I have a treat for you today, an interview with Marshfellows!
What is the name of your online shop and link?
How has your experience been selling your art online?
So far it’s been very positive. I’m still a ‘beginner’ in many ways, but I have been lucky and grateful to those who have extended their help, expertise and advice.
What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
When I first started making Marshfellows, the biggest thrill was just the idea that someone would pay for my artwork. It still amazes me that so many people want to bring my little guys into their homes and lives. But it’s also wonderful when other artists contact me and want one for their own.
How long have you been an artist?
I’ve been working with polymer clay for about five years now, but I’ve always loved arts and crafts ever since I was a little kid.
Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
All the credit goes to my Grandmother. When she was still with us, she was always crafting. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, sketching, painting, pottery, ceramics. You name it! But working with clay was something the two of us always did together. She encouraged my love of art and even taught me some of the techniques I know and use today. I absolutely have her to thank for my deep rooted obsession with all things arty and crafty.
How would you characterize your work?
Marshfellows are cute, chubby, silly, sweet, funny and whimsical. They’re like little reminders to smile and giggle. Which you should, it’s good for you!
Describe your workshop/studio for us:
I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten at my kitchen table, it always has materials, tools, papers and empty coffee cups scattered all over it. When I’m working the music is always playing and the coffee maker is always on. I work at high speed when I’m on a creative buzz and being in the kitchen to work is a reminder in itself that I need to stop every once in a while, come up for air and eat something. Lol.
What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
I think the hardest part has to do with pricing. I have come across situations where a would-be buyer didn’t agree with a listed price and suggested I come up with a more ‘realistic number.”
Of course for the obvious reason it bums me out. It takes my time, money and materials to create a piece, so I can’t just give it away for free, all those variables are valuable to me.
And at the same time a potential customer should see their purchase as a gain, not a loss.
How many hours a day do you create?
Anywhere between 1-4 hours. It’s usually a mixture of creating new pieces, answering e-mails and updating information on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
How does creating art make you feel?
Being able to sit down and create something new and fun is like a drug to me. I love just listening to my tunes, sipping a hot coffee and bringing something new to life. I enjoy the entire creative process from a simple idea in my mind to the final product sitting before me. It’s very relaxing.
“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
When I’m going about my daily life and I pass by a Marshfellow sitting on my shelf or on the window sill or even as the background for my desktop, I can’t help but smile. That’s all I want for anyone who brings a Marshfellow into their lives.
What are your artistic goals?
I would really like to venture into different mediums by collaborating with other artists. There are plans already being set in motion for future projects. I’m really excited about working with new people, pooling ideas, designing new products and taking advantage of learning opportunities. I think 2012 is going to be a great year for Marshfellows.
How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I have been lucky to have received help from those who are more experienced when it comes to running a small business. But the most important aspect of any business, providing good customer service, is probably what I’m best at. I figure as long as I remember to take good and proper care of my customers, the rest I can learn along the way. Because in the end, if you don’t have happy and loyal customers, you don’t have a business.
Where else on the Internet can we find your work?
Right now I’m working on setting up my shop at TheArtLand.com and I hope to set-up an Etsy account in the future. But for now I’m taking orders via e-mail and Facebook, which I prefer for custom orders. That way I can work closely with the customer and create something that is exactly what they want.
Thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you Autumn, your items are simply adorable!