I'm still catching up from my trip, so you may have already seen these two great podcasts featuring polymer clay artists. If not, be sure to check them out:
I especially enjoyed the interview with Sarajane Helm. She is doing such interesting things -- her latest book is on my must-read list, and have you seen this miniature quilt shop!? One of the things she mentioned in her interview is that she enjoys trying lots of different techniques -- it's nice to hear confirmation that it's okay not to specialize.
One of my favorite parts of the interview was towards the end, where Sarajane talks about why polymer clay is so accessible AND so addictive for everybody -- young, old, even those who think they don't have a creative streak. According to Sarajane, it's not the clay that's addictive:
"It's the opiates in your own brain when you're having fun that are addictive. When you're having a good time, your body secretes chemicals that make you feel good -- and polymer clay is one of the quickest venues to having a great time that I've ever seen."