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Maureen Carlson 

Maureen Carlson has been working with polymer clay since 1979, when fellow artist Anne Fisher from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival suggested that she use it for creating her Wee Folk. That conversation led to a whole world of opportunity, literally, as 36 years later you can find Maureen Carlson books and Push Molds in polymer clay workshops around the world. Since then she has written for magazines, worked with American Art Clay Company as a polymer clay demonstrator and consultant and was a frequent guest on the Carol Duvall show on HGTV. She has written 14 polymer clay books, including How to Make Clay Characters (Northlight Books), Clay Techniques for a Pasta Machine (Design Originals) and FIMO Folk (Hot Off the Press). Her original clay characters have been featured as licensed collectibles, most recently with Abbey Press in a line called Sister Folk. She is most drawn to sculpture but uses a wide variety of polymer clay techniques in her surface design work. From 1998 to 2015 she and her husband, Dan, operated Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN, which specialized in polymer clay workshops and retreats. She and Dan continue their online presence at weefolk.com. Currently Maureen is concentrating on her own studio work as well as imagining ways that storytelling, photography and polymer clay might be combined to create wonder and joy.


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