Artists ~ Amanda Lynn ~ East Bay

Artist’s name: Amanda Lynn
Shop name: BOTTLERY
Instagram: @tinybottlery

1. Tell us about your work
Generally, BOTTLERY deals in handcrafted bottle accoutrements. Specifically, pieces are made with upcycled components--lonely single earrings, chain scraps, bottles rescued from here'n'there'n'everywhere--and Earth-lovin' ingredients--sea glass, gemstones, moss, tillandsia, birch bark, etc. Finally, your artist here is, at heart, a gamer and technology nerd, so you'll see some pieces (such as HANDMADE HYRULE) that draw inspiration from these passions.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I began BOTTLERY as an endeavor with recycled sea glass in 2013; back then, I called it Synergetic Aesthetics. The bottled sea glass necklaces I created for that line were most intriguing to me, and so that interest lead me to explore other bottled bits. As my pieces evolved beyond being sea glass-centric, BOTTLERY was born. But I still keep the same creed that started Synergetic Aesthetics: Sustainably handcrafted items featuring upcycled materials. (I use recycled packaging whenever I can, too.)

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Nature, primarily--even HANDMADE HYRULE, homage to The Legend of Zelda, has natural themes alongside the gaming/technology inspiration.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
The tiny terrariums are a lot of fun to work with. I've had to get scientific about the best way to execute a terrarium for both the wearer and the bottle's living inhabitant(s). That challenge can make the design process more compelling, harder to walk away from half-finished.

5. What’s your best seller?
So far, HANDMADE HYRULE seems to be resonating with fellow fans of Nintendo and The Legend of Zelda. I have another piece in that line coming out soon--I'm curious to see the response!
6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
22 years, give or take. I'll be 27 this year--practically my entire life has been spent in little ol' Rhody.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The summer! (I hope we have one this year and it doesn't just keep snowing forever.) Even the smallest state has so much to explore in the warmer months.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Once, shortly after I first started making pieces available for sale, someone in my life at the time told me not to waste my time. I'm paraphrasing, but the advice was essentially "Etsy stores aren't always successful; you're better off doing something else." Monetary success isn't a driving factor for me, so I didn't take the advice. Two years later, I'm still glad I stuck to my guns. The joy of creation and the sparks of resonance along the way are worth every step of the journey, whether I'm rich or broke.


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