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Editorial Staff 2004
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Trina Williams
Editorial Board and Reporter
Fountain Valley, California

Hi! I am Trina Williams.

 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 had. 

In 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 stuff. 

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 customers. 

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.

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Editorial Board and Columnist
Deb Hayes
Lewiston, Idaho

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!) 

My professional 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! 

My husband and I have six boys, three of them 22, we are also looking forward to our first grandbaby in June 2002!

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! 

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Jeannie Havel
Pittsboro, North Carolina

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). 

My 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 but 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 since.

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.

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Marty
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In Memory of Marty
November 8, 2014

Editorial Board
Marty Woosley
Mineola, Texas

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. 

 I 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 pain away! 

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.  

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