Saturday, January 15, 2011
Saturday Artisan: Glassimo
Meet Judit, the artist behind Glassimo, a shop full of beautiful and cheerful handmade fused glass jewelry and modern and elegantly simple home decor. I really love her works and maybe one day I can own one (or more) of them.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?
Hi, my name is Judit.I've always liked to discover new fields of creativity. I just have to create – use my creative mind to channel new ideas into form. My latest love is glass fusing. I keep experimenting and learning new techniques in workshops, classes, from books, from the net, from artists - and mostly at my own in my studio. I'm taking jewelry classes in different media. I want to combine fused glass with other interesting materials -like silver, clay, stainless steel, concrete, wood etc...making real unique fusion jewelry pieces.
Which part of creation process that you like to do the most?
I enjoy the whole process starting with sketching ideas in my notebook or taking pictures of unusual objects or situations or interesting views of familiar things. And I spend a whole lot of time doing research on my computer.
What inspires you?
Anything can inspire me anytime! Art, architecture, nature, music… even a graffiti on the wall - beauty is everywhere. I am fortunate to be able to travel a lot - I'm fascinated by different cultures, the art and crafts of different countries and people, and the people with different dreams and aspirations.
What is your favourite item in your shop?
My favorite is always the latest one - but I'm working on my next idea right now!
Do you have a favourite Etsy seller?
I have many favorite shops in different styles. I like sleek, clean lines, very contempo shops - and I like funky, artsy, edgy shops as well.
Any advice for others running their on-line shop?
Don't try to follow others just because they seem successful. Find your own style - which is always changing, evolving - but stay true to yourself.
Don't let anyone or anything limit your imagination or take away your desire to experiment just to make a bigger profit. Of course, if you have to make a living from jewelry business then you need to make some compromises.
I just do what and how I like to do. I set my standards and I do not make shortcuts. I definitely pay attention to other fused-glass jewelry artists but I do not follow them. I have my own style. I do not compromise the quality over quantity. Every piece I create is one of a kind. If you buy my necklace you can be assured that there is no other one like that. I try to preserve my originality and I never stop to come up with fresh ideas and improve my craft.
Learn as much as you can about marketing. It is very important part of business.
Finally, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to Nat who gave me and others this great opportunity to talk about our experience. I believe that we always can learn from each other and hand-made artists can form a real friendly community- which is not a small thing nowadays. I wish you all great success in your creative business. Happy crafting:)
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Stay-tuned for tomorrow's giveaway.