I owe my career in clay to procrastination.
You see, I was supposed to find a demonstrator for Kemper Enterprises at what was then known as the ACCI Show, and I didn’t. Having painted myself into that corner, I had no choice but to demo my way out.
My parents always said that I could do anything I wanted, if I worked hard enough to get it. Armed with that “sure, I can do it” attitude, I forged ahead into parts unknown and discovered a world previously unknown to me. The world of the art and craft trade. I demonstrated and discovered that I loved to teach. I had found a home in a home.
Through those years showing how to use polymer clay, I met people whose influence would enhance my journey in ways unexpected. The wonderful Carol Duvall made it possible for me to show polymer clay on her tv show. I’d worked behind the camera in another life but hadn’t really considered being in front of it! Thanks to Carol and her show, I appeared in all the years it aired, except for the first year.
Thanks to those trade shows, I connected with the publisher who would print three of my books – Watson Guptill ( now Random House). I had the best editor ever in Joy Aquilino. That process helped improve my writing and organizational skills.
The most important influences in my life have to be my mom and dad.
As a child, I remember watching my mother create with her hands. If she wasn’t hand painting quilts, she was knitting or crocheting or sewing our clothing. Very little went to waste, mom was a recycler extraordinaire.
My dad was a body and fender man, once upon a time, before snap on component car parts, what he did was a real art. He would talk about his work, how much you could stress metal before it was of no use. How to paint a car and make it as fair as it could possibly be. He was a perfectionist and proud of his work.
Thanks to them, I always made things. Not everything needed to be purchased, so I always tried to make my own first. There’s power in that.
Now, I still teach in person. I still create projects and how to articles on CraftArtEdu. By working in that format, I think I create the best classes that I could possible make. Why? Because I can think and arrange and re-arrange and write my script so that what I teach is as clear as I can make it.
I still live in Colorado with husband Vernon, two dogs and two cats. We do still have one horse but she’s in training at another facility. Life, all things considered, is good. Professionally, personally, it’s pretty darn good.