bunny4ole on Apr 27, 2016
This is phenomenal. Lisa's clay figures are imaginative, beautiful artistic and richly detailed. I couldn't be more pleased. I'm fortunate to find out she lives in close enough proximity and purchased two others. I am beyond happy and excited. It won't be an only order!!
A Piece of Lisa....How it all began
It all began over 40 years ago, when as a little girl I would spend my days in my parents' cabinet shop. I would occupy my time making mud pies with sawdust crusts, or build things from scraps of wood, or simply take out the Crayola crayons and draw a picture. I have always loved to create, and that passion has never wavered.
In school my favorite subject was always art, and friends would often have me draw things for them. I knew I wanted to do something creative with my life, so I enrolled in an art program in college. It took five and a half years of studying drawing, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and letterpress printing, but I eventually earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I did my thesis work in oil painting.
After graduation, I discovered polymer clay and was immediately hooked! I started making interesting jewelry pieces and a few Christmas ornaments. I did a few craft shows with mixed results, but I knew I had to stick with it. The following year I started making miniature figurines and expanded my Christmas line to limited edition ornaments and business started really taking off.
I sold my creations at craft shows and in local boutiques for over 20 years under the name The Art Market. I took a short break from my work a few years ago, but I missed that daily interaction with my clay! In 2010 I found new inspiration in papier mache folk art and vintage holiday decorations, and my newest line of whimsical characters and art dolls was born.
I create each of my whimsical figurines individually by hand. They start with an idea in my head, occasionally a sketch. I make an armature from wire, floral tape and aluminum foil. Then I begin to sculpt with the polymer clay. I allow the doll to tell me who it wants to be. I'm not after perfect faces and proportions, but rather characters with a few imperfections and a whole lot of whimsy. Once the clay has been baked, I begin to add all the 'stuff' that makes them fun and unique. I use whatever I need to bring these dolls to life--fabric, flowers, tulle, paper, glitter, charms, ribbon. I take great pride in my attention to detail, and I think that is what sets my work apart. All of my whimsical creations are signed and dated. They truly are A Piece of Lisa.
As my etsy shop continues to grow I still do area art and craft fairs. I love the personal interaction and immediate feedback I get from a 'live' show, but you can't beat the world-wide exposure of selling online!
Lisa J. Ammerman
Owner, Artist, And Everything Else. This Is A One-woman Operation!
I have been creating things for as long as I can remember! I've come a long way from mud pies and Crayola Crayon pictures, but the childlike excitement I feel when I create a new character is still there.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards