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.
As 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
auction website. Here's how she does it:
"I decided I needed my own ideas and creations. I
started with the idea of bears since I was a bear collector. I designed
created a Black Bear. I set up an eBay account and listed the bears.
went quite well, but I soon found that not everyone is a bear collector
myself. I changed direction with another love of mine-DOGS!"
Sheryl didn't just shift gears and become successful, she did her
"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
other breeds of dogs and listed them on eBay. They were a hit!"
Sheryl 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.
When she isn't making and
selling dog figurines, Sheryl enjoys spending time with her family and
pets. "I have a
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,
who is 6." Sheryl continues, "
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."
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
Glade, TN in October."
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,
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."