The most important things to know about me as an artisan is that I love glass, lots of colour, plenty of detail, and I enjoy a challenge.
I view the contents of my Etsy shop as both an active ready-for-market point of sale for some customers; and a "gallery of ideas" for those customers looking to have something custom made.
An idea might evolve from my shop as follows:
- A customer saw this Tree of Life mosaic table, liked the design.
- The customer contacted me to see if the design could be done as a stained glass panel, with a colour scheme more suited to his home - and much larger. He also wondered if it would be possible to incorporate some Celtic symbology into the design. This was the result.
- After seeing this panel, another customer contacted me to see inquire about ordering the same design, but in a different colour scheme to match her daughter's bedroom. She also wondered about incorporating a fleur-de-lis and a moon symbol to the Celtic ornamentation. The piece was a bit smaller this time at 16"x16"
- At this point it struck me that this Tree of Life concept had some legs, so I created a small, simpler version, ready-made for my Etsy shop.
- Another customer saw this and requested something simliar, but larger, so I reproduced the design at 18"x18"
Needless to say, I heartily invite custom requests and am pleased to fulfill them if at all possible. (And if it's not possible, I'll always expain why.) I find the collaborative process to be smooth, enjoyable and suprisingly unencumbered by distance.
When I'm not busy fulfilling custom requests, I like to work on new ready-made items for my shop. So for those, who may not have the nerve to take on the custom experience just yet, I would encourage them to check back often and see what's new.
Susan Gay, Principal Artisan