|Polymer clay opens a
whole new world of opportunity for anyone looking
for unique additions to scrapbook pages, handmade
cards, altered books, and other personalized art.
Polymer clay allows us to mix our own color
palette and employ a wide range of techniques to
create truly one-of-a-kind artistic treasures. Too
busy to make treasures of your own? Patti Stoll
would be happy to make them for you, and you can
even specify custom colors and designs.
"Embellishments by Patti"
evolved about a year and a half ago when Patti
Stoll, a northwestern Washington state multimedia
artist, was trying to decide on items she could
make and sell online that weren't being done yet.
She says she went back to the original reason she
began working in polymer clay, which was to use it
to make embellishment items for collage work,
cards, and other projects. "I
started envisioning different projects that I,
myself, would like to do (someday) and the
color-coordinated theme kits were born. Because of the growing interest
in Scrapbooking and Altered Books, I also
brainstormed to come up with different alphabet
sets that could match my
kits. My focus was to
create something that wasn’t already available,"
she continues, "especially from the large
companies, making huge quantities of things, sold
at the large chain stores. I
wanted to create and offer items that could be
used by and inspire other people in their own
In addition to
the unique look and style of her designs, Patti
notes, "One thing that makes my
alphabet sets popular is that I am willing to
customize, for people, what letters come in the
sets, if they provide me a list.
I also take custom requests from them as to
which embellishing items to include in their kit,
but I find most people really like the 'surprise'
style package I offer. I
had extensive customer service training over the
years for the 'regular' jobs I held, and have
applied it to my own business.
I really do love working with people and
making sure they are happy. "
says she loves doing ancient-look
type pieces that involve using imitative
techniques, carving and antiquing.
She is very drawn to ancient aboriginal
art from around the world, especially the desert
Southwest and Oceania
regions. Her work has been
influenced by a long list of well-known polymer
clay artisans who use ancient and imitative
techniques in their work.
So what does the future
hold for Patti? "I plan to continue
growing my business online, adding new theme
kits and increasing my 'home embellishing'
(functional art) items, as well.
For the alphabet sets, I plan to debut some
new ones this fall that, like my Sedona Red Rock
and Oregon Dunes Sand alphabets that will be
made from materials gathered from famous places. This last April, I
went to Sedona, Arizona for the specific purpose
of collecting red dirt for that alphabet set,
which I incorporate into translucent clay. I especially want to
focus on creating items that go with a nature
theme and the feel of natural materials. My other passion in
life is plants and gardening, and I want to add
more items that celebrate nature."
many of us in the polyclay business, Patti Stoll
is a one-person operation. From making the items
for each order, to shipping, to building her own
store website, to
running eBay auctions, she says she has her hands
full. Currently, she
also conducts an open market once a week, locally.
You can see more of Patti's unique embellishments,
and place orders, on her website at: www.embellishments-by-patti.com
Editor's Note: Patti has
moved on from her custom embellishments
business. Today, you can find her happily
sharing snippets of her life on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patti.kutz.stoll