Like many artists, I like to try other media occassionally. I came to polymer clay from textiles, so I took lots of fiber classes in college. Later, I have taken watercolor painting classes, and on my own, I've explored other painting and mixed media. One of my current outside polymer interests is making mixed media paintings including close-ups of women's faces.
One of the classes which I am teaching at the Bead & Button Show is my Leaf Fossil class. The class makes use of sheet molds of foliage. It's one of my favorite classes to teach, and seems to be fairly popular.
Its time for me to get ready for the largest consumer bead show in the US!! The Bead & Button Show, sponsored by Kalmbach Publishing, who bring us Bead & Button, Art Jewerly and Bead Style magazines is coming up quickly. The event is a week of classes, shopping, learning, teaching, beads, jewelry, clay, wire, metal, and on and on. It is in Milwaukee and this year's dates are June 2-10.
I’ve been around the polymer clay world for over 20 years. In the beginning of my experience as a clayer, our corner of the art world was filled with excitement. It often felt like a race. Designers were intent on exploring and mapping the possibilities of this wonderful medium. We were interested in developing the next new technique, the next application of principles and materials from other media into our beloved polymer clay. My first book in 2004, Polyme