Every Monday I’m featuring other great Etsy sellers and blogs that I love. This week it’s Caitlin and her Etsy shop Blue Dot Jewelry!
Here’s Caitlin to tell you a little about her shop which is full of beautiful handmade silver jewellery…
Describe your shop in one or two sentences.
I make fine jewelry by hand using precious metal clay. Many of my designs are inspired by nature, and I love to collect pieces such as leaves, shells and fossils to use in my work.
What has been your most popular product to date? What is your favourite?
My most popular item to date is my octopus necklace.
One of my favorites is the maple helicopter necklace because many people have emotional reactions to that piece, and remember sticking them on their noses as children. (I’ve learned they are also called polynoses, maple keys or whirligigs, depending where you grew up. Any other names?)
Where do you get your inspiration?
I look to the outdoors for inspiration, whether that means in Brooklyn’s beautiful Prospect Park, in my leafy green hometown of Portland, OR, or on our travels. I like to make unusual pieces that I would enjoy wearing, but am always interested in new ideas, including suggestions from past and future clients.
What made you decide to open an Etsy shop?
When I discovered precious metal clay in 2011, I had been seeking a way to channel my creativity into making little things that other people might like to give and receive as gifts. Because I didn’t have access to the equipment necessary to cast precious metals, silver clay gave me the ability to create pieces of the same caliber, but through a method practical for my city apartment. The first pieces I made were gifts for family and friends, and I soon realized that this is something I really loved to do.
What is your favourite part of the creative process?
I love the moment of reveal for every new design, when it first emerges from the kiln. I often wear new designs the very next day out of excitement! Also, learning which techniques elicit the highest quality final products has been my favorite challenge of this process. Before firing, silver clay is as fragile as thin, unfired pottery clay, so it’s been both imperative and interesting to learn the temperament of the material at various stages.
What has been the highlight of your business so far?
It’s an honor and a joy to see that people want to wear and gift my jewelry. It has also been exciting to meet wonderful people along the way, including fellow creators, creative clients and the lovely, diverse shop owners I’ve partnered with.
What do you like to do when not working on your business?
I enjoy reading, cooking and traveling with my husband, exploring outdoors, reading, cooking, travel
What are your three favourite Etsy shops?
It’s difficult to choose just three, but these are certainly favorites:
Thanks Caitlin! I think those starfish earrings are my favourites :)
Please head on over to Blue Dot Jewelry to take a look at the full range!
Thanks for reading!