Digital Beading Magazine Issue 12 - Page 22

DBM: Who do you most admire in the claying world and why? DC: Wow, I guess there are lots that I admire in the claying world but there are a few who have made a really big impression on me. Donna Kato for her groundbreaking techniques in polymer clay and for coming up with a clay that works perfectly in the climate I live in. Christi Friesen for her absolutely incredible teaching ability. Ronna Sarvas Weltman for her inspiring book “Ancient Modern” which is one of my all time favourites. There are many more – I could literally go on forever but these are my main three.   DBM: Do you have favourite colours and brands in clay? DC: Kato is of course my favourite brand of clay because, as I mentioned, it holds so incredibly well in my climate. Some of the other brands can tend to get a little “sticky” but Kato works time and time again regardless of the weather. Favourite colour - absolutely white – hmmm some may consider this not a colour but for me, white is the beginning of everything.  There is literally so much you can do with white clay, you would probably be quite surprised.  If I had to choose a second colour it would be violet – always been a purple lover.   DBM: With clay is there any such thing as mistake – or are all “mistakes” reworkable? DC: I personally don’t think there are ever any “mistakes”.  Mistakes are crucial to our development and I am betting we have all made huge mistakes somewhere in our clay journey. Mistakes help us learn, they help us experiment, they help us know what not to do next time. I keep all my mistakes and I make sure I write everything down when I’m in experimental mode – that way I can remember in six months time what worked and what didn’t. You may not be able to rework certain mistakes but they will never get thrown out – not in my studio anyway! Or those mistakes simply end up as scrap clay, which is always handy. DBM: We loved your Organic Spring Flower earrings in this issue of DBM, how did you achieve such an organic look? DC: You know I remember how those earrings evolved and it was through a few days of experiment and play that they came about. I started with a certain idea then came that moment:  Hmm, what would happen if I did this?  And then what would happen if I tried this way instead? A lot of my pieces come about this way and I have to admit, it’s heaps of fun.