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Polymer Clay Polyzine

Copyright 2000-2004
Raleigh, NC
ISSN 1534-1038
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Gone to the Dogs:
How Sheryl Morrow Combines
eBay™ and Clay

By Jeannie Havel
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Westie's in a Shoe FigurineA few weeks ago I was rummaging around on eBay seeing who was selling what, when I stumbled across the polymer clay auctions of Sheryl Morrow.  My first reaction was to smile. My second reaction was to zap a fast email to Sheryl asking if I could feature her work in pcPolyzine. I could go on and on about how precious I find each of Sheryl's little pups, but I'd rather you visit her auctions yourself. Sheryl has found a niche audience for her unique online auctions. She's another in a long list of polymer clay artists who turn their art into business. As you look at the photos in this article, perhaps you will think of someone who would just adore one of Sheryl's figurines. Perhaps that someone is you.

Sheryl MorrowAs the old saying goes, Sheryl Morrow has "gone to the dogs." Literally. Before that, she was a bear woman. No, not a bare woman, but a woman who collected bears. So, it was no wonder that after she and her sister-in-law went to their first polymer clay class, Sheryl began sculting bears. That was 11 years ago. Sheryl is just as enamored with polymer clay as the rest of us, and she has found a way to profit from her art. Sheryl sells her creations through eBay™, the well-known online auction website.  Here's how she does it:

Bear Figurine"I decided I needed my own ideas and creations. I started with the idea of bears since I was a bear collector. I designed and created a Black Bear. I set up an eBay account and listed the bears. They went quite well, but I soon found that not everyone is a bear collector such as myself. I changed direction with another love of mine-DOGS!"

Sheryl didn't just shift gears and become successful, she did her homework.

"I bought myself a dog breed book and from what I had learned through my past clay classes I went to work. The first dog, of course, was my own Black Lab, Shadow. I then designed and sculpted a few other breeds of dogs and listed them on eBay. They were a hit!"

Dalmation FigurineSheryl has designed and sculpted up to 25 different dog breeds that she sells primarily on eBay and she accepts custom orders as well. She requests a picture of any pet that she plans to sculpt in polymer clay to help capture the personality as well as the breed of the dog.

Golden Retriever FigurineWhen she isn't making and selling dog figurines, Sheryl enjoys spending time with her family and pets. "I have a wonderful, loving family," Sheryl says, "My parents, Ed and Shirley; and a brother, Scott and his wife, Cheryl, who have given me a beautiful niece Shelby, age 10 and a handsome nephew, Dakota, who is 6." Sheryl continues, " I share my home with two cats and a dog. My oldest cat, Buttons, is a Siamese and was given to me. My other cat is Lucky. She is a black and white shorthaired whom I rescued [when she was] five weeks old. My dog's name is Shadow and is a black lab and is also a rescued pet."

Bloodhounds in Car Figurine
In addition to selling her polymer clay dogs, Sheryl donates some of her sculptures to her local
Humane Society for their charity auctions. "I am also donating Bloodhound sculptures to the Bloodhound Nationals in Fairfield Glade, TN in October."

Sheryl works full-time as the Circulation Manager for a publishing company in Kansas City, Missouri.  She says her hobbies are "spending time outdoors in my yard working in my flower garden, sitting on my deck reading a good book, or just relaxing with my dog, Shadow. I also spend time with my niece and nephew and do a little Scrapbooking. I continue designing and sculpting new dog breeds in my home studio. Oh yes, and work with polymer clay."

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Business Card HolderSpecial Note: Sheryl would like to thank her family, friends and co-workers for their love, encouragement, support and ideas. Without them,she says, she would not have had the opportunity to pursue the craft that she loves and enjoys. She also wants to say a special thank you to her clay instructor, Diane, who has always said she could DO IT!

Look for Sheryl Morrow's eBay auctions at: http://www.ebay.com under the User ID: bearcrazy62, or email her with custom orders at: smorrow1@mindspring.com.

”My love for our furry friends will always be in my heart and shown sculpted from my own hands.” -- Sheryl Morrow