*Tell us a little about your background and what path led you to open Potato Studio Nicole.
After 12 months at the market I ventured into wholesale. The very first store to stock Hot Toffee was Lyssy May. Owner, Alyssa Milton has been a great inspiration over the years and has become a dear friend.
Since then I have been supplying my fused glass accessories to lovely boutiques and galleries.
I contacted the owner years ago and have just patiently waited for the space to become available.
I am feeling a lot of positive energy around me and with that has come a new wave of inspiration.
I have met some amazing artists, designers, crafters and small business owners over the past few years and now it is time to showcase their products.
Living a creative life can be so isolating, so I really want locals to feel they can drop in to say hello and talk about new projects.
Eventually I would love to have an afternoon a week where an artist, crafter or maker can come in and work in the studio. Working side by side on different projects can help keep that buzz and energy we creative souls thrive on.
I then head to my shop which is conveniently right next door to the largest op shop in town – so naturally I have a peek in there before opening Potato Studio.
Once I do my branding I will contact the local papers.
I have started a mailing list and plan to send out monthly newsletters with what’s new and what is going on in the studio.
If I have to choose just one then it would be the Kinetic Bubble series of Brooches by fellow Bristyler and local contemporary jeweller Jemica Ostrofski.
|Image Courtesy Potato Studio Jewellery by Meekz|
It’s important to take my time to grow and change as I see the business needs to.
There is a strong community of artists in the Lockyer Valley and I would love to have one of the walls in my shop as a gallery wall with monthly exhibitions.
I am working 6 days a week with Hot Toffee & Potato Studio as well as studying one day a week until mid November.
There are so many ideas floating around in my head and on the pages of my sketch books which I hope to start implementing in the new year.
I can feel that 2013 is going to be an exciting year!
My kiln is tiny so classes would need to be quite small.
It would be great to have guest crafters, artists to run workshops.
I really want to listen to my community and then respond to what they feel they need.