Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson

Viking Ship
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2019 featuring
Creative Clays
Bronze Medal Prize Winner
Category: Home Décor

Meet the Designer-Artist


Where do you live?
I moved from Minnesota to Arizona and have been inspired by the beauty of Arizona.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
The sunsets and the deserts are amazing. I am so lucky to have found a wonderful polymer clay guild. The members are so talented and so giving.

What medium do you work with mostly?
Working with clay is great therapy. I enjoy letting the clay lead me.

Where and how do you sell your jewelry?
I have sold some pieces but most are gifts.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Viking Ship

What inspired this design?
My husband is Norwegian, I had been watching the Viking series and was fascinated with the longboats. I had a teapot and looking at it I thought, "this could be a longboat." The research on the construction of the boat was amazing. The wood carvings are unbelievable.

View all of Karen's designs in the Gallery of Designs.