Introduce Yourself: Hi, my name is Louise Tessier and the name of my Etsy shop is Garden Rhymes Studio. I am a newcomer to Etsy opening my shop in March 2017.
How long have you been doing your craft? I have been working as a ceramic artist creating decorative art tiles since 1999 and I have been a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council for almost 20 years. What got me interested in making tiles is many-faceted: taking a community class in working with clay (1998), my interest in garden poetry, a love of different font styles and carving linoleum stamps. During my artistic career, I have designed and carved more than 100 different linoleum stamps which have found their way into my ceramic tiles, printmaking projects and rug-hooked wall hangings.
Where can people find you online? Besides my Etsy shop, Garden Rhymes Studio, people can find out about my work or connect with me at www.louisetessier.com https://www.facebook.com/gardenrhymeslouisetessier or by making an appointment to visit my home studio in Regina. https://www.louisetessier.com/contact
What do you like about selling on Etsy? What I like about selling on Etsy is just how easy it is to complete a sale and keep in touch with customers (a simple system which is very user-friendly). Etsy provides its sellers with a lot of information regarding customers, visitors and the successes of other Etsy shop owners. When I was first starting out the process, I found that my email requests or concerns were always dealt with promptly by Etsy staff. Etsy really wants its sellers to succeed!
What's been your best Etsy experience? My best Etsy experience so far has been a sale to someone in the U.S.A. who favorited one of my tiles. When I followed up with a “thanks” for liking my work, she decided to purchase one of my pieces. When the art tile arrived, the customer favorited my shop and finally, she sent a photo of my tile displayed in her home; a positive, full circle moment for me.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your shop or yourself? Something else I would like to share about myself is that my work reflects my faith in God. As a result, I have been taking instruction in the writing of Orthodox religious icons for the past 10 years. As well, my linoleum print illustrations have been used in a book published by Novalis (Toronto) called “The Garden Way of the Cross” © 2013.
My artist statement sums up how I feel about the work I create: I am passionate about how words can move people to laughter, deep thought – even tears. For centuries, writers have used nature, especially flowers & gardens to give meaning to our lives…words to help us along our journey. By creating stamped impressions in clay, I can share thoughtful moments that touch peoples’ lives – earth & words coming together: Garden Rhymes.