Author: Lindly Haunani
A lifelong artist, Lindly was delighted when she discovered polymer clay in 1988. Admired for her gently empowering teaching style, Lindly has taught hundreds of polymer clay workshops during the past fifteen years. A founding member of the National Polymer Clay Guild and the co-editor of their newletter for three years, Lindly remains active in the polymer clay community.

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Over the span of three National Polymer Clay Guild Retreats at Shrinemont, I was able to witness the evolution of Laura Liska’s bargello beads. One year she spent hours mixing color samples that nestled back into a neat hexagram, another year she experimented with different shapes for her beads, earrings and necklaces. Every aspect of these designs were carefully engineered by her for precision, reproducibility of the color ways and beautiful finishing.

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I was certainly bedazzled to see the this show at Beadazzled in Washington, DC in 1990. It was the first time I had ever seen the work of Pier Voulkos, Sarah Shriver, Grove & Grove and City Zen Cane in person. The show was displayed in the back room of the store’s original location on Dupont Circle in six large display cases and was curated by Penny Diamante.  I visited the show five times, each time leaving with new ideas and inspirations. There were thirty artists in the first show, so I was particularly thrilled (and grateful that Kathleen Dustin had …

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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 …

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