Let me introduce myself!

I am a self-confessed polymer clay addict, but my journey towards this creative medium had many twists and turns.

I have always enjoyed ‘creating’, from making my own pencil cases and key rings at school to making my own clothes. So, when a fabric pattern company came to my school asking for volunteers to appear in a fashion show and you could keep an outfit, I was there!

At the show I was approached by an agency and asked if I would like to sign up when I left school. Within a week of the end of term I was the youngest model on a countrywide tour and had the time of my life. I learnt so much about the fashion and textile industry over a number of years but missed the ‘hands on’ side of design so I decided to go back to college to learn practical skills and a teaching qualification.

I joined a local college teaching Soft Furnishings and achieved a further qualification in Interior Design. Whilst my boys were at school teaching fitted in perfectly with our daily routine, my interest in texture and embellishment lead me towards beads and ultimately jewellery making as a hobby.

My Polymer Clay Breakthrough

Nine years later, the government pulled all funding for the local colleges for adult education and 60 tutors lost their jobs overnight and I was one of them, so I went to the NEC to a hobby exhibition to see what else might interest me.

I saw a lady demonstrating polymer clay and I stood mesmerised!

All my interests just seemed to click into place: pattern, texture, design, the potential of interior projects and obviously jewellery. I immediately bought everything I needed and returned home to make my first multi coloured bead.

 

A year later my Mum wore a necklace to her hairdressers and a lady sitting beside her asked who had made it and if I had any teaching experience. Within a couple of weeks, I was live on air on a jewellery making TV channel and had a fabulous time for seven years. I met a creative community that was, and still is so warm and welcoming to me, I am very lucky.

I am now exploring new ventures, always with jewellery in mind and polymer clay in particular. Even though I have attended numerous workshops, I still get excited when I pack my bag for the next adventure knowing I will meet so many creative and talented people.

I am now exploring new ventures, always with jewellery in mind and polymer clay in particular. Even though I have attended numerous workshops, I still get excited when I pack my bag for the next adventure knowing I will meet so many creative and talented people.

Polymer clay has no limits and I cannot wait to see where the next road takes me. – Debbie