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I grew up in Spokane WA. and have always loved the out of doors. Being an artist, that went well with the challenge of traveling to different areas and selling my work at street fairs and art shows in parks, etc. I have always enjoyed creating things and started at a very young age carving animals out of soap, knitting Barbie Doll clothes, and building tiny houses, complete with furniture, using cardboard and fabric inside of shoe boxes. I've sculpted with different clays for 39 years and finally settled on
polymer clay in 1989. I like the way this clay lends itself to detail, (I LOVE to work small). It's also very durable, lightweight, and moisture cannot harm it. You can
actually wash them off with warm water, and although I would not recommend it, I recently had a favorite piece survive both the washer and dryer, still pinned to my shirt!
I never get tired…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 27
  • Joined October 16, 2008

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Polymer clay and anything I can add to it before and after baking

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I grew up in Spokane WA. and have always loved the out of doors. Being an artist, that went well with the challenge of traveling to different areas and selling my work at street fairs and art shows in parks, etc. I have always enjoyed creating things and started at a very young age carving animals out of soap, knitting Barbie Doll clothes, and building tiny houses, complete with furniture, using cardboard and fabric inside of shoe boxes. I've sculpted with different clays for 39 years and finally settled on
polymer clay in 1989. I like the way this clay lends itself to detail, (I LOVE to work small). It's also very durable, lightweight, and moisture cannot harm it. You can
actually wash them off with warm water, and although I would not recommend it, I recently had a favorite piece survive both the washer and dryer, still pinned to my shirt!
I never get tired of making things, and I NEVER run out of ideas. My main goal when I design something is to get a smile, (if not an out and out LAUGH), when people see it. It warms my heart to think that maybe I made someone's day a little brighter. I only hope that I can live long enough to make at least one each of all of the drawings I have made over the years! I consider myself to be blessed to have been able to make my living doing what I love for so many years!

I would also like to mention that many clay artists' work and books have been insprirational to me. Here are just a few: Irene Semanchuk Dean+++Sarajane Helm+++Dennis Brown+++Leslie Dierks+++Sandra McCall+++Judith Skinner+++Marie Segal+++Debbie Jackson+++Donna Kato+++Dotty McMillan+++Emma Ralph+++Steven Ford & Leslie Dierks+++Christi Friesen+++Lynn Reno+++Kimberly Hart+++tofunutloaf,(Etsy Shop)+++and many more too numerous to name here.

Treasurys which have featured my work:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/search/?search_query=freeheart1&search_submit=&search_type=treasury

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