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What is your name (and usernames)? Ugly Art Dolls / Ugly Shyla

Where are you from? Louisiana

Age- 32

How long have you been in the art industry? I started making art dolls at 16 in 96 and started doing it professionally at 19 so about 14 years.

What got you started? I was always creative as a kid so one day I just decided to see if I could make dolls on a whim.

What types of customs/art/crafts do you do? I do morbid fine art dolls and I also do jewelry and other art mediums.

What sort of mediums do you use? Porcelain,Polymer clay and resin.

Are there any products you just can’t live without? Polymer Clay,I use it to sculpt the originals that I late cast unless it’s a one of a kind.

What is your most favorite piece of work you have made? A doll of Mary The Mother Of Sorrow http://www.uglyart.net/uglys/index.php?cmd=products&prod_id=106

What is your least favorite piece of work you have made? Like most artist,I’m never very satisfied with any of my work.

What is the worst injury you’ve had from working on your art? I was attempting to cut down a dowel rod with a excato.It slipped and cut my hand open pretty bad.I’m STILL finding blood splatter or drops in my bathroom to this day.

What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while working on your art? Turning the oven on broil instead of BAKE to cook a doll head.It wasn’t funny at the time but it is now.

Who/What inspires you? My dreams.

What projects are you currently working on? I really large Mummy type doll.I just got into experimenting with composition slip,my home was destroyed by a tornado in FEB so I have had nowhere to hook up my large kiln.Which was good in a way because I’m having to learn some non-kiln fired methods I would have other wise never got into.

Do you have any odd habits while working on customs/art/crafts?I have a pet squirrel that paints http://www.facebook.com/winkelthesquirrel so I have gotten in weird habits working around her.Even if I’m working late into the night while she’s sleeping, I have gotten into some weird habits from always trying to avoid her “helping”.

What types of art do you enjoy? I’m really big into religious art of any kind and surrealism

Do you take commissions? Yes when I have the time.

Where can people see your work and contact you? (facebook, da, website- give us them all)
ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/shop/uglyartdotnet

WEBSITE: http://www.uglyart.net

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ugly-Shyla/7535521751

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/uglyshyla

WORD PRESS http://paintingsquirrel.wordpress.com/

Do you have any favorite tips or tricks? Cook the polymer clay at 250 degrees for a bit longer then the 275 ect that is usually recommended, and you won’t get those weird little half moon shapes under the surface in your finished piece.