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Posted on April 20, 2016 in Polymer Clay by Katie
Parker’s Clay Tribe has challenges every other month. Our first challenge of 2016, was to make a polymer clay mask. Our winner for the challenge was Jennifer Stedman. Without further ado, let’s meet the artist.
I was born and raised in Northwest Florida, an area rich with Nature and water all around. I am trained as a graphic design artist having attended a Graphic Design University in California. I have been creative all of my life and inspired by my own natural surrounding and love of animals. I currently live on a small horse ranch in rural lake country, still In Northwest Florida. Up until a few years ago I spent most of my time with rescue horses on my property and now provide home for other horses that are either rescue, need rehab work, or my neighbors horse from down the way that are in need of greener pastures. I am married to my best friend, whom helps me with many of my works, we always creating something.
My clay masks were a result of evolution from my earlier clay modeling of fantsy creatures and masks. I am inspired by fantasy nature and whimsy. My HawkEye masks have become more and more realistic in the sculpting and more whimsical in the painting as I continue to explore new ideas. No two of my works are ever exactly the same.
My masks originate from a place in my mind that is both whimsical and analytical, making for a unique fusion.
My studio is located in my home nestled under giant southern oak trees with a view across the horse pastures. I also share my home with 5 cats and 3 dogs. The view outside is serene and calming, the view inside can be chaotic as creativity can be messy!
I love how the clay lets me work with my hands. I do use some clay tools, but prefer my fingers overall. While trained in computer graphics I get more joy from working with the more raw materials by hand that other methods.
Sometimes, I get custom requests to match a theme or costume. However, normally I just let my imagination run wild with inspiration from nature to create.
My current favorite in my Gryphon mask which I created for my own costume for the annual charity mask ball. It was the first time I incorporated real feathers into one of my animals themed masks.
Thanks for joining me today,
Until next time, Happy Claying my friends!