My name is Ria and I am the artist behind OrangeJar. Through the years I have worn a lot of hats – workshop documentor, barista, entrepreneur, writer/editor, events organizer, video producer and a handful more, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them.
But in the background, I have always had art. My parents have always encouraged me to explore and now, I also have a loving hubby who is just as supportive of my messy, creative process. For the longest time, I enjoyed drawing, particularly people and faces.
It was in 2010 when I first used polymer clay. I attended a workshop with a friend to delve into the history of local pottery. The hosts explained how traditional pots were made and had us try our hands making one but instead of kiln-fired clay, we used polymer clay. It was the first time I have ever used an oven-cured clay. It was amazingly easy to use and cure. Mimicking traditional pottery methods, we formed tiny logs and built them up, forming pots. The hosts liked my polymer clay pot and later asked me if they could keep it to show others, so I left it with them.
Back at home, surfing Youtube, I typed "polymer clay" and discovered beautiful sculptures, art dolls, knick-knacks and accessories that barely skimmed the pool that makes up the vast possibilities of this medium – needless to say, I fell in love. This journey with polymer clay has been slow in coming, specially since polymer clay supply was hard to get in my previous location. My love for people and faces was easily translated to art dolls and now I create fantasy characters, babies and Santas too. I continue to learn everyday and I hope you like what I produce from all these.