In 2012 I discovered polymer clay. Polymer clay is a type of hardened modeling clay, based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is saturated with color particles. Brands include FIMO, Sculpey, Cernit, or Kato Polyclay. Working with the colorful modeling clay is like playing with three-dimensional color. The possibilities are almost endless. The kneading, handling, the colors, the constant surprises in the realisation of a work piece - all this has something relaxingly exciting, sometimes even meditative in itself. That is why I have become so fascinated by this material. I have dealt extensively with the issues involved in working with polymer clay. In Austria polymer clay is almost unknown as an art material, however, in America, the production of polymer clay jewelry has been well established for 20 years and polymer clay jewellery has also become acknowledged in art museums. I have accumulated an extensive selection of books on Polymer Clay Art. On the Internet there are a large number of forums in which artists such as Ford / Forlano, Cynthia Toops, Kathleen Dustin, Dan Cormier, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Nan Roche, Elise Winters, Ronna Sarvas Weltman, Tory Hughes, Melanie West, Lindly Haunani, Loretta Lam, Donna Kato, Rie Nagumo show their creations. Not only me, but also other European artists have been working with polymer clay: Martina Weller, Anke Humpert, Bettina Welker, Jana Lehmann, Carol Blackburn, Christine Dumont, and Eva Ehmeier. All of these names I have to mention, for they are the masters and my most direct inspirational source. 
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