Thirteen years ago I discovered the joys of working with polymer clay after taking a class with Maine artist Laura Balombini. Membership in the New England Polymer Art Guild has exposed me to the teachings of Donna Greenburg, Deb Hart, Doreen Gay-Kassel and Wendy Jorre de StJorre. Wanting a challenge beyond traditional clay work, I expanded into mixed media ventures and have spent many happy hours in the studio experimenting with materials such as etched copper, alcohol ink, and liquid polymer clay. The new Etching Alternative technique is a culmination of the past year’s experimentation. 2017 will be dedicated to presenting this new technique to the polymer clay world.