When I asked Anjee Mai Emerson if I could write a blog post about her Monsters after finding her facebook page, her response was "Yeah, they would love that. They are hams you know." A wave of relief washed over me. I'll bet I'm not the only one talking to my clay creations and with names like Squimmy, Fivemouth Guy, Fly Swatter and Crawlee C. Wormsworth, the Monsters seem like they would be good company.
Anjee has been working with clay for over 20 years but like most people who do unusual things for a living, her path to Monster spawning was a bit round about. She went to college to pursue a PhD. in Geography but was sidetracked by an afternoon with her niece and nephew. After procuring some polymer clay, her nephew created "The most awesome Monsters she'd ever seen." Claymate Creations was formed not long after. Anjee was surprised and delighted to find she was able to sell her work and teach others to create monsters of their own.
Anjee teaches classes on the weekends at the Center for the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. She also sells her work on Etsy. According to her blog she is also working on a children's book with friend and photographer Haley Stampp.
I'd love for some of these critters to keep me company and at the risk of offending them I have to say, I think they are adorable.
You can see her work and find out her class schedule http://www.anjeemaicreations.com/
Her Facebook page is named Claymate Creations