After spending over 40 hours kneading children’s clay into whimsical replicas of presidential contenders Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Ian Williams 13 SC has earned the title of “Official PLAY-DOH Artist of the Year,” an annual contest run by the RI-based toy company Hasbro Inc.
“I’m passionate about sculpting and grew up playing with PLAY-DOH so I’m truly honored,” Williams said. “Working with Hasbro is a wonderful opportunity and I look forward to sharing my creativity with the PLAY-DOH online community.”
But the challenge was anything from child’s play. The RISD senior had to keep the pre-formed busts sealed in plastic bags and moistened with vegetable oil to prevent them from drying out. He also had a particularly hard time sculpting Romney’s voluminous hair (fit for a VO5 commercial), which tends to stick straight up.
“It was so much volume and there was so much height to it that the weight of the Play-Doh made it want to slump down,” Williams said in an interview with the New York Daily News.
The 21-year-old Rochester, NY native doesn’t just get the title of PLAY-DOH King; he also gets a $5,000 tuition stipend and the chance to create clay creations with Hasbro that will be posted to the company’s Facebook site.