Father’s Day Pens

May 21, 2011

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For a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift, why not give him something uniquely his own that’s useful throughout the year? Clay Harmony has polymer clay covered pens with patterns and color combinations to suit any taste. The dark pen in the photo (third from left) even has a basketball decorating the end of it — GO THUNDER!

Some of these pens were created by Ruth, who started making them to accommodate a particular need that she had. I’ll let her tell you about it in her own words:

When I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that limited my motor skills and ability to grip, I had to use medical adaptive devices that were ugly and embarrassing because they called additional attention to me as I performed basic life skills like eating, writing, or turning a key in a lock. It was frustrating, and I cried a lot back then.

I could build up a pen by wrapping material around it to make it big enough for me to hold, but it was still ugly! So when I started working with polymer clay, I began making larger pens that were stylish and colorful. I wanted to be seen as “normal” and not stand out as being different. Having people notice my limitations in such an obvious way impeded my healing — not the physical part, but the emotional aspect.

I made my first pen just for myself, but once I made it, I saw how it could help so many others with similar challenges. They can be made as large as necessary, to fit the person’s individual need.

Not only are Ruth’s pens beautiful, they are functional and fulfill a need for people with injuries, arthritis, or numbness in the hands from diabetes or other medical conditions. But they’re also just fun to hold for anyone! We also offer smaller pens for those who like a sleeker look and feel.

So for your father or anyone you know who wants (or NEEDS) a special pen, drop by Clay Harmony in Showplace Market!

PS: Ruth also makes gorgeous jewelry — check out her new website at RL Originals!

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