FICH is coming to Not On The High Street!

Yep, you heard that right, FICH will be coming to NOTHS soon! I am so excited about this opportunity, hopefully this blog post will make you as excited as I am if you’re not already buzzing!

 

So, what is Not On The High Street?

 

NOTHS is a curated online marketplace whose primary focus is on personalised, thoughtful, unique gifts. I particularly love the photography of the high-quality products on the site. It is very succinct and clean, making it easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for. I couldn’t believe it when they got in touch, I cannot wait to get my storefront up and running!

 

What can you expect from FICH?

 

Hand-thrown pieces are very personal because each piece is made by hand. This is evident when a piece is finished, there are usually maker’s marks on the piece or when you put your finger in the inside curve of a pot or by holding a mug, it comfortably fits your hand because it’s come from mine. There are always more ways to make a gift more personalised and this is the aspect of my business I have been wanting to develop for a while.

 

I’m imagining fun sayings, quotes or a couple of words that can be generalised like a plant pot that says “Mad About The Plants” or just a simple “I Love You” on a mug. There will also be the option to have your name on a piece, I can imagine this is especially appealing to those of you who have an alternative spelt name, looks funky but you cannot find your name, spelt the way you spell it, anywhere! This has obviously come from the struggle to find “Fiona” on personalised bookmarks at the garden centre when I was a kid.

 

My one goal for selling with NOTHS, will be to create a unique gift for you to give the one you love that’ll make them smile. Pretty simple really.

 

How can you help me?

 

I want to make my pieces FOR YOU, therefore if there are any words or sayings you’d love to see, then please leave a comment below and I will do my best to make these and put them in my shop!

 

When?

 

I am hoping to open my shop at the mid-end of February and it will be filled with gifts for Mother’s Day so you can find the perfect gift for your mum! Please follow me on Instagram if you’d like to know when we are officially open for business at @FICHceramics or alternatively you can sign up to my newsletter, you can do this by popping over to my website at www.FICHceramics.co.uk.

 

Please be aware that to start with I will only be selling within the United Kingdom, but I will be looking to sell internationally eventually.

 

Take care,

 

Fi x

Your Questions

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.

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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 adviceHow 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,

Fi x