My name is Sylvia Valentine, and I first played with polymer clay when my then-five-year-old daughter was given some for a present.
The enclosed leaflet gave instructions for making a reindeer and a Santa and a candy cane, and I thought ‘She’s five, fer Pete’s sake. Whatever she makes is not going to look like Santa!’
I looked online, and was staggered by what could be done, with this children’s toy, very like Plasticine, which bakes hard in the oven.
Following online tutorials, attending clay weekends and classes, I am still amazed by the versatility of this medium and how it can reflect a different design ethic for every single artist who uses it.