I asked people on my social media to ask me some questions for my last blog post of the series. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading some of my previous posts, if you think of a topic you’d like me to cover feel free to comment or send me an email to info@FICHceramics.com.
Right, lets dive into it shall we?
How have you developed over the last year?
After going over everything I’ve learnt over my first year for this series of blog posts, it’s shown me how much I have developed. Most of all it’s my state of mind which has changed, I’m feeling a lot more confident about what needs to be done, when. I also understand that making my business a success is not just about making and selling, it’s also about looking after myself by going to the gym and finding out when I am working most efficiently. That’s what makes working for yourself so great, you can literally mould your business around you.
What has been your most successful achievement?
I am going to make this short and sweet, biggest achievement is that I’ve managed to stay afloat for a year, woop! (This also ties into my proudest moments)
What do you enjoy doing most?
My favourite parts are throwing and teaching people to throw. I absolutely love throwing, and being able to share my passion with others during the pottery lessons is such good fun.
What’s been the hardest thing about running your own business?
Probably judgement mainly of myself but also what other’s may or may not be thinking, which I know is totally stupid. I have learnt along the way that it is important to understand how I work and realising that it’s ok. It took me a while for my mind to adjust to different working times, because it’s been drummed into us that it is 9 to 5 is when everyone should work, there’s even a song about it! So, realising that it’s ok to go to the gym in the morning and then start working 10:30/11 because I know that I will work the hours and I will get everything I need to do finished. Listening to a particular episode of Sara Tasker’s podcast Hashtag Authentic, really helped with this realisation.
What are my proudest moments?
My proudest moments have been seeing my work in 91 magazine in the paper book version and a whole feature in their e-zine, you can still download it here. 91 magazine is a beautiful independent magazine about interiors and handmade work. Seeing my work in there felt amazing, a real achievement.
My pieces were also in the Stylist Magazine in the ‘Discover the under-the-radar female makers setting next season’s biggest trends’ article. It was such a total shock I couldn’t stop grinning for ages, I must’ve looked like a creep! You can read the article here.
Finally, seeing my pots altogether in the Style library’s showroom in Chelsea Embankment felt like such a great achievement. They had been put together in such way which made them look really effective (thank you Charlotte!).
Did you go full time for your first year of business or part time? Were you in a shared studio for this year?
In the summer of 2016 I converted my garage into a home studio so there wasn’t a need for me to share a studio space. Studio space is very limited around Oxfordshire so even if I did want to share I’m not sure how easy it would be to find a space or have the funds for one. It definitely depends on where you live because I know there are loads in London and Devon. Sharing studio space is great if you can get some, it’s amazing for networking, critiques and for minimising the feeling of loneliness. Obviously in the future when my business gets bigger I’ll probably have to look into sharing a studio space but for now what I have got is ideal.
Thank you for reading guys! There is no future post planned yet but if you either follow this blog or find me on Instagram or Facebook then you’ll be told when I post again. As I said above, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch on email or in the comments section below. You can read my other posts by clicking on their titles; My Etsy advice, How to make the transition from making your hobby a full time job, a little easier., My 5 top tips on how to work Instagram as a maker and Me, Myself and I.
Till next time,