Friday, April 23, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - Designs in Stained Glass

I had so much fun going through Nancy's two shops and picking out my favorites. Had a hard time narrowing items down to what I could include in this interview. You can tell by her stained glass banner, that her work is very intricate. And then, the types of glass she uses alters the feel of her finished work. Nancy has a combination of fine art and utilitarian pieces, and of course, all her fabric items are usable. I recommend everyone visit her shops and take a look at all the great items she has available.

  • What's the name of your business/shop?
I have two shops on Etsy - Designs in Stained Glass, and Nancy's Bags, Etc.

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
I do not have a blog

  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
In my stained glass shop I sell hand made stained glass suncatchers, panels of various sizes, business card holders, and planning to expand on my night light selection. In my bag shop I sell hand made purses, wristlets, clutches, totes bags, and more.

  • Show us a piece you recently finished
This is my newest stained glass panel and this purse was recently listed:

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I am working on a few new night lights to add to my stained glass shop.
In my purse shop I am working on a beach bag for a team project that I am involved with. “Life’s a Beach” creating a project that uses one, two or three of these colors, turquoise, orange, and sand along with my team members Hearts and Hands United (HHU).

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
Other than Etsy, I recently set up a new account with Creative Stores. I am still adding my inventory to my account there and hope to start selling there also. I do sell my glass and purses at two local consignment stores in Rhode Island and have been with them for many years.

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!

I have a facebook page,!/stndglassdesigns

Two twitter accounts:

I like facebook. It has a more personal feel to it - not just post and run like Twitter. Plus you can post your newest creation on your facebook page and have the photo right there instead of just the link.

  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
I am still fairly new to Etsy . I think keeping active in the forums, and joining a team has really helped my shops get noticed. I should give a shout out to my other team members - CAC (Christian Artists & Crafters).

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
My pricing for my stained glass is based on the size of the panel first. I charge so much per square inch, then figure in the complexity of the design, the glass that I will be using then comes into play because the prices do vary. Also I need to figure in the design itself. If I already have a pattern for the project or do I need to create a new pattern. The time that it takes me from start to finish a project is somewhat figured into the price. I usually do not keep track of the time because I enjoy it so much.

For my purses and bags I do not have a set formula. From creating the pattern, the fabric and notions that I use, and the time I spend making it is the whole process that I love - and I have a hard time figuring a price for each individual item.

  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.

  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
In a year from now I would love to be selling a few pieces from both my shops each week. This is a hobby for me - not my main source of income. I have a great part time job (working with my husband at our own small business) and have no plans on making Etsy my full time job. I just love the fact that other people want to buy something that I have created. It’s a wonderful feeling. My daughter told me about Etsy last year and I am very glad to be here.

  • OK, it's the Storybeader's turn to pick a favorite.
I love the textured glass Nancy used on this sunrise suncatcher. It almost looks like a stream through the window (it's actually snow!) Can you see the beveled glass stars? It's all so beautiful.


MagdaleneJewels said...

I had not visited this shop before - but one my way now! What beautiful work Nancy puts into each piece of stained glass. Truly talented artist. Love the bag also! Thanks for introducing us to Nancy's work!

Beadwright said...

This is a great interview. Thanks for the introduction to this artist.

Anitra Cameron said...

Great interview, Deb! I love the Sunrise piece, too, and that apron with all the pockets--thanks for sharing Nancy and her work with us!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I love the sunrise suncatcher!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I am always so amazed at stained glass work! The beauty and detail is so great!

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