Melanie Bruister Taylor's Profile

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Hi, y'all. My name is Melanie and I've been playing with polymer clay for 20 years, give or take. What I love so much about the clay is that you can truly use it with anything...I guess mixed media is really my "thing". I use very little paint in my work, preferring to combine different colors of clay to form patterns (commonly referred to as canes). I use many different techniques but the one that fascinates folks the most is the cane, specifically the face cane. It fascinates me, as well, and I guess that's the reason for the name of my business.

Now, a little about my history. I'm pretty sure I was born an artist...I have loved to create for as long as I can remember. About 25 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had to quit my job as a cosmetics buyer for a small family owned store. At that time, I was painting what we in the south call cypress knees...actually…

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  • Joined October 24, 2010

Favorite materials

polymer clay, shells, sharpies, paper, fabric, yarn, found objects

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About

Hi, y'all. My name is Melanie and I've been playing with polymer clay for 20 years, give or take. What I love so much about the clay is that you can truly use it with anything...I guess mixed media is really my "thing". I use very little paint in my work, preferring to combine different colors of clay to form patterns (commonly referred to as canes). I use many different techniques but the one that fascinates folks the most is the cane, specifically the face cane. It fascinates me, as well, and I guess that's the reason for the name of my business.

Now, a little about my history. I'm pretty sure I was born an artist...I have loved to create for as long as I can remember. About 25 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had to quit my job as a cosmetics buyer for a small family owned store. At that time, I was painting what we in the south call cypress knees...actually the roots of the cypress tree that extend above the ground. I would paint whatever the knee looked like to me...one I particularly remember was a pile of small elephants. I made them a Twister mat and viola...Elephants Playing Twister! Anyway, pretty soon it became too difficult for me to deal with cleaning the knees and I discovered poly clay and a new addiction was born!! I have been experimenting with the stuff ever since, whenever my health allows it. I hope that you will enjoy my adventures with the clay as much as I do!

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