Thursday, August 23, 2007

Etsy Featured Seller :: Roz Petalz Studio

My name is Kathy Swenning. I live in Milford, CT and I am a stay-at-home-mom/polymer clay artist. I have been working with polymer clay for about 15 years & have never gotten tired of it!


My Etsy Shop is Called "Roz Petalz Studio"
just created a blog page...


I love all colors, but my favorite colors for beads are warm, earth tones (brown, gold, orange,green,etc). Fall is my favorite season, that's probably why.


The first thing I made out of polymer clay was beads. I made them, beacuse I was running out of money, so I decided to make my own!


I find inspiration everywhere! Living near the ocean, I get ideas from the water, sand, shells, etc. My kid's cartoons give me ideas for characters, etc. Most of my ideas for color combos come from nature.I am most creative when I am bored (which isn't often). When I have time to think of crazy ideas,etc. The seasons also give me idas.





I create in my basement studio - mostly at night when the house is quiet & everyone else is asleep.


My favorite material, is obviously polymer clay! I also have been experimenting with acrylic paint lately.

My favorite thing to do with my creativity is to create something beautiful to give to a friend or family member as a gift.


People should buy handmade itrems when they want something, one of a kind that comes from within a person's spirit & passion.


Tips & Wisdom for selling handmade...Don't give up! It's so satisfying once you get going! It takes awhile to build a customer base, but if you have a quality product, you will get one.I've gotten a lot of good advice from Etsy people & people on the "other" auction site too regarding advertising and promotion. I have also just made some good connections for sharing ideas, etc.

I'm more of a magazine reader, lately. Bon Appetite & Women's Day are my current subscriptions.





Currently I have been focusing on Made to Match items & experimenting with creating OOAK pendants.


In ten years I'd like to be .. running a successful polymer clay business that will allow greater financial freedom for my family. I'd also love to be one of those "recognizable" names when it comes to polymer clay.


Etsy items...



1 comment:

Sygnet Creations said...

Just wanted to let you know that the shop featured has an issue with the link directing you to the shop. Great stuff.. I enjoy reading about wonderful shops!