Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiarra Delassus.
Hi Tiarra, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always been very artistic and crafty, I like to say I come from a long line of creative women. As a child, I was often sick, and not able to get out and play, art and making things were often my only way to express myself, and a great source of entertainment.
Throughout my life I’ve focused on various different art forms from drawing to knitting, to bead weaving, to fashion design. As of lately, I’ve narrowed my focus down to clay (polymer clay and natural clay) and fluid art. I am a full-time mother and caretaker, so it is important for me to be more focused.
I am currently working on stock for vending, and a few commission pieces. My goal is to turn this into a full-time career.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There are definitely been a few obstacles and challenges along the way I was born malnourished and failed to thrive because of this I spend a lot of time and you’re out of hospitals and just very sickly and unable to do a lot.
This left me with a lack of energy, and I was often unable to play with other kids my age this left me with a major lack of social skills. I’ve also recently been diagnosed with ADHD which definitely explains my lack of focus even no I wasn’t so much called an obstacle but definitely a challenge.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am mainly a sculptor working with polymer clay my focus is “too cute to handle” animal and mythical creature figurines as well as decorative portrait mugs. My style is simple with soft lines and curves and large childlike eyes. I am most proud of and known for my portrait mugs.
Every piece is custom. I can’t imagine trying to massively pump out a bunch of things that look the same. I know consistency is a good thing but I’d rather be consistently different and unique.
Who else deserves credit in your story?
My parents definitely deserve credit and growing up they always made sure to supply me with plenty of craft and art supplies and always encouraged my creativity.
My husband deserves a huge credit I know I drive him crazy with my various art projects around the house or the randomly starting a new craft hobby while the other five projects still remain undone but he is always there to tell me his honest opinion and to give insight and to help me stay focused.
I don’t think I would have ever even thought I was good enough to consider this as something to do as a living without him.