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Michele Hinchey, MacTiere Luna – Polymer Clay Sculptor


In the present day I wish to introduce you to Michele Hinchey, the brand new chief of the Polymer Clay Problem. I’m happy to share her work with you right this moment and share her story and allow you to get to know her higher. Thanks Michele for becoming a member of us right this moment.

About Michele Hinchey:

My identify is Michele Hinchey, sole artist of MacTiere Luna Creations. I’m at present 42, married to my highschool sweetheart, greatest good friend, and love of my life. Our blended household, together with 8 youngsters (21-4 years previous) makes for busy and fascinating holidays. I encourage everybody in our household to observe their internal fact and be their most genuine self. My private pursuits and hobbies are broadly numerous, possible attributable to being raised as a “Navy Brat”. I spent my first 6 years dwelling in Guam and touring extensively on the east facet of the planet. Rising up all over the world throughout these foundational years has allowed me to have a moderately distinctive outlook on principally every little thing.  

What’s the Historical past of Your Artwork & How You Bought The place You Are In the present day?

My mom is an artwork main who naturally started introducing me to varied artwork types at a really younger age. Polymer Clay was launched round 2 years previous when she realized I wasn’t going to eat it. Consequently, I’ve labored with polymer clay and lots of different artwork types all of my life. I started to work with polymer clay on an expert stage in early 2016 when one in all my bonus Sons requested if I may create Cube Dragon for him and I stated ” I don’t know, let’s attempt to discover out”. I made the dragon, confirmed it on-line and other people preferred it a lot that I started working in the direction of constructing MacTiere Luna Creations. I “formally” turned a polymer clay instructor in 2020, however I’ve been educating my very own youngsters and nephew since 2016.

What Makes Your Artwork Distinctive?

I’m typically impressed by my youngsters, household, and nature with my creations. My very own model is as varies as my moods. Having spent the overwhelming majority of my youth in or all over the world’s varied wildernesses and nature I typically incorporate these remembered emotions into my creations. These recollections gasoline my creativity including the energies and touches of realism, fantasy, whimsy, and magic to every piece. My creations are sometimes influenced by my youngsters as effectively. A lot in order that I typically present an unfinished design to my youngsters for his or her opinions. As they vary so broadly in age their concepts will be wildly fantastical. Typically I incorporate half or all of their opinions in my last designs, giving them an additional little bit of familial magic. 

The place is Your Artwork Created?

My present studio house is our upstairs lounge. Half of the room is ready up for my workstation, storage for my provides, storage for my creations, my curing oven, and so on. My sculpting space is at present a pc desk with 2 12×12 marble tiles as a piece floor. The opposite half is ready up as a studying and play space for our youngest youngsters. As I sit and create my youngest youngsters are normally creating works of their very own with their desired media for the day. There are plans to rework this complete house this spring to assist or not it’s extra environment friendly for everybody. Having tried my hand at many types of polymer work I can actually say that sculpting is at present my favourite factor to do with polymer clay. I like watching how the clay actually transforms from a conditioned lump right into a completed creation. My mostly made creations are my Dragons and Gnomes in varied types and themes. 

What’s Your Favourite Merchandise and Why Did You Create it?

As of now my favourite creations are Naia an Oceanic Dragon I make yearly (all variations up to now), Fi`odo`ir Litrithe a 1/6 scale Mermaid Who’s identify means: Spell Weaver in Irish Gaelic, and a Hummingbird Necklace I designed for my Grandmother. Naia first got here into existence in 2019 as a destressing creation whereas I used to be on jury responsibility. It was a very disagreeable trial and dealing on creating the primary Naia (Naia’s Jewels) helped enormously. I spent the higher a part of every week engaged on her, including particulars and components. She has so many treasures, a lot constructive power, and a private therapeutic impact when she was completed that I knew she can be made yearly after that. Fi`odo`ir Litrithe has a particular place for me as she is the primary 1/6 scale piece I’ve made in addition to the primary mermaid. She posed so many challenges and handled me with so many alternatives to study new abilities that she too will change into an annual creation. The Hummingbird Necklace is the one one I’ll ever create as soon as. It’s the first piece I created with somebody particular in thoughts. My grandmother cherished hummingbirds, shiny colours, and jewellery that makes a press release. I remembered her having a tiny enamel hummingbird pendant once I was little so I created the twin Hummingbird Necklace primarily based on my reminiscence of that pendent. She squealed like a college woman when she acquired it. I’ve it now since her passing and it has change into a cherished household heirloom. 

What’s Your Course of Like? Inform Us About It.

After I started my course of was easy; create actually something. Now my course of is kind of completely different. I generally work off of a deliberate month-to-month/occasion theme or idea. I prefer to make an inventory of inventive concepts primarily based upon the themes or ideas to slender down what I actually wish to create. I arrange a show of crystals, stones, and different components that encourage the theme in query which may also be used as a part of the gadgets I’ll make for that theme. For my off-theme gadgets, it begins with a reminiscence, sparked inspiration from nature or my youngsters. For an off-theme instance, I as soon as made a Koi piece loosely primarily based on the story of the Golden Dragon and Ying-yang. On a uncommon event, a creation will come to life whereas I’m absently working with “scrap” clay as a approach to destress. This uncommon event is how the primary model of Naia got here to be made. Typically I additionally make one thing merely to check out a brand new method or concept. 

Who’s Your Polymer Clay Idol?

I’m actually unable to slender this right down to just one artist. On the high of my listing will at all times be the primary ones who impressed me to go additional with my polymer work. These are Katie Oskin, Jenny Darchuk-Sorenson, Teresa Salgado, and Debbie Crothers. These girls have been instrumental in my polymer journey for varied causes. I’ve admired, discovered from, and been impressed by every one and can proceed to be. I am keen on the distinctive look and elegance Katie has. Her strategies and imaginative and prescient for her items remind me of childhood, whimsy, and youthful magic. Jenny has this soothing feeling to each single piece she creates. Her model makes me consider the comfortable heat mild and curvy elegant edges of traditional romantic films. The talent and finesse that Teresa has with cane work won’t ever fail to amaze me. She additionally has the uncommon expertise to show advanced cane work in easy simple to observe steps, this can be a really uncommon present. Debbie has this pleasant power and such a wildly incredible imaginative and prescient for not solely her items but additionally her strategies. I’ve watched many movies from every of those artists. Some as tutorials, some interviews, and others showcasing their works. For my part, every of those superb artists is an inspiration to polymer artist at any stage. As for who I would love most to fulfill or take a category with; can I choose all of them as a bunch meet-up? That might be superb. 

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