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ROBYNNE LEIGHE

Your Company Name: Robynne's Wing at BenchTree
Email Address/Web Page: robynne@benchtree.com
   http://www.benchtree.com
City & State: Everett, WA
Type of Craft: Polymerclay sculptures

Tell us in your own words, how you discovered polymer clay and how long have you been using it?

My late father was building a dollhouse for my neice, his granddaughter. My husband suggested I make the flowers for the windowboxes. I thought he was crazy. A few days later, they both came back from the craft store with polymer clay and a book on sculpting. I made tiny flowers, fruit for the fruit bowl and a baby for the crib in the nursery. I couldn't wait to get off work and "play with my clay". I was hooked.

Are there any special artists that you can attribute your interest to or that have inspired you?

Susannah Oroyan, Faith Wicks, Donna Kato are just three of the many artists and crafters that have inspired me to keep going even when my "creations" are less than what I want them to be....

What is your specialty?

I love anything and everything to do with polymer clay....dolls, beads, lamps, masks, pens, egg decor, and more. I have am always looking for new ways to use this delightful medium. I suppose, since there are more of them than anything else I havee made with clay, dolls and face magnets, could be considered my "specialty".

Can you tell us why you find polymer clay the expressive medium for you?

Polymer clay has a wonderful feel to it....soft, pliable and oh, so forgiving. When I see something I want to try, or get a sudden idea, my fingers actually itch until I can wrap them around that ball of clay.

Have you published any polymer clay books or do you have any in the works?

I am a published writer and have thought about writing about my favorite past time, but so far, I am spending too much time just having fun!

I know it is very difficult to express, but have you won any awards for your polymer clay work?

I won the "People's Choice" at an Oregon Doll Show for "Zeke the Miner" and First Place for "The Fisherman" both of whom can be viewed on my web page.

What are your expectations for the future? Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?

I plan to be retired, living in the country with my wonderful husband, surrounded by animals, plants and whatever dolls have not gone to live with someone else.

Do you have any advice for the beginning polymer clay enthusiasts?

Keep all your first few pieces....it will keep you humble.

Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft organization?

No.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I have tried Sculpey, Fimo and Cernit. I prefer Sculpey because it conditions quickly, stays soft longer and I love the colors,, both alone and in combination.

Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your training?

I live in the Puget Sound area in a tiny house with my artist husband, (designs and creates wire sculpted jewelry) a spoiled Doberman,, independent cat and an aquarium full of feisty tropical fish. I have a wonderful job as head librarian for an internet provider and spend manyy hours on the 'net both at work and at home. I use my spare time to write and play with my clay...but not at the same time.

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