Friday, April 9, 2010

meet judy belcher



After years of toiling as a corporate accountant, Judy put those math and business skills to work in a joyfilled career as an artist working with polymer clay. Her work has been juried into several national exhibits and is sold in retail galleries across the US. Authoring “Polymer Clay Creative Traditions” and releasing an instructional DVD entitled “Millefiori Story” fulfilled her desire to do research on this incredibly versatile medium and share that enthusiasm with others.

Judy has co-authored three other books and appeared on television shows, including The Carol Duvall Show, Beads, Baubles and Jewels and Shop-at-Home. Giving back to the community that has fed my creative soul led her to her current position as Past-President of the International Polymer Clay Guild.

She is also the West Virginia state representative for the American Craft Council/SE and has been involved in planning numerous conferences for that organization. Her home and studio are in West Virginia, a state whose commitment to its artisans is unrivalled. She has contributed to their mission by serving a term on the artisan advisory board for Tamarack, the premier juried artisan venue for the state. Judy teaches workshops, nationally and internationally, and speaks around the country sharing her fascination with and enthusiasm for polymer clay.

Judy is one of those equally right and left brained artists - she can produce wonderful work and she can actually get around to pricing it. She isn't a "tool loser"! An organized artist, capable of conceiving a conference like Synergy and then making it happen. And, she's a very good friend, too.

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