Food and Fimo

Posted in Artist's Commentary

I became interested in polymer clay in 1988, when a number of things serendipitously led me to take a workshop from Kathleen Dustin. At the time I had a large vegetable/herb garden and was experimenting with different colored inlays of herbs and vegetable purees into handcrafted pasta. One day I’d been tempted to buy FIMO after enjoying a display of miniature food at a local doll house store. I bought a piece of polymer clay jewelry at the Smithsonian Museum gift shop that had been made by Steven Ford and David Forlano (they called themselves CITY ZEN CANE-then). I had been taking courses at The Art League School at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria VA for ten years. That fall Kathleen Dustin was offering a workshop on polymer clay bead making. At the time I had no interest in making beads, but I was fascinated by the material so I signed up (and ended up making about four hundred beads that first week!)