Polymer Clay Artist
Laura is a Maryland native, drawn to Cambridge by the beautiful Choptank River, award winning restaurants, a myriad of activities, live music, and a vibrant, active artist community. With grown children out of the nest, she and her husband loved it so much in Cambridge that they bought a house here 12 years ago.
She was welcomed into the artist community through her polymer clay bead creations, which she produces herself. Having previously designed jewelry using fair trade ceramic and paper beads, she became focused on making her own beads. At first, she wanted to make ceramic beads and silver beads but didnít have ready access to a kiln. After discovering how to make beads out of polymer clay, she was immediately intrigued. Polymer clay is not earthen clay. It is a type of hardenable modeling clay made out of polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Polymer clay works similarly to earthen clay as it can be molded into many different shapes and is put into an oven to harden. It is generally used for making art and craft items. Art made from polymer clay is frequently displayed in major museums.
Laura's current method is called Mukome Gane. She laminates sheets of polymer clay together, distort them, and harvests thin slices to reveal the resultant patterns. She then uses the veneer to make pendants, bracelets and earrings. Once she got the hang of this challenging technique, she couldnít stop!
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