Talented polymer clay artist chats to Style
How long has When Laura Meets Clay been operating?
I started When Laura Meets Clay as an Etsy shop about four-and-a-half years ago.
When and what was your first market, and how many do you attend now?
A few years ago, my sister organised a mini market for home school families to attend. I had a small stall with all my jewellery and accessories (lots of ocean and food charms). I've learned a lot since then but am still branching out, currently only attending six or seven markets a year.
What mediums do you use aside from polymer clay? And what medium is your preferred to work with?
I have tried a lot of mediums and hobbies over the years and have amassed many supplies for my stash (I keep everything just in case I ever need it). I mainly stick to polymer clay but like to paint and draw sometimes.
What is your favourite item to create?
Sharks and anything ocean themed are my all-time favourite but it’s such a joy making fairy garden miniatures — especially because there are endless themes to explore.
How did the hobby start?
Up until 2013, I went through hobby fads — sewing, knitting, drawing, etc. I would become obsessed with one hobby for a few months until I would suddenly become more interested in something else. When I really got into polymer clay, my family figured it was just the latest. But even back then I knew that it was different — it’s definitely a medium I can see myself working with forever.
What are some challenges you face in your art?
There are technical challenges, like the fact that polymer clay picks up dust like nothing else; and trying to master new techniques. But I would say the biggest challenge I face is managing my time.
Is your family supportive of your art?
They’re very supportive. My dad converted a caravan into a craft space for me, and my mum, sister and niece have all accompanied me to markets.