Congratulations to artist Ashli Smith, our latest Instagram winner! Ashli is a self-taught, mixed media artist from Florence, Alabama who creates beautiful floral pieces using polymer clay coated in ArtResin.
Ashli discovered both polymer clay and resin in 2019, shortly after recovering from breast cancer: "One day I was in a craft store and bought a bar of polymer clay to try out and the rest is history...my flowers were born! I also discovered an artist on Instagram that inspired me to try ArtResin. I loved it so much, that I began to finish all of my pieces with a coat or two of resin."
Ashli describes her process: "I start out by making my clay flowers in my home studio...AKA my kitchen counter. Once my flowers are baked and painted, I mount them to wooden birch boards. I then finish each piece in my resin studio...AKA my dining room. Each piece will get a coat or two of resin. I absolutely LOVE the shine, beauty, and strength resin adds!"
Although Ashli loves working with polymer clay, she also enjoys painting with acrylic.
Ashli sells her pieces through her Instagram page @Ashli_Smith_Art. She says: "One of my favorite things about being an artist is the amazing people and clients that I’ve gotten to meet throughout the Southeast. I am truly the happiest when I’m creating! I find that working with clay and resin are incredibly therapeutic, peaceful, and fun. With a year like 2020, being creative has definitely been a bright spot in my life."
Congratulations on your win, Ashli!
To celebrate all the amazing artists staying home and creating, every month we will be sending out a 32 oz kit to a couple of artists who have tagged us on Instagram—and we'll share their work with the world!