chair of the Bpcg 2018-
I have always been a creative soul and from an early age, I found pleasure in sticking things together and making things from lots of different materials. As I became a young adult I started to experiment and investigate many varied crafts including paper crafts, egg art, jewellery making, wire work and felting to name a few.
I then had my career to think of and for 15 years I spend my life in the business world as a manager of a large factory using my creative talents as a release from work, selling things at craft fairs and doing private commissions for my greeting cards and wedding stationery.
In 2001 I had my daughter and decided to leave work altogether and in 2005 daughter number two arrived. I then ran a successful eBay business selling craft supplies but I still wanted to create and time was short.
In 2009 I visited the NEC Hobbycraft exhibition looking for inspiration and found it as I visited the British Polymer Clay Guild Stand. The stand displayed the most incredible pieces from jewellery to wall art and I was hooked!
Initially, I saw it as an enhancement to my jewellery but soon discovered it was an art in its own right. I was fascinated by the seemingly endless effects and results that could be achieved, so I embarked on a period of learning, workshops, books, YouTube and of course experimenting for myself. I found many of my crafts could be adapted and incorporated to create some exciting and new results.
As I had done serval workshops over the years for many different mediums I started to gather friends and family to teach them polymer clay techniques. This grew and I soon realised that I enjoyed teaching people as much as I enjoyed creating pieces myself. The workshops and teaching developed and I started the Kidderminster branch for BPCG.
I try very hard to help at the NEC every year to help spread the word about Polymer Clay. Then in 2016, I was lucky enough to get my own studio which can house up to 10 people for workshops and it has been a great success. I also run BPCG clay days as well as workshops for beginners and set workshops for specific designs.