Previously featured a couple of years ago, check out what Courtney is up to today.
I’m a metalsmith & jewelry designer. I strive to make beautiful, wearable pieces that women will reach for everyday. I love when customers describe one of my pieces as a favorite.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I’ve been making things for as far back as my memory can reach. My father is a painter (and a chemist) and painting was my first love. Painting was difficult for me to keep up with after having kids and when I discovered beading it was easier to stop and pick back up again as the babies allowed. Eventually I moved on to metal and fell in love ;)
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
Yes, it’s my street name! I thought it was both unique and simple enough to be memorable to a customer while also having a personal meaning to me.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work alone 99% of the time though my husband (a CPA) and I share a split office/studio in our home. The only time I have help with my own work is when I enlist my 8 year old daughter to help me package large orders. She recently helped by putting my logo-stickers on 95 boxes for the Academy Awards Gift Lounge.
I also get loads of help from my mom with my kids..that’s priceless during the holiday and show seasons.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell my work via my own site. I also have shops in Etsy and Supermarket. I sell through a handful of great boutiques on both the East & West coast and I’m always excited to add another one to the list.
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers you’d like to recommend?
What inspires and motivates you?
It sounds cheesy but definitely my kids. They keep me seeing things in a fresh perspective and also force me to stay organized – I’m always grateful for that.
What do you wish I had asked you?
“What do you do when you’re not making things?”
I homeschool my kids full time. It’s the best part of having my own business, I can be home with my children every single day.
Thanks Courtney. And if you would like to be interviewed next, just head over to DIY Interview.