offers December art exhibits
started with Christmas gifts
(December 2011) Madison, Ind., is known for
its architecture, river history, festivals and art. But some artists
show their talent in other ways.
For nearly 15 years, Mae Watson has dedicated her spare time to creating
miniature dolls and figurines made out of polymer clay.
Watson has entered in the 4-H Fair and won grand champion a few times.
She has been featured in local newspapers. During November, her creations
were on display in the Hanover Public Library.
by Maddy Greves
Mae Watson s display at
the Madison-Jefferson County Public
Library will include four nativity
scenes, angels and Santas all
made from polymer clay.
The first week of December her dolls will be displayed
downtown at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library. For the Christmas
season she is making four nativity scenes, Angels, Santas, Angel pendants
and Santa pendants.
It all began in 1996 when her nephews received clay kits for Christmas
and created snakes, bugs and other creatures.
Years ago she came into the library looking for books about polymer
clay. She checked a few out, and began creating dolls from books she
had read, said the librarys Interim Director Virgie Dowell.
Dowell added that Watson had made a figurine for the library as a Thank
About five years later, she made us another doll that had a lot
of improvement, said Dowell.
Each of her figurines are different, and several details are applied
to each of them. She applies buttons to jackets, shoes with laces, bows
and hats, figurines holding figurines or other objects, and creates
different faces for each of them. Majority of the time Ill
ask someone what they like, says Watson. Otherwise, Ill
begin playing with clay and show whatever comes of it.
Watson has been able to create several doll figurines
and with more color choices available and more practice to apply her
skills and create more complex displays.
Its interesting to compare the ones back in the day to the
ones Ive made recently, she said.
Her goal is to eventually have her own Internet website and display
her dolls and figurines, which will be for sale. Practice makes perfect
and thats true for Watson. She started out with some of clay and
has created masterpieces of her own in hopes to achieve high goals she
has set for herself.
Her spirited dolls and figurines will be displayed at the Madison library
for the entire month of December.
For more information, call the Madison Jefferson
County Public Library at (812) 265-2744.
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