Helen Breil

The 1997 summer issue of American Style magazine introduced me to a new and wonderful medium called polymer clay. The magazine featured Kathleen Dustin, Elise Winters, Rebecca Zimmerman and many others. Their work and the possibilities of the medium fascinated me and despite having no creative arts background I was hooked.

Exploration of design and developing new surface techniques fuel my continued passion with the versatile medium of polymer clay. Sharing the results of my exploration are another passion of mine. I have been able to share my ideas through articles in Art Jewelry Magazine, The Polymer Arts, Step-by-Step Beads and PolymerCAFE. I have also published a popular line of tutorials and in December 2012 launched my first eBook, "Shapes - 25 Inspirational Jewellery Designs in Polymer Clay". My second mini eBook Fan Fold Designs was published May 2014.

I also teach workshops where I love introducing polymer clay to new users. My love of texture led to my creation of a line of texture stamps that have been used by clay artists around the world. A collection of silk screen designs were launched in February 2015.

I combine the surface techniques I have developed with my love of design in my signature style of contemporary jewelry. My necklace "Coleus" won first place in the 2010 International Polymer Clay Association Progress & Possibilities Competition in the Intermediate Jewelry category. My necklace "Waves" was chosen from 130 entries for the cover of the 2011 Toronto Bead Society calendar. My work has been published in "Polymer Clay Global Perspectives" by Cynthia Tinapple and "The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide" by Marie Segal. I was honored to be the Guest Artist at the International Polymer Clay Association Retreat in August 2014 in Ohio. My work was featured in a full page ad for Fimo Professional clay in the 2015 fall issue of The Polymers Arts magazine.

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