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Deb Groom

Deb writes: 

Frog Prince: This one needs a little explanation. The frog prince is choked that he only received one of those "kiss, kiss" air kisses. He only half transformed and is very put out. He still needs a lop sided crown and a gold ball.

Cancer Survivor: The lady beside him needs her legs finished and will have many little birds perched on her arms and lap. She's a survivor celebrating life.

Mineral Fairy: I don't know why, but he is one of those pieces that built their own world as I made his face and clothes and how they worked. It is such a dry, arid place that they cover their cheeks with a patch to protect them. Their hands are wrapped for protection and clothes are designed for camouflage.  These fairies are a little frail, but agile. They hide well and can hold still for hours if need be. They are quite brave and can act as scouts for the other little people but prefer to stay out of the squabbles that may ensue. Now that you know about them you'll probably find them a little easier to spot.

Happy hunting,

Deborah Groom    :)


I just wanted to thank you for the huge impact you've had on my life.  A few years ago I was diagnosed with lupus and often I am so riddled with pain it is difficult to function. Around this last New Years I was in a used book store and was hunting through the craft section, looking for something wonderful to catch my eye.  That's were I found your book," How to make clay characters". I was literally trembling by the time I got to the cash.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on some polymer clay.

I feel in love with making figures and haven't looked back. Each time I find a new face in the clay it's exciting to see it's story emerge. At first I had ideas in mind but I learned to let the figure go its own way. I ruined a few trying to control it and now I know better.

I've since joined a polymer clay guild and this November I'm going to a clay carnival in Vegas.  No one is teaching figures but it will stretch me to learn all those wonderful techniques. 

I recently had some of my figures in an exhibit at the Sidney museum (Vancouver Island in British Columbia).  When I'm working with clay I forget that I'm disabled. I'm not ashamed for what I can't do.  I have a wonderful peace (except for the eternal sneaky fingerprints that I swear get put on during baking!  ;)    ).   

I'm not a business person so I've never sold anything and am content with that.  I'm working on a forest fairy and a sea hag (she's a dear) for a bead show. They will hold strings of beads and be another example of polymer clay as our guild is there to promote the craft.

I just needed to thank you for giving me so much.  I raced out and bought the rest of your books and will be in line for anything else you publish. 

One of my proudest days was when my son was talking to the mother of a new friend and when she asked him what I do he smiled and said, "she gives great hugs and she's an artist."

Thank you Maureen,

yours, Deborah Groom




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