“I put my heart and my soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
I begin the process by creating a traditional clay sculpture, and after firing the figure I then apply the polymer clay design, tile by tile. Next is finalizing the sculpture, fire again (occasionally multiple times), then go through a 10-12 step sanding and buffing process – all by hand and up to a 12,000 grit. Each finished piece represents many hours of work.
I primarily work with the millefiori technique. Millefiori (Italian for “thousand flowers”), also known as caning, is an old glassworks technique arranging different colored glass rods to make an image, heated and stretched, then sliced for a repeatable pattern. The properties of polymer clay work well with this technique. Imagine oil painting in 3-D.