I love to see artists and craftspeople enjoying and having fun with their mediums. You can definitely see the enjoyment and the playfulness in this weeks creative corner interview. Take a look at the fabulous work of Baked By Lou.
1. Introduce yourself.
I’m Lou, maker and owner of Baked by Lou! By day I’m a trainer and educator so right now I’m juggling both things and loving the challenge!
2. Tell us a bit about Baked by Lou.
Baked by Lou is a fun play on the fact that I work primarily with polymer clay (which you cook in a regular oven) and ceramics (which get fired in a kiln). The biggest themes behind BBL are bold, bright and bonkers! All pieces are handmade, I aim for a specific aesthetic but with all pieces being one off and different from the last. I create jewellery and accessories including, dishes, bowls, pots and incense burners.
3. What made you start your own business?
Cardiff is a real create hub and I am very blessed to have a lot of creative people around me. This was my biggest motivation, seeing others do what they love. I grew up creating with my Mum and Nanna and my education followed a very creative route, so it’s great to be utilising these skills I learned and certainly about time!
4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
I did a Fine Art and Art History degree so have definitely had a creative education which has influenced me. I’ve done ceramic evening classes too to refresh my skills which was great for meeting fellow creatives. I’ve had no specific training to make jewellery and I’m having so much fun doing research and exploring and learning as I go along.
5. Explain your creative process.
I try hard not to schedule time to be creative as I sometimes feel when I force myself to sit down and do it, I am my least creative self! So I try and be more relaxed and do it when I can. I get out all the tools I could possibly need, play with colours, surround myself with inspirational images, past pieces and just play! Keep trying things out until I find something I like. I think this explains why I have a pile of jewellery that never sees the light of day. I sometimes think I should find one design and stick with it! But right now I’m happy creating lots of one off pieces.
6. Describe your typical day.
Early mornings I check in with my medias. Then I head out for my lovely day job. I’ve got a super supportive hubby and when I get home I often get stuck into my Baked by Lou work. This could be organising parcels and heading to the post office (my local post office is open until 8pm thankfully!) to updating my shop or creating new pieces!
7. What’s your biggest seller?
Everything is one off at the moment so no specific best selling piece, but my dangles in general are most popular out of all the types of work I make. Secretly though, creating ceramic pots is my favourite! Maybe because they’re so big and fun, I get a lot of enjoyment doing these.
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8. What have been the high and low points of running Baked by Lou?
High points are the lovely people I’ve met, the cool events I’ve attended and the fact that the creative industry seems really supportive. Lows for me is always the paperwork and the more official serious things that go along with it, I lack confidence in this area and it really scares me!
9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?
Top tips are to join and engage in your local creative communities, look out for free networking events. In wales we have access to free help from Business Wales for all your business questions! My shop is only on Etsy at the moment and you can join a local Etsy team which is really supportive and full of awesome folk!
10. What are your aspirations?
I’d love to eventually be working on this more than I’m currently able. I aspire to be able to produce larger quantities of things, space and time allowing, and also be stocked in more physical shops.
11. Where can we find you?
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