Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 10, 2011

Homemade: Bots And Bugs And Octopi, Oh My!

Robots with polymer clay heads, discarded vacuum tubes and odds-n-ends

Rocket scientist or Rockin’ artist… Rocket scientist or Rockin’ artist…

Deanne Neiburger chose the artist route after deciding aerospace engineer studies at the University of Michigan didn’t suit her as well as figurative sculpture and a U-M Fine Arts degree.

Deets and some of her polymer clay creations at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale

We fell in love with the quirky characters populating the booth that Deanne, aka Deets, set up at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale.

The Ann Arbor artist works in polymer clay, adding vacuum tubes and bits of hardware to create whimsical little robots, bugs, and octopi; prices start at $16.

Deets will take special orders for miniature likenesses of people for cake toppers, too.

Wonder if she’ll make an octopus with a Red Wings jersey?

You can find Deets’ work online at Etsy, or check her blog for updates on her craft show schedule.

Related Post: The Rust Belt Market, May 9, 2011



  1. Thanks for featuring my work! The Rust Belt Market is absolutely wonderful.
    May 14-15th, June 2-3rd, and July 3-4th you can find me there, and hopefully many more weekends to come!

    • Glad it’s working for you!

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