Who inspires you?
My peers are a great inspiration. I’m encouraged each day by the community of beadmakers that I know. I’m inspired by those who create with a vision that is their own, those who uniquely express themselves are the biggest inspiration. My favorite polymer clay artist is Cynthia Toops for her incredible use of subtle and sophisticated colors.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by two things, nature and art history. Whether it’s the color combinations of a blossom or the artist palette from my favorite paintings, most of my work stems from these two acts of creation. I’m particularly attracted to the designers and artists from the arts & crafts movement and the pre-Raphaelites like William Morris and Gustav Klimt. Probably because they too were so inspired by nature. You’ll also find Van Gogh and Monet in the my line of beads.
Where do you create?
I have a studio in my home. It’s filled with tables, shelves and lots of room to work out my latest ideas.
How long have you been using polymer clay?
I discovered polymer clay 15 years ago while in art school. I was immediately drawn to it’s possibilities with color and the low-tech equipment that allowed me to work from my kitchen table. It was much safer to make beads from polymer with young children nearby than the lampwork glass I had started with as a beadmaker.