Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 88

Little did I know that when I started on my polymer clay journey back in 2007, this brand new medium would open me up to a whole new world of creativity, opportunities and friendships. For the love of Clay... Two of our favourite Australian polymer clay artists collaborate... By Dani Rapinett Debbie Crothers and I “met” online a number of years ago (in about 2009) through Beading and continued our online friendship through the Aussiepolyclayers forum and now through social media, emails and by phone. Our love of polymer clay and our passion for sharing that love, became the foundation for a lifelong friendship. We have shared many clay stories, photos and tutorials through countless emails, phone calls, forums, Facebook correspondence and instant messenger. In 2011, we decided to collaborate with each other, with the idea that we could bridge the literal gap between our two studios by offering each other’s projects as workshops in our respective venues. Our work is, and always has been, quite different from each other. Deb loves to work with surface techniques and embellishments (have you seen her awesome work with chalks?!), whilst I am a self- proclaimed ‘polymer purist’ - most of my work is with clay in it’s ‘purist’ form (those that know me know I can’t go long without creating some kind of mokume gane!).