Friday, August 1, 2008

Getting to Know...Sweetpickles Pottery

It is always so wonderful to learn about the artist behind the art. Today's Featured FAMEr is Melanie of Sweetpickles Pottery!

What region do you live in?
I'm a Southern girl! (born and bred LOL!)
I'm in Louisiana and LOVE it! :)

What kind of items do you create?
Hand painted pottery and ceramics. (sometimes other things if I get in the mood. I like paper and stickers and glue and canvas and paint. well, you get the picture. )

How long have you been creating?
I think the first thing I painted I was probably about 12. But steadily the last 4 or 5. What are your creative influences? I daydream about things that might be fun to draw or paint all day long.. My children sometimes are veyr influential in what I paint as well. I am always sketching or writing things down so I don't forget an idea I have. Although I might not use it right away. I have tons of them tucked away.

Do you work outside of the home/studio?

No, and I am so grateful to be able to stay at home and raise my children and be able to work on my craft at the same time.

If you could be in someone else’s studio or kitchen, whose would that be?
If it were a kitchen I would say Paula Deens its so homey and yummy too..

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What are your goals with your business? Provided hubby doesn't decide to transfer somewhere else by then) I hope to have grown my business and possibly open a little studio of my very own with a paint your own pottery studio. I go back and forth with this ALL the time. I've been there and done that so I know the hard work involved.

Do you sell wholesale?

Yes, YES and Yes..

Where else can your products be found (name B&M stores or internet urls, including your own)?
Right now they are currently in my etsy store, and a little shop called "The Cat's Meow", and also on the website

Are you a member of any organizations or have any affiliations?
The wonderful FAM Team, of course.

What is your education as it pertains to your craft?
Absolutley NOTHING! I went to school to be a kindergarten teacher. Although now that I think about it maybe that is why I liked that age group so much. All the fun arts and crafts!

Pick one product and describe it briefly and how long it takes to make a certain item in your store.

I would have to pick my tea set for little girls probably. I love it. Its one of my favorite things to paint. I can spend hours on it.. I must confess. I ponder what I want different about each little set I paint. I have sold so many of these I have lost count. Its something I can't seem to keep enough of in stock!

You have to check out Melanie's shop:
She has gorgeous products that would make excellent gifts for yourself - or, if you have to, someone else!! My favorite product (besides the tea set, of course, is this Personalized Wedding Monogram Platter.
This would make such a fabulous housewarming gift, too!! Thanks, Melanie!!


Sewinggranny Mona said...

Love Sweetpickles shop ... her attention to detail is her little teaparty sets!

luv4sams (Lisa) said...

Oh sweet - you are gorgeous! Congrats on the feature!

Andrea Baker said...

what a super feature. Its great to be a stay at home mommy or a work at home mommy.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Mel! How ecxiting to see your feature! I have several of Mel's pieces and they are fabulous! Congrats!

Annie Howes said...

She looks just like the girl in her banner! :o)))

Annie Howes

sweetpicklespottery said...

thanks guys for all the kind words!!