Welcome! Here you will find one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and other objects featuring polymer clay components that have been hand-fashioned by yours truly. I have worked with polymer since the mid-1990's and have been fortunate to be able to attend classes and workshops with many talented teachers of the medium, and have drawn inspiration from them all. There is a huge worldwide polymer clay community that connects online to share ideas and inspiration.
Polymer Clay is a synthetic modeling material available in a range of brilliant colors under a variety of brand names. Raw clay is relatively soft and workable and can be shaped and formed into almost any configuration. Clays retain their color when placed next to other colors, but can be mixed together to create a rainbow of hues. This allows for the construction of “canes” that are similar to millefiori glasswork and thin cane slices are used for surface design.
Once fired (at about 300 degrees F) the clay is quite durable and can be carved, sanded, and painted. Color patterns on my pieces are from the clay itself and are not painted on, although I sometimes use a wash of acrylic paint to highlight impressed images or designs. Clay items can be cleaned with water, but avoid harsh chemicals. As you would with any art, store finished clay pieces away from direct bright sunlight and extreme heat or flame. Over time beads and other jewelry will acquire a soft patina from wear. If scratches appear they can be buffed away with a soft cloth or some rubbing on your favorite blue jeans.
There is a nature theme through much of my clay work. I am a lover of nature and a Certified Master Gardener who has been known to raise Monarch butterfly caterpillars in my kitchen. I also create watercolor paintings, again primarily nature-themed. My professional career was in the mental health field and I am aware that pursuit of your own artistic or other pursuits promotes good health.