About the Artist: Helen Cruickshank
I have been claying for around 8 years and enjoy making quirky designs, mostly with animal themes. I love making canes so they feature in many designs, and I have an eclectic taste in projects, including sculptures, jewellery, vases, tree decorations and recently an advent calendar. Basically I like making people smile, so most of the projects I make are fun, colourful, and amusing. I also love teaching; I'm an Occupational Therapist, which means I adapt things to make them more achievable, so write tutorials and run workshops with the aim of the project being completed by people of all abilities and experience. I've written a book called "Amusing Artistry in Polymer Clay" featuring detailed photos and step-by-step directions for 9 projects composed of 19 canes which aims to inspire and encourage creativity.