THEN THERE WAS CLAY--Polymer Clay:
I have always been fascinated with pottery, ceramics and anything made of clay. Whenever I would go to museums, that was the first place in the museum I would gravitate to, as if by magnate. I admired all kinds of pottery, modern and ancient. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship, the skill, and creative thinking required to make from some piece soil or call it what it is "dirt", such magnificent objects, whether they were created for utilization or aesthetic purposes.
I also liked to window shop and admire the pottery, especially when visiting a small town and touring the local artist shops. I admired anything handcrafted from clay. So then, it will come as no surprise then, to tell you that I wanted to work with clay. What is truly amazing, though, is that when I finally had the opportunity to actually do something about satisfying this desire, I discovered the most amazing kind of clay--Polymer Clay. When I say: "I discovered it", of course, I do not mean to imply that I was the first person to apply clay in this way. By sheer coincidence I went to the library and looked at a video and saw an artist making beautiful objects with this nondescript piece of gooey stuff. I watched several videos, mesmerized by the process, bought a book, bought some tools, the Fimo and I was on my way to practice my new art form.
Hand crafting with Polymer clay as with anything worthwhile doing, takes time, but then, we know there is no substitute for time. The journey, however, is pleasant, relaxing and the result surprising every time and delightful. I hope you agree with me when you observe the beautiful jewelry I have crafted and the other objects I have made from Polymer Clay on my website JDCARTSTUDIOGIFTS.com, and you may want to add some of them to your collection or give them as gifts to your loved ones.
I will be writing much more in detail about the products and the process in future posts.