Hi! I am Trina
I actually do
have a background in journalism, kind of. When I
was a junior in high school we moved to Tucson,
AZ, and in my English class, I was invited to
write for the school magazine. That led to an
editorial appointment to the school page of the
local paper for the following year. Then we
moved back to California, back to my old high
school. To make a long story short, I wasn’t
allowed to be on the school newspaper unless I
took a beginning journalism class. I cried. I
sucked it in. I won every journalism award they
college, with nursing as my major, (so you can get
a REAL job said my stepmother) I had a brief stint
with the Daily Bruin (UCLA). I was in charge of
the morgue. In laymen's terms that means filing
Real life took over.
Marriage. Kids. And eventually a job as a school
nurse. I wrote short pieces for the local
newspaper and dabbled in needlepoint, sewing,
and other needlework.
In about 1992, I saw
a newspaper article about making buttons out of
some kind of clay stuff. It looked interesting.
I was a sewer; I could do that. I went to the
craft store and bought four packs of Fimo. Then
I lost the article and eventually put the clay
somewhere (I still cant find it).
The following year I
happened upon a class in polymer clay at my
favorite craft store. Still thinking about
buttons, I took the class. And then another and
another until I had taken every class that
teacher offered. I was hooked. My house was
filling up with clay things. I won a couple of
awards at the county fair. I started selling my
things so I could see the dining room table.
Teachers were my first and still my best
I was a charter
member of our local guild and served as
president for a couple of years. When my first
teacher left our area, I took over her classes.
I still enjoy teaching beginners the best.
Board and Columnist
I was born in the
second half of the last century, and have been
earthbound ever since.....
I had been claying
for almost a year, off and on, but mostly off,
until I entered Swap 101. I had such a good
time, I thought I should play some more. I enjoy
playing with translucents and inclusions, as
well as covering large things! (I wish the lamp
could fit in the scanner!)
background has been as a broadcast journalist
and espresso entrepreneur, so it is a great deal
of fun and struggle for me to use the OTHER side
of my brain!
husband and I have six boys, three of them 22, we
are also looking forward to our first grandbaby in
At home with
me and Ramona and Louis (the dogs), is one of
the boys and my dear George. It seems that
recently their favorite comment is, "Do you want
me to put this in the recycling bin, or are you
going to cover it with clay?"
I have had a great
time so far with the polymer clay community, and
look forward to a gathering one day where I can
meet lots of you!
Greetings! I live in
central North Carolina with my 18 year old
daughter and polymer clay pal, Katie, and our
ever-growing population of rescue and foster
animals (Katie is a future veterinarian).
first experience with polymer clay was at
Mangelsen's in Omaha in 1992. I couldn't believe
the beautiful necklaces on display had not only
been handmade, but were fired in a home oven. I
bought several packages of Sculpey and FIMO
and by the time I arrived home (Maryland, in those
days), I had no idea where to begin using this
amazing art product.
Before I knew it,
Katie (6 years old at the time) had ripped open
the packages, marbled some clay, and had
produced two beads. "Like this, Mom?" she
asked. And we have enjoyed polymer clay ever
These days I am
finishing a degree in Human Services Psychology,
and promote polymer clay through local arts
councils, NC Arts for Healthcare, and the
Society for Arts in Healthcare. I am a member of
NPCG and enjoy bringing the art of polymer clay
to young people through cultural diversity
programs in our community.
Being disabled since
1997, I am always looking for new ways to adapt
clay for those with physical challenges. My goal
is to make polymer clay accessible to everyone.
Hi! I am Marty
Woosley, 57, from Mineola, TX. Recently moved
here when my hubby retired early. We were
in Dallas 21 years. I was born in Iowa and
lived there until 1981 when we came to Texas
with kids and dog. I have been married to my
high school sweetheart for 38+ years, and we
have three kids and five grandkids.
have done many things in my life -- banking,
administrative secretary with hotels and
charities, owned a quilt shop and worked as an
appliqué and sweater designer for Sharon
Young of Dallas for five years. I am now retired
and enjoying my hobbies of polymer clay,
watercolor paintings, and computers.
I have enjoyed
polymer clay for about 11 years, and I have made
many, many friends in the polymer world. I
founded the North Texas Polymer Clay Guild seven
years ago, and I started and ran the online
Internet group Polymerclayinterest which I gave
up recently and is now POLYMERCLAYPEOPLE .
I am a process
person who loves the "process of creating," and
it is not really important to me to get a
finished product or mass produce what I make. I
have rheumatoid arthritis, so the clay takes my
My life quote is
"Success is being able to spend your life in
your own way." How lucky I am to be able to do
this. Visit me at my website My Heart