Tal­ented poly­mer clay artist chats to Style

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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.

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