My name is Lynn Reno and I grew up in rural Indiana but have lived in Mesa, AZ for most of my adult life. Along with polymer clay, my other current hobbies are to bring birds and butterflies to our yard and selective breeding of lovebirds. One of my favorite past hobbies was scroll sawing and that’s something I look forward to having time for again.
2. Why do you work in polymer clay?
I used to do some decorative concrete work and I had my first taste of working with a moldable/sculptable medium from that, but concrete is so, so messy. I was taking a break from it when I felt a strong pull toward polymer clay. At that point I had never touched the stuff and had no idea what cool things were being made with it. It didn’t take much web surfing for me to know I had to get some. What I know now is that polymer clay has endless possibilities, it can be anything and everything you want it to be, I think polymer clay is awesome!
3. Is there a recurring theme in your work?
Industrial/Steampunk! I love adding things to polymer clay and I love those mica powders, put them together and polymer clay takes on a whole new feel. I can’t tell you how many times I hear from people that they thought a piece of mine was metal…I even worry sometimes that a customer might be disappointed when they get their piece and realize it isn’t. I hope my work and style continue to evolve but I don’t doubt these will continue to be a part of it.
By Elaine Robitaille