Saturday, January 21, 2012

Featured Sponsor Gaia Metal Studio

I've been waiting all month to introduce you to my Featured Sponsor, Gaia Metal Works. Kathleen is the fabulous lady behind this shop and her pieces are so gorgeous!!! I've had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions and she is truly one talented lady!!! So get comfy, grab a treat and let's get to know Kathleen a bit...

How and when did you get started making jewlery?
I've always had a love and passion for jewelry. I thought about what I wanted in my life and decided to follow my love of jewelry into fabricating my own.

Describe a typical day in the 'Gaia Metal Studio'...I wake up and check for orders and answer emails and conversations. I like to draw and write in a journal while drinking my coffee. I either head out to estate sales to fill my vintage shop on etsy or I start working in my shop, making orders or just letting the metal guide me with inspiration. Creativity is a fickle mistress, so if one medium isn't being kind to me, like my solder isn't flowing, I will go and work on my watercolors or painting.

If you could describe your work/shop in ONE word, what would it be? Why?
Pride. I earned and worked hard for each piece of equipment in my shop. When I look around it is just a reminder of how far I have come.

Do you have any advice for someone just starting up their own creative business?
Start slowly by taking a few hours a day dedicating time to your craft. Over time your craft will start paying off and you will be able to dedicate more time toward it. I started with three hours a day and now it is full time!

What's your favorite thing about being your own boss?
I really love the the creative freedom of being my own boss. It also does take some discipline, but so worth it.

Anything else you want to tell us...?
If you are thinking of starting your own business. Today is the day. Why wait? Start small, but start!


Psst...go check out her stuff and follow along!


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