Zuda Gay

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Name: Zuda Gay Pease

Website Link: clayinthehands.blogspot.com 

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Where are you located? Camp Point, IL  US

Tell us a bit about yourself: My parents were very creative people who raised their children to be the same – in every aspect of our lives. They were our biggest cheerleaders and instilled in us the thought that we could be whatever we wanted. I wanted to be a wife, a mommy and an artist. I am so blessed that I have been able to be all three. I married my best friend when we were 18.  We have two beautiful daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law and seven amazing and precious grandchildren. We live in a very small town in West Central Illinois with our family nearby. Life is very good!

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When did you begin designing jewelry/art? I have been playing with clay from the time I was a child. I loved playing with play dough and painting and coloring then and I still do. I have been working with polymer clay for over 12 years. I have been primarily making beads and pendants in the last four years.

dscf0027What made you choose this type of art? I love playing with clay of any type. I love polymer clay in particular for its instant gratification (a finished cured piece to gaze at in less than an hour) and the amazing things you can do with it and make it become. And of course, the color play. I love color!

What do you make? I primarily make flower pendants and beads.

il_430xn_43256291What materials and methods do you use? I use polymer clay, mainly Kato and Premo! brands.  I rarely use a color straight from the block. I mix my own colors and create blends using the Skinner Blend technique. I make mille fiore canes for my flower petals and my own techniques to create  flowers on bead bases.

Where do your design inspirations come from? All of creation! I love flowers, but have a brown thumb. So I make flowers that don’t wilt. I am inspired by other artist’s work and their use of color as well.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I need music! My studio is a room in our house, so it is available at anytime during the day or night when the urge to create hits.

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Where can your products be seen?  
EtsyMy Blog, and Flickr   

Upcoming events: None at this time

Magazine articles or press:  1000 Jewelry Details and Simply Beads Magazine – August 2008

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans?  Oh yes! Sharon Henry from Mana Moon Studio, Olivia Herbert from The Filigree Garden.

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8 responses to “Zuda Gay

  1. Miss Zudag…your work is truly amazing. Sara gets so many compliments on the necklace of yours that I gave to her, she laughs!
    Good luck my friend!
    Brett

  2. chauncey

    What a great interview with everyone’s favorite polymer clay artist, Zuda.

  3. I’m a big fan of Zuda Gay both as an artist and as a person. Such talent!

  4. Zuda’s work is wonderful! I have enjoyed creating with her flowers. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Zuda for mentioning me here. 🙂

  5. What a fabulous interview with one of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Zuda Gay’s creations are just magnificent. Her floral focals are by far the most creative, original and unique I have ever seen. They possess a whimsical charm that’s truly one-of-a-kind. It’s an honor to feature her gorgeous creations in my work.

  6. The most beautiful clay flower pendants! Absolutely more lovely in real life than can be seen in photos!

  7. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I appreciate all of you very much!!

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