Last week I explained that over the past few years I’ve been blogging and running my etsy shop I have come to know and admire other creatives one of which is Maisy Plum. The great thing about social media is it give the opportunity to showcase your work to so many people. I have loved being a part of Facebook groups and twitter chats that champion the hard working creative minds all around.
So I am continuing to showcase so of my favourite makers and designers I have had the pleasure of tweeting, liking and sharing over the years. This is the second of my series of creative corner interviews.
1. Introduce yourself.
Hello! My name is Jo and I am a mum of 3 teenagers and two dogs, living in rural East Sussex. Life is a little chaotic, but most of my time is spent creating enamel jewellery and gifts using copper and sterling sliver which I then sell online through my website.
2. Tell us a bit about your business.
I started my little biz up about 3 years ago with the aim to bring a little bit of colour into peoples lives! I am drawn to vitreous enamel as it is such an old art form dating back to 1300BC!! .I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate it into my work and create wearable jewellery with a pop of colour!
3. What made you start your own business?
After raising my 3 children, I wanted something that would work around a very busy homelife as well as my avid gym obsession!
4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
I am completely self taught, having read a lot of books and watching online videos. I am also a member in a lot of forums where the help from other enamellers is second to none.
5. Explain your creative process.
Once a design is decided upon, the item is cleaned thoroughly before being layered with enamel and fired by torch or by kiln at extremely high temperatures. This fuses the powdered glass to the metal. Depending on the metal in use, determines how the enamel reacts and results in a beautiful coloured product.
6. Describe your typical day.
I normally start off in the gym otherwise I cannot seem to concentrate! Then I walk my 2 dogs. Once those tasks are complete I will attend to any emails and deal with orders. Schedule a few social media posts and then start making whatever the orders for the day are! It gets very hot in my workroom! I also spend a lot of my evenings networking!
7. What’s your biggest seller?
This is a tough one to answer as it changes from month to month but I would say at the moment it is my ring bowls. They are made in an assortment of designs and colours and are a great gift for weddings, new homes and men, who are notoriously difficult to buy for!
Ring bowls use coupon code JUST4YOU to get 12% of all orders.
8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?
The highs are definitely when I receive a really lovely review from a customer – this is when it makes it really worthwhile as you realise that your own products have made an impact. The lows – definitely trying to keep on top of it all as I do everything so there are never enough hours in the day!
9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?
Stay positive and plan if you can – that is something I find difficult to do with a busy family life but when I do it certainly helps!
10. What are your aspirations for Maisy Plum?
I would love to supply a few of my products on a wholesale basis.
I love the beautiful colours that Jo creates in her work. I have been a big admirer of the ring bowls and I am definitely putting one on my Christmas list this year. I also love her poppies. She has a great range of work, so it’s definitely worth taking a trip to her website
or her Etsy
Many thanks to Jo for taking part. If you’d like to keep up to date with Jo’s work you can follow her on twitter
Especially for my lucky readers Jo has also kindly created a coupon code JUST4YOU TO GET 12% OFF YOUR ORDERS!
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