This week we are pleased to be introducing Claire Wyness, and we would like say a huge thank you to Claire for giving us an insight into her resin world, and showing us her stunning jewellery.
Please tell us a little about your background.
I don’t consider myself to be an artist but loved art at school, especially 3D work. I have lived in the Middle East for 30 years and was lucky enough to be taught pottery by a wonderful lady who re-inspired my love of creativity. I went through a phase of throwing a lot of pots, closely followed by a long phase of non-creativity.
How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?
After a long phase of not doing anything vaguely artistic, I became fascinated with Pinterest images of resin jewellery about 3 years ago, and wondered if I could have a go at making something. Resin8 headquarters were quite close to where I was staying at the time and I couldn’t believe my luck that one of their workshops still had space for me to join at short notice!
I’m so glad I did. I was instantly hooked and have gone from strength to strength, learning loads along the way.
Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?
I have a spare bedroom which has slowly been taken over as a workroom. I’m lucky to have a large and very cluttered desk and lots of shelves and cupboards in which to store my ever-growing stash of glitter, sequins, shells, dried flowers, moulds, pigments etc etc.
I work mainly as a sports massage therapist and treat resin very much as a hobby to be done in my spare time. I have sold at local craft fairs and formed some wonderful friendships with other artists. I have a small following through Facebook and Instagram and custom-make pieces for people.
What inspires your work?
I started out by being heavily inspired by the Bougainvillea that thrives in the intense Middle Eastern heat. I couldn’t wait to try drying the vibrant pink and orange blossoms and incorporating them into bangles. I am also inspired by the sea and adore making jewellery, coasters and soap dishes utilising the greens and blues and glimmers of the ocean.
What is your favourite Resin8 product?
My favourite Resin8 product would have to be Fill It epoxy resin for the beautiful clarity you get with it but I also love the heat resistant resin for coasters.
Where can we see your work?
We hope you have been inspired by Claire’s beautiful work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er. If you would like to apply to be featured on our blog series, Meet the Resin8er, get in touch by emailing email@example.com.