Meet the Artist: Fat Cat Originals

Introducing Fat Cat Originals, where every creation is hand crafted with love and attention from Polymer Clay or Resin. From her home in the South West of Sydney, NSW, Jo crafts incredible handmade earrings, trinket dishes, keyrings, pixie homes and more.

Find out why Jo started creating and why she is so passionate about the value of handmade.

Tell us about your creations and your handmade process.

I create using polymer clay, resin and occasionally gemstones. I start by sketching a design and choosing a colour palette. Once I have the idea for creating, I let my hands get busy.
Polymer Clay Pixie Home
Do I go rogue and get completely off track? Haha, YES!!! But sometimes that result is the best kind of art. For my Pixie Homes I re-purpose glasses and jars and use them as the base, this means that they are watertight and can be used as a vase.
My Polymer Clay jewellery starts with an idea whereas my pixie homes are formed organically. I let them take a form of their own and they sort of create themselves, this is where the magic lies.

Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a handmade artist.

Some of my earliest memories are those of making 'stuff. An aunt introduced me to pottery in my early teens, and the joy of creating something from what felt like 'nothing' started a real passion in me.

I went to university where I was exposed to new materials and ways of thinking, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts.

Creating art from nothing

What is your inspiration or where do you find inspiration?

I am inspired by story-telling, in all its forms; visual, written and performing arts are a constant in my life. I love colour and sparkly things. I hold my family and friends very close to my heart.

I try to find the sunshine even when it’s miserable (yes, I'm forever looking for silver linings) and I believe there is magic in every day.

Where did you learn your craft?

I am self taught with polymer clay (although there are some similarities to working with clay) I owe my knowledge of resin to my younger brother, he’s an absolute guru when it comes to all things moulding and casting. Along the way there’s been a LOT of trial and error, but at the same time, so much fun!

The art of creating with Polymer Clay

Why is handmade artistry so important to you?

Personally, I cannot overstate how important handmade is to me. My hands take the threads of my imagination and weave them into something that is tangible, in a way that (often) my words cannot. The world around me quietens, and I feel completely at ease.

I like to surround myself in my home with the work of other handmade artisans….to have their creations telling their stories.

Jo is a much loved member of the Madeit Collective, posting regularly in our Facebook Group ~ The Home of Australian Handmade ~ and sharing her new creations as they are released. If you haven't connected with Jo already, make sure you join our FB Group and say hi!

Polymer Clay and Resin Artist Jo from Fat Cat Originals

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