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Carol Blackburn

I use polymer in all my designs for jewellery and vessels.  I love to devise new ways to mix and manipulate soft slabs of solid colour into fabulous shapes and limitless colour ways.  After baking polymer becomes a strong material with a natural matt finish which can be sanded and buffed for a high polish.  Either finish complements the sterling silver and gold that I use in my jewellery pieces.  Because they are solid colour the designs and patterns in my bowls and bangles never rub off no matter how often you handle them.

With polymer I can work quickly and find that this helps me to explore many ideas but then I'll select only one or two to refine and hone to perfection, and that is a long slow process.   I make a lot of beads. They are my favourite format for exploring the possibilities of polymer.  Many of them are illustrated in my book 'How to Make Polymer Clay Beads'.  It has been very successful, selling over 72,000 copies and has been translated into French, German and Italian.

Although I love teaching polymer at events and in my own London studio I continue to attend others' workshops as I believe you can never stop learning and I'll seek out a class with a polyclay artist whose work I admire. 

For many years I worked as a designer of knitted fabrics but nowadays I am obsessed with polymer.  It seems to me to be a craft medium with endless possibilities and I am fascinated to see where it will lead me.

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