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Like many Etsy artists, I’ve been designing in one form or another for most of my life – from making the first Barbie doll and pink-haired troll outfits to my own clothes, accessories and jewelry. Then came high school and hand-thrown pottery, drawing, painting and original silk-screened posters for school plays.

After college art came a developing interest in the larger spaces around me. This lead to 28 years in structural and architectural design.

Upon my discovery of polymer (clay) in the early 90’s, I briefly experimented, but didn’t begin to explore its potential in-depth until 2007 when I retired from the "outside world". I was amazed by the evolution of the material since my initial encounters: There were many more options in the clay formulas, tools, books, techniques and general selflessness and sharing of the now well-developed polymer…

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  • Joined June 11, 2009

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Polymer, liquid polymer, metal clay, fibers, copper, sterling silver, gun metal finishes

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About

Like many Etsy artists, I’ve been designing in one form or another for most of my life – from making the first Barbie doll and pink-haired troll outfits to my own clothes, accessories and jewelry. Then came high school and hand-thrown pottery, drawing, painting and original silk-screened posters for school plays.

After college art came a developing interest in the larger spaces around me. This lead to 28 years in structural and architectural design.

Upon my discovery of polymer (clay) in the early 90’s, I briefly experimented, but didn’t begin to explore its potential in-depth until 2007 when I retired from the "outside world". I was amazed by the evolution of the material since my initial encounters: There were many more options in the clay formulas, tools, books, techniques and general selflessness and sharing of the now well-developed polymer clay community.

The limitless possibilities of polymer on its own are staggering, but when combined with traditional beads and findings, wire wrapping techniques, natural materials and fibers….well, those implications haunt me (in a good way) on a daily basis! I carry a sketchbook, recording inspirations from my travels, nature, art - and just knocking around in my backyard!

My efforts were validated when I submitted a piece of polymer jewelry for consideration in the 2009 Bead Star annual contest. To my surprise and delight, my neckpiece won 1st Place in it's category!

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I'm also excited that MORE magazine chose to publish a story about my creative journey in their "Second Acts" section of the online magazine!

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Check out my blog/web site at http://11boldstreet.com
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