture ever in polymer that won first place in a PCC Challenge. I would never have tried to sculpt before that challenge. And I had even artists I wished to grow up and be like someday say they liked it. Never underestimate the power of a "nice job". Now I sculpt and don't even think twice... penguin- okay, naked fat chick - okay, cupcake... elephan... .kitties. It all started with, of course, a naked girl (are we seeing a pattern here?). The Challenge Theme was Freedom... her name is Janis after the 'grrl' who sang "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose". Say something encouraing and helpful. Remember, to someone, you may be the world.

    - Dawn's D-zyns (Dawn)
    When I didn't give up!

    - Waywhy
    I just wanted to add that my PC worked improved when I met Pat on the About Jewelry Making forum. I was interested in making my own beads and was researching polymer clay. I asked a question about polymer clay and Pat directed me to this forum. I know I have not been a member long, but I have learned so much in a short time - thanks to everyone here.

    - jkclements (Jen)
    I improved when I gave myself permission not to like somthing I did, and also not to have to finish it in one sitting. I think in the beginning I was after immediate gratification, and this site helped me see that good things come to those who are willing to put in hours of work. Also the standards it seems: getting a PM, switching from sculpey3 to premo, and joining PCC. I've been so inspired, wowed, and moved by the posts that I have read here. Learning from everyone here has been an absolute honor, and I thank everyone for sharing their clay brains in text format

    - AluraCeleste (Jenn)
  • When I switched to Premo instead of the sticky soft SculpeyIII I had been using
  • When I went online and started reading every tutorial I could find
  • When I read Katherine Dewey's book on sculpting animals
  • When I gave myself permission to fail and tackle things which might be just a little beyond my ability

    - SkyGrazer (Christy)
  • When I joined a swap. It gives you an idea of what others out there are doing.

    - Sus (tutudada)
    I stopped making what people thought would sell... and just simply made what I love to make...

    - CasaDeClay (Macy)
    I stopped making what people thought would sell... and just simply made what I love to make...

    - CasaDeClay (Macy)

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