Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up. ~ Pablo Picasso
A little about me... I've been creating my own "miniature worlds" as long as I can remember. If it was tiny, I loved it. I spent most of my childhood either drawing what I saw around me or making little dioramas or "scenes" out of anything I could get my hands on. Nature has always fascinated me and often I lose myself in its details. Living in New Hampshire, I'm fortunate to live on a property filled with a healthy dose of nature and magic, and my passion for both is reflected in my artwork . I'm constantly inspired by the beauty right outside my doorstep. How it all started... The idea to center my business around polyme clay miniatures came about organically from experiences I had in my own life. Winters are long in NH and I’ve often made indoor gardens and terrariums to bring a bit of spring and summer in my house during those long months. When I had children I knew that terrariums and miniature gardens were a great way to engage them and teach them about nature as well as tap into their imagination. I quickly found that the worlds that they dreamed up would need to be created by hand, and that's where polymer clay took center stage.
Creating miniatures from polymer clay not only sparked creativity in my children, but gave me an outlet to tap into all the magical ideas floating in my head. As a life long painter, creating 3-D sculpture was not only fun but gave me a whole new way of looking at things. I also saw what a positive affect is had on my children. It promotes focus, problem solving and there is no limit to what can dreamed up and created.
My studio aims to provide people of all ages unique miniature gardening accessories and kits that can be used in terrariums, container gardens and miniature outside gardens. Our signature products revolve around magical creatures like gnomes and mermaids, because I’ve always been enchanted by the mythology and folklore that surrounds them. I also offer accessories for the home that reflect the love of nature as well as teach classes for children and adults to create their own items out of clay. I am always working on expanding my classes to reach students of all ages who want to learn and have fun.
A little more about my work... I'm really a kid at heart and while I do enjoy making realistic sculpture, I find myself most often playing with whimsical and magical designs. I have always loved gnomes, toadstools and the idea that sprites and faeries live in the gardens and woods around my home. As a result those themes are reflected in my creations. My miniature canvases are painted with acrylic paint, as are many of the details on my clay sculptures. In my spare time I dabble in watercolor, photography and pen & ink drawings.
Oh and then there's my passion for teaching... I always wanted to teach art and while I took a small 25-year detour, I am finally doing what I most love to do, which is encouraging students of all ages to be creative. Polymer clay is a fun, intuitive medium that allows all students the chance to express themselves, even students who feel they "are not good at art". My goal is to teach technique by guiding students step-by-step through fun projects that allow them to be creative and find success. Students gain the knowledge needed to be successful with polymer clay and have fun at the same time. I teach primarily at Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center in Hollis NH, however, I also take classes to private homes and organizations upon request. I have a number of on-going classes, workshops, and curriculums available, so if there is something you have in mind for yourself or a group, please contact me for more information.