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Sydney mum Veronica unleashed a tidal wave of pent-up creativity when she started creating ploymer clay jewellery as an escape from her everyday responsibilities. Her brand Roni & Poly has since evolved to include sustainable and ethical resin botanical pieces and statement clay jewellery inspired by her Latin heritage, native flora and a desire to instill confidence, self-compassion and pride. 'It is my aim to help wearers feel good in their own skin; to face life, with all it's obstacles, feeling and looking fierce.'

15 July 2022

Designer Spotlight: Roni & Poly

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Latina mum & ethical clay & resin jewellery maker, Veronica: ‘Face life, with all its obstacles, feeling and looking fierce.’

I'm Roni, Latina mum of 2 and girl boss of Roni & Poly. If you haven't guessed yet, 'Poly' is the polymer clay I use in my making. I originally started out working with polymer clay to make earrings. I have since branched out and mainly use resin and dried flowers to make earrings and necklaces. I lovingly make by hand each unique pair in my home on Dharawal Land in southwest Sydney.

These bold orange, pink and turquoise polymer clay dangle heart earrings are typical of Roni & Poly’s bright and expressive style

Starting out on Madeit 3 years ago, making was a way for me to blow off steam, not knowing it would unleash a tidal wave of pent-up creativity. Making is my escape from the pressures of my day job, parenting and other responsibilities.

Veronica at work in her home studio (always a bright bunch of flowers by her side! ‘While born in Australia, my cultural roots hail from Chile, Argentina and Spain’

While born in Australia, my cultural roots hail from Chile, Argentina and Spain. My parents met in Australia as young people, seeking safety and opportunities that weren't available to them back home.

Clockwise from top left: ‘’Fierce Goddess’ mismatching dangle polymer clay earrings; black and silver ‘BOSS’ polymer clay statement necklace; Blue and copper sparkles ‘INTROVERT’ polymer clay statement necklace; and ‘She/Her’ gold on pastel triangular clay brooch.

The message behind Roni & Poly earrings are to instill confidence, self-compassion and pride. It is my aim to help wearers feel good in their own skin; to face life, with all its obstacles, feeling and looking fierce.

Pink, purple and blue polymer clay blended and rolled ready for cutting on Veronica’s workbench; ‘I condition the clay, mix it up, roll it out and use moulds to cut out the earring shapes’

I use polymer clay and resin to create earrings. With polymer clay, I condition the clay, mix it up, roll it out and use moulds to cut out the earring shapes. These are then cured in my oven at home. Once cooled, I drill the pieces, assemble them and add the earring fixtures.

Veronica’s hand full of brightly coloured flowers picked from her garden for use in her botanical resin pieces

With my resin botanical earrings, I collect flowers, leaves and seeds from my garden and around my home. I dry and press them and then set them in resin. Pieces are drilled, assembled and earring fixtures added.

Wattle, flowering gum, and other plants are scattered amongst Veronica’se resin and moulds as she creates some of her botanical earrings; ‘I’m behind every aspect of the design and making process’

I'm behind every aspect of the design and making process and am passionate about creating pieces that are sustainably and ethically made. This includes avoiding single use plastics in the making process, using biodegradable and ethically sourced materials and using plastic free packaging.

Veronica’s hands at work, using pliers to affix jewellery findings to her dangle botanical resin earrings

My inspiration comes from nature, the humdrum of daily life, retro designs, and my cultural heritage. I'm attracted by bright colours, different textures and patterns.

Veronica uses a handheld drill with a polishing tip to polish a large botanical resin pendant; ‘I love to create collages with flowers and leaves, kind of like wearing a garden on your ears!’

Particularly, I am in awe of the absolutely beautiful native flora in my garden and around my home. I aim to capture this beauty in my earrings. I love to create collages with flowers and leaves, kind of like wearing a garden on your ears!

Veronica hand-gluing findings to stud earrings

I've always been creative and enjoyed jewellery making. Making with polymer clay and resin was initially a creative experiment that I wanted to try out. It was a bit of a happy accident, really.

Veronica’s ‘Midnight’ polymer clay diorama dangle earrings; ‘It didn’t take long until people in my life suggested I sell my earrings’

After some experimenting, it didn't take long until people in my life suggested I sell my earrings, as they hadn't seen earrings quite like mine. This lead to me making in earnest and uploading my work to Madeit. I've never turned back since.

Veronica with her two children, selling her creations at a market; ‘Handmade works are one of a kind and no mass-produced product comes close!’

Madeit has been a game changer for me as a maker. It's a great community where Australian makers to come together. I chose Madeit to use as a platform to sell my earrings because of its commitment to supporting Australian makers and I wanted to extend my business to being online. It's also such a user-friendly platform to upload and sell my earrings.

Sydney mum Veronica unleashed a tidal wave of pent-up creativity when she started creating polymer clay jewellery as an escape from her everyday responsibilities. Her brand Roni & Poly has since evolved to include sustainable and ethical resin botanical pieces and statement clay jewellery inspired by her Latin heritage, native flora and a desire to instill confidence, self-compassion and pride. 'It is my aim to help wearers feel good in their own skin; to face life, with all its obstacles, feeling and looking fierce.'

There are so many reasons why I love work that's handmade. Knowing that someone has poured over a work, and that there's a story behind it is so heart warming for me. Also knowing that I am supporting a maker fulfill their dream and put dinner on the table is another big factor. Handmade works are one of a kind and no mass-produced product comes close!

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