American Craft Endeavors love producing craft shows! Paula Knudsen, wonderful clay crafter, owner of the Frumples Factory and our featured artist for this weekend’s show, is the perfect example of why we love this community.
Dreaming in Clay
Paula Knudsen, a clay artist of over 20 years, had a dream in 1997 that changed her life. In this dream, she saw a “Frumple Factory,” a place where little lumps of clay would become a therapeutic source of happiness and healing for everyone. Thus the Frumples were born — little balls of clay with smiling faces that brought joy to everyone they met. The next morning, she created her first Frumple out of scraps of clay she had been collecting into little plastic bags during her years as part of a pottery group. The rest, you could say, is history.
But the history of these little clay creations — and of Paula — has continued to write itself, as she makes her mark in every art show she goes to. Her website, Frumples.com, explains what she calls the “Frumpology” in more detail, and it’s evident that it has surely been a remarkable journey.
A Frumple for Every Face
You may be tempted these Frumples “clay rocks,” but these little guys are so much more! Crafted with love in her Sarasota home, Paula proudly proclaims in the Frumple Factory’s Facebook page that “Frumples are a therapy for me.” Over the years, Paula’s Frumples have touched young and old. Made into necklaces, these clay faces can be carried and worn in many different ways; whichever way you choose to carry your Frumple, though, you’re guaranteed to see more than just a handful of clay smiles.
Today, Paula makes different types of Frumples, from angels to peace signs, all with a mission: To spread smiles all across the planet. Visit www.frumples.com to learn more about the Frumple Factory and to find out more about this great crafter.
Meet Paula Knudsen and her wonderful Frumples at the 16th Annual Indialantic Craft Festival July 13 and 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Nance Park, on 5th Avenue and A1A ! Admission is free and open to the public. To find out more about this and other festivals coming up, visit www.artfestival.com today or call 561-746-6615.