Juliet was kind enough to answer some questions for me to share here so we can get to know her better!
1. What made you decide to pursue art?
I've always been creative, and not good at much else. Discovered the quickest track out of college was to pursue craft (after being a photo major during a time when digital was making my darkroom training obsolete.)
2. How did you get started in crafting items from broken china?
In a moment of crafting mania post college, I made a mosaic mailbox from a broken plate that I found at a thrift store. I had a lot of shards left over that were too pretty to toss, so I wrapped it in solder and made it into a necklace. I started getting orders the very next day.
3. Where do you find all the china for your projects?
I go to thrift stores and flea markets a lot. Some just show up on my porch.
4. What do you draw inspiration from?
I enjoy art with irony and humor. Art is a pretty silly profession, so I think it's important to not take it too seriously.
5. Do you have any advice for other creative entrepreneurs?
Take good photos (or pay someone to take good photos). Don't bother trying to sell art at a food or wine festival.
6. What are you working on next?
I am working on a series of butcher charts made of broken plates. Thinks: a patchwork of patter making up a cow. I'm enjoying making less jewelry and more 2D art.
7. What are some of your favorite Etsy artists?
Here are a few that just popped up in my favorites.
You can read more about Juliet on her Etsy site here.
I discovered Juliet's work in my search for the perfect 2nd wedding anniversary gift. The traditional themed 2nd anniversary gift is cotton. Last month I wrote about how Moroccan wedding blankets would make an excellent cotton anniversary gift, but in the end I decided to go in a different direction with the modern theme. The modern themed 2nd anniversary gift is China. My extensive search led me to Juliet's work and I knew I had found something special!
I decided that I wanted to purchase one of her framed initial china pieces. I thought that would be a wonderful sentimental gift that would make my husband smile. Juliet was great throughout the whole process. I told her what color china I had in mind (blue and white of course) and she immediately told me she had willow patterned china in her collection. Not knowing what pattern that was, I looked it up and it was gorgeous.
Here is the pattern in blue and white as well as a multi-colored pattern.