I have loved art since I was a child, taking my first private art lessons at the age of 11. I earned a degree in studio art from Hollins College in Virginia and experimented with various art mediums before discovering and becoming hooked on polymer clay. I found the medium to be very versatile, satisfying my desire to use bright colors, fun images, and intricate patterns.
I started Blue Frog Designs in 1995, working out of my home studio in Cary, North Carolina and enjoying the flexibility to be at home with my kids. I design and create colorful, whimsical boxes, mirrors, clocks, bottle stoppers, fan pulls, ornaments, and jewelry out of polymer clay.
Using the millefiori or cane making technique, I layer the colored clay to create designs or images that run lengthwise through a tube of clay so that when sliced, each slice is a duplicate of the design. The slices are then used in various ways to create the finished piece, which is fired in a standard oven to harden the clay. I often add beads, feathers, or wire for variety.