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Makin's Clay® Design Team

We are proud to introduce the 2016 Makin's Clay® Design Team!  

Design Team Leader CINDI BISSON McGEE specializes in creative design with a focus on unique combinations of mixed-media; She enjoys working with paper, clay, resin, fabric, paint, metal and more.  Her wearable art, home-decor, paper crafts and upcyled projects have
been featured in books and magazines, at events and trade shows, and online in craft TV programs. Her polymer clay projects have been frequently published in Polymer Cafe Magazine.  Cindi’s crafting series “Behind These Eyes with Cindi Bisson” can be seen regularly on www.WhenCreativityKnocks.com where she is also Co-Host and Associate Producer of When Creativity Knocks.  You can also find her work on her blog - Cindi Bisson - Behind These Eyes™ Cindi is active on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Linked-In. An experienced media spokesperson, educator, project and product designer and more, Cindi’s style is diverse and ever evolving. If you are looking for an artist who “dares to be different” - you’ll find her BEHIND THESE EYES™.




STEPH ACKERMAN - My name is Steph Ackerman and I live in New York with my husband, our son, and one very photogenic pup.    I have been creating in some form for as long as I can remember.   I love the creative process, am very versatile and love to create an assortment of projects from canvas wall hangings, to tags and  cards to mixed media projects and more.    My day is not complete if I haven’t spent some time in my craft room.  I have a dedicated studio where I play and create.  I  also teach a wide variety  of paper crafting and tool related classes in my studio and my local craft stores and I encourage my students to play with their products and tools.   I believe that only by playing can you unlock your potential and the potential of the products you are working with.   You have no idea what you can create if you don’t take time to play and explore.


I am a CHA Designer Member, have the pleasure of being on a number of design teams and have had my work  published in a number of magazines.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Makin's Clay Design Team.



DONNA BUDZYNSKI - Hi, my name is Donna Budzynski. I am a CHA Designer member. I have been pursuing art since I was very young. My Dad had a Model Marine Hobby shop and I was always with him begging to order the String Art kits or new paint. 

I love working with many different mediums, clay, paint, paper and assemblage. I have been published in many magazines and am very proud of each and every one of them. I am looking forward to this new adventure with Makin’s Clay® and I hope that you will join me in this new adventure.







MARTHA LUCIA GOMEZ -  Hi, I'm Martha Lucia Gómez, I am from Colombia, but now I live in Miami, USA. My first language is Spanish, which is why when you visit my blog, you will see it is written in Spanish; but don't worry, I have a translate button. I studied Social Communications and Journalism, but I've loved crafts ever since I was a kid. Once upon a time, I used to work with metal jewelry, but one day I discovered stamps, ink,  paper and die cuts, and I was hooked; now it is my passion. I continue working in my profession, but at the same time I work on my blog and in various Design Teams; I can definitely conclude that working with paper crafts is the best therapy. 

I live with my husband and our two daughters and I divide my time between my family, my work in a Public Relations Company and my passion: stamping and crafting. I love to create cards, 3D´s and alter different projects.  I am looking forward to working on this Design Team and sharing my passion with all of you.

LISA HANEY - Lisa Haney mainly creates with polymer clay but enjoys working in other mediums as well.  She is also an accomplished cake decorator.  Lisa has published an article on how to sand polymer clay beads using a rock tumbler in PolymerCafe Magazine.  You can find her on her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Flickr.

PATRICIA KRAUCHUNE - My partner and I live in central Massachusetts, in the most historical small town in America. Our home is called Liberty House…I have over 1500 Statue of Liberty items, hence the name of my blog Art4liberty.wordpress.com. I have always been a crafty person.  In the 70’s I carved realistic song birds professionally. I also made custom bird houses. Tried scrapbooking for a short time, but it did not hold my interest. And now and then I do some bookbinding and other paper crafts.

I first tinkered with polymer clay back in 1970 making heart shaped pendants to hold ashes of loved ones. I really did not know much about conditioning or other properties of the clay but was happy making reliquaries for friends.  Then in 2003 I started reading about polymer clay and expanded my knowledge of the product by taking numerous classes from artists like Laurie Mika, Christie Friesen and any other classes I could attend on polymer clay. The rest of the story is about hands on self learning and reading. Plus I received tips from various artists that I had written to who were generous enough to help. I have also dabbled in PMC, precious metal clay…but polymer is my muse.  I love Steampunk design, up cycling found objects and creating ideas that just pop into my head. Most of my art is given to friends and family, that is what I love doing. I have been published in “Just Steampunk” magazine numerous times, will be in the 2015 Spring edition of “Just Jewelry”, and had my art displayed at the Buell Museum in Pueblo 
Colorado in 2014.


CAROLE MONAHAN- Carole started working with polymer clay almost by accident in 2010. She and her daughter Cathryn were cleaning the house and they discovered some craft supplies which included some polymer clay. Well… not much cleaning got done that day after this discovery! 

It all started with a little bird, Wort the Worry bird. He was made to cheer up a friend who was going through a really tough time. Carole told her Wort would help her with all her woes. Everyone who saw this little bird Wort: aka the blue bird of happiness HAD to have one as well! Then Wort was joined by his cousin LUCKY DUCKY. Lucky was made for the sole purpose to raise funds for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society. 
Carole was diagnosed with MS in 2003, she has found that working with the clay is great occupational therapy and cognitive therapy to help with the hand and muscle cramps that come with her illness. 
She has been working with clay ever since her first encounter with it. She has since authored several tutorials for Polymer Café, Her first was Bambooya beads April 2012 and Mobious Mass October 2013 issue and her latest tutorial is Primarily Twisted.
Her mixed media pieces have also been featured in Just Steampunk Magazine for the last several years.
Carole has also won several awards for her designs. 
In 2014 Carole was named one of Sculpey ‘s design squad members. 
Carole never gets bored with the possibilities of clay and feels “Compelled” to keep working with this medium because her well of ideas never run out!

ERIN REED I am a military wife, a stay at home mom (my children give me wonderful inspiration to work with), 2 boys and 2 girls.  I was a teacher (high school science) before I stayed at home, and I love to craft!!  My first love is my family, they mean everything to me.  My second love is crafts in all forms including scrapbook layouts, art journals, cards, tags, mixed media, altered items, home decor, and DIY. I started crafting back in middle school painting ceramic figures and making friendship bracelets, I even had a small business going in my school.  From there my crafting has gone to needle point, hand felt sewing, dabbled a bit into knitting (I can only make squares), scrapbooking, and now I do a bit of everything!  I bring a fun, romantic, and sometimes funky feel to my projects.  I guess if you had to label my style it would be romantic, shabby elegant chic, mixed media, and pop art.  I have been called the Queen of Layers!!  I love to play with new designs and mediums and I am willing to try and make fun new things and push myself as a designer.


LUCY REESE My name is Lucy Reese and I am originally from New Baltimore, Michigan. I now reside in Elizabethtown, Kentucky with my husband and 3 kids. My interest in art came from my very talented mother. She taught me to work with ceramics, from pouring the mold, prepping, painting, and the firing of pieces. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2005 from Lung Cancer. There is not a day that goes by that I wish she could see how far I've come and the wide range of pieces I've made. I tend to not stick with just one medium. I have my hands in everything from clay, metal working, vintage jewelry, art journaling, and mixed media. You name it, I've most likely have tried it. Being that I am a total technique junkie my stash is pretty much outta control. This is my very first experience with a design team, and I cannot express how proud and excited I am to be apart of it. 
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IRIT SHALOM - My name is Irit Shalom and I am an Israeli designer.  In my real life, I am a working Dentist, a mom of 4 grown-ups, wife of a retired police officer and a grandmother of 2 adorable grandkids.  I am totally versatile in my styles and projects.  Make altered art and Mixed-Media, stamp, make cards, jewelry, and I am a primary scrapbooker.  I work in all possible styles from dark and grungy, shabby, romantic, vintage, eclectic and even cute.  For the last 5 years I designed and still design for more than 30 manufacturers around the world.  I was web and print published in almost every possible publication since 2012 and was spotlighted in dozens of manufacturers' blogs.  I hope to inspire our readers with my step by step tutorials and other inspirational Makin's Clay projects. 
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