Polymer Clay Artist

I am a juried member of Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. I have had the wonderful opportunity of being an artist here since February 2006. You couldn’t ask for a better work environment with a more fun or inspirational location. I am currently an artist in Studio 40.

Polymer Clay is my medium of choice, always evolving and never boring. I am fascinated by the sense of order, color, fun, and the challenge of trying to create things that have never been done before. After taking a class with the talented Laurie Mika I have found another area of Polymer Clay that I love- the art of making polymer clay tiles. I am excited to create something that is truly me. I am inspired by words,

phrases, poetry. Also themes that are important to me- nature, concern

for the environment, gardening, cats, music, textiles- to name a few.

The challenge is in creating interesting tiles that fit together and

tell a story.

For me, the most important thing about Polymer Clay is sharing. That is what I do in Studio 40, try to create other Polymer Clay addicts. In this website, on the My Process page, I have included links to sites that you may find helpful if this medium is something you choose to try. You are always welcome to contact me for help.

Polymer Clay

Gail Woods

I am involved with various online clay groups, as well as the San Diego

Polymer Clay Guild. I have belonged to an Art Telling group for the last

7 years. We meet monthly and do art based on words that the group has chosen. We are artists in different mediums, so it can be a challenge for me to interpret those words in Polymer Clay. We have done local juried shows together over the years. I have a small group of polymer clay friends that also meets monthly, we are all about experimentation- it has often sent me down the rabbit hole. I have participated in other juried shows such as The Small Image Show in Spanish Village Art Center and Art Walk in Little Italy.

My ideas of “creating art” have taken many forms over the years. Some have been entrepreneurial. I tried to find a creative side to everything I have done. Some of my self-employment endeavors included starting a business doing wedding flowers; having a bookkeeping business; and running the best auto repair shop in San Diego with my husband Jon (Jon Woods Automotive- voted so by San Diego Magazine). In corporate world I managed people and computers, creating business information systems and writing manuals.

Retirement is all about doing what you love and not making it a job.