EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Chris Kapono

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates magic with polymer clay. It’s the magic of a beast from a fantasy novel and it’s the magic of Mother Nature all around us. Who is this mage? It’s Mandarin Moon, of course!

Who and where are you?

My name is Chris Kapono and I am from Creve Coeur Missouri. I am a self taught artist and I have been drawing and painting since I was very young. My second passion is nature and the outdoors and this greatly influences every thing I create. A couple of years ago I discovered polymer clay and I fell in love with it’s possibilities. I was amazed at the incredible things that others were making with this clay and decided to give it a try. My first few creations ranged from comical to complete disaster but I slowly I began to learn and develop a style of my own. I rarely pick up a pencil or brush anymore!

I have two children, Eric and Hannah, three aquariums and a cat named Simi. Simi is especially fond of my cabochons and I have to hide them or they start to disappear one by one. LOL!


How did you get started art blogging?

A fellow artist on Etsy recommended that I start a blog. I was totally green to all of this (and that was only two years ago ha ha!). I must admit that I don’t blog like I should. I work full time and when I come home I can’t wait to begin working on the ideas that bubbled up during the day. I answer a few emails and head for the art table and don’t look up again until bedtime.


Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Being the shameful blogger that I am, I hesitate to offer tips LOL! But I can tell you what I enjoy when I am cruising through blogs. I really enjoy blogs full of beautiful photos of the artist’s work and hear a bit of the process they went through to create it. I love to hear what it is that inspired the piece too.


What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

Yes, I always have to have music when I am working on my art! I found Pandora Radio online and I have discovered so much more music this way! I have very eclectic musical tastes that range from classic rock to indie, new age, alternative and even electronic. Artists such as Beck, Cake, CSNY, Dave Matthews, Moby, RHCP, Pearl Jam, Eels and Enya. How’s that for eclectic?! LOL!


What’s coming next from your easel?

Oh gosh…who knows! Sometimes I don’t even know what is going to happen when I sit down and grab up some clay. 🙂 Actually, I plan to learn to make my own books using coptic stitch binding soon. I’ll use a higher quality art paper or handmade papers inside and create my own custom covers for them. I also plan to learn to wire wrap jewelry and will wire wrap my own polymer clay pieces and some of the beautiful jasper, amethyst and agate cabs that I have begun to import. At least that’s the plan….it doesn’t look easy so it all depends on whether I am able!

http://www.mandarinmoonart.blogspot.com/

Thank you Chris for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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