Featured Etsy shop – Amy Cooper Ceramics

Every Monday I’m featuring other great Etsy sellers and blogs that I love. This week it’s Amy and her Etsy shop AmyCooperCeramics!

I’m a sucker for beautiful lamps, and Amy has a wonderful selection of distinctive designs. Here she is to tell you more about her shop…

Describe your shop in one or two sentences.
Handmade, nature inspired, unique porcelain lighting.

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What has been your most popular product to date? What is your favourite?
My Monarchs Butterfly Ball lamp is top for peoples favourite item but it is my little Wish Dish for tea lights that has been treasured most often!

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Where do you get your inspiration?
The natural world never ceases to inspire me.

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What made you decide to open an Etsy shop?
I wanted to reach people online and Etsy seemed like the perfect way to do this.

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What is your favourite part of the creative process?
When an idea comes to fruition.

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What has been the highlight of your business so far?
Having the opportunity to meet so many lovely people.

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What do you like to do when not working on your business?
Swim in the sea and swing from a trapeze.

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What are you currently working on? Anything new coming up?
My work is constantly evolving but I do have some exciting plans for Spring, I am working on a new sandblasted range for trade and retail.

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Thanks Amy! Please check out AmyCooperCeramics for more of Amy’s beautiful work.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Featured Etsy shop – CraftUnikat

Every Monday I’m featuring other great Etsy sellers and blogs that I love. This week it’s Sanja and her Etsy shop CraftUnikat!

Here’s Sanja to tell you a little about her shop which is full of beautiful hand painted ceramics…

Describe your shop in one or two sentences.

I always loved pottery. Tea pots, cups, cute mugs…I’m such an addict in collecting them. The day when I discovered that I could paint on them was the most fulfilling day of my life. Then the magic began. So my shop is little art shop of paintings on ceramic.

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What has been your most popular product to date? What is your favourite?

It’s this little happy floral teapot: www.etsy.com/listing/98860263/teapot-floral-tea-party-in-spring-garden. It was inspired by garden tea parties. Looking at this teapot I can see ladies in spring garden, all dressed up in their lovely floral dresses, with cute little hats on their heads.

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My favorite is..hmmm…this plate has been made by deep emotions of motherhood.
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I’m a mum and have 3 kids. Before I had them I wasn’t “mother” type. But now I’m knowing this deep emotion which I thought I could never had in me. My kids, all kids are the little stars that bright up our hearts and remind us of true values. You know that sparkle in child’s eye, which we have lost on the way of growing up?
This plate is about that :)

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Where do you get your inspiration?

In my kids, every day life, nature, season changes

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What made you decide to open an Etsy shop?

I was always painting. But that activity was sometimes intense, but sometimes faded in everyday errands. When I discovered Etsy, I knew I had to open shop there. I didn’t have plans, just knew that I had to do it. Now I know it was such amazing impulse and I’m so glad that I go for it. My Etsy shop has brought my creative part to the surface. Painting has become powerful part of me and now everyday errands are fading in front of it.

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What is your favourite part of the creative process?

Painting :) My creative process lasts for 24 hours, every day. I dream of ideas, think of what I could paint while I walk, talk..always. But when I sit and paint. Everything disappears. There is just a piece of ceramic with something magical unfolding in front of my eyes.

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What has been the highlight of your business so far?

When I realized that creative process had become such important part of my life.

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What do you like to do when not working on your business?

I love to be as much as I can in nature. Just being in the forest surrounded by trees, gives me such energy burst. Kids love it too. They love the game of exploring the nature.

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What are you currently working on? Anything new coming up?

I am working on little salt and pepper shakers with some simple Japanese motives. They are very small..little zen beauties :) Also I’m working very hard on my other shop with raw crystal jewelry:
www.etsy.com/shop/CraftsGardenOfZen

What are your top three favourite Etsy shops?

www.etsy.com/shop/MoJosFreeSpirit
www.etsy.com/shop/WishesontheWind
www.etsy.com/shop/SuddenlyYou
www.etsy.com/shop/DeepSilence

List is too long. Etsy is such amazing community of creative people..I could talk of shops that inspire me for days :)

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Thanks Sanja! Aren’t those intricate paintings great! Please head on over to CraftUnikat and take a look for yourself.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Featured Etsy shop: PrinceDesignUK

This weeks’ featured Etsy shop is PrinceDesignUK, run by Elizabeth Prince. I’ve been an admirer of this shop for a long time, I really like her bird bowls and the lacey decoration that she uses!

Here is Elizabeth to tell you about her shop…

Describe your shop in one or two sentences.

Modern designed homeware and art made in England, usually from ceramic, although I have a new range coming up that might bring some changes!

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Where do you get your inspiration?

Anywhere and everywhere – nature, life, giving gifts, friends, holidays, trips, things I see – I can literally get an idea whilst I am pondering something I see at the side of the road whilst I’m waiting in a traffic jam.

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What has been the highlight of your business so far?

The feedback I get from my customers is one of the best things about my job – it makes me very happy and proud of what I do. Also I have been lucky that my work has been featured in the press, including blogs, home magazines and even the Guardian.

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What has been your most popular product to date? What is your favourite?

My lacy bird bowls would be the most popular overall.

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What are you currently working on? Anything new coming up?

I am currently working on some clocks that are due to be finished in a few weeks, and some laser cut perspex items too that have expanded the way I design and make work.

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Thanks Elizabeth! Aren’t her creations lovely? I want that leaf shaped bowl for my bathroom! And I can’t wait to see what new things she has up her sleeve :)

Please visit PrinceDesignUK to see all of Elizabeth’s creations, there are so many lovely designs to choose from!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel