Digital Beading Magazine Issue 12 - Page 23

DBM: Does practice make perfect when working with clay? DC: You know, I don’t think so. For some people practice definitely does, or it helps in many ways. But I’ve seen many newbies to clay who create amazing pieces first time. If you can provide students with a good project and give them clear, precise instructions, then there’s no reason why excellent results can’t be achieved in a short period of time.   DBM: Tell us about your lifestyle and how your claying fits into it? DC: My life style is the absolute best to be honest, Kelly, and I tell myself how lucky I am every day – or hubby does! Right before we had children my husband and I talked about our choices – should I be a stay at home mum or re-enter the workforce. Luckily our situation enabled me to be a stay at home, which gave me lots of time to explore my creative side. As they got older I delved further into my “business” and started running workshops, writing tutorials, selling at various shows, etc, and that’s how it’s evolved to this day. Lucky really.   DBM: Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating? DC: I don’t think I have any one particular “thing” that inspires me. For example I was just involved with a regional arts project – Art in the Outback - which saw me take polymer clay to a couple of communities inland from here. For a few weeks prior to heading out there I spent time in the studio coming up with ideas for “outback beads”. Prior to that I was writing a tutorial for a magazine and had a particular theme to follow so that was the inspiration behind those creations. I guess there is quite a variation in my work and inspiration comes from all over the place.